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  1. This is what I understand about the process having attended a few of those info sessions. After interviews are completed, the Committee reviews applicants whollistically and determines who is 'admissable' (= acceptance or waitlist) and who is "inadmissable" (=regrets). If a candidate is deemed admissable this is where all the numbers come into play - GPA, MCAT, ECs, Interview which all contribute to your TFR. At first the highest 288 TFR candidates'ish get a seat. The remainder of admissible candidates are on the waitlist. That is what I piece together cause how else do they determine who gets which site - its all about your overall rank. Since you have been waitlisted multiple times, you clearly have what UBC Med wants. Its just that there isn't a seat for you. So you have to ask yourself, what are the highest yield activities to increase your TFR. From your post, your NAQ seems solid. I don't think that is holding you back, because you technically would be offered a seat if there was a seat available - they want you DW about commitments of activities and such because they would offer you a seat regardless if there was one. You need high yield activities that increase your stats, which for you is probably GPA and MCAT. Focus on those.
  2. During the cycle you are applying, try not to put you life on hold. Continue doing what you do - whether working, school etc and work on the things that will make you a stronger candidate next cycle or beyond. There isn't much you can realistically add if you want to address issues now except the MCAT. I fell in that trap the first time I applied, but fortunate at that time I cut pre-interview so it gave me a couple extra months to re-assess. (I know it's hard to think about this), but just think of what you wish you had done during this 2016/2017 cycle if the same thing happened again next year -regrets with above average.
  3. As a person who was flat out rejected last year with an above average interview, there were many scenario's of why. GPA? MCAT? Interview? ECs? And I didn't really get any answers besides massive speculations from everyone. The only thing I could work on was the scores that UBC provided. I just tried to improve on all the things that were a bit 'lower' than the average accepted applicant for the next cycle - which in my case was MCAT and ECs, and it seemed to have worked. From what I'm guessing, its a combination of it all. Academic Readiness + Interpersonal Skills. UBC and probably many other schools have seen candidates somewhat similar to 'us' (aka. everyone), and have probably tracked their success to see who thrives in their school, and who simply doesn't. As I see it, they must have seen a pattern of individuals who are great in person and on paper with ECs, but they may have struggled with the academic rigour once in med. Or else I honestly don't know how to rationalize a non-acceptance with an above average interview considering that about 40% get in/waitlist, and that above average means top 33%. So my advice is just work on what you can - a few courses probably won't increase your GPA, but if granted an interview, in the wholistic part post-interview, they will see you trending with awesome grades. If you retook the MCAT and did significantly better, it will only increase your shot. I feel that in a way its more of a 'weed-out' process, than a 'weed-in'. Lots of individual things can cut you right out of the process, but very few things can guarantee you an acceptance. cheers, swordfish
  4. Result: Acceptance *tears* GPA: 87ish? :S ​MCAT: low 30s Interview: Got above ave. last year and was straight up rejected....felt better this year. ECs: diverse - sports, arts, advocacy, research, politics, teaching, youth NGOs, disability work Year: complete UG Geography: IP #teampersistence
  5. How loosely is high achievement really defined that way??? I always thought it was something along the lines of Olympic Athlete..an achievement done at the national or international level.
  6. How loosely is high achievement really defined that way??? I always thought it was something along the lines of Olympic Athlete..an achievement done at the national or international level.
  7. Thanks Guys! I guess I have to tough it out and take the new MCAT then and hope for the best. Cheers, swordfish
  8. Thanks Gohan and Dyno! Your advice really does help, especially in this post-rejection sadness/what-am-I-doing-with-my-life period. Since my Total File Review was ~56, I guess the lower end file review plus my low MCAT was enough to warrant being rejected. And from the above posts it seems like UBC Med really does care about VR scores... 7 minimums simply don't cut it. I retook the MCAT and this time received a higher overall score, but again an 8 VR. Dunno if that will be competitive enough for the IP pool I just find it discouraging to (like you Dino) not even be wait-listed. I assume that the top half of applicants either get accepted or waitlisted (288 spots and about 40?? on the waitlist), and to know that I was on atleast on the top third of applicants on the interview probably meant that I was on the very bottom of everything else to not even get waitlisted. Sigh. And wow Dyno - a 44 NAQ...that is super impressive! Hopefully all my work/ volunteering this year will help me get a score that is even remotely close 44 NAQ and I'd be happy. (probably not happening, but one can dream) Thanks once again you guys! Never really used this forum before - you guys are making me wish I learned about it years ago in my undergrad. Cheers, swordfish
  9. I am an IP applicant. It would be a lot more tolerable if I had a below average / average stats because it simply means that they either don't like my 1. MCAT - verbal reasoning is the bane of my existence 2. Essay - yes it was a bit cray, but manageable. Don't think it went terribly. 3. Reference letters - no way of knowing really, will probably switch two of them up with stronger individuals next cycle. I had to hunt on reference down as they left it to the last minute - so they may have not liked my frantic 1-day-before-deadline-email. 4. My application overall I'm just terrified that this probably means I REALLY need to rock the interview next cycle to even be considered. But with an 'above average' score, I don't really know where in the 'above average' I was - was I the one who scrapped by in the 67th percentile, or was I higher? Or does this mean that once you reach a certain threshold of interview, your interview score doesn't matter anymore and they look at everything else? Basically more of a weed out process than a weed in one, where any big fault is worse than anyhting 'impressive'. Because I can see how a 7 VR can really bring down my file. Any thoughts? Blah, I didn't do much this last year either - re-wrote the MCAT and worked bunch, but I don't even know if there is a point anymore with a similar application, with a lot more work.
  10. Hi all, Congrads to all those who got accepted this year, you guys deserve it! I was wondering if anyone knows how common it is to be offered regrets post interview (not waitlisted) with an above average interview score. Since my total file review was not near the borderline - some points above the interview threshold, I am unsure what the exact cause of this could be. My AQ and NAQ are within the range of many stats I have seen online. And I thought interview is the most important thing post-interview anyways... My only real fear was possibly a bad reference (but who would be happy to write one if it was going to be mediocre...), or my low MCAT verbal score of 7 (with a 29 overall). And here I thought MCAT wasn't that important at UBC? :S I was wondering if someone has been through this with an above average interview score can shead some light on what they think it may have been, since the scores I received for the AQ/NAQ were relatively competitive. I'm just concerned that this means I will need to really rock the interview next year to have a fighting chance. Thanks for any advice.
  11. Can anyone who has taken the following courses please shed some light on the usefulness of these courses once in med? PHYL 422 Mammalian Cardiovascular and Respiratory Physiology PHYL 423 Mammalian Renal and Gastrointestinal Physiology PHYL 424 Mammalian Endocrinology PHYL 426 Physiological Basis of Central Nervous System Functions I am considering taking (at least some of these) as electives next year, but I'm not really sure about the level of difficulty and usefulness of the courses for later on in medical school. Obviously I'd guess they'd be useful, but is it worth the difficulty/hassle of taking them? Otherwise what other 'pre-med' electives would you suggest? Thanks in advance!
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