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How I Got Undergraduate Research as a Premed for Medical School


In this video, I talk about How I Got Undergraduate Research as a Premed for Medical School. I applied to over 400 research positions right when i started my premed journey because I knew research would strengthen my medical school application and make me a better applicant. I heard back from about half of the 400 of the ones I applied to either saying they're full or they'll consider me and was accepted at around 35 positions (half being ones I wasn't interested in) and the other half being actual good positions that could help consolidate my future career choice in medicine. Some of the positions I heard from were centred on cardiology, gastroenterology, marginalized communities, mental health, dementia, neurology, global health, epidemiology and orthopaedics.

I currently work at St. Michael’s hospital and have been working here for about 3 years now. Although working in research is great, I’ve come to realize that a lot of people don’t exactly understand how to get a research position ESPECIALLY DURING UNDERGRAD because no one explains it in school. It took me a while to learn how to get a position and I had to ask so many people just to find out what to say and what to do in order to get a good position!

Medical school admissions are very competitive nowadays and if you live in Canada like I do, then you know how tough it is to get accepted. A high GPA and good extracurriculars are turning out to be subpar if you want to get in. I have a couple friends who had a 3.99 and a 4.0 who applied and didn't get a position while one fo my classmates got in with a 3.88 with extensive research on her CV.


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