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  1. Hey so check out the FAQ document in the offer tab on the OAS! You don’t have to take it through the heart and stroke foundation... “All students must be certified in CPR/AED Basic Life Support Provider - Level (BLS) for each year they are undertaking their studies. You may obtain your CPR/AED certificate from any registered company or organization.” Cheers!
  2. TIME STAMP: 12:25 PST Result: Accepted to VFMP Early or Regular Deadline: Regular AGPA: ~85% MCAT: 512 ECs: Diverse and long-term commitments, volunteering, clubs, sports, 2+ years working in clinical research Geography: IP Fourth time applying and third time interviewing. When I found these forums ~ 6 years ago, I recall being overwhelmed by how incredible applicants were - with GPAs way higher than mine, and incredible extracurricular activities. I must say that I have this community to thank for all of the education and sharing that I've found helpful on my journey. To all those not receiving the news you were hoping today, I've been there and it hurts. Don't give up if it's what you truly want. Persistence is key!
  3. Admissions will likely not inform you what position you are on the wait-list, nor the geography of folks placed in front or behind your rank order. Based on the high uptake of offers from UBC, I don't believe they 'over offer' on decision day, like other schools (eg. UofC). For example, last year only 19 and 24 IP and OOPs, respectively, declined offers before the 288 seats were filled.
  4. Rental leases that are month to month, or even any fixed term less than a year, are indeed really hard to find around ubc, but there are some kicking around. Unfortunately in the ubc area, all of the bargaining power is with the landlord since there’s an absolute abundance of potential renters. I know of some med folks who sweet-talked a 4-month lease, and others who signed a one-year lease and sublet the remaining 8 months. In the latter case, the landlord was completely on board from the beginning for allowing an early sub-lease. It’s difficult, but doable. Hahah also, aren’t we ten days away from decisions? Feels like eternity nevertheless!!
  5. Only 18 days to go... I tend to do this thing where I think about something I remember doing that was about 18 days ago, and use that time period to gauge how quickly the next 18 days will fly by Almost there!!
  6. Result: Accepted Geography : Non-Ab GPA: 3.8x MCAT: CARS 128 Degree : BSc Graduated E.C: A range of diverse, long-term commitments. Will update later. Feel free to PM me if you'd like! Interview : Felt ok about it! Wow, was not expecting this at all... Very excited to meet the incoming class in July! To all those not receiving the news you were hoping today, I've been there and it hurts. Don't give up if it's what you truly want. Persistence is key!
  7. There was a relevant post on the admissions blog from a few years ago when they revealed they were removing science pre-requisites. "Finally, because the science prerequisites are no longer required, the selection committee will be taking a closer look at your transcript. They will be looking at your science courses but will also notice if 50% of your coursework is comprised of [GPA boosters] (or the university-transferable equivalents thereof)." Source: http://mdprogram.med.ubc.ca/2016/01/29/prerequisite-changes-gpa-concerns/ The context and tone of the blog post indicates that this is likely a post-interview consideration. Although anecdotally, I know of multiple successful applicants who have taken multiple introductory courses (on language, education, earth science, counselling psychology, etc.) in their penultimate or ultimate year. I mean, besides that some folks just need electives to fulfill degree requirements, some courses are just so darn interesting that we don't want to pass up the opportunity to enroll in them! However as the blog post indicates, I would be wary of going overboard on it, where it may jump off the transcript that one is blatantly trying to "game the system," as they say. All in all, like others have mentioned, consider taking classes that might have benefit down the road, or that you find particularly interesting! Whether or not it is a "typical GPA booster", people generally tend to excel in courses they're engrossed with the content of!
  8. It has varied! Last year regrets came out around 2 PM PDT, wait-list around 2:30, and offers near 4. However the previous year, decision day followed the same order with offers out around 11:30 AM. It's really anyone's guess, so plan to fill your entire day with activities to maintain sanity!
  9. Correct. Things can always change this year, so don't come after me with a pitchfork if it isn't the same this year lol. But yes, last year the email subject for rejection was "UBC Undergrad Admissions: Regrets After Interview" and for acceptance something like: "UBC Undergrad Admissions: Offer of Admission - VFMP" (or whatever site you are offered acceptance at). Last year there was a 2-week deadline for the initial round of offers to accept and pay the deposit. Hopefully you may have access to internet during this time, or designate someone you can reliably communicate with to act on your behalf? Email admissions about it, I'm sure they've dealt with this scenario previously!
  10. Emails are sent as well. The email should be simultaneous with your OAS status being updated. Just a heads up that the decision last year was in the subject title of the email, for those who may be wanting to delay reading it until after!
  11. Although the worst for me last year was sleeping the night before, my routine on decision day seemingly reduced nail-bitting: mute all text, facebook, snap (etc.), and non-work email notifications for the day. Be super efficient at work to keep your mind occupied, come home and check the forums to make sure notifications have been sent, and then take a brief moment to appreciate all the hard work, dedication, and fortune just to be considered for admission... and then login to OAS and accept fate. I mean, or you could just play fortnite all day
  12. Course loads are not taken into account to determine AQ score. It is only OGPA or AGPA, as applicable, that determines AQ score. So yes, one applicant with 4 courses/semester and a 90 would have a higher AQ than one with an 85, taking 5 and 5. The formula to calculate AQ is based on either AGPA or OGPA, and changes year to year to reflect the competitiveness of the applicant pool. You should be able to find the formula for last year on the forum somewhere, or simply derive it yourself from the UBC stats (system of y=mx+b calculations). The formula seems to have high fidelity as very few folks here report having significant AQ deviations from it. I doubt course load is considered pre-interview as part of NAQ score, seems like a lot of work for every application submitted. That being said, I wouldn't be surprised if it's incorporated in some fashion to the post-interview holistic file review. Although somewhat related, there was a blog post from a few years ago on how the selections committee looks for >50% of courses being "GPA boosters"... http://mdprogram.med.ubc.ca/2016/01/29/prerequisite-changes-gpa-concerns/
  13. The answers to some of your questions might be found in a session Dr. Walker held back in September. http://vp.ucalgary.ca/images/admissions/Admission2017.mp4 Somewhere in the first ten minutes there should be a pie chart (ew) that gives a breakdown for where all Ab and Non-Ab applicants ended up last year. Some very interesting numbers indeed... apparently 14% (or ~47 Non-Ab applicants) declined offers, while about 17 matriculated last year. Keep in mind that this year only 81 Non-Albertans were interviewed, down from ~100 last year. Don't worry too much about the stats side of things... everything's out of our hands and control now. Just gotta tough out the long wait until May!
