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  1. I've been so happy today. For the past five years of trying over and over to get into UBC with below average interviews, I kept telling myself If I ever get in, and the backpack color is yellow that year (My favorite color. Also the color of my car, and many clothing I own), then it is destiny. I was meant to get that year. This feels really symbolic. Yellow is the color of happiness.
  2. None of these things should matter. I had 4 courses per semester my entire degree except the final year. I had Ws, I had many random courses like archeology, geology, and Earth Science in a biochemistry degree. I even had a D at one point. It shouldn't matter. I had a AGPA of 85% and I ended up getting in despite all this. I've never felt like my GPA or my courses were a obstacle for me. The biggest hurdle was always the interview.
  3. It's likely completely out of their hands and must be a pain for them. It's probably health authorities and university's own rules, directives etc. that are preventing them from having more in person instructions. Given that OAS isn't even open yet, it must be quite a hectic time for them trying to figure this all out. I never thought in my life that if the day finally comes that I am attending medical school, it would be in front of my computer in my room. I'm grateful either way, but this is unexpected. Hopefully the winter semester will be in person. 2023s already had their winter AND summer AND fall semesters get screwed up and we may (hopefully) only have to endure one semester of this.
  4. The labs being online is quite unfortunate. Especially the anatomy labs and dissections. I was really looking forward to it. I feel like it doesn't make much sense to charge us the same for tuition since there's some pretty important components missing entirely. It made sense for the big lectures to be online but everything else? Movie theaters have opened up and we can't have CBLs and labs in person?
  5. The forwarding doesn't actually work for me. I tried sending a email to the name@alumni.ubc.ca email and it did not forward it to my email....can someone else test this?
  6. Sent mine through mail June 10th and it was marked as received on June 17th.
  7. I think the MCAT plays a big role post interview, I would rewrite a 508 with 510 and above being more on the safe side.
  8. Yeah not all GPAs are the same depending on school and program difficulty. I don't think UBC accounts for the differences, they've stated this that it doesn't matter where you come from or what degree you were in. On a side note: Coming from SFU, 3.80 converted to UBC's 85%. But UBC dentistry used UBC's standard scale and my GPA was in the lower 80%s. I could never get an interview at UBC dentistry despite good DAT scores. Thankfully the medical school has a custom scale that is more fair imo. But its still not completely fair. Someone from SFU can only ever get a maximum of 95% at UBC with an A+ where as a UBC student can get higher. Someone from a school that had a 4.00 GPA scale can only ever get 92% as a maximum at UBC. It's not fair but I don't know how else they can do it. The OMSAS scale is even worse IMO. All my A+s automatically get converted to As so 4.33 grades become 4.00 grades. That destroys my GPA and it's really unfair. tl/dr: No.
  9. Result: Accepted (VFMP) off the Wait-list 6/8/2020 Geography: IP Early or Regular Deadline: Regular Timestamp: 3:45 PM PST aGPA: 85.1% ~22.5 AQMCAT (CPBS / CARS / BBFL / PSBB): 513 (128/126/129/130)Current Degree (UG/Bachelors/Masters/PhD): SFU Molecular Biology and Biochemistry 2015 ECs: ~34 NAQ last year. Various things: Volunteered at shelters, Big Brother, some clinical volunteering, NSERC (no pubs), helped the elderly, charities etc etc etc. My application included a lot of my hobbies as I tried to paint a picture of who I really am: I like wrenching on cars so I restored an old Japanese car. I really enjoy photography, and drawing. I also repaired computers and phones on the side. I provided evidence for all my hobbies with links (an album for example). I've had quite a few jobs as well from selling cars to manual labor. For example when the town of Fort Mcmurray burned down I lived in a camp near there for 2 months to help with the clean up. Interview: 7 stations went okay, bombed 2 stations (I might as well have gone in there and screeched for 7 minutes). My essay wasn't great. I can't believe I am posting this. After 4 applications of straight rejections and 4 MCATs, I finally got wait listed and accepted in the 5th application and 3rd interview. This has been...quite a long and difficult journey. You can look back on my 8 year old account and see all the times when I lost hope completely or when I was researching schools in Poland/Australia/D.O. Schools. No way in hell I expected this. I had completely given up. Last year I quit my job and practiced 250-400 hours for the interview and got below average and rejected. I had practiced with residents, med students, other applicants, professors, teachers, my parents, friends, I gave it my everything so to be rejected like that was a clear message that I am not cut out to be a doctor. I moved on completely. I decided to do a second degree in Computer Science, nothing even health care related. The past 10 years of my life were considered forfeit. I talked to an advisor at SFU about CS requirements and he told me I have everything I need for Jan 2020 intake. Two weeks later as I am applying, they changed their requirements to needing more math courses, I was no longer qualified and UBC's BCS (CS) program wasn't until next September. I was in complete despair at this point. I felt like anything I tried to do with my life, there was a massive obstacle. Like there was some divine force preventing me from progressing while everyone else moved on. It was really hard to not have these negative thoughts. It was the uncertainty around getting into CS for January at SFU that led me to decide to apply to UBC Med one more time, I wasn't planning on it. After UBC MD application was sent in, the CS department decided to ignore their own requirements and admitted me. Finally, I could move on. December comes around and I was surprised to get the interview and grateful, but really did not have the energy or time during my studies to practice like that again. I practiced 2 weeks before the interview and went in. Bombed two stations utterly and completely, and the rest were okay. Nothing as good as my last year's interview. I walked out out LSC thinking to myself this is the last time