If you are reading this book, chances are that you are considering becoming a physician. In order to achieve this, you need to get into medical school which is not an easy task to accomplish. There are many hoops one needs to jump through to achieve this, and it can be difficult to know what is needed to achieve this goal. The inspiration to write this book arose from the recognition that there is a lot of information on the journey to applying to medical school, most of which is not easily accessible. This is especially for individuals who cannot the connections or resources from friends, family or other contacts in medicine. The fundamental thesis of this book is: Mentorship should never come at a financial cost and should be available for all.
This book is written in a manner to walk you through the steps necessary to get into medical school, including:
- Deciding if medicine is right for you
- What you need to do in your undergraduate studies
- What’s needed for the application
- What to consider when accepting an offer of admission.
This book will not get you into medical school, but will instead provide you the information needed for you to get there on your own. You can think of this book like a map. Everyone starts from a different place, and in this book, we hope toguide you to where you want to be, regardless of where you currently are in your own journey. Each chapter is designed to describe a different stage in the process and to support you throughout your journey. The entire book is written through a collaboration of 70+ medical students from all 17 medical schools across Canada.
This was done to mitigate bias and get multiple perspectives as we recognize that there is no one path to medicine. In order to best treat our communities, we need physicians from all sorts of backgrounds to best represent our population, and this book is written to help provide an equal opportunity to everyone. We hope to alleviate some of the barriers students face, so that your passion and drive for medicine is what dictates your future, instead of structural factors outside of your immediate control. Thank you for picking up this book. We hope it helps you and we wish you nothing but the best of luck on your journey. The only thing we ask in return is that you always pay it forward and provide mentorship, guidance, and advice for others.