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  1. So do OOP students who come from Ontario double dip in the goodness? ie. they get BC tuition rates and OSAP level funds/bursaries? Does it really matter if OSAP gives you more loans, anyway, since UBC tends to cover the gap in one's expenses through their own private bursary? Meh - debt will happen either way.
  2. If you are already an Ontario resident, you wont lose anything if you move to BC. You will likely gain a lot more moving there, as you will now be considered IP in BC, and IP in Mac as well. Get your BC card ASAP. You'd be surprised how many people strategically move around, do highschool in specific areas, and university in other areas. If you want it bad enough, you'll do all you can to get there. So go for it, and good luck!
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    Unofficial Premed 101 Ubc Meetup

    hey - this is a cool idea. If it works out the first time, do something like this again for when the OOP group gets in to Vancouver.
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    Primary Application Reference Letters

    Nope. You application needs to first be verified and so you can use that time to collect some ref letters. Better to have this ready in the first place though, but this still gives you some more time.
  5. It was in the middle actually. It was so bad... I just shook hands and walked away thinking "hoooookay. next". This is why I think UBC probably drops your worst and your best stations.
  6. Great points guys. Wow you JUST beat me to the response. No strings attached, so long as I do not become rich overnight. And if I do, it'll help with tuition anyway
  7. Haha this reminded me of my own interview. In one station, my interviewer was so disappointed in my terrible answer that she simply said "Oh good the bell has gone.. you can stop talking now.." in a very sarcastic tone. Thank god for 10 stations!
  8. My stats aren't stellar. I got in OOP because UBC drops one of my years, and in that case I get a 90% average. Apart from that, my cGPA for undergrad is 3.7-4.0 with a 33 mcat. Good, but not great. Unlike most prestigious schools, Mayo doesn't heavily weigh academics, relatively. They are really interested in your story, and whether or not you're the right fit for their vision. As others who have applied in the US know, they look at you much more holistically (they know where I immigrated from, how many siblings I have, what my family income is, and what made me pursue medicine etc.). Something in my application popped out apparently. And I doubt it was my nerding skills. Hope this helps
  9. Thank you all so much! This has been immensely helpful, and you all gave me such great insight. I will be talking to the banks, and confirming that there are no strings attached to the full ride from Mayo! Also, this decision is difficult bc I'd still be ecstatic if I end up at UBC. Maybe I'll see you around yet, Gohan
  10. Wow thanks for the great input guys. I felt like because Mayo was my first interview, I was dumbstruck by its grandeur, and maybe that's why I wanted to attend. But this is unanimous.. Can you guys at least refute any of my pros-cons for either schools? Have I covered all angles? Remember since I come from a humble background, I have no one to sign for my LoC. I mean, OSAP should be good enough for my living expenses in Rochester, but it'd be reassuring to know that I have access to 250-300k, should anything go awry. Thoughts?
  11. Hey guys, I am in a very blessed situation where I have been accepted to both UBC medicine (OOP) as well as Mayo Medical School. Since I will be moving away from home in both cases, I'd like input on these schools. At Mayo, Pros: 1) I will receive a full tuition scholarship for all 4 years (I have the immense blessing of being financially poor /s). 2) I'll have a small class size (~50 students only) 13:1 faculty student ratio - it'll be easier to shadow and get more exposure to rare/common medical cases from patients from all over the world. 3) The reputation of the school may help me match back to Canada while also giving me better options in the US. 4) Free massages for med students every day? 190 students in the entire med school? TRUE Pass/Fail system (not even internal rankings for the first two years) Yea, they can afford to pamper you. Cons: 1) USMLE 2) I may need a visa for residency. I dont know how keen Mayo is at sponsoring me for a H1B visa. Maybe they are more inclined than other schools? who knows. All i know is that there is more paper work involved. 3) I dont mind living in Rochester, and the weather is not much different from Toronto, BUT it's not as good as Vancouver. 4) There was no basketball court in the clinic area. Not even in the gym. WHY!? UBC - Pros: 1) Its in Canada. I love living here and I believe our healthcare system is better. I'll have a better chance at practicing medicine here, if I go to UBC. 2) The basic research at UBC is stronger. As an MSc. interested in continuing research, this is a plus. 3) Vancouver is beautiful. I can see myself living here and moving my entire family over. 4) Line of Credit without a co-signer. Proper. Cons: 1) 1/288 students (1/192 in VFMP). Massive school so I'll need to work hard at standing out. 2) "pass/fail" with ranking? Defeats the purpose. The quintiles will make it competitive anyway. 3) The hospital system may be good, but its not Mayo Clinic. 4) New curriculum. I'll be a guinea pig to this. Who knows, could be good or could be terrible. I know both schools will give me a fine education. That's why I need your input to help me sway to one side.
  12. I visited my local CIBC branch and they mentioned that I need a guarantor in order to receive a professional student line of credit. They did not even take a look at my credit scores/savings, and made it appear to be standard practice at CIBC. I am interested in remaining with CIBC, but I have no issues re-locating my bank. Can you confirm that a guarantor/co-signer is not required for students with excellent credit and an acceptance to a Canadian medical school? Thanks
  13. Hey That's really frustrating to hear. To have above average AQ, NAQ, and interview scores, and yet not be admitted. I think you hit on a few important points here. Certainly, your reference letter and MCAT scores made a difference. Your MCAT score, as you already pointed out, may be a weakness. Also, people tend to forget this, but wasnt there an essay that we did after the interview? I am not sure how much that counts, but from my phone call with the admissions team, they claim they look at EVERYTHING in the file. What year you're in, AQ, NAQ, geography (are you IP or OOP? What scores do your peers get?), essay, MCAT, ref letters. So potentially, you have the flexibility of addressing several key aspects of your application that seem important post-interview. That gives you more breathing room, but also adds ambiguity :S.
  14. Hey guys, I just finished speaking to a financial rep at CIBC, and they mentioned that I'll need a guarantor to sign on my behalf for taking out a LOC. Sorry for being so noobish, but is that typical? He made it sound like it's standard practice. Maybe it's only a CIBC thing, and hence why I dont see many people talking about this institution on these forums. Does anyone have any experience with LOCs and co-signers/guarantors? --thanks in advance.
  15. Time stamp: 2:02 pm EST Result: Accepted - VFMP GPA: 90% MCAT: 11/10/12 Year: 2nd year MSc Geography: OOP