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Have you thought about medical school for yourself or another family member? Here are some tips to get admitted to medical school and for a successful career.

Why is medicine not a field for everyone?

Some people assume that to be admitted to medical school, high grades are of great importance. But there is something more – the interview. Asians often have weak communication skills resulting in a poor interview performance. In an interview, success is not measured by how well you answer every question posed by examiners. To make your interview a success, you need to be proficient in fields outside university studies. A doctor is supposed to talk and communicate with many people.

Experience is the key to success. Jobs that help cultivate your soft skills in leadership, communication, persuasion, expression and helping others are of great help for those who want to get enrolled in medical school. A doctor must explain to his patients their current medical status. Students who want to pursue medicine need to know why they want to do this job. Most people say practicing medicine helps others. But do your actions back up your words? Do you volunteer to teach poor children or donate blood? These experiences are valuable and respectable. What is most important is you try your best to overcome odds and reach for success.

Medical education system in North America

People who want to be enrolled in a Canadian medical school need to graduate from a university course and take specific subjects. Several medical schools in the United States are not restrained by complex requirements as they are in Canada, which take at least four years. To attend a medical school, students are required to present their graduate certificates. Results of the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test), coupled with charity activities, extracurricular jobs, community services, research and interview scores are key elements of eligibility of admission to a medical school after four years as an undergraduate. Excellent candidates can be admitted to a medical school after three years in university. In the U.S. there are some speed courses for admission to medical schools following high school. In Canada, it takes a medical student four years and two-to-seven additional years to obtain inpatient internship.

Canada boasts some famous medical schools in the world’s top 50, notably University of Toronto in the top 15, McGill University and the University of British Columbia in the top 28 (in accordance with the QS World University Rankings

Education for doctors and patients

For a doctor, the first thing to give up is ego. Medical jobs are centered on other people not personal fame or disrespect for others. Medical jobs require practitioners to learn and enrich their knowledge on a daily basis to best cater to demands of their patients. Knowledge knows no boundaries.

Doctors wish their parents to be keenly aware of their own medical status and provide clues to figure out the best medical treatments. Media channels and social networks are helpful search tools to look for information. Patients must make sure they access prestigious, accredited websites, for example the site of the Canadian Diabetes Association if looking for information about that disease. Websites that peddle products and drugs should be avoided. In Canada, mainstream drugs are not allowed to advertise.

Side exchanges in education are crucial for engineering and technology

Engineering and science professionals hold the key to bolster and galvanize all other economic sectors of a country. Each organization requires know-how and engineers to apply their own experiences in building up education, medicine, politics or science. Asia is now highly developed in these sectors, notably in Singapore, China and South Korea.

In the QS World University Rankings in engineering and technology, University of Toronto is ranked in the top 34, University of British Columbia is ranked in the top 54, University of Waterloo in the top 60, and McGill University in the top 63.

Future job selection is up to you. What matters is to enrich your soft skills, or living skills, outside school. Think outside of the box. Studying and working in Canada can help you gain genuine experience and be better prepared for a job. Importantly, you should determine what you want to do. Success will welcome you, and you will learn to climb further career ladders and realize your dreams.


Top 15 Medical Schools of the World according to the QS World University Rankings:

  1. Harvard University
  2. University of Cambridge
  3. University of Oxford
  4. Massachusetts Institute of Techonology (MIT)
  5. Stanford University
  6. Johns Hopkins University
  7. Karolinska Institutet
  8. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  9. University of California, San Francisco
  10. Yale University
  11. UCL (University College London)
  12. Imperial College London
  13. University of Melbourne
  14. University of California, Berkeley (UCB)
  15. University of Toronto

Top 15 Engineering and Technological Universities of the World according to the QS World University Rankings:

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT)
  2. Stanford University
  3. University of Cambridge
  4. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU)
  5. ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
  6. Imperial College London
  7. National University of Singapore (NUS)
  8. University of California, Berkeley (UCB)
  9. University of Oxford
  10. Tsinghua University
  11. The University of Tokyo
  12. Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
  13. Harvard University
  14. KAIST – Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology
  15. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
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Dr. Khoi Nguyen

Dr. Khoi holds a Science Degree from the University of Toronto and received his medical degree in 1988. He is currently seeing patients at his private family medicine practice. In 2010, he received the Canada’s Citizenship Award for his numerous contributions to the community.

Bác sĩ Khôi tốt nghiệp ngành khoa học tại University of Toronto và tốt nghiệp y khoa năm 1988. Hiện nay ông đang làm việc tại phòng mạch tư chuyên về sức khỏe gia đình, và đã được vinh dự nhận giải thưởng Canada’s Citizenship Award năm 2010.