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  1. Totally agree with you. Did my undergrad at UBC, and the prospect of a different province and a smaller-community lifestyle is enticing. If I get off the waitlist for Queen's I could see myself declining my offer to UBC.
  2. Big shout out to the group of interviewees that were trapped in an elevator for something like two hours today. What ridiculous luck. Hard not to let that rattle you a bit.
  3. There may have been something wrong with their email client, because I didn't get the original confirmation of my interview time for this weekend. Just give them a call or send them an email and they will resend it.
  4. Mine was April 9th - OOP applicant here. I wasn't expecting an interview so late.
  5. Just got my email, my inbox says 1:08 PM PST. Hang in there everyone!
  6. Time stamp: 9:11 AM Invite/Reject: Invite GPA: 3.84 CARS: 131 Casper: First time doing it, it felt like it went not so bad. OOP Completed undergrad Excited for the opportunity to learn more about McMaster in March!
  7. TIME STAMP: Thurs, 10:42 AM Interview Invite: Invited GPA: 86.8% AGPA (if applicable): 87.5% MCAT: 128/131/128/130 (517) ECs: One year of full-time work in clinical research/care position, volunteering and leadership at a suicide hotline, two 2nd author pubs and posters, leadership in two UBC student clubs, lots of activities over the years related to themes of mental health/outdoors/travel. Feel free to PM me if you want any details. Year: BSc, graduated 2015 Geography: IP Wow! Definitely a relief to get an interview from UBC. Although I didn't have high hopes for last year, being rejected last year was a good reminder that you really never know for sure. Fell into some good opportunities over that last year that seem to have boosted up my NAQ. For anybody disappointed or worried by a low NAQ score, just know that there's a lot of opportunities to bring that up, even if it takes an extra cycle to do it. With that being said, it's been a hard year. Personal issues aside, I've been left with a fair amount of disillusionment with the way this entire process is conducted. Good luck with the next step everyone!
  8. UofT does not differentiate between IP and OOP applicants, so that's clearly a plus when you're applying from BC. They've got a ridiculously high average acceptance GPA though, which isn't always kind to UBC students converting their percentage grades. UofT also a quite sizable qualitative assessment component to their application, so it's anyone's guess. I'm holding out some hope for McMasters and Western, mainly because of they have a high emphasis on the MCAT, particularly CARS. I only applied to UBC last year and everybody told me I was stupid for limiting my chances. If you really don't want to move out of the province though, I think it's fair to give yourself a year to hold out for your top pick.
  9. So sorry to hear that it didn't work out for you this year. It sounds like you've had a lot of responsibilities to juggle beyond your own personal career path. I wish I could say that I believe that medical adcoms do a good enough job at taking those sorts of things into consideration, but I don't necessarily think so. For the UBC application, I hope that you listed some of your exceptional circumstances as EC entries in themselves, maybe that's something to consider next time if you didn't already. I wish you all the best, hang in there and keep doing what you're doing. Sounds like you'll get a boost to your AQ after finishing your last year and qualifying for weighting, which is always nice. Even if you have to work for a year after that, I'm sure that will give you plenty of opportunities to focus on boosting your NAQ as necessary. Good luck!
  10. A UBC admissions member once said that the differentiation between Volunteer/Employed experiences was only made on the application to make it easier to report your hours. Everything ultimately goes into the same pot.
  11. I put "Completed BSc." Honestly, I really wouldn't worry about it.
  12. Personally, I would keep to one ABS entry for each ABS statement - trying to combine two ABS entries may be confusing if they cross-reference your ABS statements with your full ABS. The wording on the guide seems to line up with this reasoning: If you felt like you could split the two positions as separate ABS entries, then you probably should be consistent in writing about each one as a standalone experience. Just my two cents!
  13. I actually ran that exact question by UofT admissions awhile back. They said that attending a conference and presenting at one are quite different experiences, so we can put them as separate activities under the ABS if we'd like.
  14. In a perfect world you'd be choosing both? I would choose your three strongest activities, provided that collectively they cover all four of the clusters. Every activity doesn't need to cover all four, just make sure that collectively they cover all four. If one or two clusters aren't adequately covered by your top-three, then start thinking about what activity best exemplifies the remaining clusters. Personally, I'd try and make sure I have a solid activity that covers each. Good luck!
