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    lab2185 reacted to aray623 in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    Result: Accepted to London campus 

    Timestamp: 12:12 pm 

    wGPA: 3.99 conditional (this year is 3.97)

    MCAT: 515

    Interview: Thought it went terrible honestly. The only time I felt it went well was .02 seconds after leaving the interview room, and then it was downhill from there

    Year: 5th year UG

    Geography: SWOMEN

     

    I don't think I have ever been so excited in my life. Good luck to those on the waitlist! And if you aren't successful this year, keep trying! And just know that a bad GPA/MCAT isn't the end of the world! I really messed up my third year and my cGPA was only 3.72 this application cycle. And I wrote the MCAT 3 times. Just keep pushing if this is what you really want!

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    lab2185 got a reaction from medicine in Ubc Post-Interview Feelings   
    Also keep in mind it is not just the interview that counts.... There are people not getting accepted with above average interviews and people getting in likely with not above average interviews. So it is sort of impossible to gage as they look at everything. 
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    lab2185 got a reaction from Dako-Man in Need To Resubmit Reference Letters?   
    But can you use the same referees as last year? I assume yes. 
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    lab2185 reacted to XenosDFX in Interview Invites & Regrets (2016/2017 App. Cycle)   
    Invited! Congratulations to everyone! IP.
     
    Long time lurker on these forums... I've applied 3 times. Taken the MCAT 4 times (yup). So many things have happened in between but I kept my head up and explored both myself and what was around me. Super excited! Totally down to participate in a MMI training group.
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    lab2185 got a reaction from SwimD in Interview Invites & Regrets (2016/2017 App. Cycle)   
    Yes, got the invite! THIS HAS BEEN THE WORST WEEK DURING FINAL EXAMS, but I AM SO HAPPY! Congrats to everyone  
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    lab2185 got a reaction from UBC1212 in Interview Invites & Regrets (2016/2017 App. Cycle)   
    Yes, got the invite! THIS HAS BEEN THE WORST WEEK DURING FINAL EXAMS, but I AM SO HAPPY! Congrats to everyone  
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    lab2185 got a reaction from papasmurf13 in Interview Invites & Regrets (2016/2017 App. Cycle)   
    Yes, got the invite! THIS HAS BEEN THE WORST WEEK DURING FINAL EXAMS, but I AM SO HAPPY! Congrats to everyone  
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    lab2185 got a reaction from Curiousaboutapps1 in Interview Invites & Regrets (2016/2017 App. Cycle)   
    Yes, got the invite! THIS HAS BEEN THE WORST WEEK DURING FINAL EXAMS, but I AM SO HAPPY! Congrats to everyone  
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    lab2185 got a reaction from turbografx in Unable To Wait, Errrrrrrrrrrrrrrr   
    Hi All,
    Look at the blog post from January 21, 2016 by Admissions, and this will really clear up all of the concerns here. No pre-req average is counted this year and this DOES NOT impact the pre-interview calculations. They are still the same as last year. Score out of 50 based on your overall or adjusted GPA and score out of 50 for your NAQ. Those combined scores give you a total score out of 100, and there is a cut off score for the interview.  Admissions never used the separate pre-req average (even when they were required) in determining who gets an interview. It was only used in the past for the holistic review. Obviously an average won't be calculated this year because there are no pre-reqs, though I am sure they will still look at your science courses that were taken and how you did, etc.  Hope that helps!
     
    http://mdprogram.med.ubc.ca/admissions/admissions-blog/page/5/
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    lab2185 got a reaction from HongHongHong in Gpa From Current Year Excluded For Getting In The Following September?   
    I might add.. though perhaps I am a bit biased as I am an older applicant, but it is definitely not a bad thing to have a year between undergrad and starting med school. There are lots of things you can do, and I definitely think having a bit of life experience adds to your decision to pursue medicine and also see what else is out there besides attending university. I also think it adds to your interview personally..
     
    Med school is a long road, and I think it might be nice and beneficial to have a year to work in a different area, or do research, or travel, volunteer, etc, the list goes on! Make some money.. So i know it might seem like a bummer, but a lot of people do take time off before starting medical school which is why the average age of someone entering is about 24 or 25 I think. You can check their stats on the website to see what age the people are of the entering class. But there are lots of people who are older and have done different things or gotten multiple degrees before starting.
     
