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    Popetopus reacted to kathbro2 in Post-Interview Talks   
    I'll think sharing this might ease some concerns.
     
    At the video screening, one of the first year med students said 'if you don't feel good about your interview, don't worry - 60% of our class felt like that'. And after talking to one of the first year med students who was running the Clinical Skills workshop, she said that after her interview, she cried all the way home in the car because she felt so terrible about it.
     
    Don't worry if you feel bad about your interview - apparently it's normal and not indicative of how you actually did. Just cruise the accepted/waitlisted thread and you'll see there is very little rhyme or reason to it --- or, at least that's what I keep trying to tell myself.
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    Popetopus reacted to wsljoan in Interview Sign Up Problems   
    So once we've clicked "save timeslot" it's all good? I'm freaking out because it seems like after you click it you can still click on others and switch around etc. 
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    Popetopus reacted to helicase in Queens Interview Invites/regrets 2017   
    Result: Invite!!
    Time Stamp: 12:57 PM (PST)
    Interview Date: TBD
    wGPA: 3.83 
    Year: Graduated UG
    MCAT: 517 (127 CARS)
    ECs: Diverse and pretty long term: >500 hours hospital volunteering, 1st author pub, research grant, long-term employment, volunteering with kids and other populations, mentoring in school and out, club execs etc, I filled out most of my ABS slots. PM for details!
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    Popetopus reacted to whyKD in # Of Interview Invites   
    Western and Mac are around 60%, which is significantly higher.
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    Popetopus reacted to MT_93 in Why Is U Of C So Quiet This Year?   
    I just called the admissions office, I informed her that the bolt wasn't showing the most recent (Jan 9th 2017) post.
     
    I asked about invites she said that all file reviews have been compeleted and invites should be sent out by the end of the week....
     
    ... and now my watch begins
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    Popetopus reacted to yych208 in Writing Mcat This Year...can I Apply This Year Too ?   
    I assume it was a typo and you mean 511+
     
    In short
     
    1. You won't be able to apply to most U.S schools (it's not a hard rule but your chances will be compromised if you take it late) but will definitely be able to apply to most (if not all) Canadian schools, including UBC. Go on their website. They actually tell you when is the last day they will accept the MCAT scores. 
     
    2. A 511 Mcat may or may not be okay, we don't know. As far as the eligibility is concerned, a 124+ in all 4 sections (496) will do. 
     
     
    I would personally suggest (if $$ isn't an issue) taking the MCAT a bit earlier and maybe take it again in August if you have to. While there are several cases where people take it once and do well, I believe most people take it at least once, especially for the new MCAT.
     
    Best of luck and hope that helped. 
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    Popetopus reacted to JohnGrisham in How I Got A 35+ Naq To Get The Ubc Med School Interview   
    A word of caution: Wait until after you are accepted and admitted, before you start showing people your application, and providing advice. I know you have good intentions, but you never know how people may try to sabotage you...or if it could blow up in your face. Not saying it will, but be very cautious. 
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    Popetopus got a reaction from Dako-Man in Need To Resubmit Reference Letters?   
    Hi there,
     
    Generally speaking, I would expect that adcom would rather have a feel for who you are today over who you were last year. I suppose it could be argued this referee hasn't supervised you much (or at all) over the last year, or you feel that your relationship hasn't evolved beyond what may have been written in last years reference. However one could imagine a scenario where some unprofessional event or misconduct took place between two application years where the applicant could re-submit a reference that perhaps wouldn't include such negative characterization. Adcom likely just requires new reference forms each year to standardize the process from an IT/logistics perspective, and to be fair/equal to those who haven't interviewed specifically at UBC before.
     
    (Congrats on another interview! )
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    Popetopus got a reaction from papasmurf13 in Interview Invites & Regrets (2016/2017 App. Cycle)   
    INVITE
     
    TIME STAMP: 10:42 PST
     
    CONGRATS ALL! Looking forward to meeting everyone during interview weekend!
     
    Will post stats later
     
    Edit: Stats
     
    TIME STAMP: Thur 10:42 AM PST
    Interview Invite: Invited
    AGPA (if applicable): ~85
    MCAT: 512
    ECs: Hospital volunteering, long-term and diverse community service (independent and organization-based), provincial-level awards, multiple club exec, overseas service trips, multiple part-time jobs in healthcare, TA, research (no pubs), other construction work, Rec sports, and random but fairly dedicated hobbies.
    Year: UG Complete
    Geography: IP
    NAQ (if applicable): last year ~35
    AQ (if applicable): last year ~24
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    Popetopus got a reaction from Curiousaboutapps1 in Interview Invites & Regrets (2016/2017 App. Cycle)   
    INVITE
     
    TIME STAMP: 10:42 PST
     
    CONGRATS ALL! Looking forward to meeting everyone during interview weekend!
     
