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  1. Frederick Sanger

    Updates?

    As far as I can tell, the process is subjective and based on their discretion they contact people to verify. You have no reason to be worried because the number of verifiers being contacted is not necessarily correlated with a higher chance of acceptance. I think some of my activities had 500+ hours, so I think it makes sense for them to be contacted, so they are sure that those hours are true. I believe the medical education is considered 'undergrad' correct? I am an undergraduate applicant. Don't be worried. It will all work out.
  2. Hi prospective applicants/future colleagues! Are any of you interested in doing some early MMI prep over the weekends and form a group before the interview results come out in December? If so, please send me a message and we can organize a group for people who live in Toronto and have applied to UBC or other Canadian med schools.
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    CASPer done...thoughts?

    I had around 400-500 words for each prompt. So roughly that number divided by three. Overall, I think elucidating your thought process and line of reasoning will be important. Using key words like 'understand', 'analyze', 'evaluate', 'consider' should be accompanied with your line of thought and reasoning. I felt good about my CASPer which I wrote on Oct 23rd and did not run out of time for any of the twelve sections. For McMaster, the CASPer matters so much because if you look at the admission stats, people with lower GPA's of 3.0+ and CARS of 125+ managed to secure acceptance and interviews showing that a strong performance on CASPER is required for interview and acceptance. Good luck.
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    Community service reference?

    I would advise you to read this: Source: https://mdprogram.med.ubc.ca/files/2012/11/References-Guide-2012-2013.pdf
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    Updates?

    So far for, I am consciously aware of 5 of my verifiers being contacted-- Not sure about the rest. It is always helpful to send them a quick email to check-in with them. Good-luck.
  6. Frederick Sanger

    UBC vs McGill Medical School

    Hi Victor Lin, I applied to both schools (just submitted McGill's apps over the weekend actually). Both are great schools in my humble opinion and if you objectively look at the Maclean's ranking they consistently rank as the top 3 schools in the country. I hope that you got a chance to apply to both to maximize your chances as the considerations you are asking about will only become important if you are granted acceptance at both institutions in which case consulting with current students would be the best idea. As for myself, I applied to UBC'sMD and McGill's MDCM/PhD.
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    Applying tonight

    As long as you submitted everything it should be fine. The supporting documents are everything that is listed on Minerva. They explicitly say in the e-mail that:
  8. Frederick Sanger

    Incomplete Application email

    I got the email too, but I am wondering as to whether the letter of recs are what I am missing as incomplete. Does anyone know what to do? I sent them a polite email making sure they have submitted my recommendation. Anything else that can be done?
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    Academic History Workbook

    I am a Canadian Citizen (non-Quebec resident) applying to McGill's MD/ Ph.D. program. But when I look at Minerva, I do not see any option for me to upload anything to the "Med Admissions Acad Workbook". I have uploaded my transcripts and every other supporting documentation requested. Should I be worried? It does mention on their website that: But, I am not an international medical graduate applicant, just by virtue of studying in the US. Any thoughts?
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    Provinces and Athabasca Uni

    I have contact UBC, U of T and McGill. I specifically asked about Athabasca. They all mentioned that they would accept it as an accredited Canadian institution just like everywhere else. They do not give preference to the program of study, where it is from and how long it takes to complete either. The rest of the schools, I am unsure.
  11. I was going through a list of information online about the advantages/ disadvantages of pursuing a PhD if you are dead certain about entering the field of academic neurosurgery. A curious trend I observed is that, it is possible to receive a PhD in neurosurgery while doing your residency. One of the big examples I can think of is Dr Michael G. Fehlings who is the Krembil Chair in Neural Repair & Regeneration at U of T. More info: http://neurosurgery.utoronto.ca/faculty/list/fehlings.htm How would one compare/ contrast this with the more traditional MD/PhD curriculum in terms of duration of the program? I ask this because I am wondering if a post-doctral fellowship ensues after a residency or if one has substantial research experience during both med, residency, and fellowship the post-doc is not mandatory? (Note: I made a similar post in the U of T med forum, but I was not sure where was most appropriate to make the post. I apologize in advance for any inconveniences.)
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    Chances

