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  1. One year I had very random verifiers contacted the first round, then an email asking me to change my verifier for an activity to a more appropriate one (club president --> sponsor teacher of the hs club), then the next round of verifiers contacted were all employment/leadership positions. Might have been that a reviewer wanted to confirm specific entries.?
  2. Can you put it up on the vancouver mmi group?
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    academic explanations essay

    As far as I know, they do not. Where/how were you planning on submitting this letter? It's not a part of their application.
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    UBC med from Ontario?

    You can use your Ontario DL to drive in BC. However, if you get pulled by a cop for any reason, they will flag you and ask you to "update your address", which would mean getting a BC DL. If you have a full license though, its just an application, no additional tests. If you want to be a BC resident for the purpose of applying in-province to UBC, you'd need to be MSP eligible before the application deadline, so you have to move to BC the winter/spring before to have your MSP paperwork and care card ready to go. I've done this for a relative (the move, not med) and it took only 3 months, but you never know. You can't hold residencies in two provinces for health care though, so if you want to use OHIP in BC, you can (under whatever they allow for out of province care, if the HCP will bill to OHIP), but then you're not a BC resident for UBC's criteria.
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    No worries! I totally know where you’re coming from! It’s just such a gray area, what is ok and what is not, when it comes to personal questions
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    I guess this is one of those, depends on you, how you want to manoeuvre through your interview, and how genuine the "weakness" is. I actually do pull 100+ hour weeks often, and it has burnt me out more than I'd like to admit. It's something I am working on, and I have examples I could bring up/ in my CV to show the change over the years. But like I said, its my cop-out answer. Point is, explain a weakness, make sure its not a red flag, and demonstrate how you are working towards changing it.
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    To answer your bump, my cop-out answer is to talk about a true weakness but disguise it as something that is "too good", and then hide it under how I am working to improve. ie. I can be a workaholic, am always happy to take on new projects and sometimes get stressed with my workload without realizing it. But after a few times of working 100+ hours/week where I really started to feel the burn-out, I've worked more on my time-management skills, prioritizing tasks, and also work-life balance. Here, you answered the question, but you're leaving the interviewer on a good note without obviously making it a "well its actually a strength too..."
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    They just disguise the question in a slightly different format. eg "what would future you want to change about current you?"
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    I agree with the above... I'd consider re-taking the MCAT. Are you in province? Or from a southwestern Ontario community? It seems that most schools have a cut-off of sorts that are at least 126. Considering this year's applications are already in, I wouldn't worry about it. Nothing you can change now other than MCAT prep?
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    CASPer done...thoughts?

    So it seems that they recycle questions... I got a question this year that I got in a previous year (4th time now). As always, I ran out of time to correct grammar, or finish a sentence. I have 3-4 sentences that ended early li (like that.)
  11. OP: Having a higher GPA will definitely make applications easier, but it isn't everything. Make sure you start planning for ECs and the MCAT early. I know someone with a 3.95 who only interviewed at Western (OOP, but back then they looked much less on ECs), didn't make UBC IP, or any of the other schools across the country. Might be the case for other programs... but med still focuses so much on GPA that it's quite sad. I took that advice, as well as the "Everyone who is in university now had over 85%+ in highschool. 60% is the new 85% so don't worry if your grades drop", and the "take electives or that you enjoy and don't worry about the grades". My first year was a gong show, and if I look at only the courses I took for my minor, I'm at an 80% average/ 3.0. Not saying to not have fun, but start planning early.
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    Advice to first year undergrad?

    Familarize yourself with the MCAT. Plan out a schedule for yourself of when to take it. I missed the deadline to take it to apply for schools out of 3rd year. Study hard. I took it 4 times and wasted a good 2k. Join extracurriculars that you plan on keeping for a while. I understand life can change, and your schedule will change, but long term > short term commitments. Even if it is only 2 hours a week, or just once a month. Don't worry too much about debts, don't try too hard to make small money and lose out on more important things. I worked >3 part time jobs pretty much all through undergrad, and lived at home to save money. Easily one of my biggest regrets. Now I'm 4 cycles in, and wish I could have had a better portfolio filled with extracurriculars and better grades than minimum wage jobs/nothing to show for the 25 hours a week I spent on transit.
  13. OP, depends on what color... and how much you think it will affect your interview (or if you intend to tone it darker/more natural just before the interview). Medicine is still very much a conservative field. Particular at the med school interview stage, when they're trying to cut 3000 to 300, you don't want your "red flag" to be your hair color. I mean.. if you can blame the highlights on sun bleaching, I think you'll be fine. If you're going for frosted white tips though, maybe not. However, in the actual workforce, I think it doesn't matter thaaaat much. I work at a children's hospital. Silver blonde (previously pink, lavender, violet, silver... etc) Asian with facial piercings. No complaints. (I go back to a medium-ish brown before interviews though, I don't think adcom would appreciate unicorn hair very much)
  14. I emailed adcom to not submit my essay in to turn it in because I reused parts from previous years' applications. Edit: My bad, I thought this was a UofT thread.
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    ABS Order (chronological?)

    Previously the OMSAS system automatically updates the entries based on chronological order, within each category. This year, now that they have merged with OUAC, it seems that it is not the case. For some of us who are entering them in based on last years app, we are entering them in chronological order anyways and may have not noticed the change.