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  1. Since this was posted in 2008, I guess in the last 12 years there’s been some progress. It’s still not a safe space. LSC got it’s first (and only) gender neutral bathroom only 2 years ago. The anatomy change rooms are still binary and offer little to no privacy. I agree that the LGBTQ2S+ mentorship group is largely white queer individuals and does little to start dialogue about what it means to be queer in medicine. The Sexual Medicine theme lead had to come in to give an explanation about ethics and discrimination to the class as to why a student in a CBL group was not correct to say they could ‘pass off a transgender patient to a colleague because they would not feel morally right to treat them as their doctor’. A medical student communicated these transphobic sentiments to their case-based learning group. It should be reiterated that everyone is protected from discrimination under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, regardless of their gender identity, expression, or sexual orientation. No one should feel threatened by trans and non-binary individuals, especially by their physicians as their patients. Even in the United States, laws were being pushed forward that would prevent trans youth from accessing necessary and live-saving medical care. Homophobia and transphobia is still pervasive in medicine and being pushed forward into the new generation of physicians.
  2. https://mdprogram.med.ubc.ca/files/2019/12/Interim-Statistics-2019-2020-MED-2024-PDF.pdf Best of luck to the 670!
  3. I had a lower GPA and also a 124 in CARS and was still interviewed/accepted. Trying to write the MCAT this summer with COVID-19 precautions may not be easy, so I hope you still try to apply with your current stats (remember, UBC just needs minimums (124 in each section) to give you an interview, after that it’s up to you to wow them). Hopefully this can be one less thing causing any anxieties so you can move forward in drafting those NAQ sections. There are great videos on YouTube about writing premed entries (even for AMCAS). UBC’s entries per section don’t really change, so maybe start now if you have the time figuring out what activities/hours fit under the different sections (Leadership, Service Ethic, Capacity to work with others, etc)
  4. What’s your MCAT? Your grades are fine for an IP applicant, as long as you write your NAQ entries well. Your friend (who is a medical student) sounds like a Negative Nancy and should be more supportive. You need to get rid of toxic people in your life before you’re ready to be a medical student (it’s on the UBC website under Requirements for Entry)
  5. https://www.grad.ubc.ca/faculty-staff/admin-resources-templates/gpa-calculators theres an Excel file/calculator where you can plug in your marks and course credit weighting to calculate your GPA. Just use the percentage conversion table to convert letter grades to UBC % (found on the UBC Med website). There’s a different percentage given if your school has an A+ grade vs A as the highest.
  6. Yes they are. If any of the semesters are lower than your undergrad years, this will be the year that gets removed, regardless if you have only 2 courses. (If you need a GPA boost, during grad studies years would be the time, since you’ve already paid the $$$$ for tuition — if you can manage it alongside research for your thesis). All courses taken are included in your GPA calculation for UBC, unless it is your lowest GPA year.
  7. Are any new students (who were not previous UBC students) having any issues with accessing the form to create a UBC Card from the website? When I try to login using my CWL, it says my access to this form is denied. (Yes, I have registered for courses). The email and phone number that is listed to the One Card website isn’t connected to any human contacts.
  8. Any course taken and completed by the June 1, 2019 deadline will be included — whether taken during the summer or during the regular academic year. This includes all online and in-class courses, either at the undergraduate or graduate level!
  9. I think they just started... 3 identical listserv emails in 5 minutes. Woo!
  10. It’s been pretty quiet since May 10th as well... no email or anything. I’ve started doing my vaccination updating with Health Services and registered for CPR. I guess we just wait until the class is full?
  11. Felt I should add my stats in here because I’m super stoked and would want someone like me who was applying to see this... 2013 was my first application to medical schools in Canada, 2019 was my 1st interview at UBC. Accepted, VFMP (1st Choice) TIME STAMP: 11:56am PSTEarly or Regular Deadline: RegularAGPA (if applicable): ~83MCAT: 124 in CARS, 513 overall. Geography: IP Educational background: BSc and MSc , plus some Continuing Ed. ECs: Not an Olympian. Didn’t have any publications from my Master’s degree until after the June deadline, but some poster presentations. My weak GPA didn’t get me on the Dean’s Honours List. BUT I had years and years of service/volunteering/philanthropy and policy work during high school and university years, working in marginalised communities in BC, experiences from my life that let me be in leadership roles outside of school, and having made connections with people that supported me over many, many years and were so thrilled to be verifiers (and making me cry seeing their genuine excitement when I told them I got in). Honestly, it took a village to raise me and they were all included in my application. Interview: I worked a full-time and part-time job while prepping for interviews, but all I can say is that I spent NUMEROUS hours working with friends, colleagues, anyone who I could find that wanted to spend the time to give me honest feedback to prepare. I wanted the input of non-applicants (I wasn’t here for the biased opinions and shadiness, and that’s the T), and I went in feeling great. I read articles for 5 hours a day to understand what was going on. I listened to podcasts while I worked. I watched the evening news before going to bed. Unfortunately, getting to the interview day and walking up to the first station, it was an out of body experience that I didn’t anticipate and my anxiety got the best of me. I know I had brought enough into the conversations, but it wasn’t at my best — however, I was happy to know that it was enough. Having low grades and a threshold CARS score was really pushing me to prove my worth in the interview and I did (and I’m so proud of that). The acceptance email comes and the grades no longer matter, the number of times I tried and wrote the MCAT no longer matter, the years of failed and rejected applications no longer matter. I’m looking forward. Forward to a new chapter and new beginning. Getting into medical school is easy for some with the grades and the privileges, however, without those, it’s full of hurdles. Jumping over enough of them will eventually get you to the finish line. One yes is all you need.
  12. Imagine this was the good old days and you had to wait for a letter in the mail telling you that you were accepted... would be checking your literal mailbox everyday.
  13. https://www.grad.ubc.ca/faculty-staff/admin-resources-templates/gpa-calculators theres an Excel calculator where you can plug in your marks and see how they change your GPA. Just use the percentage conversion table UBC uses to convert letter grades to %. But yes, the credit weighting is important.
  14. I’m a little confused @ohimark... Are you saying that the text under the Interview Decision header has changed?
  15. For those folks who said they interviewed in the past with Above Average results and are also in this year’s applicant pool, do you know what was the crux/demise of your application those previous years? (i.e., Not uploading documents? Low MCAT? Poor choice of verifiers/references?) Were you able to make some changes for this cycle? Some insight would be lovely!
  16. So was anyone’s status updated this week? A friend just had theirs changed to Recieved today...
  17. I felt the EXACT same thing, but was trying to convince myself I was just overthinking everything and being irrational... but it does make sense...
  18. Same, not received yet. I did submit mine in late December.
  19. Thanks for your responses! I appreciate it! This is what the email from the OAS said today: Please upload a scan or photo of your proof of citizenship to your Documents tab by February 15 at 12:00 p.m. PST. For most applicants, we will not update the received status for proof of citizenship until after the interviews are over. You can check the time stamp on your Documents tab to ensure you uploaded your proof of citizenship before the deadline.
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