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    MS1 happy to answer questions

    I don't think this is completely accurate. Winter break is usually only 2 weeks from my understanding. It's actually extremely stressful for students moving to distributed sites. It was only 3 weeks this year because of the way the holidays landed - we would have either been in class until Dec. 21st or had to start class on Dec 30th (a Wednesday), so they gave us 3 weeks at December but took one week away from summer. There's a possibility that there will always be 3 weeks going forward (I was part of submitting a complaint that 2 weeks was not enough time for distributees to move, unpack, and relax a bit for the holidays), but last I heard from faculty, 2 weeks was still standard. No reading break. Sometimes exams will be on weekends. We only get official government holidays off, but then they make you come in early Tuesday morning when you're supposed to have study time. The Iron Bank always gets its due.
  2. It doesn't differentiate, but often OOP are more likely to get in because 1) a higher percentage of accepted OOP people decline their offer, freeing up space within the 10% available OOP seats and 2) the OOP people on the waitlist tend to have stronger overall applications, otherwise they wouldn't have made the interview stage.
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    MS1 happy to answer questions

    I was honestly shocked by how much people drank in med school and how many social activities revolved around drinking/partying. I enjoy a good beer or cider, but generally dislike getting drunk and at times felt a bit awkward - not really ostracized because people were nice and there wasn't too much pressure for me to join in drinking, but it was a bit awkward at our first midterm after party when the majority of people were pretty drunk by 9pm and I was still sober. No judgement, just not my scene. There can also be some pressure to spend money, since a lot of social activity can revolve around eating out. HOWEVER!!! Once you get to know people, people are really nice and I had lots of fun in other ways. Even if you want to ski/hike and haven't made friends yet who want to go with you, just send a message to the facebook group and you'll find lots of offers to join other people who are into the same stuff. I think if you don't reach out to people, the class can seem clique because people do naturally form friend groups, but whenever I have asked to join something even with people I didn't know well, I've been welcomed really openly (and I consider myself moderately introverted).
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    MS1 happy to answer questions

    The semester I spent in Vancouver I didn't get a car (really needed one once I got to the IMP, but that's a different story). I strongly recommend not buying a car. Sign up for either Evo/Car2Go AND either Modo/Zipcar. I'll explain why: Evo/Car2Go are one way car shares. You can pick it up and then leave it anywhere within the "home zone" (most of Vancouver, part of North Van, and part of New West - check the online map) and it's ~$15 an hour. Modo/Zipcar are return car shares - you have to put the car back exactly where you picked it up, but it's only $8 per hour. So if you want to drive from UBC to downtown and then stay all day, it's way cheaper to take Evo/Car2Go. If you are just going to pick up something from the store or go to an appointment and then return home, it's cheaper to take Modo/Zipcar. I personally used Evo and Modo and highly vouch for both of them. I almost never took the bus and always took an Evo to clin skills/family practice, went downtown ~once a week, and twice took a modo to get to medical appointments all the way in Maple Ridge - it basically felt like having my own car. I spent less than $300 over the semester, which as I recall was about the price of a parking pass at UBC. Keep in mind that you don't have to pay for insurance or gas or the upfront cost of a car. I also highly recommend getting groceries online. Save-On has online shopping - I usually just place my order and pick it up next day after class (free) or during exam season pay for delivery ($4-10, depending on the time of day I want it delivered). It saves so much time and has changed my life.
  5. OwnerOfTheTARDIS

