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  1. ^Not sure if that is true, but assuming it is, that could be based on a number of factors. For example, if more people in NMP are interested in family, that would result in a higher match rate.. I wouldn't pick a site solely for match prospects, but rather based on which is the best fit.
  2. **unless the spots were dedicated IMG spots, but otherwise yes that's correct
  3. Uh, maybe if you were compromising to couples match with someone. Otherwise, no. Don't try to game the system. Rank your true order of preference.
  4. More challenging, but definitely still possible to get a letter. Strength of the letter may depend how closely you work with the staff over that week.
  5. If it's a smaller program, I would definitely try to attend. It allows you to ask questions, make connections, get a sense of the program, and get your face out there. Having people recognize you is helpful. Your behaviour at the social does matter though and can affect your ranking if you are rude, etc..
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. I was told to list it as a Bachelor program by the UBC med financial assistance officer.
  9. ^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.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. 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.
  12. As far as I know, this is no longer running.
  13. 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.
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