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  1. Hey everyone! Are you fascinated by the underpinnings of the brain and the nervous system? Is pursuing a fulfilling career in neurosurgery something you have considered? If so, we would like to invite you to join the Canadian Medical Student Interest Group in Neurosurgery (CaMSIGN)! CaMSIGN is the very first Canadian national educational interest group dedicated to neurosurgery. Our primary goal is to connect, educate and inspire medical students across Canada by providing a platform to share their ideas. Our secondary goal is to provide a variety of resources that ultimately help interested students to find valuable mentors and immerse themselves in the field of neurosurgery. To fulfill these goals, CaMSIGN organizes multiple events such as speaker series, journal club meetings, mentorship sessions, educational workshops, and even virtual shadowing opportunities! Overall, we believe that this can be a great opportunity to expand your knowledge of neurosurgery, learn more about Canadian residency programs and connect with preceptors and residents in the field. CaMSIGN is a collaborative product between UBC and McGill medical students and is currently in its formative stage (recently established this month, in fact!). As the group expands over the next few months, we will be actively recruiting students from all medical programs across the country to join this diverse and inclusive community, and hope to appoint a few representatives from each school. Thanks for reading! Here is the link to the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/643782709831547
  2. Great job on the improvement for your score! Just echoing others above: Since you've spent time and energy already to study and prepare for the MCAT, you can use end-of-August exams as an opportunity to give it another shot. Worst case scenario is that you get below 509, which for UBC won't matter as they take your best score (but be careful for other Canadian schools, if you do apply there, e.g. UoT). A new exam may pose some stress on your wallet haha, but in my personal opinion, it's worth the energy you've spent to already prepare for the exam. The reason why I do recommend writing it is because, although your 509 is good, it's some what of a risk since your GPA is a bit lower than the average applicant. From what I've heard, applicants essentially have to prove themselves academically, non-academically, etc. As for the academic part, it comes down to your GPA and MCAT. If either is "low", then the other one should compensate. If the other one doesn't, then the decision will have to rely on other variables that the admissions team are prioritizing. If you want to maximize your chance, especially academically, I would recommend giving the MCAT another go. All the best!
  3. WELL DONE, well done indeed!!! Seeing such a success story after years of perseverance deserves congratulations in its truest form. I cannot wait to welcome you to the UBC med family, my friend, and cannot wait to become colleagues with you Cheers to you and all your classmates, well done !!!
  4. HUUUUGE congratulations to all that have accepted their offers from the UBC Undergraduate Medical Program!!! You guys did it, woohoo!! My dear classmates and I are extremely excited to meet you all and cannot wait to welcome you to the BEST medical program in the world (yes, I said it!) If you use Facebook, please go ahead and join the group for the whole class + the site you'll be attending. This will help you stay in the loop with the very, very, very exciting and fun events we have planned for you guys and, of course, you are more than welcome to ask any medical student from any year any questions you have Once again, sincere congratulations on this incredible accomplishment and welcome to UBC Med! Link to Facebook groups: (1) UBC Medicine Class of 2024 (Whole Class): https://www.facebook.com/groups/686057832219267/ (2) Vancouver-Fraser Medical Program 2024: https://www.facebook.com/groups/234469414476307/ (3) Southern Medical Program 2024: https://www.facebook.com/groups/531668237720620/ (4) Island Medical Program 2024: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1025612504506967/ (5) Northern Medical Program 2024: https://www.facebook.com/groups/251553779535662/
  5. I agree with @HongHongHong! You definitely have a great MCAT score and your average is for sure competitive I think (also, being IP is good advantage!). Your ECs also look good from what you've mentioned. It is more challenging to become involved with new activities during COVID-19 (opportunities exist but are relatively more limited compared to pre-COVID), but I would suggest using some free time you have now (if that's the case) to try some new things. It would be greatly beneficial for you to try something new and gain experience in that field, while simultaneously giving you more to write about on your application. This is if you have extra time on your hands. It is more important how you actually write your application. Spend a decent amount of time planning, writing, and editing your application, submit it (not necessarily for the early deadline if that still exists for next cycle), and see what happens! You never know where you stand until you apply. Having said all that, you have a great chance for the interview stage imo Feel free to check out my previous post below for some general but good suggestions for application writing! And this, of course, is available for anyone who'd like to consider them as well:
  6. Just wanted to come here and wish each and every single one of you guys the best as results start rolling in tomorrow!!! Can't tell you just how excited I am for all of you ! I was in your shoes last year this time and many times before that (lol), so I can totally understand the feeling of stress some of you may be having. Regardless of what happens, each of you deserves a great round of applause for all that you've accomplished so far to be here, right now. And thus, regardless of what happens, I am sure that you each deserve to be studying medicine and continue this journey of practicing your passion. Hang in there and be confident in what you've achieved (never forget that), you've got this!