    Your AQ should be hovering about a 25 -/+ 2-3 points for correction. This is not official but my guess by using last year's formula. If you can list your EC's I can try to estimate it with a longer SD for point correction. I am just an applicant myself, but happy to take a look.
  13. I cam across this recently: http://md.utoronto.ca/news/admissions-blog-upgrading-your-gpa?platform=hootsuite What caught my eye was: Another option for applicants who do not meet our GPA requirements is to enroll in a second degree. If there is a significant difference between the GPA of your two degrees, you may apply for special consideration to be assessed on only one of your degrees, as part of the Academic Explanations Essay. The essay will be reviewed by the admissions committee, and no decision on how your application was assessed will be released to you. Does anyone know much about the validity of it? I mean, I know it's a silly question because it is on their website so it must be true, but does anyone know of anyone that had this happen to them? I am a recent graduate at a top 3 US school and I am thinking of taking a second degree in psychology through Athabasca to fulfill the GPA requirements.Any information can help!
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    Doing a PhD during neurosurgical residency

    This was simply brilliant. Thank you very much.
  15. I was going through a list of information online about the advantages/ disadvantages of pursuing a PhD if you are dead certain about entering the field of academic neurosurgery. A curious trend I observed is that, it is possible to receive a PhD in neurosurgery while doing your residency. One of the big examples I can think of is Dr Michael G. Fehlings who is the Krembil Chair in Neural Repair & Regeneration at U of T. More info: http://neurosurgery.utoronto.ca/faculty/list/fehlings.htm How would one compare/ contrast this with the more traditional MD/PhD curriculum in terms of duration of the program? I ask this because I am wondering if a post-doctral fellowship ensues after a residency or if one has substantial research experience during both med, residency, and fellowship the post-doc is not mandatory?
  16. When is the deadline to have an online course from TRU or Athabsca accepted for this admission cycle?
  17. I know this may initially come across as a vent, but more or less its just a moment of frustration with my current situation. And I really need help! I am an IP applicant, studying abroad in the United States where the university system only awards letter grades instead of percentage. This semester, I took a variety of classes, doing well above the class average and scoring in the 90th+ percentile in almost all of them. The issue I face is that the grade conversion that UBC uses, essentially brings down my AQ score by ~8-10 points because whatever percentage I receive that earns me the letter grade gets converted down. For example, I scored a 92.85% in my biophysical neurobiology class which somehow gets counted as an A- and that means that on the conversion scale it is a flat 82%.I am well aware that the institution one attends and the classes one takes are irrelevant to the adcoms in their evaluation, but I really cannot find any other way of what to do in regards to my AQ given that I am going to above a low 80th percentile average after the conversion. I have been studying day and night to ensure that all my exams go well even though they are exceedingly difficult, but it seems that no matter what I do the conversion will hurt me. I am graduating next semester and I am really trying to see what I need to do? I am confident about my NAQ since I have done a lot of activities that I have been passionate and showed leadership/service. Should I consider taking 1-2 Athabasca University classes that show a percentage? I am passionate about learning and I am more than willing to do everything it takes to study and perform well in my classes, but I really do not understand how it is possible for me to surpass this conversion scale; I have tried emailing the staff and communicating this concern but it seems that this is set in stone. Are there others with the same issue as myself?
  18. Hello you lovely people. I was on U of T's website and I encountered this: "A GPA weighting formula may be used for students who have completed at least three years of university study and have taken a full course load (i.e., five full credits), during the regular academic session, in each of their academic years." Could someone explain what that means? I am not studying in Canada so I am partially confused. Does this simply mean that you need to be taking 30 units your first year to qualify for this?
  19. What do people think of Athabasca University classes? I am a senior (4th year) and I want to boost my GPA by independently taking classes in Athabsca for 2 reasons: 1) My current institution only awards letter grades which upon the conversion hurt my GPA because it descales my real grade 2) I believe taking the classes will be a bit easier and giving me and edge to boost my GPA. Can someone tell me of what Canadian med schools think of doing this? I have heard that the difficulty of the institution and the rigor does not mater to them. So, would this be beneficial to me? Please give me feedback and I will give you a virtual hug. I Would appreciate any thorough feedback or guide. Regards, A Canadian Compatriot down in the south.
  20. Dear Wonderful people, I am an applicant for the next UBC cycle. I am currently a fourth year Canadian student studying in the states. I applied for this cycle but because I scored below a 124 for one of my MCAT sections I have to apply again. This was quite a shock and a terrible news given how unexpected it was but sometimes things do not go according to plan. I intend to write my MCAT again (I scored a 123 on my psych/soc) and I need advice for what to do once I graduate. So basically I am staying at my university for the summer (till mid-August) to finish all my prerequisite courses for my major and after that I am unsure what to do. I know that I need to rewrite the MCAT and score very high on that so I am preparing for that by studying every week and taking it again in January. As for my other situation, the AQ, I know that UBC will drop my lowest year and based on the previous discussions it appears that the school of attendance or the program does not carry weight in the admissions. After some calculation, I am able to bring myself to about an 83% GPA with the converted score but I am wondering if taking Athabasca courses in conjunction with my coursework is reasonable as well? (I am asking this because the converted UBC GPA scale works against me as courses I receive A's in, which are in the mid 90's get translated to high 80's so the only way to effectively boost my GPA would be through institutions that award a percentage instead of a letter grade). So does taking concurrent Athabasca classes make sense if I complete them prior to the June 1st deadline of next year? I am legitimately thinking of putting away my time allocated to research and just take more coursework to boost up my grades. The second part of my question is as follows: I am very interested in doing scientific research and I am wondering what makes the most sense: I have received offers of doing research at Stanford and Harvard after my graduation but these labs usually require a two year commitment so that is something I am not quite happy about. Also, more than the name, it is the environment that really makes a difference to me. In a lot of the cases at schools of that kind, the undergraduates receive little care and attention and they usually do most of the labor without the freedom to design their own experience. In one particular instance, my friend was not listed as an author despite working 50 hours/ week in the lab. And to be very honest, I feel that my heart is with UBC and the environment there. Given that I have been far from Vancouver during my undergraduate years, I am thinking of perhaps returning and trying to get hired as a research fellow in one of the labs at UBC? I feel that being able to stay with the UBC network and forming new connections is better than my former options. I have put away the option of doing a Master's since I intend to pursue a PhD anyway so I feel if I can get hired for a full-time research position at UBC it will be a much better choice for me. Should I turn down my offers of Harvard and Stanford? Or should I wait till I come back to Vancouver in December to interview with the labs at UBC? I would really appreciate your help and advice as this is something so dear to me. Being able to secure a career as a physician-scientist is something I have always dreamed of and I would appreciate your feedback on the topic. With Regards, An aspiring compatriot of yours in medicine
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    Exceptional Circumstances- Advice Needed

