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    OwnerOfTheTARDIS got a reaction from frenchpress in 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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    OwnerOfTheTARDIS got a reaction from yake in Which Site and Why   
    It depends on what you want! Your site really doesn't affect specialty selection in any way - shadowing may be slightly limited compared to Vancouver, but clerkship offers equal opportunity to explore specialties and pre-clerkship really has no bearing on CaRMS. 
    From what little I know (my info is most accurate about IMP, my site):
    Vancouver  
    Great for having every shadowing opportunity in almost every niche specialty you can imagine. Lots of technology. In anatomy lab, they have this 3D Sectra Anatomy Visualization Table and often radiology residents come in to walk you through a short 3D rendering/radiology session on the anatomy you are dissecting that day. Some people love it, others don't find it too helpful but it is cool to see Clubs and leadership positions are abundant. There are still clubs and some class council leadership positions at distributed sites, but they are more limited. The class size can be really overwhelming. I hated having >200 people in lecture hall and felt it was hard to get to know classmates or instructors and tutors.  Housing is much much more expensive in Vancouver (although I heard that Kelowna was getting more expensive this year?) General Distributed Site Info:
    Having only 32 people in your class is amazing (in my opinion). Still big enough to find a group of friends where you connect and share a lot in common, but small enough that you know everyone at least a little bit. In clinical skills, your groups are often smaller so you get more time and 1:1 instruction You sometimes get more family practice visits (all sites are supposed to have 10 visits in second semester, but Vancouver was cut down to 5 because they couldn't get enough preceptors) In clerkship, you supposedly get to do more stuff than clerks in Vancouver because you aren't competing with multiple residents and fellows who have seniority Most lectures are done in Vancouver and video-conferanced to the sites. You can still ask questions to the lecturer in Vancouver over microphones. Some people don't like this, but I love it. Unless someone is asking a question, you're not really on camera so you can stretch or stand up during lecture if you need to. One time a classmate was really sore so she just sat down on her yoga mat and quietly stretched through the lecture In lab, the ratio of tutors to students is usually much higher  It can be stressful needing to move from Vancouver to your distributed site in December over the break Victoria:
    Best site in my personal opinion   In January after you arrive, the Victoria Medical Society hosts a ball at the Empress Hotel. Look it up. It is amazing. I have never eaten better food in my life. We have a program called First Patient. In pairs, students are assigned a volunteer patient with a chronic health condition and spend 1 year getting to know them, attending their health care appointments with them, and learning what it is like to be a patient in the health care system, an experience many med school students haven't had (don't worry, you aren't doing more work than everyone else - they assign us slightly fewer family practice visits than other sites so it balances out) The lab instructors organize comprehensive review sessions before lab exams. This does not happen at other sites. We supposedly always have the best lab averages and it is definitely less stressful.  We are only a 1.5 hr ferry from Vancouver so you can go see your favourite band in concert and be back for class the next morning The biggest disadvantage is in shadowing: there are no shadowing opportunities in ophthalmology, dermatology, anesthesia, or obstetrics/gynecology. Surgical shadowing is limited: you are only allowed one OR shadowing experience. Furthermore, Victoria General and the Royal Jubilee Hospital (the only 2 major hospitals in Victoria) have a policy that you cannot be in an OR, even for shadowing, unless you have had scrub training. Unfortunately, we currently only receive the training in 2nd year before clerkship. The class of 2021 is trying to change this so that future classes receive training shortly after arriving in Victoria and can have their surgical shadowing experience during pre-clerkship. The only other opportunities might be if you can arrange shadowing in Cowichan or Nanaimo hospitals.  If you are interested in any of these specialties and still want the IMP (or end up here), try to do some shadowing during your first semester in Vancouver before making the move in December. I honestly found that shadowing different specialties just once or twice gave me a lot of insight on whether I wanted to explore them further. Additionally, there is also the summer when you could do some shadowing in Vancouver if you wanted to. But you can only do so much shadowing and compared to some other med schools, UBC has a lot of clinical experiences and patient contact during pre-clerkship We do a ski trip to Mt Washington and a surf trip to Tofino every year Tons of nearby hiking and camping options  Our anatomy lab has windows and a ventilation system to help with the smell. The Vancouver lab is in a basement with no windows and the ventilation is weak. Some minimal info on the other distributed sites...
    Kelowna: 
    I have heard rumours that they have dogs at the university building where lectures are held. Stressed? Go pet a dog they have ski trips up to Sun Peaks every year I believe Prince George:
    supposedly in clerkship you get to do extra double cool stuff because they are trying to get students invested in northern medicine so that the students love working in the north and stay after they graduate cross country skiing?
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    OwnerOfTheTARDIS got a reaction from Galaxy123 in 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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    OwnerOfTheTARDIS got a reaction from CXR in Biased med school admissions?   
    Only one post... seems like an account created just to advertise a new consulting type service while trying to not look like an advertisement. 
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    OwnerOfTheTARDIS got a reaction from la marzocco in Biased med school admissions?   
    Only one post... seems like an account created just to advertise a new consulting type service while trying to not look like an advertisement. 
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    OwnerOfTheTARDIS got a reaction from ballsortahard in Biased med school admissions?   
    Only one post... seems like an account created just to advertise a new consulting type service while trying to not look like an advertisement. 
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    OwnerOfTheTARDIS got a reaction from John Galt MD in Biased med school admissions?   
    Only one post... seems like an account created just to advertise a new consulting type service while trying to not look like an advertisement. 
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    OwnerOfTheTARDIS reacted to JohnGrisham in .   
    I think its alot easier to say "learn french" then actually do it. If you don't see how ludicrous it sounds to tell someone whos probably in their mid-late 20s and going through a rigorous program such as medicine to learn a 2nd language for the first time on top of that....Verbal, reading, writing for notes. Kudos to you if you did so.

