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  1. I would recommend writing out all the possible entries you could include on your application first. That way, you can see everything in front of you (perhaps just by titles or a few bullet points, ultimately wanting to get the idea of each entry). Then try to categorize activities into leadership, service ethic, etc. Seeing all your activities at once will also help you prioritize things. If it’s the case that you still have space after including all post-secondary activities, then definitely include high school activities too. Having said that, you may have a stellar high school activity that is way better than certain post-secondary ones — if that’s the case, then definitely prioritize your high school one. At the end of the day, like @JohnGrisham has said, there is nothing wrong with including high school activities. So, go for it .
  2. I am not sure about that exactly (you can probably drop them an email), but either way, I would recommend just opening up a Word document or something similar and start writing up your entries there . That way, you can start prepping if you have to apply for the 2019/2020 cycle.
  3. The colours are up! You can vote here (don’t know if the vote means anything though, may just be for fun): https://woobox.com/t63mqu
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    LOC proof of enrollment

    Very true, that makes sense.
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    LOC proof of enrollment

    Ooh cool! Do you know which bank? I've spoken with CIBC, RBC, and Scotiabank thus far, and they said they'll need a proof of enrollment letter.
  6. Man, I haven't used my student number in sooo long – ahhh, it's good to be back :')
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    LOC proof of enrollment

    I think all banks will require proof of enrollment since the offer letter + proof of deposit payment aren't enough. I think they said they'll provide proof of enrollment once registration opens up in July!
  8. I definitely agree with @chiynadoll in terms of writing that section carefully and appropriately. That section used to be limited to 500 characters just last year I believe, and now it is 1000. I think this simple change indicates that the committee cares about additional information of this kind, and that they would like applicants to give voice to the unique adversities they've faced. I, too, am in a similar situation as yourself. I made sure to get appropriate consent before filling this section out. When I did, I wrote the description from the heart, making sure it is detailed yet concise and to the point, all the while mentioning how it has and currently is affecting me, and what I'm doing to help. But as @DoctorArts said, the additional information along with everything else are reviewed holistically post-interview. However, if you also included this activity within the non-academic section of the application, then that portion will be of course evaluated pre-interview as well.
  9. YESSSS!!!! HUGE CONGRATS!! I was literally praying this for you so badly haha . Great job!!
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    Nervous to start med school

    I also agree with @ysera that feeling nervous about starting your medical program and fitting in is not something out of the ordinary – I think it would be strange if someone feels absolutely zero anxiety haha. And it's fair to say that most Canadian medical schools are comprised of a diverse cohort of students. So, within that mix, it'll be very likely for you to find a great group of friends that you'll click really well with. Going to social events leading up to and during the beginning of your program are excellent ways to meet a bunch of classmates. But don't feel the need to go way beyond your social comfort level and participate in anything and everything; think baby steps and do you. After some time, you'll get a hang of how classes work and the tasks you need to complete, and have classmate friends you can unwind with. All the best!
  11. I don’t think the 2019-2020 application cycle has started yet; what you’re seeing is the application you submitted for the 2018-2019 cycle. The new cycle will start ~2 weeks from now (mid-June). They probably will do a blog post about it when it begins.
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    I think it makes sense to assume that the longer the commitment, the better. But there are many other factors that go into NAQ evaluations, such as the quality of your work, the responsibilities you have within your activity, the people you work closely with, and more. I know some applicants that have been accepted with their average duration and hours being less than something you’d expect, but their application’s quality far outweighs the quantity. I think the most important thing is being balanced throughout your application. A year of commitment for an activity, I suppose, translates to about 125-200 total hours, which is good in my opinion. But realistically, you can’t really change that fact for this cycle. You also never know where you stand until you apply. But just keep in mind that everything is relative to the pool of applicants.
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    That is great to hear! Even with the worst case scenario, all the efforts you invest in your application will not be wasted; if you don't receive an interview, you'll be much better prepared for the next application cycle (you'll have a great application template to work with, an organized list of entries, where each activity should belong in terms of the category, and much more). I echo @pyridoxal-phosphate with being mindful of your schedule since you don't want to have too much on your plate. However, the application deadline is in mid-September (ignore the early one lol) and the 2019-2020 cycle begins in ~2 weeks from now (mid-June) – in other words, you will have lots of time to work on it. Working on it a little bit each day hopefully won't cramp up your schedule later on. All the best!
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    Whether or not they have a good shot, I always recommend those that are passionate about pursuing medicine to apply and see what happens as soon as they're eligible to apply. If that results to an interview invite, great! If not, at least they have an idea of where they lie and can better plan for the next cycle. Also, medical school applications are quite unique. Besides knowing where you lie, you also get to experience submitting an application – experiencing how to plan and organize your entries, investing an ample amount of time writing and reviewing it, etc. Having said all that though, I think you actually have a good shot . You will have a relatively high AQ. With careful application planning, writing and reviewing, you can also receive a relatively good NAQ (but this really depends on the cohort, etc.). And as I mentioned earlier, don't wait – if you are eligible to apply, definitely go for it. The experience of submitting an application is worth it on its own, regardless of the result (but hopefully, the result is a good one!).
  15. Yes! The emerald green one is awesome – definitely has my vote. We'll officially find out on July 3rd when they present it to UoC, I think?
  16. Please keep hope alive! From what I’ve heard in the past, there is usually good movement until mid-June and realistically maybe until end of June even. That translates to at least 3 more solid rounds of offers .
  17. Just wanted to post this to wish everyone on the waitlist the best of luck. You guys are ALL rock stars. You are all very much qualified to receive an offer (as being waitlisted basically means you are accepted), it's just that the seats are so darn limited. I am sending each and every one of you positive vibes and good thoughts! I hope the majority of you hear exciting news within this week, either from UBC or other schools or both ( !) -- and hey, if not this week, then next round of offers coming after! You are all champions, please never forget that. BEST OF LUCK !!!!
  18. Sincere thanks to all the incredible med students putting great efforts in answering our questions! I just have one if that’s okay: Would you recommend shadowing a few physicians starting term 1 of year 1 so that one can explore some areas of medicine, figuring out what fields are potentially interesting?
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    Although yellow has never been chosen, I have a feeling it will be a forest-kind-of green colour this year... which I don’t mind at all
  20. 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!
  22. Hahaha thank you very much, congrats to you as well !! This made me chuckle
  23. Yes, there is!! This is the Official Facebook group set up by the upper year medical students https://www.facebook.com/groups/1651596008320458/
  24. 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.