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  1. I would highly recommend Fairview area. An ideal location for the 4 years would be: (1) in close walking distance to the 99 B line (along broadway) or the 84 (along 4th/6th) for easy access to UBC. [You are there a lot in first year, and a moderate amount in second year] (2) Walkable to VGH/ Diamond Centre [Very useful in second year and clerkship] (3) Close to either Granville St to bus downtown or Canada Line to get to downtown/ Saint Pauls [Useful for clerkship/general life] Fairview area pretty much meets all of those.
  2. Unfortunately, medicine can be very hetero- and cis-normative. While this is something that should not matter at all (in my opinion), you don't know how interviewers might perceive it. The idea that you might get flagged for this or that people might judge you makes me so mad - and shouldn't happen in a perfect world - but could sadly be the case.
  3. I was told to list it as a Bachelor program by the UBC med financial assistance officer.
  4. ^There is free time on Tuesday and Thursday mornings that a lot of students use for shadowing, although you may also be able to set things up at other times.
  5. ^ A number of my classmates were on crutches at some point throughout the school year. Might make some activities more difficult (standing in anatomy labs, etc) but you definitely won't be the first person to have gone through that. You should be able to discuss with the faculty to set up any accommodations if needed.
  6. I highly recommend CAPS 301 if you are interested in med. SPPH 200 has also been hugely influential in how I think about the health of individuals and populations. It's a "gpa booster" class, but the content is very applicable and important in medicine. I never took CAPS 390, 391, and MICB 302 in undergrad, but I think they would help to give you a good foundation.
  7. As far as I know, this is no longer running.
  8. I know a number of people in medicine now who did chemistry degrees. If you are interested in it and feel you would do well in it, go for it. Chemistry is a bit less common than bio degrees, but it does lend itself well to individuals who are hoping to gain critical thinking and problem solving skills. In terms of the MCAT - it helps with physical sciences (from inorg/physical chem) and bio (from organic chemistry). However, you will definitely need some additional biology and physiology knowledge (whether through elective courses or self-teaching). The MCAT is only one small part of admissions. First and foremost, I would choose a major that interests you and that you think you can do well in.
  9. ^ A lot of people use the banks on UBC campus. The advisors at Scotia, RBC, etc there are familiar with med student LOCs.
  10. ^As far as I understand, there is not two separate waitlists - just a max number of OOP students allowed.
  11. If I recall from last year, Refused-limited space available = rejection, waitlist = real waitlist with a chance of eventual acceptance.
  12. I would pick whatever school/city is a better fit for you - Both are good schools and your degree program doesn't significantly affect your application. The only other consideration would be your home province - if you have the potential to be "in province" for multiple schools that could definitely be beneficial when you apply to medicine.
  13. I had a W on my transcript. Don't sweat it too much if your grades are strong otherwise.
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