    And the quebec govt paying for lessons while you're in residency doesn't exactly help you to get into the residency in the first place. Having learned a 2nd language late in life, it takes a lot of time, practice and emersion to get to a proficient enough level..especially in the context of communicating in a sensitive setting like that of a doctor-patient relationship.

    As for entitlement, i think its a bit unfair to say someone is entitled to simply wanting a spot somewhere in Canada, in the language they speak.  Thankfully i dont think things are bad enough that people will start recommending "Do your USMLES, and learn french if you want to match!".

    Given there are a large amount of unfilled spots in Quebec, it would seem prudent to close down a few and transfer funding elsewhere. But of course, workforce planning and managing funds isn't the governments strong suit.


     
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    OwnerOfTheTARDIS reacted to bearded frog in Shroom as an alternative med?   
    Step 1 to having historical recreational drugs as legitimate pharmaceuticals: don't refer to it by its slang name...
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    OwnerOfTheTARDIS got a reaction from Koopatroopa in Can someone please explain to me how the rural placement works?   
    Yeah, I believe when you fill out the official ranking they explicitly say not to rank NMP if you didn't fill out the rural supplement.
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    OwnerOfTheTARDIS reacted to JohnGrisham in Interview Invites & Regrets 2017/2018   
    Agreed, just statistically unlikely there aren't 29 OOP offers given in the top 288 given that they on average have much higher TFR preinterview and overall are more likely to just be overall all stars ha.
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    OwnerOfTheTARDIS reacted to silent_c in Interview Invites & Regrets 2017/2018   
    This is the craziest stats I have ever seen... apply to Harvard lol
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    OwnerOfTheTARDIS reacted to JohnGrisham in Interview Invites & Regrets 2017/2018   
    They can also take 5 online courses too, doesnt make a difference how you take the courses.
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    OwnerOfTheTARDIS got a reaction from AAAmeds in Unethical admissions process???   
    My 2 cents is that most of what this resident was saying is bullshit. If her dad did donate money, it probably had little or no impact on her getting into medical school.
    The reasons are:
    There are many, many people on the admissions board. No one person (not even the Dean) has much influence on whether one person is admitted over another. Significant parts of the admission process are blinded (i.e. when they mark your NAQ score they can't see your AQ; when you interview, both interviewers and the staff who calculate a score afterwards can't see the rest of your application). I have heard that when doing holistic review, even a person's name is removed from their file!  $100K really isn't that much money to a medical school. Their yearly budget is about $220 million according to recent UBC budget reports. "Funding awarded by the provinces to universities for the training of one medical student for one year ranges between $45,000 and $73,500" - Overview of the Cost of Training Health Professionals, 2008. The ACMC put that number at an average of $65,000.  One of the main initiatives of UBC medical school is to make studying medicine more accessible for lower SES applicants. This type of behaviour is counter to one of their main goals.  Only aboriginal applicants face different admission criteria. There are usually ~15 seats exclusively reserved for aboriginal students and their applications are looked at separately by the Aboriginal Admissions sub-committee. For everyone else, there is no distinction between applicants of different races. That information isn't even collected. I wouldn't worry about it  
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    OwnerOfTheTARDIS got a reaction from la marzocco in Unethical admissions process???   
    My 2 cents is that most of what this resident was saying is bullshit. If her dad did donate money, it probably had little or no impact on her getting into medical school.
    The reasons are:
    There are many, many people on the admissions board. No one person (not even the Dean) has much influence on whether one person is admitted over another. Significant parts of the admission process are blinded (i.e. when they mark your NAQ score they can't see your AQ; when you interview, both interviewers and the staff who calculate a score afterwards can't see the rest of your application). I have heard that when doing holistic review, even a person's name is removed from their file!  $100K really isn't that much money to a medical school. Their yearly budget is about $220 million according to recent UBC budget reports. "Funding awarded by the provinces to universities for the training of one medical student for one year ranges between $45,000 and $73,500" - Overview of the Cost of Training Health Professionals, 2008. The ACMC put that number at an average of $65,000.  One of the main initiatives of UBC medical school is to make studying medicine more accessible for lower SES applicants. This type of behaviour is counter to one of their main goals.  Only aboriginal applicants face different admission criteria. There are usually ~15 seats exclusively reserved for aboriginal students and their applications are looked at separately by the Aboriginal Admissions sub-committee. For everyone else, there is no distinction between applicants of different races. That information isn't even collected. I wouldn't worry about it  