    So if it ends up taking an extra year, I would not think of it as a bummer, but more an opportunity to explore other areas and do something else besides school!
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    lab2185 got a reaction from Lifeisawesome in Gpa From Current Year Excluded For Getting In The Following September?   
    I might add.. though perhaps I am a bit biased as I am an older applicant, but it is definitely not a bad thing to have a year between undergrad and starting med school. There are lots of things you can do, and I definitely think having a bit of life experience adds to your decision to pursue medicine and also see what else is out there besides attending university. I also think it adds to your interview personally..
     
    Med school is a long road, and I think it might be nice and beneficial to have a year to work in a different area, or do research, or travel, volunteer, etc, the list goes on! Make some money.. So i know it might seem like a bummer, but a lot of people do take time off before starting medical school which is why the average age of someone entering is about 24 or 25 I think. You can check their stats on the website to see what age the people are of the entering class. But there are lots of people who are older and have done different things or gotten multiple degrees before starting.
     
    So if it ends up taking an extra year, I would not think of it as a bummer, but more an opportunity to explore other areas and do something else besides school!
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    lab2185 got a reaction from RicardoKaká in Gpa From Current Year Excluded For Getting In The Following September?   
    I might add.. though perhaps I am a bit biased as I am an older applicant, but it is definitely not a bad thing to have a year between undergrad and starting med school. There are lots of things you can do, and I definitely think having a bit of life experience adds to your decision to pursue medicine and also see what else is out there besides attending university. I also think it adds to your interview personally..
     
    Med school is a long road, and I think it might be nice and beneficial to have a year to work in a different area, or do research, or travel, volunteer, etc, the list goes on! Make some money.. So i know it might seem like a bummer, but a lot of people do take time off before starting medical school which is why the average age of someone entering is about 24 or 25 I think. You can check their stats on the website to see what age the people are of the entering class. But there are lots of people who are older and have done different things or gotten multiple degrees before starting.
     
    So if it ends up taking an extra year, I would not think of it as a bummer, but more an opportunity to explore other areas and do something else besides school!
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    lab2185 got a reaction from HongHongHong in Oop Chances & File Review?   
    I am assuming this is your first application to UBC? 
     
    Unless they do something radically different this year, which who knows.. since they are getting rid of pre-reqs, 
     
    The formula for getting an interview.. is a mark out of 50 for your grades (Academic score (AQ) and a score out of 50 for your non-academics (NAQ) You will then get a combined score out of 100. There is a cut off for receiving an interview which changes each year. You can look at the stats from last year to see what it was which are on the website. There is a different cut off for in-province and out of province. I think last year was 52.5/100 for in-province and 60-something for out of province not sure exactly, but look at the statistics part of the website. 
     
    There is some weird formula they use to figure out what your score out of 50 will be for your grades. You can search on pre-med 101 and usually someone posts the formula each year. It does change usually each year, so don't expect your score out of 50 to stay the same each year because your marks do. It is standardized against other applicants I believe. 
     
    The score out of 50 for your non-academics is hard to gage. I have absolutely no idea how they score it. Just do your best on that part of the application and see. If you find the formula from last year, you can plug your average into it and find out approximately your score for the AQ part. You would then see how high you would have to score to get an interview on the NAQ portion based on last year's numbers. Keep in mind that they will change. I have no idea what will happen this year, but I expect the scores to get an interview to be higher because I think more people will apply because of no pre-reqs but again you never know what will happen each year. 
     
    Also, as far as I know, as long as your MCAT meets the cut offs it is not considered pre-interview at all. 
     
