BMSc Information Series: Introduction to the Basic Medical Sciences and the BMSc Program November 2010 Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry The University of Western Ontario
We are … Basic Medical Sciences Undergraduate Education (BMSUE) Kathy Boon BMSUE Coordinator Joan Estabrooks Administrative Assistant, BMSUE Departmental Counsellor for Medical Sciences modules
You are … First-year students in: Science Biological and Medical Sciences (Science) Health Science etc.
You are going to … Professional schools Medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, education, business, law, veterinary medicine, chiropractic school, etc. Graduate studies Masters, PhD Industry Research laboratories, sales representatives Etc.
You are going to get there by … Completing an undergraduate degree! honors degrees are often required certain prerequisite courses are sometimes required
We are here to … Provide information about: structure of undergraduate degrees modules offered by the basic medical science departments BMSc degree: modules that make up the degree admission to Year 2 of the BMSc program
Regular undergraduate degrees: Three types: 3-year degree = 15.0 credits* 4-year degrees = 20.0 credits* Honors non-honors *15.0 or 20.0 random credits?
Building a degree: First Year + Module(s) + Options
First Year + Module(s) + Options Building a degree: determined by department a group of senior courses
First Year + Module(s) + Options Building a degree: discipline* type of module* * determine degree type and designation
4 types of modules: Honors Specialization module* = 9.0 or more courses Specialization module* = 9.0 or more courses Major module = 6.0 courses Minor module = 4.0 courses *“tied” to specific degree types
First Year + Honors Specialization = 9.0 (or more) courses Module(s) + Options Major or Minor? 4-year Honorsdegree: OR Major + Major 12.0 courses
First Year + Specialization = 9.0 (or more) courses Module(s) + Options Major or Minor? 4-year non-honorsdegree: OR Major 6.0 courses
Quiz … True or False? An Honors Specialization module can be completed in both a 4-year honors and non-honors degree? Major + Major (Double Majors) can be completed in both a 4-year honors and non-honors degree? Minor modules can be taken in combination with: Honors Specialization module? Specialization module? Double Majors?
Basic Medical Science Disciplines Microbiology & Immunology Pathology Pharmacology Physiology Anatomy and Cell Biology Biochemistry Epidemiology and Biostatistics Medical Biophysics
First Year + Module(s) + Options The BMSc degree: 4-year degree, only – either honors or non-honors Modules must be from the basic medical sciences enrolment is limited
First Year + Module(s) + Options BMScHonorsdegree: OR Major + Major, both from basic medical sciences Honors Specialization from basic medical sciences Major or Minor?
First Year + Module(s) + Options BMScnon-honorsdegree: OR Major + Major, both from basic medical sciences Specialization from basic medical sciences Major or Minor?
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Science/Biological and Medical Science BMSc degree (with certain module) BMSc degree (with certain module)* BMSc degree (with certain module) BMSc degree – when? *must be in Year 3 to move on to Year 4
BMSc degree – how? Intent to Register – next term choose degree (Honors or non-honors) choose module(s) (e.g. Honors Specialization) choose discipline (e.g Honors Specialization in Physiology)
Getting into Year 2 BMSc… limited enrolment ~ 400 students accepted into Year 2 admission requirements and criteria are used to select students Honors Specialization modules have limited # of spaces
Chart in BMSc pamphlet … Honors Specialization modules Specialization modules Major modules* Minor modules* *only modules that can be done in a non-BMSc degree
Admission Requirements: Biology Chemistry Math Physics -minimum mark (60%) 1.0 option – passing mark (50%) minimum marks in each (60 %)
Admission Criteria: 78% average in Biology, Chemistry and Math – ALL done by April 2011
full load of courses (5.0)
passing mark in option(s)
= admission to Year 2 of BMSc Program Admission to Honors Specialization modules is competitive (2nd phase of adjudication) and is based on average in Biology, Chemistry and Math
Session in January/February: Honors Specialization Specialization Major + Major Disciplines – which will you choose? First and Second Choices? What if you don’t get into BMSc program in Year 2? which will you choose?
Information Resources: Academic Calendar (online) www.uwo.ca Modules, courses, etc. Tutorials (academic counselling office) BMSc website: www.uwo.ca/bmsc Admission to BMSc Modules, courses, course selection guidelines, etc.