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  1. Hello to all my fellow UBC Med applicants of 2018/2019! As we inch closer and closer to December, I decided to make this thread to just get it out of the way, and also to initiate discussion around how we are all feeling. As of now, I am not sure exactly when the updates will roll out. There are two options. Interview decisions will either be released the week of December 3rd or the week of December 10th. I'm going 70-30 on week of the 3rd since usually they release decisions the first week of December that involves a Monday. However, December 3rd may be too early; the admissions committee may want to look at a few things in more detail, finalize decisions, etc. which will require a bit more time – therefore, if it's not the week of the 3rd, it will definitely be the week of the 10th. Based on the pattern from the last few cycles, this is how I'm guessing decisions will be released: Week of December 3rd: Monday, December 3rd – Regrets Wednesday, December 5th – Early Invites Thursday, December 6th – Regular Invites OR Week of December 10th: Monday, December 10th – Regrets Wednesday, December 12th – Early Invites Thursday, December 13th – Regular Invites Whether we receive an interview invitation or rejection, I encourage everyone to write a post giving some description on what scores they've received, what sort of extracurricular activities they've completed/are still part of, what sort of achievements/awards/research they've accomplished, and so forth. This will essentially help yourself reflect on your application and help others down the line, both current and prospective applicants. At the end of the day, we will all hopefully be colleagues eventually – so, why not start now in helping each other. Let's stick with the format, described below, as much as possible when we are writing our posts. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - TIME STAMP: Interview Invite or Regrets: Early or Regular Deadline: GPA or AGPA (if applicable): MCAT (CPBS / CARS / BBFL / PSBB): Current Degree (UG/Bachelors/Masters/PhD): Geography (IP/OOP): Extracurricular Activities (awards, achievements, volunteering, employment, research, etc.): NAQ: AQ: TFR: - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - So, how's everyone feeling?? I'm nervous about the NAQ drops a bunch of people experienced last cycle! From what I've heard, lots of people had semi-to-significantly dropped in their NAQ score compared to 2 cycles ago, anywhere between 2-8 points drop in NAQ . Hopefully, things pan out for the better this year. Basically, it comes down to surviving that awful Monday! I get plenty of emails throughout the day... Every time I get that email notification sound on my phone, this will be my reaction:
  2. Happy New Year!! Basically, the reference letter should go where that box is. Just remember to remind your referee to refer to you by your initials in the letter, as per the instructions. The way they word it is a bit confusing. I’ve heard some people had their references write like a couple of sentences because they thought it was just an additional comments thing. So, make sure your referee understands what goes there (my service referee had the exact same question, which I clarified for her).
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    I strongly agree with every single point @OwnerOfTheTARDIS has mentioned. Since you are less than 3 points away from the cutoff, you're very close! A lot of improvement (up to maybe 10 points or more) can be done with the NAQ if you've carefully worded your description. Having said that, don't rely only on your descriptions to raise your NAQ. I've often seen over and over again that when people seem like they've "plateaued" on their application (compared to the previous year), their NAQs drop like no tomorrow. Definitely push yourself to do more as you fill this gap year. Doing more doesn't necessarily have to involve doing more/different activities. It can definitely include specializing in your current activities. For example for me, I went from a regular ER volunteer at my hospital, to the lead ER volunteer trainer, to suggesting improvements to the ER volunteering program and coordinating things. Or in case of my volunteering with St. John Ambulance, I went from a regular volunteer to an Advanced Medical First Responder to being the Divisional Administration Officer at my branch. So, see how you can grow within your activities and put yourself out of your comfort zone. However, always be consciously aware of your personal physical and mental health. Don't sacrifice too much of your personal time that you start feeling burned out. As a result, a Master's program is really not necessary in my opinion, but then again, that's completely your call. If there's a program out there that you really love, why not go for it? But be aware that you'll need to complete it before you enrol in a medical program (at least for UBC). If there's specific stuff you need help with, feel free to PM me .
  4. Neurophiliac

    Interview Invites date?