    MS1 happy to answer questions

    I hope it's ok if I hop on @casajayo's post. Each week is CBL Monday Wednesday Friday from 8-10. Lectures M, W, F morning. FoS on M afternoon (until it becomes FLEX in spring). Either lecture or lab W/F afternoons. Either clinical skills or family practice T/Th afternoons (half the class will have FP on Tuesday with clin skills on Th and half the class will be the opposite). T/Th mornings are generally free for personal/study time, but sometimes there are interprofessional or indigenous cultural sensitivity sessions during that time. After a long weekend, they almost always make you come in on Tuesday morning. The topic of the week is fairly random - you can go from pregnancy to immunology to GI, but sometimes you'll get 2 or 3 weeks in a row on a related topic. CBL scenarios are specific to the week theme. I honestly think the most challenging part of med school is self-motivating. It is generally easy to pass - you only need a cumulative 60% on exams (only ~5 people fail each semester and have to do a make up exam) - but now that I'm heading into clerkship, I'm brushing up on a lot of stuff I breezed over in year 1. My studying approach has also changed a lot - I used to go to every lecture and now I hardly ever go. A lot of lectures are recorded, but even if they are not, the slides are posted and I could study way more efficiently from just slides or watching recordings on 1.6x speed. It helped me stay focused (I get so bored/distracted at regular lecture speed) and I was more efficient so I didn't need to study at all outside normal school hours and only ~ 3-4 hours on the weekend, depending on how close to exams we were. I personally recommend setting aside either Saturday or Sunday to be a school-free day. It's easy to get very wrapped up in med school and I found that I got a better mental break from having a full day off, rather than splitting my weekend work onto both days. Exams include: Fall Year 1: midterm around October that covers the first 6-8 weeks. Roughly 100 questions, MCQ. Finals: an MCQ that covers the second half of the semester a lab exam (radiology, histology, anatomy) a FoS (foundations of scholarship) MCQ a formative (not for marks) OSCE Spring Year 1: a midterm Finals: an MCQ that covers the second half of the semester a lab exam (radiology, histology, anatomy) a summative (for marks) OSCE FoS exam (thanks to @casjayo for correcting me on the updated schedule!) Year 2 is pretty similar with midterms and final MCQ and lab exams and a summative OSCE in spring, but there is no FoS or formative OSCE. My apologies for this massive wall of text, hope some of it is helpful, and I'm sure @casajayo may have more recent insight, given that they change the curriculum year to year.
  6. Probably plan to write at the end of Year 2. UWorld and First Aid are amazing (haven't used Pathoma), but most importantly start studying early. If you did just a half hour a day starting beginning of year 2, and then buckled down pretty intensely for 1 month or so at the end of year 2 before writing it, you'd probably be in a decent position if you're not too worried about score. I gave myself approximately one month to study total and I want to die. If you want to aim for a better score, I think going through First Aid once between 1st and 2nd year, and then working through UWorld, First Aid (again), and maybe Pathoma during 2nd year we be a decent approach.
  7. No, it means that their scores are ineligible for admission to a ‘regular’ seat. The committee that oversees rural admissions can basically do whatever they want, so if someone has an amazing rural application but their scores are just below the regular cutoff, the committee can choose to interview them anyway. Even if you didn’t get an email, you’re still hypothetically in the running for an NMP seat, if that’s what you want. My hypothesis (unconfirmed) is that it is their method of filling the NMP with good quality rural candidates, since NMP is by far the least popular site and the rural seats in SMP and IMP are pretty easy to fill.
  8. I don’t know exactly how the process works, but I’ve literally seen the email a current classmate got that said they were only being considered for NMP. So there’s at least one person in my class who was accepted after receiving the same email good luck @bluewhale!
  9. Ok, good to know and a bit frustrating for me. I worked the summer between my 3rd and 4th year undergrad and got nothing 1st year and worked the summer directly before med school and got nothing The system for allocating bursary money makes no sense to me.
  10. All UBC students apply for bursary in the fall. If you meet the need threshold, there is a very large pot of money that is divided amongst everyone in the Faculty of Medicine who met that threshold. The money you get is usually ~7000 - 10000 per year, aka about what most people would make by working over the summer. I can't remember the exact details of the application and how they assess need, but basically it's usually better to just not work.
  11. Just so people know, working over the summer (working at all really) means you almost definitely won't get a bursary and you'll end up with the same amount of money as people who took the summer off and qualified for funding (everyone who qualifies for the need threshold gets some funding). For people who have already been working prior to May, you're probably already disqualified from funding and the decision is up to you.
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    A perspective from someone who moved out for the first time for med school: I love it. I love living alone. I don’t think I could ever go back, even though I have a great relationship with my parents. I am also constantly jealous of my few classmates able to live at home through med school because they are saving SO much money. Like, they could literally go on a $4000 vacation during break and still have saved around $10,000 compared to me. So if you’re happy living at home, I’d recommend continuing to do so because you’d save a lot of money and once you experience living on your own, it’s much harder to go back.
  13. My doctor is unaffiliated with the faculty, so whenever I needed a prescription or a referral to a specialist/physio, I knew that she wasn't going to be brushing shoulders with faculty members in charge of program assessment. I also always asked for referrals to be to specialists uninvolved with the faculty. Personally, I choose not to talk to anyone associated with the faculty about sensitive health issues. I know that everything you discuss with student affairs is supposed to be confidential, but I worry regardless. Unfortunately, if you need counselling and can't afford to pay for it privately, you may have to decide whether the free services provided by your school are worth the small risk of information getting out.
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    Tell us your Med School admission story ...

    I had taken the weekend off and went on a small trip with my mum (trying to avoid the situation with my third year application where I got the rejection email at work and almost cried in front of my thesis supervisor and then actually cried that night in front of the director and cast of a play while I was in the middle of rehearsal). I tried to hike and relax and not check my phone until the end of the day (but in reality was checking every time we had reception). I finally got the email while driving back to town from a hike and literally shrieked in the car. I think my dad was the first person I called after my mum and I calmed down a bit. My grandmother cried and gushed for about 3 minutes straight when I called to tell her afterwards.
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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.
  18. 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.
  22. 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.