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    OwnerOfTheTARDIS got a reaction from JohnGrisham in Weight of Reference forms/ LORs   
    UBC has never officially stated that they are pass-fail and admission staff have unofficially suggested in conversation with current students that they do consider references in more detail than such a simple black and white picture.
    Based on a lot of conversation with current students and applicants rejected in the past couple years, it seems that MMI, GPA, and NAQ are all important post-interview while MCAT and references have relatively less impact. 
    The average accepted MCAT (513) is only marginally higher than the rejected post interview MCAT (511) and I know many many people in the current class who were accepted with 507s and 508s, so I would disagree with your assessment that MCAT is weighed more heavily than GPA.
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    OwnerOfTheTARDIS reacted to Meridian in How much will this increase the chances of me getting into med school?   
    You are missing the point of references.    Its about who you are not who they are. 
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    OwnerOfTheTARDIS reacted to Meridian in Unethical admissions process???   
    I suggest most of those comments are crap. 
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    OwnerOfTheTARDIS got a reaction from clever_smart_boy_like_me in Anyone's verifiers contacted yet?   
    Typically, all rejections come in waves on the Monday, Tuesday is quiet, Wednesday is early deadline invites (except last year when there was no early deadline - it was quiet), and Thursday is regular deadline invites. This has been typical of the last 3 years, but take it with a grain of salt Good luck!
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    OwnerOfTheTARDIS got a reaction from BioF in Anyone's verifiers contacted yet?   
    Typically, all rejections come in waves on the Monday, Tuesday is quiet, Wednesday is early deadline invites (except last year when there was no early deadline - it was quiet), and Thursday is regular deadline invites. This has been typical of the last 3 years, but take it with a grain of salt Good luck!
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    OwnerOfTheTARDIS got a reaction from yych208 in Anyone's verifiers contacted yet?   
    Typically, all rejections come in waves on the Monday, Tuesday is quiet, Wednesday is early deadline invites (except last year when there was no early deadline - it was quiet), and Thursday is regular deadline invites. This has been typical of the last 3 years, but take it with a grain of salt Good luck!
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    OwnerOfTheTARDIS got a reaction from poslkdf in UBC English Requirement   
    At UBC, every single course you take counts towards your GPA, even if they are not taken as part of a degree (minus your worst year if you meet the requirements for GPA to be adjusted). 
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    OwnerOfTheTARDIS reacted to goleafsgochris in Does your medical school have histology lab?   
    Maybe neuromuscular fellows? Ive heard of them doing muscle biopsies.  I certainly never did one, never saw the results of one, and never had to interpret a report (this I'm assuming would all be done at a highly specialized neuromuscular clinic, and on my rotation I basically saw a ton of myasthenia gravis and nerve entrapments and that's it).
    The reality IMO is that edict (the above poster) is right.  It may be interesting for med students to do path, but for most its fairly academic and way outside the scope of anything they'll ever do.  The issue is that there is far more basic stuff not adequately taught in most curriculums.
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    OwnerOfTheTARDIS reacted to ssmed in Help for agpa   
    @YesIcan55 Are you sure that's correct? On the website it states: "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. Courses in progress from June 1 onward do not count toward the AGPA."
    Meaning if your worst year = 24 credits, you must have at least 114 credits by June 1 in order for those 24 credits to be removed? 
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    OwnerOfTheTARDIS reacted to HongHongHong in Help for agpa   
    I believe ssmed is correct. From the demonstration calculations, it appears that if your lowest year is only 24 credits, then you must have at least 114 credits to have those removed.

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