    Let me clarify my case: I feel that if I were to go back to UBC and get a letter from a PI there it will be much better in terms of the application. And I must note that if I were to go to Stanford or Harvard it will not be included in my application since it will be starting in September and the application clearly states that the material need to be by June 1st deadline. This will only help me if I take two years off and I am honestly not sure if I want to be doing that. Could you explain how this will be helping me be a stronger applicant? I guess I should also mention that I am currently at Caltech so the research here isn't really much different from either of the aforementioned schools.
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    Mcat Exam

    If you score 123 on a section of the MCAT does that make you ineligible for the UBC application? Please help.
  23. So I took my MCAT on Aug 25th and I am still waiting for them to release the score. Anyone else on the same boat as me? I know they release it today (Sept 27th) but I just wanted to ask if this is normal. Thanks
  24. On the website, it says that the transcripts must be submitted by the 15th of September. I have went to my advisers and have asked them to do so by then. The issue is that I am also doing a double major but I just declared my second major so I am wondering if it will hurt me if only one of my majors show on my application instead of both (okay, maybe hurt is not the right word but would it be disadvantageous considering my situation?). Thanks in advance.
  25. If I am trying to reschedule for the MCAT but missed the silver deadline (but I still have the bronze) would cancelling for the current date I am taking and rescheduling it to the same month be allowed? Basically I signed up for the August 20th exam but I want to reschedule to August 25th because it works out for UBC based on the release dates and the deadline. Does anyone know if I were to cancel my current one, would I be allowed to sign up again? I am super worried because if I cancel and miss the deadline, I lose one year. I also checked and know that there are spots available. Thanks everyone.
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