    Will post stats later
     
    Edit: Stats
     
    TIME STAMP: Thur 10:42 AM PST
    Interview Invite: Invited
    AGPA (if applicable): ~85
    MCAT: 512
    ECs: Hospital volunteering, long-term and diverse community service (independent and organization-based), provincial-level awards, multiple club exec, overseas service trips, multiple part-time jobs in healthcare, TA, research (no pubs), other construction work, Rec sports, and random but fairly dedicated hobbies.
    Year: UG Complete
    Geography: IP
    NAQ (if applicable): last year ~35
    AQ (if applicable): last year ~24
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    Popetopus reacted to turbografx in Interview Invites & Regrets (2016/2017 App. Cycle)   
    2014/2015 cycle: 20 people posted regrets stats (full-file review) / 1417 total regrets sent (full-file review) = 1.41% reported
    2015/2016 cycle: 20 people posted regrets stats (full-file review) / 1117 total regrets sent (full-file review) = 1.79% reported
    2016/2017 cycle: 24 people posted regrets stats (full-file review) / 1364 total regrets sent (full-file review) = 1.75% reported
     
    may be off by 1-2 when counting posts but it seems pretty consistent this year with others. not sure how much weight this holds in determining if there will be another wave of rejections...
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    Popetopus reacted to turbografx in Unable To Wait, Errrrrrrrrrrrrrrr   
    yes and theyre there
     
    87.75 aGPA IP, 27.48 AQ IP
    92.05 aGPA OOP, 34.27 AQ OOP
     
    lol
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    Popetopus got a reaction from HongHongHong in Gpa From Current Year Excluded For Getting In The Following September?   
    You are correct that most (if not all) applicants that qualify for an adjusted GPA calculation have completed, at minimum, 4 years of coursework by the application deadline, for entry the following year. To quote information from the application manual: "In order to have the academic year with the lowest academic average dropped, applicants must have 90 credits with grades remaining by June 1 of the application year."
     
    Unless UBC changes this rule in the near future, unfortunately there's not much that you can do. Though I certainly would not call a 76% a very poor year, it cannot be ignored that the math is quite daunting when you try to see what average you would need to get over the next X years to achieve a Y overall GPA (etc.). However, reflecting on what worked and what didn't during that first year, while maturing from your experience and continuing to work diligently and engage in your coursework would be greatly sound advice at this point.
     
    Furthermore, applicants are commonly accepted in the 80-85% GPA category (although fewer compared to the 85-90% group). Keeping in mind that GPA (AQ) accounts for 50% of the pre-interview file score, devoting involvement towards extra-curricular activities that you are passionate about is equally as important to the admission committee at UBC. Also, there is a diversity of academic requirements and calculations among Canadian medical schools such that applicants can be more or less competitive depending on which school they apply to (looking at you, U of C, with only 20% pre-interview file score based on GPA).
     
    Moving forward: Don't sweat it too much. Reflect and develop from that academic experience, work your tail off in your current/future coursework, and continue to rock out with your ECs!
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    Popetopus got a reaction from Pterygoid in Gpa From Current Year Excluded For Getting In The Following September?   
    You are correct that most (if not all) applicants that qualify for an adjusted GPA calculation have completed, at minimum, 4 years of coursework by the application deadline, for entry the following year. To quote information from the application manual: "In order to have the academic year with the lowest academic average dropped, applicants must have 90 credits with grades remaining by June 1 of the application year."
     
    Unless UBC changes this rule in the near future, unfortunately there's not much that you can do. Though I certainly would not call a 76% a very poor year, it cannot be ignored that the math is quite daunting when you try to see what average you would need to get over the next X years to achieve a Y overall GPA (etc.). However, reflecting on what worked and what didn't during that first year, while maturing from your experience and continuing to work diligently and engage in your coursework would be greatly sound advice at this point.
     
    Furthermore, applicants are commonly accepted in the 80-85% GPA category (although fewer compared to the 85-90% group). Keeping in mind that GPA (AQ) accounts for 50% of the pre-interview file score, devoting involvement towards extra-curricular activities that you are passionate about is equally as important to the admission committee at UBC. Also, there is a diversity of academic requirements and calculations among Canadian medical schools such that applicants can be more or less competitive depending on which school they apply to (looking at you, U of C, with only 20% pre-interview file score based on GPA).
     
    Moving forward: Don't sweat it too much. Reflect and develop from that academic experience, work your tail off in your current/future coursework, and continue to rock out with your ECs!
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    Popetopus got a reaction from InstantRamen in Is It True That Ubc Doesn'tweigh Degree Difficulty Factors Into Gpa?   
    U of C (+ a few other schools?) has (have) a quantitative evaluation of academic rigor that is performed on all files at the pre-interview stage. Although maybe it isn't the exact topic being discussed here, U of C evaluates: "a global assessment of academic strength: such things as the types of courses taken, trends in grades over time, ... " which is worth 10% of the pre-interview file score, 5% post-interview.
     