    Hope that helps!
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    lab2185 got a reaction from jumpjump0904 in 5+ Verifiers Have Been Contacted - Is That Weird?   
    No it wouldn't be sent to every verifier. They check some randomly. It is usually a few. Apparently this year up to 9. And honestly don't worry if yours have not been contacted yet.  It is the beginning of October and they have 2000 plus people to verify...
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    lab2185 got a reaction from Lifeisawesome in Ubc Contacting Verifiers   
    I wouldn't read too much into it unfortunately. I have applied more than once in the past. Both years verifiers were contacted. The first time I didn't get an interview and the second time I did. I am pretty sure they do a file review (AQ and NAQ and make sure MCAT meets cut offs), contact verifiers and then give you a total file score. It is only once they have everyone scored that they determine the cut off for getting an interview as far as I know. 
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    lab2185 got a reaction from medicine in Ubc Contacting Verifiers   
    I wouldn't read too much into it unfortunately. I have applied more than once in the past. Both years verifiers were contacted. The first time I didn't get an interview and the second time I did. I am pretty sure they do a file review (AQ and NAQ and make sure MCAT meets cut offs), contact verifiers and then give you a total file score. It is only once they have everyone scored that they determine the cut off for getting an interview as far as I know. 
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    lab2185 got a reaction from canucks_14 in How Does My Naq Look?   
    Looks good of course, but honestly we have no idea who else is applying and what else they have on their application. Definitely worth applying though. It also totally depends for your NAQ on your descriptions in my opinion and how you present the information.  Good luck!
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    lab2185 got a reaction from RicardoKaká in How Does My Naq Look?   
    Looks good of course, but honestly we have no idea who else is applying and what else they have on their application. Definitely worth applying though. It also totally depends for your NAQ on your descriptions in my opinion and how you present the information.  Good luck!
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    lab2185 got a reaction from dancex123 in Oop Chances & File Review?   
    So to answer your question, yes they will look at your file if you have over 85 and your MCAT meets the cut offs. If you are under 85 or MCAT scores are below then I believe they do not look at your application. 
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    lab2185 got a reaction from dancex123 in Oop Chances & File Review?   
    I am assuming this is your first application to UBC? 
     
    Unless they do something radically different this year, which who knows.. since they are getting rid of pre-reqs, 
     
    The formula for getting an interview.. is a mark out of 50 for your grades (Academic score (AQ) and a score out of 50 for your non-academics (NAQ) You will then get a combined score out of 100. There is a cut off for receiving an interview which changes each year. You can look at the stats from last year to see what it was which are on the website. There is a different cut off for in-province and out of province. I think last year was 52.5/100 for in-province and 60-something for out of province not sure exactly, but look at the statistics part of the website. 
     
    There is some weird formula they use to figure out what your score out of 50 will be for your grades. You can search on pre-med 101 and usually someone posts the formula each year. It does change usually each year, so don't expect your score out of 50 to stay the same each year because your marks do. It is standardized against other applicants I believe. 
     
    The score out of 50 for your non-academics is hard to gage. I have absolutely no idea how they score it. Just do your best on that part of the application and see. If you find the formula from last year, you can plug your average into it and find out approximately your score for the AQ part. You would then see how high you would have to score to get an interview on the NAQ portion based on last year's numbers. Keep in mind that they will change. I have no idea what will happen this year, but I expect the scores to get an interview to be higher because I think more people will apply because of no pre-reqs but again you never know what will happen each year. 
     
    Also, as far as I know, as long as your MCAT meets the cut offs it is not considered pre-interview at all. 
     
    Hope that helps!
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    lab2185 got a reaction from keepingitreal in Employment Time Period   
    use clarification box to explain , but June 1 is the cut off. If you started the job after June 1, then don't this include on your application. If it was before June 1, I would put 40 hours, and then write a note in clarification box about it switching to ten hours during school year
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    lab2185 got a reaction from Maverick in Thoughts On These Two Risky/rewarding Entries For "diversity Of Experience"?   
    I agree with what has been said. I wouldn't put the fraternity twice, unless you literally have nothing else to put in its place and you need to add an entry. You already recognize the stigma around a frat and you want to show you have been involved in a variety of diverse activities, and while it might have been a great experience you need to put yourself in the committees shoes, and think about all of the other diverse experiences you are up against with the 2000 plus people applying.
     
    I think you can add a line in about diversity in the leadership entry. It is definitely all about how you also describe the entries though, but I would personally just stick with the one entry in the leadership category. 
     
    It also might start to confuse them with hours if you start crossing over between hours as a leader in the frat versus hours just hanging at the frat. Just a thought...
     
    Best of luck!
     
    Also, in terms of helping your grandfather. I think that is an interesting idea that could definitely be put in the application. but hopefully the care went past the age of 12? If it did, i would include, but I believe their cut off is 16 or 17. I can't remember what it was last year and I haven't checked for this year as I am an older applicant and don't really have activities that span back that far. But if everything was before 12, I wouldn't include it.  If it goes much beyond that and into your young adult years, I think it is a much more interesting and relevant thing to include in comparison to the frat. 
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    lab2185 got a reaction from medrock in Waitlisted Three Times, Help!   
    I agree the MCAT is on the lower end but Im not sure that is really the issue. I know people with 25-28 who were accepted this year and last year. At the end of the day it is a bit of a crap shoot post interview. Unless you rewrite and are 100 percent confident u can meet the minimums and get a much better score I would be hesitant to rewrite until your old score expires. Being waitlisted is a pretty big deal. It means you were very close. Do you have anything else new on your app for this year? I would just focus on your application for the summer personally. It is not a high 30 score but people with those scores also don't get in sometimes. 
     