    Yup, I agree with @Gambinoooo. It's super-top-extra-ultra confidential . All we know is that they consider applicants holistically – they look at everything including but not limited to your interview performance, your maturity, your professionalism, your commitments, your growth, your non-academic activities, your academic activities, your MCAT, your reference letters, and so forth. At this stage, we can realistically only focus on our MMI and prepare well (not too little, not too much) so that we can do our best.
  5. Thank you so much!! I am absolutely thrilled how much love I've received, and I'm grateful for everything everyone has said. Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart for the encouragement and support! Hugs back <3
  6. Dear all current applicants and prospective applicants to UBC Medicine, My name is Neurophiliac as I’m obsessed with brains (in a good way, trust me ). I wanted to take this time to explain my story especially for those who haven’t received good news from UBC this year. In doing so, I am hoping that my story can become your inspiration to hold your head high, your motivation to push through with 100% of your energy, and your encouragement to consider not giving up. I want to put an emphasis on the consider part. As I’ve mentioned before, I absolutely have no right to tell you “hey, don’t give up”. After all, everyone has their own challenges that are unique to them, in which no one can fully comprehend or empathize with. But, I wish to ask of you for one thing: to please try. Please try to consider not giving up. Even when life seems impossible, if there is a will, there is a way. Later, I will get into some details of how to improve your NAQ via better application planning and writing. I hope what I share also helps prospective applicants to UBC Medicine to some degree. Story time. This is going to be a SUPER LONG one, so find a nice and comfortable seat, relax and maybe grab a nice cup of tea if you're wanting to read it all . I am a long-term applicant to UBC Medicine. This application is my 6th try, and it all started back in 2013/2014. That year, I submitted my first application to UBC Medicine while I was finishing up my final year of undergrad. I had a bunch of volunteering experiences, but wasn’t having high hopes for my application being successful. Sure enough, I received regrets pre-interview. I was quite disappointed, but thought of the bright side: At least, this was a great experience to familiarize myself with the application. In 2014, I met a variety of health care professionals and was given opportunities to pursue research, awesome volunteering positions, and much more, all of which I am most grateful to this day. I started brainstorming how I can make a positive impact on my community. One thing led to another and with the help of a small group of friends, I founded my own non-profit organization dedicated to helping communities via coordinating annual fundraising musical concerts and donating 100% of the proceeds to great causes. For the first year, my team members and I dedicated our event to my local hospital’s ER, as I was familiar with the ER since I had been volunteering there since 2011. The 2014/2015 application cycle came along, and I was excited to see how this application would turn out. I spent a lot of time carefully writing my application, rewording each entry, making sure the description is concise yet filled with details. When the interview status D-Day arrived, I was in tears of joy when I realized I received my first invite for UBC. Simply put, I could NOT stop dancing, so you can easily imagine the scene . I spent the next 2 months practicing for my interview, attended the large practice sessions and so on and so forth. In May, I was way more nervous than I had been for my interview notification. I decided to shut off my phone from the night before, check on Premed101 in the morning to see when everyone had received their results, and then to turn on my phone again. I did, but realized it was a rejection. I was devastated. I had a flashback of everything I had been through, knowing that I would need to repeat it all again. A week or two passed, and my head was cleared. My optimism resurfaced, and I realized what an accomplishment I’ve made: My NAQ had increased by ~10 points, from 24 (previous year) to ~34 (that year). Giving up now? No way, Jose! During that year, I did a whole bunch of new things ultimately enjoying what I did (as I still do), and as a byproduct it also helped my application. So, for the 2015/2016 application cycle, I spent more than 1 month to complete my application. I planned how to write every new entry, reworded my previous entries, and looked at all the details involved; once my application was complete, I also remodified it several times. When the interview notifications were released, I was ecstatic to know that I received another interview! Very much prepared, I decided to host the MMI Facebook group as I learned a lot from the individual leading the previous Facebook group from the previous year. I was so happy to meet some new people and also some of those who were reapplicants, in the same shoes as I was. Amidst the joy, there was one thing that had always been bothering me: My MCAT score. My old score was a mere 30, very mediocre. I sought guidance from my parents and they convinced me to sign up for an MCAT prep course – this was primarily because the new MCAT was rolled out, and I realized perhaps taking a prep course will prepare me for the new, tougher, longer exam. It was a very strange feeling to prepare for the interview and study for the MCAT again… something I did way back when I was preparing myself to begin my first application. I decided to study for the MCAT and write it in case things go south post-interview. Interview day came along, and I was ready. I did the best I could do and realized how different my interview experience was compared to the previous year; in other words, I felt a lot more confident. When offer notifications were about to be released in May, I was a mess – emotional rollercoaster since the second I woke up in the morning at 7 AM. I anxiously awaited my results. When the rejections wave passed and I got no notification, I suddenly felt an infinite spike of optimism and hope. But it was short-lived. At the time of the waitlist wave, I got a “ding!” on my phone and I knew what it was. I open my email and