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  1. Neurophiliac

    Proof of Citizenship

    Absolutely! *joins the nervous chuckling too*
  2. Neurophiliac

    Total Hours vs Duration of an EC

    It's hard to say, but generally I think both total hours and duration are important. I think the strongest applications have a mix of both; long-term commitments demonstrate the applicant's dedication with respect to those activities, so it's important to have at least one major activity that you've been involved with for, say, ~2 years or more. Of course, specific scenarios have specific reasons, of which can be usually clarified in the application (e.g. UBC's "Clarifications" box for each entry). Also, not all Canadian medical schools are the same/have the same ideals. But I think generally speaking, to cover all schools and cases, it's best to have activities that have a high number of total hours as well as a long duration.
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    Proof of Citizenship

    This just comes to show how much we don't know about the process despite all of our "thought-provoking" speculations @this_process_is_death but man that must be beyond frustrating...
  4. Neurophiliac

    Proof of Citizenship

    The last time I interviewed, I was waitlisted & rejected with an above average interview. Ultimately, I think what got me was my low MCAT and poor choice of academic reference. I have a better overall MCAT now and my submitted reference forms are all hopefully strong (at least I'm more confident in them). Since then, I've also done plenty of new things while maintaining my old ECs. We'll see what happens this time around haha. At the least, I hope I performed equally as well as last time on my interview (if not better) :S
  5. Neurophiliac

    Should I rewrite my MCAT?

    I would also agree and think it's best that you give it one more go. How much time did you spend studying for it last time? The most important thing in improving your score is proper planning. The MCAT is important for sure for UBC, but so are other things. When planning your time, see if you can balance it with some other important things if you can. It's hard to say, but from what I gather, achieving a total score of 510+ would be good for UBC (however, many get accepted with lower scores), but of course aim for higher so that you can apply across Canada . In terms of individual sections, I think 127-128+ per section is great.
  6. Neurophiliac

    Proof of Citizenship

    So yeah, as @this_process_is_death has mentioned: All results will come out on the same day, AKA D-Day or Judgement Day or The Apocalypse (pick your favourite) – this will be either on May 9 (Thursday), May 10 (Friday), May 13 (Monday), or May 14 (Tuesday), I think. Back a few years ago, rejections always came between 9-10 AM, then waitlists between 10-11 AM, then finally offers between 11 AM - 12 PM. BUT, times have shifted recently with results coming out later. Honestly, anything after 9 AM is GG lol. Many prayers will be sent that day, including ones from myself: * Bonus points for anyone who watches this.
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    MCAT dilemma.. plz help

    Are the individual section scores pretty even by any chance? Hmm I can definitely understand why you feel torn. In my personal opinion, I think you should wait until May and see what happens. If May brings good news, then perfect! If not, I think it would be better if you attempt a rewrite; also, there’s a very strong chance you’ll be able to register for August should you look for an exam date then. Most of the times I registered for the MCAT has been close to the actual exam date (even if it was August) lol. You’d have to check every day tho to find an open spot, and usually cancelations do happen (ESPECIALLY before the bronze deadline or whatever it’s called). However, to use your time efficiently, perhaps you can (right now) think of writing up a plan should you decide to rewrite it depending on the result you get in May — so, make a plan for studying for the exam starting late May until, say, August.
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    Proof of Citizenship

    Don’t worry! They’ll get through all of them hopefully by end of this week. I actually emailed them about it lol, and they said: ”We expect to finish updating these statuses soon.”
  9. Neurophiliac

    Proof of Citizenship

    Yup! Mine was finally updated today haha.
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    Proof of Citizenship

    Hahaha I should change my name to Mr. Overthink by this point . May May bring good news .
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    Proof of Citizenship

    Hahaha, yup that too!
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    Proof of Citizenship

