The single most effective thing you can do to improve your chances of getting into medical school is to complete the right prerequisites. The more prerequisites you do, the more medical schools you will be eligible for and the greater your chances will be for an acceptance letter. Attached below is a table of all the Canadian schools and their prerequisites, including whether they require the MCAT and a degree. (Click on the picture to enlarge)
After looking at this table, you would see the most important courses to take would be are the following. Duration of each course may vary between schools, check the individual school websites for more complete information.
- Biology – 1 year
- General Chemistry – 1 year
- Organic Chemistry – 1 year
- Physics – 1 year
- Biochemistry – 0.5 year
- Social Sciences – 1 year
It is also in your best interest to take the MCAT as almost all schools require it. Surprisingly, only a handful of schools require you to complete a degree before starting medical school.
[Note] The courses do not have to be completed by the time you apply, they only have to be completed before you enroll into medical school. Eg. You can apply for medical school in September while taking Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry during that year.
Hopefully this will save you some time and help you plan your course selections. If you have any further questions, please leave a comment below and I will try to answer them all here.