I see the subject line “UBC Undergrad Admissions: Application Status – Waitlist” and my heart sinks. Had I just survived that couple minutes of the wave, I would have been 180˚ different. Time passed and my head was cleared. I said, “Hey, this isn’t so bad! There is still hope, why am I so down?” I was grateful to have improved from last cycle at least. But the hope gradually dissipated when I wasn’t able to receive an offer from the waitlist. I improved from a Below Average to an Above Average, and my NAQ stayed at roughly ~34. Now, it was MCAT time. The next application cycle (2016/2017) for UBC, Admissions was allowing a final cycle where old MCAT exams were still being accepted. One of my very close friends who got accepted off the waitlist strongly advised me not to write the new MCAT, and just reapply and see what happens. God forbid, if I would get an ineligible score for UBC, none of my old MCAT exams would qualify as only the new attempt(s) count. But I was sure that my MCAT had to be the one thing holding me back. So, I registered for a late-June exam and started prepping my application for the early deadline. Late-June 2016 came and I was sitting at the exam centre at 7:30 AM, waiting to be registered. Wrote the exam, felt like crap, but somehow, I decided to score it – after all, I had put a lot of effort into it and spent a lot of money for my prep course, and I was sure that at least I got the minimums for UBC, so everything was going to be fine, right…? No…. Things didn’t turn out to be fine. My science sections were average but passing, just got the passing score on psych/soc with 124, but… but… but… I realized my CARS was 121 (the damn verbal reasoning, the bane of my existence, the archnemesis of my soul). It was freaking panic time now. I quickly registered for a late-August exam to at least get a passing score so that I am at least eligible. Late-August, 7:30 AM, same exam centre. The guy looks at me and says, “Oh hey, you were here before, right?” And I say with an uncomfortable laugh, “Oh yes, I’m trying to get a better score hopefully!” Wrote the exam, and felt actually a bit better about the CARS section. I still knew it was going to be horrible, but hopefully at least I get that 124. I go home and work on my application for the next week, finalize it and submit it for the early deadline. Late-September arrives. I am at my computer on the AAMC MCAT score release log-in screen. I enter my username, password, and click log in. I place a sheet of paper on my screen hiding all scores. The plan is to check chem/phys first, then bio, then psych/soc, and finally CARS. Chem/phys, bio, and psych/soc are all great actually – much better than before. I take the sheet of paper and unhide my CARS score. What…? Huh…? Surprise turns to disbelief, disbelief turns to anger, anger turns to panic and utter… utter fear. I see 119 besides CARS. How is this even possible…? You mean, I seriously got 1 point above the absolute minimum?? How… HOW… HOW?! Frustration, anger, panic. My head was exploding, blood pressure was low, and I was cold-sweating all over my body. The worse part was that many other bad things had happened to me that year, especially in the summer time. With this news added on, my world felt shattered… With the support of my friends and family, gradually optimism resurfaced again. With the volunteering connections I had built previously, one thing led to another and I transitioned into a full-time research position so smoothly, it felt like the sky opened and this job fell into my hands. In 2016, I started working at UBC Department of Psychiatry on a project focused on exploring the metabolic, genetic and immunological factors affecting those diagnosed with treatment-refractory schizophrenia, one of the most severe forms of mental illness. Also, in 2016, I reconnected with a dear, close friend via my cousin’s wedding who I had lost touch with since we were young. She became a very, very special person in my life. She lives in my previous home country (where I had immigrated from with my family as a child), so we had a long-distance relationship going. With the bad news of the MCAT and other things that were affecting me, suddenly 2016 didn’t seem so bad now. I worked for the whole year, did my volunteering, extracurricular activities and so forth, while restudying for my MCAT. Even though I was prepared, the last couple of exams took a huge toll on my confidence, and I was still very nervous for my exam. I registered for an early summer 2017 exam just in case I don’t make it. I write the exam, don’t know how to feel. My results come out, sciences have all improved even more, but my CARS… 122. Another big hit to my confidence. But hey, it’s okay because I have another opportunity to write an exam, right? I register for another in August 2017, and write the exam, feeling maybe I did it this time. Results come out. Sciences are spectacular, but CARS… 123… why is this happening…? Why is life s***ing on me like this…? You think previous times I had a major hit to my confidence? No way, Jose. This was the biggest hit to my confidence… A score of 123 is basically 1 or 2 correct answers from a 124. I was embarrassed. I felt so disappointed to let down my coworkers, close friends, and family who were all rooting for me. Another year of being ineligible… By the way, these 2 years of being ineligible, I was still applying to UBC because I didn’t want to break my consistency. I wanted UBC to see that I still care and I am still trying, even though they don’t do a file review when you’re ineligible. The fall of 2017 at least became one of the best times of my life. I took vacation from work and my family and I planned a trip to go visit my girlfriend and her family. While there, I proposed to her and I heard the sweetest “Yes” of my life. We had an engagement party and got legally married (on paper), since the two go together in my culture (and the wedding ceremony is usually within a year or two after). I then returned back to Canada soon after because I could only get a short vacation, and started working on her immigration application. I used the year to again work, actually working multiple jobs, doing a whole bunch of volunteering, doing way more than I have ever done to not have it appear that I’ve “plateaued”. Finally, 2018 comes and I start the whole routine of studying for the MCAT… all… over… again. At this point, I’m drenched in