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    Too late to contact PIs for research?

    If you’re willing to volunteer your time, definitely still worth it. If you need a paid position, you’ll probably find the search much more difficult.
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    Wrong Major? What am I meant to be?

    So I don't think liking biology or chem or psych or philosophy necessarily correlates to whether or not you will like medicine. I have classmates who enjoyed and majored in all of these subjects who all say that they are very happy in med school. To me, it's more concerning that you don't like the subjects based in memorization (as opposed to chem/physics which I would describe as being based on concepts and patterns). Med school is almost entirely memorization and even understanding the physiology/pathology behind diseases doesn't necessarily help you memorize syndromes or names of medications. If you don't enjoy/don't excel at this type of work, med school could be a very frustrating or even miserable experience for you. Maybe talk to some people with careers in chemistry and physics to see what career paths are more in line with the type of learning you enjoy and have been doing amazingly well in?
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    High School Activities ABS

    If you have nothing more recent/better to fill the spots, I see no harm. Especially if you’re applying as a third year, you could be like 20? You just haven’t had as much time to acquire post high school activities compared to other applicants. I had several high school activities on both my third and fourth year applications and got interviewed 3rd year and accepted 4th year.
  4. I did take a prep course, since I hadn't taken bio chem yet and had personal health issues affecting my second semester of o-chem and physics. Studying just through the prep course and on weekends for about 2 months, I got 98th percentile. However, I was near the 100th percentile in CARS and Psych and near the 80th-90th percentile in the science sections even though I majored in biology and took tons of chem courses. So things didn't turn out how I expected at all.
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    Preparing meals in med school

    I’m fine with a 5 day week, but on some rotations (especially surgical) a ‘day’ can be 6am-6:30pm plus whatever the call schedule is. And for some sub-specialties call only goes to 11pm so you don’t get a post call day.
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    Need some advice with my case

    Based on your post history and recent account creation, I'm pretty sure you're just a Caribbean adcom shill. Please don't go to the Caribbean - there are so many posts on this forum on why that is a very risky investment with relatively poor prospects. I think you have a great chance at Western and Queen's, unfortunately multiple F's in your first two years probably rule out all the other Canadian med schools. Good luck!
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    Working in med school..?

    Keep in mind that even if you can handle working, any income often reduces your bursary eligibility and amount of student loan grants, making it a waste of time.
  8. Customer service, sports, and some types of volunteer work and many other activities can highlight ability to work with others. Just emphasize any groups based activities in your application, or consider trying to join something new if that’s an aspect of you application that’s really lacking. I would say a significant number of med students are introverts - it’s easy to forget in view of all the parties and social activities because introverts don’t generally publicize when they aren’t going out.
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    OOP Chances

    NMP is entirely designated rural, SMP has about 10/32 seats designated rural. The 510 guy was waitlisted on his first app and then rejected from the wait list with a below average interview, but presumably wouldn’t have been waitlisted at all if they didn’t consider him admissible. No idea whether he improved or how the other’s interviews went. Keep in mind that I’m IMP and generally got to know other distributies far better than any VFMP people. I haven’t mentioned any VFMP scores because I don’t know any - not because they were all super high. The 508 SMP might have been.
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    OOP Chances

    My friend had a 510 (124 cars) and another had a 512 and both got into NMP. A first semester roommate got into SMP with a 508. Definitely not an ideal score, but not unreasonable.
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    OOP Chances

    Beyond meeting the cutoffs, MCAT is only evaluated post-interview so if you don’t get an interview, it’s not looked at.
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    Give up on the dream?

    Where are you in province? Would you consider moving somewhere for better advantage? Additionally, some schools (UBC for sure) look at every course you’ve ever taken (minus your lowest year) so the non- degree courses would still count. I think your GPA is really going to hold you back from getting any out-of-province interviews and if you’re from Ontario, the lack of homeschool advantage most places will really hurt you. For example, schools in Sask and Manitoba were far less competitive back when I was applying and residents of the northern territories are considered in-province for BC, Alberta, and Sask. sorry if any info is outdated, but if you’re willing to move, it might be worth checking out different schools and residency policies.
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    Shadowing Experiance

    A naturopath might be worth shadowing out of curiosity and because so many patients choose to see both a naturopath and MD, but homeopathy is such complete crap that I see no value in shadowing it at all. But it’s up to you.
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    What ethical implications? Interview prep and advice on applications can be provided without breaking confidentiality agreements. There's quite a few people on these forums who offer help and many people, especially those from smaller schools without good pre-med advice, benefit from it.
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    Baby shower gift

    No more than $50, especially if you’re still a student. If you buy a $200 gift, good chance it will be way more expensive than almost everyone else’s which could be awkward. Then again, I’ve never been to a baby shower at a banquet hall.
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    Non-health care related jobs for EC

    Non-med jobs are definitely still valuable, but in contrast to some other Canadian schools, UBC really doesn’t want to hear what you learned. They specifically ask what you did, as objectively as possible. Just highlight any canmed competencies where possible (I.e. i provided customer service and addressed customer concerns and frustrations while coordinating solutions with the rest of the team; I took on a leadership role in orienting new staff to the store, etc.) You don’t necessarily need to apply for a promotion, just try and take on small leadership roles where possible.
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    More females than males in medicine?