  15. That's what I figured in hindsight. Duh. That's for clarifying!
  16. This may come across as a stupid question, but when you are writing your essays are you trying to keep the length under 250 words, or 2000 characters? The character limit is the clear limit for entering the essays into the online box, but I realize now that all the instructions seem to very clearly specify the limit strictly in terms of word count. What do you think?
  17. Glad to hear it worked out! It just goes to show that these medical adcoms aren't soulless organizations trying to disqualify applicants however they can.
  18. I believe there's 50 characters in the initial "Description", when you enter an item, but then you have an additional 150 characters after you go back to that item to add additional information. Play around with the online application a little, it should make itself clear to you.
  19. cGPA: 3.83 CARS: 131 Status: OOP I know that my CARS score is high, but I have no sense of how competitive it is to score an interview as an OOP applicant. Would anybody have an idea of what I should expect? Thanks.
  20. I always like to watch this video every now and again as a reminder. I think it's very powerful, and it sums up a lot of the personal philosophy I try to live by whenever possible: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERbvKrH-GC4 Honestly, I think the message conveyed in the above video is particularly important for people following the path of being a doctor. By our very nature, as a group we tend to be highly invested in academic achievement, defining our life's progression and success by each course, each high mark that we achieve on a particular assignment. Everything is one step towards that ultimate goal - being a physician. But the truth is, none of us really know whether "being a physician" is the key to making ourselves happy. The more we sacrifice our present life and experience for some ultimate dream, the greater our expectation and eventual disappointment is going to be when that fantasy isn't exactly how we imagined it to be. No matter how new and exciting medical school will be, we're all still going to be humans that crave friendship, that get stressed out from time-to-time, that start to wonder whether this career path is exactly the right fit for us. So enjoy the moment and learn to live right now. At the end of the day, that is going to make you happier and more successful that any extra EC, or marginally higher GPA could ever do.
  21. At a UBC Medicine information session a while back, the host explained that the "High Performance" section was mainly a place for applicants to highlight a certain activity of high achievement that has resulted in a significant and extreme amount of time commitment. My impression was that this section was only created for a minority of applicants, a section designed to give more weight to somebody that has poured a more extreme amount of time and dedication into a single activity, probably to the detriment of others. The classic example of this would be applicants that have competed in the Olympics/World Finals in the past (they're out there!). That being said, they mentioned that they were understanding about how ambiguous some of these sections are. It sounded like they will move activities into different categories if they feel like the applicant has misclassified them. If you feel, deep down, like your experience is best described as "High Performance", I would put it down. If you're just trying to rationalize putting it in because you are scared to leave the section blank, I wouldn't worry about it.
  22. I wonder if this will lead to a slight change in the admission criteria? The importance of one's pre-req average has never really been understood (although likely minimal). Maybe we'll see a slightly stronger emphasis on the MCAT, since it's now the only assessment of foundational knowledge in science. Do other non-prereq schools in Canada put any particular emphasis on the MCAT?
  23. So it goes. TIME STAMP: 3:47pm, December 7th Interview Invite: Regrets Early/Regular Deadline: Regular GPA: 86.8% AGPA: 87.5% MCAT: 128/131/128/130 (517) ECs: Significant leadership in two UBC clubs, long-term involvement in mental health support services, many activities centering around outdoor education, camping and travel. Exchange abroad. Year: Bachelors Geography: IP NAQ: 19.05 AQ: 27.87 First time applicant: I figured that my ECs were weak, but in the last few months I unfortunately started to believe it might actually work out. Such a low NAQ is pretty discouraging, but I suppose it's the price I pay for persuing some personally important experiences that don't necessarily translate into a strong application. I've got some good things in the works this year, so I just have to figure out how to make another year of pre-med limbo meaningful. One more day of stress, and then the worst is over. Best of luck everyone!
  24. Cool idea. Thanks a lot everyone. Just a few questions. How's the work/life balance going for you all? Do you find that you have significant time to pursue other interests and social engagements, or is the time commitment to studying pretty heavy? What's one thing about medicine/becoming a doctor you've experienced that you weren't expecting/weren't prepared for? Does the 'race' ever end in medicine? Getting into the program is a great step, but are residencies a major thing on your mind? I really want to believe that after the bottleneck in the premed stage, everything chills out a little.
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