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  1. Hey @Jambon, Firstly, I'm really sorry to hear that you didn't get the interview feedback you were anticipating. I definitely agree with you that reading that Below Average can be demoralizing... I remember when I did my first interview, I felt good, very excited to finish and even celebrated afterwards. But when I saw that Below Average after I received regrets, I was devastated; so I can imagine what you must have felt/perhaps still feeling. But please don't be discouraged. With the right strategy in mind, appropriate amount of practice and continued self-reflection on your responses, I believe you (and anyone for that matter) can definitely improve your interview performance/score. The year after, I spent a considerable amount of time reading articles, consistently keeping up with the news, listening to podcasts, and everything I could do in order to raise my own awareness about current issues that surrounded us locally, provincially, nationally, as well as globally. I made notes on every important topic I came across and made sure to familiarize myself with the intricacies involved. Then, during practices, I applied my knowledge, also focusing on my structure, organization, flow of logic, pace, etc. Although I was waitlisted and eventually rejected, I noticed that my interview feedback said Above Average. And to be honest, when I finished my second interview, I definitely felt a BIG difference compared to my first. Even though your presentation is most likely excellent, the content in your MMI stations (the points you actually mention) may not have been at the level it can be, relative to the hyper competitive pool of interviewees. This is why I recommend you do a lot of reading/research into current events and issues that surround us; this way, you can familiarize yourself with lots of points that you can store in a mental reservoir, ready to be naturally drawn from during the MMI. I also echo all the advice that has been mentioned above, including practicing with family members and looking into joining public speaking clubs, such as Toastmasters – they are all wonderful ways you can utilize to improve your performance. Wishing you all the best, and looking forward to hearing your success story soon!
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    Hi lecter, First and foremost, I sincerely commend you for working so hard all these years and showing dedication and commitment to follow your dream. I can totally understand what you're feeling ... believe me. I know how disappointing it is when you don't receive the news you were hoping for despite all your hard work; I know how demoralizing it feels when bad news comes knocking... I know these because I've had to battle and push through those same feelings myself (many... many times). It took 6 applications before I received an offer this cycle. I explored all the possibilities before I was finally accepted: Going from being rejected before the interview, to rejected after the interview, to rejected after being waitlisted, to being ineligible for 2 whole years... to finally being where I've been dreaming about for God knows how long. What I'm trying to say is that persistence is key. Passion is what derives my persistence. Knowing that I want nothing other than practicing medicine for my future career is what pushed me through those dark times. From what you've shared, it seems like you are a passionate, hardworking, and dedicated individual – qualities that will make you an excellent and successful physician. I know it is much easier said than done, but as @dduk has nicely worded, please try your best to put your focus on yourself. Do things that you love and enjoy, whether that'd be starting a new hobby, travelling, volunteering, and much more. When you do the things you love, you'll never get tired of them. They will primarily help contribute to your experiences and broaden your perspective on life; on the side, they will also help improve your application. Please feel free to PM me – I would love to chat with you in more detail, if there is anything specific you'd like me to help you with . I truly wish you the best, and I hope that you receive fantastic news next cycle so that you can share it with all of us on this forum!
  3. Hahaha thank you very much, congrats to you as well !! This made me chuckle
  4. Yes, there is!! This is the Official Facebook group set up by the upper year medical students https://www.facebook.com/groups/1651596008320458/
  5. After 6 years of applying to UBC Medicine... going through all the possibilities (regrets before interview, to regrets after interview, to regrets after waitlist, to being ineligible for 2 whole years), I seriously cannot believe I'm writing this... It had always seemed like it's something too good to be true, yet here I am. There are many people I would like to thank (and letting them know will take a solid week) from the bottom of my heart for the support, encouragement, and love they have provided me within this long and incredible journey I have been through. I write this with shock, excitement, and full of heart. TIME STAMP: 11:56 AM PST (May 10, 2019) Result: ACCEPTED VFMP (1st choice) !! Early or Regular Deadline: Regular Deadline GPA or AGPA (if applicable): ~84% MCAT (CPBS / CARS / BBFL / PSBB): 514 – (130 / 125 / 130 / 129) Current Degree (UG/Bachelors/Masters/PhD): BSc in 2014 Geography (IP/OOP): IP Extracurricular Activities (awards, achievements, volunteering, employment, research, etc.): I had written this description already in a separate post I made, but will be copying it here as well: Founded and lead a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for variety of