    Hahaha Exactly – I thought about the same exact thing plus more. Originally, this is what I kept thinking: Adcom most likely wants to maximize efficiency in evaluating the 673 applicants.¹ As a result, when they categorize applicants into Above Average, Average, and Below Average interview scores, they may automatically reject those within the Below Average category. After all, the interview stage is all about the interview stage. So, if someone does poorly on it, there is no need to evaluate their file. As a result, only those within the Average and Above Average categories are eligible for a post-interview evaluation. To further maximize efficiency, they may also look at applications in order with Above Average applicants first. Since those with strong performances already did great on the interview, it makes sense to look at them first and quickly see if they meet other criteria + some extra evaluation, and then have some get accepted. Then, they heavily think about people within the Average category because (1) there may be many of them and (2) they performed average, so they may require more evaluations/careful reviewing of their file before a decision is reached. And then, I related this to the Proof of Citizenship (PoC) status update: I can confirm that the date of PoC update has nothing to do with an applicant's interview date, last name, nor when they uploaded their PoC – I have checked with friends who have theirs updated already. Also, the update has nothing to do with the document/item itself; it's the fact that the application's status has been updated. Since (according to my original thoughts above) stronger applicants are reviewed first, this may be why some people have their application's PoC updated, indicating that either (1) their file is about to be reviewed, or (2) their file has been reviewed and thus the update is taken place immediately after. This may further indicate that after stronger applicants have been reviewed, then Average interview applicants will be reviewed and thus their PoC will be updated, and then finally there will be one massive wave where all Below Average interview applicants will have their PoC updated. All in all, date of PoC update could correlate with an applicant's chance of being accepted. Now that I've mentioned all these previous thoughts, this is what I'm thinking now: All the above is BS (lol) because these speculations are very likely to be wrong on many levels. Firstly, if applicants are reviewed by a category/performance order (whether this be top to bottom or vice versa), this will clearly introduce bias in Admissions' process of accepting applicants. Furthermore, admissions is not on a rolling basis. As a result, it's very unlikely to accept a candidate during Admissions' first review of the applicant, simply because they haven't looked at all the rest yet. As a result, I think it makes more sense that they review candidates by some order (perhaps a code name like App001) which the order of has no correlation with the applicant's last name, interview date, etc, on multiple occasions. This also explains that the date of PoC update is random because it depends on the code name/application number. Whether this update correlates with application review, I'm not sure. Either some admissions assistant completes the PoC update separately from the review entirely, or he/she updates the status within the timing vicinity of the review. Secondly, I now strongly believe that date of PoC update does not correlate with chances of being accepted. If this was the case, there would be a hint within the admissions process that allows candidates to determine the likelihood of being accepted before their decisions have been released. This could open Pandora's box and introduce a whole whack of problems and complaints. Lastly, I don't think Below Average interview applicants are cut out immediately and I don't think that there is a variability in the time spent on reviewing a candidate's file dependant on their interview performance, simply because of two words: systematic process. I think it is more fair and it makes more sense that Admissions uses a systematic process in reviewing each applicant's file. This means that there is a consistent time spent reviewing an applicant's file, whether they are strong or not. Also, this means that Below Average interview applicants are still considered. Even though the interview stage is the interview stage, post-interview evaluations are holistic. Sure, interview is very important, but so are other things like reference letters, the MCAT, the applicant's ability to take on the rigorous MD curriculum, their motivation for medicine, their commitment to their community, and much, much more. TL;DR: Keep calm and wait until May – we will never know until we actually know/find out in May. ¹ Some people withdrew their application, but this was the original reported number.
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    Proof of Citizenship

    So guys, I have this crazy theory. I think there’s a correlation between date of update and interview performance/chance of being accepted; the sooner your proof of citizenship has changed to “Received” the better your interview performance and chance of receiving an offer. This has nothing to do with the specific type of the document, but rather the fact that the status has been updated. I think adcom reviews stronger interview scores first before the rest. Perhaps when they’re about to review the file, it’s prepared by checking proof of citizenship (and thus updated) first. Or that the file has been reviewed and then immediately the status is updated. The date of update has nothing to do with last name, interview date, nor document upload date — I’ve confirmed these with friends. What do you guys think?
  14. Neurophiliac

    Proof of Citizenship

    Yup, same! Hopefully they update it soon haha — I was looking at it today as well.
  15. Neurophiliac

    MCAT retake advice

    Oh sorry, I didn't mean to suggest they preferentially look at CARS over other sections. I think UoA considers all sections of the exam. What I meant is that (it seems) they have a high cutoff for the CARS section, and that seems to be roughly around 130 for OOP applicants. I'm not too sure about Alberta IP applicants, but OOP cutoff is pretty high up there. Having said all that, I'm definitely not an expert on UoA!
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    MCAT retake advice