  14. Result: Regrets Time Stamp: 3:06 wGPA: 3.89 Year: BSc Complete MCAT: 512 (128 Cars) ECs: Diverse and varied Geography: OOP Interviewed and wait-listed last year! Congratulations to all those receiving invites today!
  15. I'm feeling it's going to be an F5 kind of afternoon...
  16. For the last 4 years, It looks like Queens has sent out invites on the last business day in January. So we should hear by Wednesday I’m hoping!!
  17. TIME STAMP: January 19 Result: Invite! wGPA: 3.8x MCAT: 128 CARS ECs: Diverse and varied, short and long-term, community and independent. Lots of work and volunteering, some but probably below average research experience. PM me for details if you'd like! Year: BSc complete Geography : Non-Albertan (OOP)
  18. Interview Invite or Regrets: InviteEarly or Regular Deadline: RegularOGPA : 85-86MCAT: 512ECs: Diverse community/international service, long term hobbies, extensive volunteering with diverse populations etc. NAQ last year 35+Current Degree: BSc completeGeography: IP Congratulations to all! Looking forward to meeting you at interview weekend!
  19. I imagine that NAQ is evaluated post-interview in some capacity, inclusive of the fair, holistic nature we understand about the admissions process. Though, it does make me wonder... if both NAQ and the MMI/LORs are used to evaluate traits of communication, leadership, collaboration, etc., would not the repeated and observed measurements in the MMI/LORs be a more true appraisal of these skills as compared to self-reported (though verified) NAQ descriptions? If so, it might support how admissions would prefer to use the MMI metric favorably post-interview in evaluating such skills. Perhaps not entirely, since I would also consider NAQ qualities not necessarily evaluated in the MMI that would be relevant in the holistic review process. In the admissions statistics released annually, provided are the average MCAT and GPA (AQ) of the admitted class to compare to unsuccessful applicants... an interesting, but likely moot point is that we are not provided the average NAQ of the admitted class. Average NAQ is provided in the interim stats for interviewees, though it is widely understood that NAQ dictates 50% of interview-invite decisions. Without data, it can't be concluded if those admitted have any difference in mean NAQ compare to post-interview unsuccessful applicants. Heck, even with the data, natural correlations between NAQ and other scores can definitely make drawing conclusions on file-review metrics super tricky. Unfortunately we can only anecdotally speculate if NAQ is a player in post-interview file review. An FOI request for this statistic would be an interesting avenue to explore. Really difficult to say how fruitful or futile such endeavor would be...
  20. Interesting. Waitlist movement this year was slightly less (76 declined) than previous years (91, 90). https://afmc.ca/sites/default/files/documents/en/Publications/2018-AdmissionRequirements_en.pdf
  21. UBC considers the Academic Year inclusive of September - August. Which Academic Year will your summer courses fall under? If one of them occurred in your "Academic Year 3", and granted that year is still your lowest GPA year, UBC will only drop up to 30 credits of coursework from that year. This means that the course with the highest GPA in Year 3 would be included in you aGPA calculation! Not that it could make a huuuuuuge difference, but hey every bit counts right! Check out all the details here to see which permutation aligns with your completed coursework! http://mdprogram.med.ubc.ca/admissions/evaluation-criteria/?login
  22. The class was full last year by June 14th, and the year before that it was June 25th. I think it's likely that we're near the very end of offers being made and I'm pretty much expecting the "class is full" email any day now. Though I suppose technically there's still a non-zero chance for an offer until we do get that final email, I would speculate that offers are being made one-by-one with short deadlines to accept, so movement now may be minimal. Although Queen's doesn't, it's why other schools will shorten the waitlist as seats fill up in the class, ie. those near the bottom of waitlist realistically unlikely to receive an offer are notified of regrets... so, you know, they can move on with stuff and things
  23. Nissan Murano Convertible Also, I'm guessing there should theoretically be another chunk of offers coming out today, right? Assuming yesterday was quiet for everyone...
  24. ^So uh, this should be deemed inadvisable as smashing cars would present a great risk to public safety! EDIT1: Oh right, this is a pre-med forum and you are referring to the Critical Analysis & Reasoning (cars) section of the MCAT exam! My sincerest apologies EDIT2: joking, but i know this is how a formal thread quickly becomes derailed, im so sorry..
  25. Of course it's speculation, but I'm kind of puzzled how there can be significant waitlist movement to come... Most of the class is from Ontario, and as it's been said, accepting an offer at another Ontario school removes you automatically from the waitlist at other omsas schools. So that begs the question, what common situations occur where the those on the waitlisted offered a spot yesterday would actually decline? Out of province applicants who accepted a non-OMSAS school but left themselves on the queens wait list just because? Or perhaps someone who was on the waitlist at two schools and offered acceptance at both within the same week (thus declining queens)? Thoughts? (We need something to keep us busy until next Wednesday...
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