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  1. 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 !!!
  2. 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/
  3. 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:
  4. 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!
  5. 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!
  6. 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
  7. 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!
  8. 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!
  9. 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!
  10. 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!!
  11. 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!
  12. 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!!!
  13. Hi everyone! The Metabolic and Genetic Explorations in Refractory Schizophrenia (MAGERS) Project is currently looking to fill a part-time research assistant (RA) position. I have been working on the MAGERS study for the past 3 years now, as a full-time RA, and will be moving on from the study for now; we have hired a part-time co-op student and are looking for another part-time RA. The project is quite grand in nature – although it is primarily a genetic study, it also explores many avenues to investigate factors that could contribute to an individual developing treatment-resistant psychosis. I absolutely believe this project equipped me with lots of experience and skills which helped me gain deep insight regarding mental health, clinical research, working with a unique cohort of patients, affected family members and a multidisciplinary team of clinicians and neuroscientists, and much, much more. If this little sneak peek spikes your interest, definitely read below and consider applying for the position! Although initially part-time, this position can be extended to full-time. The deadline to apply is just before midnight on August 6th (Tuesday). If you have any questions, let me know via PM! Here are the details below: Job ID: 34740 Location: Vancouver - Point Grey Campus Employment Group: Technicians & Research Assists Job Category: Non Union Research/Technical Classification Title: Research Asst/Tech 2 Business Title: Research Asst/Tech 2 VP/Faculty: Faculty of Medicine Department: Psychiatry Salary Range: $21,357.00 (minimum) - $23,403.00 (midpoint) - $25,450.00 (maximum) Full/Part Time: Part-Time (50%) Desired Start Date: 2019/08/12 Job End Date: 2020/08/11 Possibility of Extension: Yes Funding Type: Grant Funded Closing Date: 2019/08/06 Available Openings: 1 Guiding principle: "Midpoint" of the hiring salary range means the individual possesses full job knowledge, qualifications and experience. This position is part time, FTE 0.5, at 18.75 hours per week. Working 3.75 hours per day and 5 days a week, in the mornings. This position may increase to full-time when the project matures. Job Summary: The Research Assistant assists with many facets of the research study. Tasks include obtaining informed consent from prospective participants; database development, collecting and entering data; administering questionnaires; and provision of general administrative and logistical support. This position requires interaction with vulnerable adults, including inpatients with serious mental illness. A Criminal Records Check is required for this position. A flexible schedule is required to accommodate sample collections that sometimes must be scheduled on short notice. The successful applicant may be required at times to put in several hours on a weeknight evening or on a weekend, and be present early in the morning on short notice for participant- or sample collection-related activities. This position is primarily based on the UBC campus, but some work may be conducted at BC Children's Hospital. Organizational Status: The incumbent will report to the Principle Investigator and the Co-Project Lead, as well as other staff involved in the research project, such as the Project Analytical Lead, as they so delegate. Work Performed: The incumbent's principal duties fall within these categories: Administering Questionnaires, Database Development and Data Entry; Coordinating Blood and Urine collections; Sample Preparation, Storage, Delivery, and Analysis; Administrative and Logistical Support. This is not an exhaustive inventory; other related duties may be required. Administering Questionnaires: - Administers in-person and telephone questionnaires to enrolled inpatient participants and family members. - Recruits participants from the UBC Hospital BC Psychosis Program and coordinates appointments for the research team. Database Development and Data Entry: - Create case report forms in REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) database. - Enters clinical and laboratory data into the database. - Ensures that case report forms are completed, and that data is regularly uploaded into the electronic database. - Updates the electronic database regularly to track completion of each required study procedure performed on participants, and protocol deviations. Coordinating Blood and Urine Collections: - Prepares pre-assembled generic specimen collection kits based on study protocols. - Prepares participant-specific sample collections, includes labeling with required identifiers, generation of required lab requisitions, and timely delivery of kits to the BC Psychosis Unit. - Communicates with BC Psychosis Program staff and collaborates with labs for scheduled sample collections. Sample Preparation, Storage, Delivery, and Analysis: - Prepares specimens (i.e, centrifuging, aliquoting, and storage), cleanup, and delivery of prepared research samples to designated research laboratories for analysis. Ensures correct blood and urine specimen labeling, pickup and delivery of research lab specimens from the BC Psychosis Unit to the designated research laboratory. - Depending on training and experience, may perform genomic, metabolomic, and immunological analyses under supervision by co-investigator(s) and collaborators, may perform additional laboratory procedures, potentially including (but not limited to) quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR), TaqMan assays, gel electrophoresis, and DNA and RNA library construction. Obtains and Documents Informed Consent: - Obtains and documents Informed Consent or Assent from prospective participants; - Documents participants' optional preferences in the consent process (e.g. DNA banking, permission to contact family members for participation, etc.) Administrative and Logistical Support: - Provides administrative support for the research ethics and institution approval processes, including submission of annual renewals, amendments, etc. - Schedules and coordinates administrative meetings, prepares and distributes minutes and documents as needed to facilitate project operations; facilitates communication amongst project staff. - Provides logistical support for grant and manuscript preparation, including literature reviews, copying, Faxing, mailing, e-mailing, etc. - May assist in assembly, compilation and summary of statistical and other data, and preparation and distribution of progress and annual reports to co-investigators and collaborators, donors and granting agencies. - Orders supplies; tracks expiration dates and monitors collection tube inventories to ensure collections can proceed on schedule. Supervision Received: Works under the supervision and reports to the Principal Investigator and Co-Project Lead. May receive additional direction from other study personnel, as delegated by project leadership. Supervision Given: May train new study team members, including students and volunteers, on routine tasks. Consequence of Error/Judgement: All duties performed by the Research Assistant should adhere to policies of Good Clinical Practice, standard operating procedures, and UBC policies. Failure to comply with national, provincial, institutional, or ethical standards could result in significant consequences to the subjects, the study, the Principal Investigator, and the institution. Errors in judgment could harm the subjects, delay the progress of the study, result in loss of funding, or otherwise influence the integrity of clinical research. Non-routine decisions or actions should be deferred to the Research Coordinator. Qualifications: High School graduation. An undergraduate degree, preferably in psychology or another mental health related field (social work, nursing, occupational therapy) or biological sciences, would be an asset. Minimum of 2 years related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience and competence in basic laboratory techniques such as centrifugation and pipetting is highly desirable. Experience with Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap) database design and data entry is highly desirable. Training in obtaining informed consent and administering mental health questionnaires will be provided as needed. Experience with the RISe online research administration tool is preferred, but training will be provided. Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing. Ability to exercise sound judgment. Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to deal with a diversity of people in a calm, courteous, and effective manner. Ability to effectively use computer programs at an intermediate level. Ability to effectively manage multiple tasks and priorities. Ability prioritize and work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines. Ability to stay organized and professional. Ability to work effectively independently and in a team environment. Criminal record check required. Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If you'd like to apply, follow the link here: www.staffcareers.ubc.ca/34740
  14. It seems like access starts mid-July! So at that time, you can apply for a student card .
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