    Congrats on your score! Are you posting this in the UBC forum because you're primarily interested in applying to UBC? If so, IMO your score is good enough for UBC . If you're thinking about applying for other schools though (which I recommend you consider), then perhaps a retake may help you since CARS needs to be roughly 128+ for the majority of schools (~130 for UoA). A retake won't hurt your chances for UBC since they consider your best score. If you're okay with the finances + time commitment + stress factors involved with a retake, I say go for it since you may increase your CARS score (don't worry so much about PS). The MCAT is a soul-draining exam lol. Since you've already put a lot of time and energy to prepare for your exam and are still fresh, I think it makes sense to write another one in April given you do extra studying/reviewing and writing practice exams. However, just be careful not to dip since Ontario schools, for example, consider your most recent attempt.
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    OOP Chances

    So typically offers come Wednesday onwards (based on previous years, like Thursday and Friday). But this year, May begins mid-week on Wednesday, so the Thursday and Friday of the second week (9th and 10th) are perhaps a bit too early. So, maybe just maybe, this time it’ll be the beginning of the week on perhaps 13th or 14th (Monday or Tuesday) — but, it’s just a guess!
  18. Neurophiliac

    OOP Chances

    Same! Don't sweat it – hopefully we'll be okay . We won't know until D-Day arrives haha. I'm also hoping they put an emphasis on the overall score, but there are so many variables in one's post-interview evaluation.
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    OOP Chances

    @UBC Enthusiast Don't stress about it too much! I know it's difficult not to think about your performance and to quantify by even the slightest bit if you'll likely gain an offer or not – believe me, I do this and I'm sure others do too haha . But try your best to focus on the moment. Whether you did great or average or poor, what's done is done. I'm sure you gave it your best and hopefully you get the result you're looking for. What's important is that we won't be certain until May 13th or 14th (I think?), AKA D-Day (lol), comes. As @ohimark nicely articulated, there's a wide range of MCAT scores among those that become accepted. From my point of view, and considering your GPA, I think you should be okay with an MCAT of 510 (even if CARS is 125). Don't take my word for it though as a guarantee! But to put your mind at ease, I think you should be okay. Do you have any idea if your reference letters that were submitted are strong? I think it's fair to say they look at both. On average, they would like to see if your individual scores are pretty much even and if your overall score is competitive (by percentile and also in comparison with other candidates' scores). But again, this is my perspective and what I think happens.
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    Resolved

    I very much echo @PremedToronto on this. I've been applying to UBC for quite a while now. During the process, I've been very grateful to have had the opportunity to meet many individuals, whether it be premeds, med students, faculty, or staff – over this period, I have come to understand a few things that could be potentially helpful in terms of writing one's application for UBC and how to prepare for the MMI effectively. In conjunction with my own interview experiences, I think it's fair to say that I may know a thing or two. But emphasis on "a thing or two" because what I know/have experience in may only be the tip of the iceberg. Not to say that UBC's evaluation process is God-level complicated, because it needs to be practical and plausible. However, it is complicated enough as it takes a while before decisions are reached, whether that be deciding if an applicant is suitable to receive an invitation to interview or if a candidate is admissible to the program. In short, no one knows the process other than the admissions board. I personally have nothing against any prep companies regarding application writing, MMI courses, or both. I simply emphasize that these prep companies or anyone for that matter, except for the admissions committee, do not truly know what is the effective method (if there is such a thing). I, too, love helping people completely free of charge. Like I mentioned, I've been at this for a long time... throughout, I've received lots of help and support from numerous individuals. I love contributing to that momentum for others when I have the time, especially for folks who've been struggling like myself. But that is me.
  21. Definitely agree with @Bambi that you never know until you know. Medical school applications are quite unique relative to others, so no matter if your chances are high or low, it's worth it to apply just for the experience and to see where you lie. Your GPA is quite competitive so that will be to your advantage. The ECs can definitely improve, so it's good that you're considering to expand them. I would suggest you invest a good chunk of time to prepare for your MCAT, and put any time that you have (apart from courses) on volunteering and building experiences for your non-academic activities -- even if it's minor, it's still better than nothing.
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