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  1. Can you comment on how to be competitive for the 2+1 program? Specifically are rural sites better than urban sites? Are there FM programs that have a good track record for the 2+1 EM? Thanks!
  2. I know, but I am just providing an example comparison to demonstrate that there are many things to consider when deciding between CS and medicine. It is too hard to account for all the possibilities for both CS and medicine. Even for CS, you can also be working up to 80h+ per week if you are pushing a sharp deadline on an important product.
  3. I was a CS graduate, worked for a year before being admitted to UBC. I honestly thought the CS courses were easier than most of my other courses since they are concept based, meaning once you understand the important concepts, it is relatively easy to get high marks. I also calculated that if I stayed in CS I would actually make similar money compared to if I did family practice. Note that this isn't even in the silicon valley area. One problem with computer science is that unless you have your own company, you actually have less flexibility in terms of how much you can work compared to self-practice. Companies usually lock you into having only a certain amount of vacation time and only some of that is transferred from year to year. So if you wanted to take half a year off, you would have to quit your job, take your vacation, and then re-apply. In addition, often you will work on projects that you may not like or even completely disagree with. This is also not mentioning the fact that you are most likely working with people that you may not like and often do not have the option to switch teams, or at least not immediately. This gets worse if your boss hates you or vice versa. Lastly and most importantly, programming itself is not a work that you can be "proud of" morally. However, as a physician, you know deep down that you are helping others on a daily basis and honestly that is one of the biggest reasons why I got really sick of doing pointless programming and decided to switch to medicine. Also forgot to mention that being a physician won't lock you to having to work in a certain area. If you wanted to make a good income as a developer outside of silicon valley, you need to be one of the top people in the field. However, physician salaries are high regardless of where you are. This is important for people like me who value spending time with family and friends whom I have known for my whole life.
  4. I think you have to figure out why you are getting those questions wrong. Please do note that this is different for everyone and depending on your weakness it can be a big or a minor problem. For example, if you are missing easy questions because you are reading too fast, having better time control might just solve your problem. However, if it is because your core reading comprehension skills are lacking, then this will take a lot more effort to correct. For me, when I was at the stage of getting 1-2 questions wrong, it was usually because I was spending too much time highlighting information that was not necessary. This made me focus on minor details in the passage which made abstract questions more difficult. After I stopped doing that, I was doing much better.
  5. Really hard to tell since different exams will be vastly different. Of course you can do a gamble but it is very possible that the actual exam you take will focus on physics more than you expected. If you did well in physics in undergrad, reviewing the relevant topics on the AAMC syllabus shouldn't take more than a week or so (maybe 2 hours a day?) since its just reviewing concepts and does not involve much memorization.
  6. I did that as well (friend with RBC) except my friend is in Toronto lol
  7. I do feel like MCAT does play a bigger role than many people would like to admit. They even explicitly say that higher MCAT does help post-interview on the admission website. I think one question you have to ask yourself is, can you realistically do better on the MCAT? If you are confident that you can do better, I say do it if you can. I remember getting a 31 on the old MCAT but was absolutely sure I could do better based on practice results and a realistic evaluation of my own ability. Retaking the MCAT paid off very well for me in this case.
  8. 12:25 PM PST Result: Accepted (VFMP) AGPA: 88.5% EC: Huge focus on computer science/programming. No research MCAT: 522 Interview: Last year I literately misinterpreted more than 1/2 the stations and was a nervous wreck. This year, I practiced a lot, took a 5 hour energy before the interview, and tried to be as authentic as I possibly could. In terms of how I think I did, I personally thought I did very well since I was authentic and was able to convey my thoughts and ideas coherently. I came out of the interview not being able to remember 1/2 the stations and now I can barely remember any. Everything just became a blur. Special thanks to everyone who practiced with me for the interview! Without you guys I would not have received this offer.
  9. Ugh it has been more than an hour since waitlist notifications were sent. The wait is insane. I wonder why the next wave is taking so long.
  10. For those who are rejected, do you mind of you share your timestamp? I am trying to figure out if they send all the rejection all at once or if its a gradual process.
  11. I just got an invite. I was waitlisted with 522 - 129 CARS.
  12. I think I can speak for many people that having bad or missing references is something every applicant is terrified of. My impression is that if you are missing one of your references, it may be treated as a red flag and while it says you may be disqualified, most likely you will be disqualified unless given special circumstances. Exactly how that affects your application is unknown but it can't be positive.
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