i'll walk here. A chapter in my life had ended. I just wanted to go home, I had midterms. I didn't even eat the pizza. I didn't think about medical school or the interview again and focused on my studies. In May I get an email that I got waitlisted. I was really surprised but not that excited, given results of the last 4 years, I probably wasn't very high on the list anyways. I was too jaded to be excited. Yesterday was like something out of a dream. I was writing out a strongly worded email to UPS for damaging my car's coilovers when my gmail widget popped up "UBC Undergrad Admis..". I thought it's probably a COVID 19 message or they started rejecting people earlier because the waitlist isn't moving. I opened the email and it said "Congratulations". I stared blankly at the email for 20-30 seconds. I won't go into detail what happened afterwards, you can just imagine what happened. As I trembled for the next hour, I thought to myself...they made a mistake. There's no way. How? The interview was awful. How did this happen. There's got to be a mistake. It honestly still hasn't sunk in yet. I am not going to write that perseverance pays off. This could've easily gone the other way and I know many for whom it did not pay off. Despite all the years of applying and taking rejection after rejection and seriously starting to think there's something wrong with me, I still think I got very lucky. There are risks to pursuing this path. I always thought not having backup would make me more motivated for volunteering and doing well in school and that might have been true, but I think the only thing that changed this year was my attitude towards the whole thing ( I didn't do anything new compared to the previous year's application, just a few more hours in what I already had). I didn't have desperation in my eyes anymore, the interview was taking up my time that could've been used for my midterms. The prospects and promises of the CS degree seemed a lot more realistic vs going up against a hyper competitive application pool. I had other plans, I was pursuing something else at the same time. Something else I enjoyed, but it wasn't necessarily my dream. The outcome of this interview was no longer a zero sum game. It wasn't really as important as last year when there was so much to lose. It had become something I had to do. And perhaps that attitude is something they like. Perhaps it comes off as being more confident. If future applicants have questions about my ECs feel free to PM me! I look forward to meeting my classmates soon! (well with covid...maybe soon?)
  10. As someone who's been applying for 5 years and been getting straight rejected over and over and over with below average interview scores (wait-listed this time) what I can tell you is this: Judging by the people that do get in the first or second time (From the hundreds of people I've practiced with over the past 5 years) I think they're looking for a certain personality archetype for what a "doctor" should be (Super Extroverted, dominant and persuasive). Many people don't fit this, and for them it will be an uphill battle no matter how good of a doctor they could have been. If you're shy or quiet, you're going to have a bad time and it doesn't mean you'd be a worse doctor. I know so many doctors that graduated from other countries (and Canada) that do not fit this archetype and they're all loved by their patients and staff at the hospital/clinics they work. They have high ratings and reviews everywhere you look. But basically If you show any nervousness at all, you're going to have a bad time. The MMI is extremely subjective. As soon as there is a gender or race involved or any face to face interaction, all objectivity goes out the window. It should just be a written response interview where they only see ID numbers (no face or name), and face to face interview just so they can filter red flags (if you show up as a clown or Mr. Bean or something that can reflect poorly on your maturity etc) You sound exactly like me last year. I quit my job and practiced 3-4 months straight, everyday, for 8 hours a day. 2-6PM with one person, 6PM to 10PM with someone else. I practiced with residents, doctors, professors, teachers, you name it. I studied ethics, I read news articles on current social and health issues in Canada and the world, I watched documentaries. I went to every session at UBC, I created my own little MMI practice group too in addition to everything else. all in all I probably practiced 200-500 hours. I pretty much exhausted all options. I considered anything but a below average interview as progress, it would show that effort pays off. I just wanted SOME progress from the below average interview I kept getting. I didn't even dare to dream they'd actually accept me. The interview went well, maybe a couple of stations could've been better but that's to be expected. It was MUCH better the previous year, or so I felt. When I got below average again, I felt so cheated. I told myself I'd never apply again and immediately started to apply for a Second Degree in CS and that's what I'm doing now. It's a calculated risk to pursue medicine. You gotta carefully consider the risk/reward ratio of applying year after year. This is my last year, it no longer makes sense to continue even though it is my dream to be a doctor. I think I have demonstrated some perseverance. I can't really apply anymore, because I don't have the time. Accelerated Second Degree in CS is brutal. My GPA is going to drop as well. I know 20 years from now I'll look back and understand that I gave it my all. I did consider going overseas, but the cost, and the risk/reward ratio made absolutely no sense to me personally. No regrets. And I think this is the point you want to get to before you move on. Do you feel like you've exhausted all options? That you don't have much more room for improving? Think about yourself decades from now. What are you going to think? That you gave it your all and it didn't work out, or that you quit too early and you might have gotten in if you just improved X. Perseverance is commendable but it can be damaging to your mental health watching everyone else move forward with their lives, your sense of self worth, your relationship with your family. If I kept going like this for another few years, I think I would seriously regret not moving on earlier later down the road. When I could have had a career in something else instead of being stuck in purgatory. Think about what you have to do now, think about not living with regrets.
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