volunteering and work, while maintaining my MCAT studying schedule. Again, I register for an early summer exam just in case so that I have another opportunity late August. I write the exam, no idea how CARS went. I get my results back, and yet again… CARS is 123. At this point, my confidence has been kicked around, chipped, and 99% eaten away. But I put these thoughts away and force myself to think positively; after all, it’s only maximum 2 questions away to 124. I have one more chance for this next application cycle for August. Luckily, I’m able to register for another exam for August 25, 2018. Another 7:30 AM at the exam centre. I write it, and something inside ever so slightly tells me… maybe. As soon as the exam is over, I prepare myself to take a vacation to spend a month to visit my wife on the other side of the planet. I really enjoyed the trip; we spent quality time and made memories which will last forever. However, on the inside, mentally my mind is asking the “what if” regarding my CARS. This was my 6th attempt for the new MCAT exam… if this didn’t work, I had to think of something. Perhaps the Caribbean schools, or the European or Australian schools. But what would that mean for my wife? If she immigrated to Canada, where would she stay? Would she come with me? Would she stay in Canada and we have to live a few years of our lives apart other than the short visits? She wants to continue her education in Canada, so her studies matter a lot too. These lingering thoughts bothered me everywhere I went and I was neck-deep in internally-hidden anxiety. When I returned to Canada in late October after my vacation, my exam result had already been released in mid-September yet I hadn’t checked it (only released the scores to UBC). Even the thought of logging into AAMC makes my heart pump hard and sends my thoughts racing. But eventually, I control myself: “I can do it,” I say. I bring up the AAMC MCAT score release website screen, take 5 full, deep breaths before I log in even though I'm nauseous as hell. Again, I hide the scores on the screen with a piece of paper and check each with CARS last. My chem/phys is 130 (wonderful), bio is 130 (excellent), and psych/soc is 129 (wow, best I’ve had!). As I’m about to reveal CARS, internally and externally I start praying for just a 124 or more. I reveal… and… it’s a… 125. 125?! OMG!!! Surprise turns to disbelief, disbelief turns to joy, joy turns to tears and utter… utter happiness. I’ve made it… I’ve made it!!! I instantly feel so much weight, tons and tons of load get released off my shoulders. I can’t believe it finally happened. After 6 whole tries, I can finally be eligible again. And here I am. I have been through every part of the spectrum other than being accepted; rejected pre-interview, to rejected post-interview, to being waitlisted-rejected, to being ineligible. For me, it’s one of the best feelings in the world to be eligible to apply. And now with receiving an interview invitation… I do not even have the words to truly express how thankful and grateful I am. Through this whole process, I have learned one of the hardest ways to never take anything for granted, and always appreciate the things you have in this moment. Even though life seemed impossible, I never stopped fighting for what I really care about; I never gave up. Even if I don’t become accepted this cycle, I will continue to battle the challenges of my life and will not stop pursuing my dream. If medicine is your dream too, don’t let it remain a dream. Continue to push through the dark times because there is always good around you. The experiences that you accumulate in life will eventually aid you to become stronger, more mature, more professional, well-rounded, and more, which primarily help you become successful in life in general, but also with pursuing medicine. Know that whatever you do, you’re not wasting your time. I define “wasting your time” as when you’re sitting on your butt and not doing anything for your future. Down the road, no one will ask when you completed your MD, no one cares that you’re an amazing, experienced physician when you’re 50 as compared to when you could have been 47, for example. Medicine is a life-long career. What really matters is that you enter medical school when you’re ready, because that’s when you can take the most out of your program and be the best future physician you can be. Like I mentioned earlier, anything you do now will ultimately help you in what comes after MD, such as in CaRMS, which is quite important. Lastly, I want to point out one important note. Medicine is very important when it’s your passion. But, there are always things that are way more important than it, such as love, family, and friends. It was through my failures that I met my wife. If I had a choice to reverse time and be accepted to medicine back in 2016/2017 by not re-writing my MCAT (lots of ifs), I would have not taken this offer. Because then I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to gain experience in my work field that I have now, I wouldn’t have met all the wonderful people through my jobs, and most importantly… maybe I wouldn’t have met my wife. This just comes to show that medicine, although a true passion, shouldn't be on a pedestal. As I go with the flow, it will happen when it happens, as long as I don’t give up. Long story short, I strongly encourage you guys to please, at the least, consider not giving up yet. I’m sure you all have your personal challenges, but let my story inspire you. Let your inner optimism resurface, too. Gain the support of your family, relatives, friends, coworkers, and seek their guidance. And please know that I am here – if you’d like to chat, I would love to listen. If I can help in any way, please PM me.
  7. Thank you so much!! Absolutely, just the mere fact that I’m eligible again is one of the best feelings in the world. With the interview, I don’t even have the words to express my gratitude. And if I get accepted... oh my gosh I have no idea what I’ll do haha. I’m beyond grateful to have this opportunity — I will give it my best shot!
  8. Aww, thank you so much!! Oh gosh, from all the love I've received today in return... I'm controlling myself really hard not to shed a tear . Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your lovely comment. As I've mentioned earlier, my whole point in sharing this story is to impact people in a great way. Since I've lived through these experiences, why not share them with others if there's one person out there who will benefit? Lastly, like I mentioned to @struggling2getin, PM101 says I've reached my like/react limit for the day otherwise, I would have liked your comment a 1000 times too. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart <3