    Would it be worth it to try and make an appointment with the Dean? i know that they don't like to do that but I think sometimes you can get one if you try. I know at least one person who had done that. It seems like with this many applications and a waitlist, maybe they can give you a bit more feedback. It is a long shot, but you could try. 
     
    Good luck! Persistence will pay off. 
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    lab2185 got a reaction from ItsBeenReal in I Am Done   
    I personally don't think this should stop you from applying to medicine. If you want to be a doctor, than you want to be a doctor whether people cheat  the system or not. It is so crappy that this happened and it is extremely bad professionalism. It will be up to you whether you want to report to UBC anonymously or not. 
     
    But I am sure these types of things happen in every area besides medicine. I wouldn't let that stop you from fulfilling your dream if it still is your dream. It is natural to have points during the pre-med route when you examine and maybe doubt how badly you want this and why. It is a long gruelling process and it can be extremely frustrating after putting in so much effort and not getting accepted. It's normal to examine why you want something and if you do still want it!
     
    But make sure you are stepping away because you really don't want to be a doctor anymore and not because a couple of people you know lied on their application.  I would take some time to take a break. The application does not open for a month and you have time before it is due. 
     
    Whenever I have had doubts about this long gruelling process in the past, I have always thought back to what drew me to medicine first. I have even at points taken a few days to shadow a doctor and see how I felt at the end. I was always reminded of why I wanted this and what I have been working towards. 
     
    On the other hand, it is totally ok at any point to decide you don't want to pursue medicine anymore if your heart isn't in it anymore. There is no shame in that. 
     
    I wish you luck in whatever you decide. 
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    lab2185 reacted to HBH in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    A little late, but here is some more hope for non-traditional applicants!
     
    Timestamp: 11 May 2016 @ 11:33 PDT
     
    Result: Rejected (2011-2014), Accepted (2015-2016) - VFMP (1st Choice)
    oGPA: 76.50%
    aGPA: 78.65%
    Prereq Avg: 71.00%
    AQ: 15.14 (2013-2014), 15.17 (2014-2015)
    NAQ: 45.26 (2013-2014), 43.36 (2014-2015)
    TFR: 60.40 (2013-2014), 58.53 (2014-2015)
    *Did not record data from 2011-2012, 2012-2013*
    MCAT: 28O (2009), 27N (2011), 31 (2014)
    Interview: Above average (2013-2014), Average (2014-2015)
    Geography: IP
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    Awards: A few service/volunteering awards, nothing major.
     
    Research/Pubs: Empty section.
     
    Non-Academic: Filled in all the slots for every section except High Performance (I had nothing in that category). Had a broad variety of long-term volunteering activities ranging from lab research, hospital/hospice volunteering, snowboard/tennis instructing, service clubs, personal hobbies, and fundraising. As many successful applicants have mentioned in the past, the quality and length of your activity matters. Don’t worry too much about what activity it is so long as it is meaningful to you and the community in some way.
     
    Employment: Worked with children with autism, in research labs, and taught snowboarding/tennis part-time for several years.
     
    Interview Thoughts: My third, and last, interview was the best by far. I felt knowledgeable and on point in each station. I think this was partly due to my taking public health courses in the 2015-2016 year, which helped inform me on various healthcare issues such as the aging senior population, Aboriginal health, mental health, technology in healthcare, and international public heath.
     
    Summary: There is not much to say that has not already been said by others in the forum. It is definitely harder to be competitive if you have a low AQ or NAQ. Personally, I feel recovering from a low AQ is much more difficult than a low NAQ. But, it can be done. It will take more time and you will have to spend more time catching up in one way or another, but it can be done. Just keep developing and moving forward, whether that means working/volunteering, taking courses, doing another program (e.g., paramedicine, BSN, MPH). For those that have been rejected/waitlisted, I know that crippling feeling of dejection, frustration, anger, you name it. I experienced it for four years. But keep it up, soldier on, understand your options, have back-ups, and you’ll either get into medicine or find something just as fulfilling. For those that have been accepted, I look forward to meeting you this coming Fall!!
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