    Now, I think UBC incorporates "academic background" during post-interview file review as either a quantitative evaluation or perhaps as an ordinal/categorical statistic, like highly-rigorous/adequate/rigor-lacking type of a classifier. This is conjecture as no one truly knows how UBC treats these types of things post-interview.
     
    I agree with all above that it is difficult to evaluate different degree types from different universities, completed along different timelines and perhaps even during different time periods. It would be interesting to understand how U of C weights course-type in relation to other courses or the same(ish) courses at different schools...
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    Popetopus reacted to HappyAndHopeful in Sam Still Not Available?   
    This may help! Apparently MCAT scores will say "Pending" until October 7.
     
    https://www.ouac.on.ca/faq/mcat-scores-pending/
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    Popetopus got a reaction from helicase in Sam Still Not Available?   
    Submitted Saturday afternoon and SAM just became available for me. MCAT scores are "Pending", though I released them Tuesday last week...
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    Popetopus reacted to lostandmaybefound in Verifier Contact   
    I'm sure if it's the case that they require a completely new verifier, you can provide that information over email and they'll adjust accordingly. 
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    Popetopus got a reaction from TheIneffable in Unchanging Gpa   
    It is my understanding that UBC admissions applies a linear fit to the range of GPA towards a mean AQ score of ~25-26. In this manner, the equation can be expected to change slightly or significantly from year to year, dependent on the competitiveness of the applicant pool. See above posts or search the forum for previous year's AQ formula.  
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    Popetopus reacted to InstantRamen in Mmi Score On Overall Acceptance: Post Interview Decision Making   
    Just do your best and hopefully you get in. Guessing the admissions process is a waste of time because it probably changes every year. Once you guess one year, they'll tweak it next year.
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    Popetopus reacted to Lifeisawesome in Interview Invites & Regrets (2015/2016 App. Cycle)   
    TIME STAMP: 1:21 PM PST (3:21 PM EST)
    Interview Invite: Invited
    Early/Regular Deadline: Regular 
    Interview Date: Haven't decided yet!
    GPA: 3.2 undergrad (I know eh?) + 3.85 PhD studies = ?
    AGPA (if applicable): Really not sure.
    MCAT: PS/VR/BS/PSYCH - 128/127/131/126
    ECs: Fairly varied with significant time contribution to a few select ones. I also have fairly extensive research experience (3 first author pubs, 6 total pubs, tons of international and nation conference presentations oral and poster). Running (completed 2 marathons), SCUBA diving, skiing. If you want to know more, msg me!
    Year: Completed PhD
    Geography: IP (Thank you PhD!)
     
        I am extremely humbled and honoured. I look forward to meeting everyone in Vancouver! To those who received a rejection, keep going, if it is what you want you can make it happen! To those with low GPAs, please don't be discouraged. I have read these forums for the past 3 years and have always felt very bad about my low undergrad GPA. I realized it would be a very big weakness so I did everything in my power to make up for it (extensive volunteering and a PhD!).
     
        Congrats to everyone else who received an invite! Off to prepare for interviews.
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    Popetopus reacted to nick in Interview Invites & Regrets (2015/2016 App. Cycle)   
    I'm starting to understand religion. I feel an urge to read tea leaves or chicken entrails for a sign.
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    Popetopus reacted to Neurophiliac in Interview Invites & Regrets (2015/2016 App. Cycle)   
    To those of you who received regrets pre-interview this year, I know it can be very frustrating.  I know it can make you feel sick to your stomach.  I know and understand how you all feel.  As so many people might have told you, count me in as well:  You must not give up.  Why?  Because being a doctor is difficult.  Doctors have so many responsibilities that I can't even count.  Their job is to not give up; their job is to save the sick and not to give up on them until they're cured -- at least good doctors never give up.  So, my question for you is:  If you're going to give up now and become all negative and down, are you sure you want to be a doctor?  If your dream is to study and practice medicine, then you should never be a quitter.  So, hold your head up high.  It is not the end of the world, especially if you were a first-time applicant.  Do what you love, and love what you do.  Use your time carefully, and do the activities that you are passionate about.  Be a leader, and work hard; push yourself to your limits.  It is not going to be easy -- after all, entering medical school is difficult.  But careful planning and hard work will get you through.
     
    So, as I have promised earlier, I will list some ways that I think may help re-applicants to potentially increase their NAQ scores for future applications.
     
    Please, please note that the following are based on my thoughts on filling out the non-academic activities section.  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've done and are doing.  Initially, they don't need to be in any order.  Later when you are done, roughly categorize your activities.  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 in the best way that you can what you actually did.  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 the clarity question.  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.
     
    I wish all of you the best in your future endeavours.  I truly hope my thoughts has shed some light on the matter.  And I truly hope that each and every single one of you does not give up, if you are passionate about pursuing a career in medicine.
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    Popetopus got a reaction from keepingitreal in Interview Invites & Regrets (2015/2016 App. Cycle)   
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