  9. You guys are all amazing. Thank you very much for your amazing messages! @InstantRamen I know, right?? I'm done with that stupid exam for now, but still get anxiety at the thought of it too
  10. Oh gosh, thank you so much for these lovely comments! I am more than delighted to be hosting the FB group! I know someone who said that EXACT thing, and they got accepted on their last attempt year . It would be an honour for me to meet you in person during practice sessions. Let's give it our best shot. Cheers! EDIT: I ran out of likes/reactions again for the day or else I would've liked your comment a 1000 times. Thank you very much.
  11. Aww man.. I totally feel you . I know how tough of a pill it is to swallow, I know how frustrating the entire process is, and I also know how unfair it is for great OOP applicants like yourself – honestly, the 61+ TFR is such a steep cutoff. Oh man, I am so so so glad that you think of me and my story as such... it truly warms my heart to realize what I've shared has impacted you in a positive way. Yes, please keep up hope!! At the end of the day, UBC is just one school. I am keeping my fingers crossed for you to hopefully hear amazing news in the New Year, and I am sincerely rooting for you this year . Please keep me posted on what happens. If you ever need my help, I'm just a PM away . All the best!
  12. Now, after that LOOOONG story, let’s see how we can hopefully improve NAQ scores! Below is a list of points to very carefully consider when filling your application. Hopefully, these will help potentially increase the NAQ score. I posted this exact same thing a few years ago (2015/2016 cycle). Important disclaimer: These are my personal speculations. These methods are NOT guaranteed to work, but will hopefully improve your perspectives and future application-filling skills. (1) Time: If you are spending less than a month on your application, you are doing it wrong. You should at least spend 1 month on your application, working hard on it almost every day of the week. (2) Plan Carefully: Before you fill-out your non-academic activities, take the time to list out EVERY possible thing you have done and are doing. Initially, they don't need to be in any order. Later when you are done, roughly categorize your activitie. For example, if you have traveled to many parts of the world with your family, you would never put this under Leadership. Always have the application Help Guide in handy -- check if some activity falls under Leadership or not, etc. (3) Spread the Goods: This is the stage when you make a finalized list of which activity should go where. "Spreading the Goods" means equally distributing your major activities across all categories of non-academic activities. As best as you can, avoid putting major activities together. By major activities, I am referring to your roles/responsibilities in your activity, your total hours, and time range of activity. (4) Write Your Description: As UBC Admissions Team emphasize year after year, write EXACTLY what you did in your activities. Skip the "I improved on my skills blah," or "I learned how to communicate blah." Just stick to what you did, and explain what you actually did in the best way possible. You have only 350 characters, so make it count. Yes, spelling matters, and yes, proper grammar is appreciated by the admissions committee. In this little description, your job is to paint a clear picture for the person who will evaluate you. Always ask yourself: Is this a clear picture of my roles and responsibilities? (5) Repeat: After writing your description, let a day pass, and then have a look at it again with fresh eyes. Ask yourself again: Is this a clear picture? Then, try to make your description even better. Do this as much as you can for every activity. Here is what I did to give you an idea: I literally spent 1 hour (sometimes 2) checking and improving a single entry's description -- that means I sometimes spent up to 2 hours writing 3-4 short sentences. So that is it, 5 things to remember. Again, to re-iterate, if any of you need help or would just like to chat, please do not hesitate to PM me. I would love to listen to your stories, too.
  13. TIME STAMP: 11:06 AM PST Interview Invite or Regrets: Interview Invite 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.): 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 haha, and a few are expected to come during this summer). Lots of awards (mainly from high school) and one high performance activity for winning multiple awards with St. John Ambulance. As you guys can tell, I put a lot of details above, primarily to help current applicants who unfortunately didn’t hear good news and also prospective applicants. I will be writing a huge post to share my own personal story and to give a few tips on how to improve NAQ on the application, all intended to encourage those who have not received an invitation. You are all qualified, brilliant, hardworking, and dedicated individuals. Some of you I know very well, and others I do follow. You all have unique characteristics that are deeply appreciated and sincerely needed in medicine. It’s heartbreaking when some people dwell on thoughts of giving up on medicine when it’s been a dream for so long... I want you to know that I do empathize with you all, but just in a different context as I’ve had my own personal challenges. I have no right to tell you “don’t be sad” or “just pick yourself up and try again” because it’s unbelievable how much more difficult it is to do it than to say it; believe me, I know this. But, all I do ask is to please try. I’m hoping my story can be your motivation, your inspiration, your encouragement to try just once more. If anyone has any questions at all and would like to chat more privately, don’t hesitate to PM me. I’m always here to listen. To those who have received invites, never take it for granted and always be grateful for what you have; lessons I’ve learned one of the hardest ways possible. Of course, huge congratulations to all of you lovely folks – I cannot wait to meet each and every one of you
  14. Neurophiliac