    In my experience reviewing some pre-meds applications, women had often been involved in volunteer work as a hobby since high school, whereas the men seemed to have started their volunteer work more recently (and often specifically for their applications). I found the women’s applications better rounded overall, so it may just be the system currently favours women a little bit. This is a generalization of the ~25 or so applications I’ve glanced over for people, so it may not be true for all of course.
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    What to wear to interview (women)?

    I wore a patterned skirt suit. I was the only one in a patterned suit, but it was a fairly traditional black and white pattern with a classic cut. I felt amazing and enjoyed not looking like a cookie cutter (and got in). However, some people might have felt uncomfortable standing out. Just wear what you feel great in and make sure it’s professional, but do some self reflection and make sure your confidence won’t be shaken if you are the only one not in solid navy/black.
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    MMI prep course?

    I have no direct experience, but will give my 2 cents anyways since no one else has answered. - a lot of MMI prep companies make wild promises. If something looks too good to be true, it probably is. - MMI prep companies aren’t given any insider knowledge. Their knowledge only comes from familiarity with the system, which can be gained through this website and talking to others. The prep companies don’t have access to UBCs formula for scoring MMIs, they only make educated guesses on what makes a good candidate - the only people I know who paid for a prep company had already paid for MCAT prep (and got great scores) and had great overall applications. They were the type of people who did ‘whatever it took’ to get in and probably would have gotten in without prep. This can artificially inflate prep companies statistics on how many of their students get in. Overall, if you are an average speaker/interviewer, I think you can definitely prep on your own or with free prep groups that you can connect with through this forum. If you have public speaking anxiety or think you interview badly, a prep course may be worth it for you personally. i think other posters have already written on this subject, probably with more detail than me so check out other people’s opinions before making a decision
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    I don’t think it’s necessary to add another volunteer commitment if you have three substantial ones. Better to show a high level of commitment to three that’d spread yourself thin. Here are my thoughts: - have you grown in your volunteer roles? If not is it possible to expand your responsibilities/leadership? For example, could you get involved with training new volunteers, scheduling, or planning events? - were all your boxes full? I included some things in diversity of experience like music and hiking which I’ve done at a high level, but certainly not competitively or professionally. Even activities that don’t seem like application material should be included if you have space left over. - did you have people read over your application? Did you allude to CANMed competencies? Did you quantify your accomplishments? (I.e. ‘I led a team of 21 people to run a fundraiser that raised $2300’). A lot of NAQ can come from wording. A masters is good for getting research experience, but otherwise not a very efficient way to improve your application. Can you find a research job now in your 4th year? Or ask a prof if you can volunteer in their lab if no jobs are available?
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    Professional Reference

    What are your other options? The work experience doesn't need to be glamorous - do you have anyone else who is a reasonable option?
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    Interview Invites date?

    UBC only contacts you if one of your verifiers doesn't respond. If one of your verifiers contradicts what you have written (I believe they tick the 'No' box and then have a text box for comment), I don't think UBC notifies you. I could be wrong, but this is what I've heard from upper years and staff.
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    Interview Invites date?

    Yep. My experience was that our signed family practice forms were due at 6pm on a Friday. I was late and submitted it at 7pm, but the level of pettiness and passive aggressiveness in the email I received was ridiculous considering the fact that there was no way on earth anyone on staff was checking forms after 6pm on on Friday. It was my first ever 'infraction' and they literally threatened to not allow me to advance in the program. Even things like reviewing lecturers are considered a professional responsibility. I definitely agree that it seems like professionalism is just how the university gets us to do whatever they want/need us to, given that they have relatively little power in a pass/fail system.
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    Interview Invites date?

    I feel so much empathy for you guys - best of luck to everyone! However, as @ATG4B said, it’s all character building One day you’ll all be in med school and have to deal with the frustration of faculty constantly being 1-2 weeks late on sending marks/schedules/updates, but if you’re even an hour late submitting an assignment, you’ll get an email about how timeliness is a ‘professional’ responsibility. The mystery of bureaucracy is unending.
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    Help with ECs

    Do fun stuff! Volunteering at an animal shelter or community theatre/art program or as a sports coach are great ways to bulk up ECs while relaxing and letting off steam from school. My volunteer/EC schedule was pretty crazy in my 3rd and 4th years of undergrad and the only reason I could manage it was because nothing I did really felt like work.