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What is Medhopeful.com?

Medhopeful.com is a blog for Canadian high school and university students interested in medical school and the admissions process. It is also for students looking for advice on scholarships and undergraduate studies.

Here you will find:

  • An archive of useful articles about the medical school application process, surviving undergraduate and high school studies, and applying for student awards and scholarships.
  • An archive of the life of Joshua Liu while he applied to medical school and his journey as a medical student at the University of Toronto (2009-2013).
About Joshua

Dr. Joshua Liu is the co-founder and CEO of Seamless Mobile Health, an award-winning technology company transforming health care for surgery. During his medical training, Joshua co-led a project at the University Health Network’s (UHN) Centre for Innovation in Complex Care on hospital readmissions. He currently sits on UHN’s primary care follow up advisory committee. Previously, Joshua founded the SMARTS youth science network and served on Shad Valley’s board of directors. Joshua has been named a Forbes 30 Under 30 for Science & Healthcare, Canadian Top 20 Under 20, TD Canada Trust Scholar and received the Eric Fonberg MD Award for Health Systems Leadership. He holds a MD from the University of Toronto and a BSc from York University.

  • AveryV

    Hi there. I am applying for early admissions at UBC/UVIC. I would love to go to medical school after several years. What program would you recommend I take in my first year? There are so many Bachelor of Science degrees. I don’t know which one I would need to become a doctor. Thank you.

  • Maryam

    Hi Josh,

    The past year your website has helped me so much about helping know more about medical school in Canada. It even inspired me and my friend to create our own blog on being an undergraduate at the university of western ontario. We are still learning but I wanted to say that you have inspired us so much

    http://theundergrad.ca/

    • medhopeful

      This is a very late comment, but that’s wonderful, good luck with the blog!

  • Manav

    Hey Josh, it looks like the implementation of technology in health care clinics is increasing with the advancement of technology. In was just wondering what this market and is actually like for a high school student considering doing businesses and science, in which this market could be an option. Not sure if I make much sense but I’m wondering if you can share some ideas that might help . ~Manav

    • medhopeful

      Hi Manav. It’s definitely a growing market for the next 10-20 years, so there will be no shortage of opportunities for you. If you’re looking for some information, http://www.mobihealthnews.com is a good place to start to see what is being developed in the mobile health market. Good luck!

  • Matt D.

    Hi Joshua,

    I am an aspiring physician who also has a great interest in entrepreneurship, specifically in the healthcare sector. I am currently entering the 3rd year of my undergraduate program and hoping to get into medical school. I was just wondering what advice you would have for students like me, who want to become a physician, but also has an interest in these types of start-ups and making a positive impact on healthcare in this way as well? I want to dwell deeper into this idea of entrepreneurship, but there are several challenges that I am facing:

    – A lot of my ideas (and ideas for start-ups in general nowadays) involve making softwares/apps; I have no idea how to do any coding or app development whatsoever, so I feel like this is really limiting me in my options in developing a start-up that could help healthcare; did you already know how to code/develop software, if not, how did you manage to start this company without knowledge of these skills?
    – As I mentioned before, I am also hoping to attend medical school. To be completely honest, I’m not entirely sure whether I’m interested in more in the clinical side of medicine or an entrepreneur-side where I can impact healthcare in other methods. That’s why I’m hoping to leave my options opened in case I want to be able to switch over. But, is this “dual” life even possible? How did you manage to run this start-up while studying a rigorous medicine program?

    Thank you πŸ™‚