    Interview Invites date?

    Woohoo! Huuuge congratulations to everyone who received an interview invitation! If you have not joined the MMI Facebook group yet, join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/173550230242947/ Official practices will begin this weekend!
  15. Hi everyone I hope everyone is enjoying the awesome Fall we're having. I know it is still early, but I decided to be proactive and create a group designated for MMI practice. The last group I led was for the 2015-2016 application cycle and it was quite successful, so I would be happy to host another. Feel free to join! The Facebook group link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/173550230242947/ DISCLAIMER: This group is NOT hosted by any kind of prep company. All interview-participating members (to join the group) are NOT in any MD program; this group will only consist of individuals applying to the UBC MD Undergraduate Program and other MD or health-related programs that consist of an MMI component. Of course, it is still early! Many people who join the group (and maybe myself, too) may not interview. If you have time, practicing never hurts and is always good for the future. I'm excited to meet some of you guys! * First practice potentially begins on Saturday, November 3rd.
  16. Neurophiliac

    Interview Invites date?

    FINALLLYYYY IT’S HERE!! Invited!!! ok seriously gotta get back to work will post stats soon!
  17. Neurophiliac

    Interview Invites date?

    I knooow! Any minute now... come on Admissions, do it, just DO IT!
  18. Neurophiliac

    Interview Invites date?

    I don't know if I should still sit at the edge of my seat.... or go back to work "Any minute now..." "No?" "How about now...?" "Nope" "Maybe now...?" "Nuh-uh"
  19. Neurophiliac

    Interview Invites date?

    Yup, makes sense. I don't know any Indigenous applicants personally, so I didn't know this! Good to know
  20. Neurophiliac

    Interview Invites date?

    Yeah exactly, I'm thinking at least for MD/PhD they need to be autobooked to go at a certain time (maybe?)
  21. Neurophiliac

    Interview Invites date?

    Yup, I ran out of reactions for the day too hahaha
  22. Neurophiliac

    Interview Invites date?

    Damn it! I have freaking work to do and I can't get off my seat
  23. Neurophiliac

    Interview Invites date?

    All I can say right now is that I'm getting my cardio exercise for the day lol
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