causes via annual musical concerts, with the last 2 events focused on contributing to schizophrenia (5 years and counting); founded and led another charity aiding developing nations via Save the Children fund (6 years); extensive leadership and volunteering with UBC Department of Physics and Astronomy (8.5 years and counting); long-term ER volunteer and volunteer trainer and program coordinator (8.5 years and counting); long-term St. John Ambulance volunteer and Divisional Administration Officer (2000+ hours over 5 years, and counting); independently provide guidance and support to immigrants and families as they adjust to life in Vancouver/Canada (9+ years and counting); lots and lots of capacity to work with others including skin cancer research/holding workshops for high school students across Metro Vancouver, volunteering with med students and residents via UBC Department of Emergency Medicine, working closely with refugees and youth with physical and/or intellectual disabilities, and more (combined 3300+ hours); and lots and lots of diversity including clinical research as a volunteer, shadowing pediatric surgeons, toxicology research as a volunteer, epigenomics research at Michael Smith Labs, loads of piano and competitions, oil painting, and more. I also work 3 jobs right now, 1 full-time and 2 part-time jobs; full-time is being a research assistant at UBCH working on a project focused on treatment-refractory schizophrenia (over 2 years); part-time jobs include tutoring students in grade 4-12 in math and academic reading with a company, and also tutoring for the MCAT with a company. 1 Publication (1st author) on the application (had a poster publication/presentation on June 7th which couldn't be included unfortunately, and a few are expected to come soon). Lots of awards (mainly from high school) and one high performance activity for winning multiple awards with St. John Ambulance. The intention of this post is to try and help people down the line, so that's why I'm including lots of details. Interview: I finished my interview initially feeling good about my answers. I had a terrific interview experience! I felt each interviewer was well engaged in my responses and discussions; they all smiled and nodded as I was answering questions and follow-ups. But then the 3-month period started and man oh man oh man was I second-guessing myself... I kept doubting my answers and my confidence started to drop a little bit each week that had passed. I knew at minimum I did 5/10 stations that I would categorize as "good" and at absolute most 8/10 stations. But overall, especially leading to D-Day, I was completely unsure how I did, but I don't know if I was being too self-critical or not. At the end of the day, I still overthought everything haha. Turned out to be okay I guess! I would like to sincerely congratulate everyone who received an offer this year and sincerely congratulate in advance those who will be receiving offers from the waitlist! It's an overwhelmingly amazing feeling that I get a chance to be in class with you folks – I cannot wait to meet each and every one of you as we finally set to make our dreams become a reality . For those who didn't receive the news they were hoping for, I can definitely understand how you feel, believe me... Disappointing news can be demoralizing, but let me tell you that you were selected to interview for a reason; you all have incredible potential so please keep your chin held up high and do not allow, even for a single moment, a decision to define who you are. As my case can further add to the supporting evidence, persistence is absolutely key.
  6. Awwww, thank you soooo much you guys!!! I am incredibly grateful for all the love and truly amazing comments that I've received; you guys just have no idea how thankful I am to be receiving all this love Love you all <3 . I am beyond, BEYOND excited to meet all my classmates soon and also to connect with other medical students!!! HUGE CONGRATS TO EVERYONE THAT RECEIVED AN OFFER TODAY!!! Today started as such an anxiety-provoking day, but will end with celebration. And the celebrations are just the beginning too . To those who have have been waitlisted, BEST OF LUCK! I hope to see some of you for sure in August! Please hang in there!
  7. Hahahaha Oh it will come haha! Thank you so much man, thank you from the bottom of my heart... I seriously cannot even begin to express how thankful I am for these amazing and incredible comments <3 <3 Thank you, thank you, thank you!
  8. Oh my god... I ran out freaking likes, but I would like this a million times... Thank you so so much for everything and all your wonderful comments <3 <3 Thank you so so so much... I am in shock and shaking right now... I really gotta go wash my face
  9. Just got accepted to VFMP!!!!! I am in tears... I am in so much tears.... I just can't... I just can't even process this..... oh ... my.. god... I am still shocked this is unbelievable...
  10. Woohoo, congrats!!!! Offer emails based on sites are definitely staggered!
  11. Oh my gosh.... Yes offers are coming out it seems! One of my friends got NMP as his first choice!
  12. :OOO What timestamp??
  13. I literally ran out of reactions/likes since an hour ago.... I would LOVE to love this comment a million times... but man, nothing is guaranteed right now... Nothing until something happens... But I am not kidding – I will message you privately and we'll have a long chat if that's okay with you. I'm just a total mess right now.. I can't type much :((
  14. What the actual f***..... I am just speechless... This just doesn't make sense whatsoever to me... I will PM you later today, I'm just a nervous wreck myself right now.
  15. Can someone else confirm this?