  7. Absolutely agree with the comments mentioned above! To answer your question, I do agree with @youbesee that typically successful OOP applicants have an average of 90%+. But at the same time, definitely agree with @PremedToronto that you never really know where you stand until you apply. As for GPA, it is what it is and you can't really change that (unless you are planning on taking more courses to potentially boost it). So it comes down to your NAQ, which you can do more and more ECs to increase the probability of having a good score there. Having said that though, I'd argue that a good portion of your NAQ score comes down to simply how you word your descriptions. If you write a very decent application, you're more likely to score higher on NAQ despite having, say, "average" ECs. But don't get me wrong, you need to have great ECs in order to write great descriptions about them. Bottom line, don't lose hope if you're barely making the cut-off. Put a lot of time on your application and write the best one you can, and then see what happens. All the best!
  8. Yup, it is a very new scholarship award! We didn't get notified of it last year as it wasn't fully established yet. I would strongly recommend you all consider applying for it! But I also understand how it can be odd to have applicants apply for it pre-results. I suppose they want ample time to consider all applicants at a reasonable level, considering how significant the award is. I wish this could be some sort of hint of acceptance for you guys haha, but don't worry time has no choice but to pass. #SoonEnough
  9. I do because I did! Honestly, no one really knows how much they factor in the MCAT. It could also depend on how your GPA balances with your MCAT, or it could not. Hopefully it works out for you, but if for any reason it doesn’t, I personally think your 125 CARS is good enough (so, most likely it would have been a different reason given that scenario). All the best!
  10. Hey everyone! Just wanted to share with you all this masterpiece (that's right ) that the UBC Med Class of 2023 has prepared! Make sure to check it out in case you'd like to know EXACTLY how interviews at UBC go down (jk ya'll). Many, many thanks to everyone involved in the making of this incredible video, especially Kevin Z and Melissa K from our class. Hope you all enjoy!
  11. Hey everyone! Firstly, a HUGE congratulations to all applicants in the 2019/2020 cycle who finished their interview at UBC during the past couple of weekends!! Take the time to pat yourselves on the back for finishing up with the stressful portion of your applications! It's just a matter of waiting until May -- I sincerely wish you all the best of successes no matter what happens. I can definitely understand how stressful the wait can be though, so if anyone would like to chat via PM, please feel free to message me. It's much easier said than done, but try to distract yourself with something positive, and hopefully the 3 months pass quickly. Speaking of distractions, the Class of 2023 is super excited to be presenting the MD Admissions Video 2020 we've prepared for you, which will be on YouTube in just a couple of days ! Many, many thanks to everyone involved with this project, especially Kevin Z and Melissa K for putting in 300+ hours to direct, film, and edit this masterpiece. I have shared with you the trailer, which was recently published on YouTube. We truly hope you all enjoy what we've prepared, and hope this gives the perfect picture of EXACTLY what the interview process is like for those applying in the future (lol, jk). Cheers!
  12. Hey everyone! I want to dedicate this short positive message to all interviewees who are interviewing to be (fingers crossed!) in UBC Medicine Class of 2024. It can definitely be nerve-wracking to think your MMI is coming up within a week or two, and I'm sure many of you may be feeling anxious about it. But I encourage you to take a step back and think of everything you've achieved to be here! You guys have all worked so hard, from constantly editing your applications, to submitting them, to achieving the interview stage, to obtaining your reference letters, and to accomplishing all the wonderful things you have done and have been doing. The MMI is a chance for you to shine and show them adcoms who YOU are; your confidence and success have been only some of the amazing things that have gotten you here, so accept the MMI as a challenge and prove to your interviewers how incredible you are! Think critically, focus on your responses, and have fun! When you truly engage yourself in each question/station and have fun with the process, you won't get distracted with anxious thoughts . From the bottom of my heart, I wish all of you the very best in your interviews at UBC (and other schools), and I hope you have an awesome experience. I (and the other volunteers, I'm sure!) am looking forward to meeting some of you during the interviews and cheering you on!!
  13. Congrats to everyone who got an interview invitation!! It's an incredible achievement to have made this step, so you guys should all be proud of yourselves I just wanted to say that the resources from last year's FB group that I organized is definitely available if you're interested. Feel free to join via the following link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/173550230242947/ Once you join, click on "Files" tab on the left and feel free to download all the questions (PDF files) the interviewees last year made and practiced. Good luck and looking forward to seeing you guys during the interview weekends in February!
  14. Just wanted to pop in and wish you all the best of luck in this coming week!! Haven't had the time at all to return to the forums earlier, but wanted to at least send this positive message. I can completely understand how you may be feeling and can imagine the stress levels right now. The wait can be brutal, but interview decisions will be out soon. Be confident in your applications and stay strong for just a few more days, you guys got this!!!
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