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  1. OwnerOfTheTARDIS

    Backpack colour

    Sadly the vote doesn’t matter. I’m pretty sure that last year, the Calgary students (who start in July) received their backpacks like a week after the voting finished no way for production to happen in such a short timeframe
  2. I’ve talked about it pretty extensively with the IMP and many people at NMP. Most I’ve talked to are in agreement with me and we’re planning to write a group letter to the administration. Although I’ve heard the 4 months in Vancouver are for class bonding, my experience was that most other people had little interest in investing the time to get to know people from other sites. And with the couple people I did get to know, it’s hard to put in the work to maintain friendships with people you might never see again except at graduation, especially when you didn’t know them that well to begin with.
  3. It is hell. I managed to get one of the 20 spots on campus and had to sleep with earplugs in almost the whole semester because of randomly people screaming in the middle of the night in the parking lot behind Fairview. We also had black mold and plumbing issues. A friend paid $1600 a month for a bachelor suite because it was the only thing they could find for 4 months. Another friend lived in their car for a month because they couldn't find a place until September 15th. I personally see no benefit to making everyone start in Vancouver (I really don't understand the rational) and it's incredibly stressful then needing to move during the 2 week winter break, especially for people assigned to Prince George or Kelowna where weather can making moving difficult or dangerous. I think UBC needs to reevaluate why they put the distributed students through this experience.
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    MMI topic answer format/structure

    I liked to start with something like, "it looks like there are two conflicting values at play here", or "there are three people who have a stake in this issue and all have a unique perspective that should be considered" for ethical stations. Non ethical stations I didn't really have a strategy and just did what felt natural in the moment. If I was really stuck for an approach, I would treat it like a high school 5 paragraph essay and try to come up with a 'paragraph' introduction to start my response that highlighted three bullet point issues to discuss during the station.
  5. Better hope you get into U of A or McMaster, the UBC FLEX course is death 95% of the class has no real interest in research and we're forced to engage in scholarly (usually research) oriented projects throughout 1st, 2nd, and 4th year. Edit: this is mostly a joke, UBC is great and I don't mean to discourage you, I just hate FLEX
  6. A lot of people in my class are obsessed with the iPad + Macbook combo. A few who bought a Surface in the summer have actually bought an iPad as well because they were disappointed with the Surface performance don't know exactly why it didn't work for them. I personally wanted to save money so I just use my old Macbook air and added this: https://www.amazon.com/Intuos-illustration-production-CTH-490-B1/dp/B013SMIUB2/ref=zg_bs_3228285011_41?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=QBZ1B41W4KGHHH1757WS it's a ~$100 writing pad that is plenty sufficient for the anatomy lectures where I want to be able to draw on pdfs/slides. I have never taken a lot of handwritten notes so I didn't need anything fancier.
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    UBC Video?

    The admissions video has just been uploaded:
  8. OwnerOfTheTARDIS

    Which Site and Why

    It drops to 4 students/instructor in IMP clinical skills. They try to keep all family practice placements 1:1.
  9. OwnerOfTheTARDIS

    Which Site and Why

    Yeah! Around the first week of November, all of the distributed site students had an opportunity to go visit their site. The weekend is usually organized by the 2nd years who host 1st years at their homes so no one has to pay for a hotel, Friday night and Saturday are full of fun activities and evening parties, and Sunday is left free for people to view apartments and look for housing. If you ask, there is even usually a 2nd year happy to drive you around on Sunday if you need help getting around to see housing options. The exact schedule I describe is approximate and could change year to year, but the site visit itself is very consistent. There is usually even funding split evenly between everyone attending their site visit to help keep ferry, drive, and flight costs down.
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    Which Site and Why

    Shadowing is only for your benefit. It has almost zero impact on CaRMS applications and competitiveness. I’ve found transit perfectly adequate. About 5 people from my class bike, the rest seem to be fairly equally split in using transit versus having their own car. My class of 32 has I think 3 from Ontario, 1 from the maritimes, and about 10 from Vancouver or Lower Mainland... so a little over half the class seems to be from the Island, but even they weren’t all from Victoria. People are from Comox, Nanaimo, Courtney, etc. I’m from Greater Vancouver and have never felt like an outsider. You get really close in Vancouver and then even closer once you all move to the island in January.
  11. Where are you applying? They would probably count at UBC (assuming the rest of 2017/2018 weren't your worst academic year which gets removed for your adjusted GPA) but not at most other schools in Canada.
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    Varsity sports and med - can they be mixed?

    I haven't personally, but I honestly don't think it is possible on two levels: I don't think you could fit it into your schedule. Exams are on weekends. We're in class, small group, clinical skills or lab like a full time job, usually 8-5 with one or two mornings off per week. On top of in-person sessions you have to prep for CBL 3x per week and most people I talk to spend about an hour prep for each session. Plus a couple online modules per month. Plus studying. Although the work is easier/less stressful than undergrad, it simply requires more of your time I honestly think trying to do so would damage your mental health and personal well-being. Even if you managed to make the practices and games without sacrificing aspects of your education, you would have almost zero time left for other interests, family, and social activity. My comments are based on the fact that I worked part-time in undergrad averaging almost exactly the same number of hours per week as my friend spent on a varsity team and there is no way I could keep up with that many hours working while in med school. However, the intramural sports teams and faculty of medicine group activities are amazing. Like 1/3 of the class (over 100 people) from this year's med class at UBC are on an intramural team. We at the IMP have a running club and we go play squash together most Sundays. Lots of options available that are more manageable from my perspective.
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    Which Site and Why

    Streamed live (with surprisingly good technology - it doesn't feel as weird as expected) and then most recordings are posted online (I'd estimate 90%). The thing is each individual lecturer has to sign a form and consent to having their lecture posted online, a few don't want to do that. You can't know for sure whether a lecture will be recorded in advance, but you can look in the archives and if that same person already gave a recorded either earlier in the semester or a previous year, they will most likely be recorded again. Also if there is a guest patient involved in a lecture, it won't be recorded to protect their confidentiality. You can also re-watch the recordings on a higher speed (it's pretty easy to watch on 1.4 or 1.6 times speed, some people can do 2x speed but I can't personally) and get through them faster when you're doing review.
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    Which Site and Why

    Definitely not an even split. 90% in Vancouver, the other 10% split between the three sites
  15. OwnerOfTheTARDIS

    Which Site and Why

    Sorry for potentially going too deep. I love my site, would not change my choice for any reason, but do think that the site representatives after the interview did a poor job of being honest and realistic of both benefits and drawbacks. I just want to help everyone make the informed choice that is right for them. If anyone has more info on Kelowna or Prince George or a different perspective on Vancouver and the island, let me know and I could edit my post to be one comprehensive overview for people to find easily.
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