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  1. DoctorArts

    Question about referees

    I had my status changed almost immediately; it's automated. I know that sucks big time.
  2. Yes, it's Kaplan MCAT Biochemistry Audio Review. It's podcast style, so might not be the best for a first pass through the material, but it's really good for reminding/clarifying. I did a lot of it while in the car. https://www.audible.ca/pd/Kaplan-MCAT-Biochemistry-Audio-Review-Audiobook/B073XRYZT4?qid=1538425609&sr=sr_1_1&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1&pf_rd_p=65c74350-6dfb-47fa-85fd-1459a4762abd&pf_rd_r=3SA45YVSPVTF80BR08J5&
  3. Yes, it's my lottery ticket hahah. (NYU is free now). If I have to do another cycle, I'll add more. Anecdotally speaking, however, I am confident when I say that Canada has no consistency in terms of grading between schools. GPA is a crap measure in general and is severely impacted by socioeconomic status, program, and school.
  4. Yah, I would agree. I think you'll be absolutely fine.
  5. No, I don't think they do, which is the problem. Some schools have lower average GPAs and it hurts those applicants. Also, some schools, like McMaster, have programs that draw a lot of ambitious students into their premed programs, so they are overrepresented.
  6. Well I would say I'm a "mixed" student - I have an Arts undergrad but did two years of my second degree pre-MCAT, so had a really strong science background at that point. I got a 522 (131/131/130/130) However, I think my method would help anyone do better, evidenced by the decent Psych score, which I don't have coursework in. 1) I used ExamKrackers. It is the least convoluted/detail heavy prep book company. It also has 30 minute exams for each chapter, which can be discouraging but get you used to being tested/tricked early 2) If you're confused, used Khan Academy/AK Lectures/https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCesNt4_Z-Pm41RzpAClfVcg 2a) The CrashCourse series is really good for getting the "big picture" before you start an ExamKrackers chapter. 3) Use UWorld. This is my #1 resource. There are 3 month codes floating around or PM me. I did every question except some of the CARS. (~1500 in total) 4) Do all AAMC material, and obviously the practice exams, in exam conditions, closer to your exam date. 5) I also used NextStep before AAMC for three practice exams. Stamina is a big thing, you want to have it. 6) Set aside enough time! It took me approximately 300 hours, you might want to add ~150 to that. Divide total hours by 52 weeks to avoid burnout. 7) Once I started primarily doing UWorld/AAMC/Practice Tests, I kept a notebook where I wrote down info about every question or question answer I didn't understand. Shortly before the MCAT, I made flashcards from the things I wrote in that notebook. Slightly disheartening but interesting was noticing things that had come up many times. Study those areas/reread the passages. 8) There is an Audible biochemistry audiobook/workbook that you can get for free if you sign up for the free intro month. I found it really helpful, and was good for more "distracted/unfocused" studying. Anyhow, that was just my formula, you have to tweak to your own needs!
  7. Old credits would not count. Even if your credits are not "transferrable" several schools have altered requirements for second degree students. For example, I don't have to do three of the required courses and I have no electives required, not even the ones usually needed for breadth requirements. So three years should be very doable, but full-time. SFU specifically is nice for second degree because it runs year round.
  8. It's hard to know for sure, I am not an adcom so take what I say with a grain of salt. The American medical school system stresses conformity by saying you should do hospital oriented things and research. I would suggest that many times, Canadian schools do the opposite. They think that those activities are all well and fine, but don't show who you are. If you are gunning for UBC in particular, you might want to do some soul searching to think about the things that make you different than other candidates and focus on that. For example, if you're a runner, you might think about training for a half marathon to put on your app, or start a running club. If you're interested in drawing, you might try that and submit some to your school paper. The things that make you shine are a bit different, and things that you love. All this to say that you can't be everything all at once. If you're doing community volunteering, think about how you might get into leadership, etc. At the end of the day we don't know how scoring works, or even if more is always better. But the focus should be on who you are, not what you think you should be. Within reason of course; slothing isn't getting anyone into med school!
  9. DoctorArts

    Chances?

    You made the cutoff. Your above average sections will compensate. UBC is not focussed on CARS, as evidenced by it being the lowest section score of matriculants But seriously, obviously you are the candidate many people would love to be. You will probably get in if you do well in your interview.
  10. Wow! They are quick on the draw... I hope all of my verifiers behave themselves and respond!
  11. They specifically say that it has to arrive at the school mailroom by next Friday, and that it might not be marked as received on the Friday. That being said, I would recommend courier. Every school has courier available for transcripts, it's usually about $15. They also allow hand delivery, as long as it's in the original envelope.
  12. DoctorArts

    NAQ - Overcoming adversity

    Although a little bit late, I just wanted to add my two cents, for the sake of other applicants who are also mulling about whether or not to include something on their application. I have had multiple events that fall under the "adversity" category, and I was unsure whether or not to include them for reasons that have come up on this thread - it might feel cheap, or like I was "using" the events. However, the reality is not everyone has adverse events. In a process that, perhaps unnecessarily, puts enormous pressure on us to stand out from a crowd, the best we can do it put forth the truest version of ourselves. There are things that have happened in my life that have not shaped me, which I do not include. But the ones that "explain" me have made their way onto my application, and have caused some things like lower grades at times, and significant stress and strife at others. It's not fair to me to expect that I "bear my burden stoically", which is expected at every other social encounter. If I am "using it", then I feel no remorse. People with these experiences wish they hadn't happened, but we're allowed to speak our truth when asked, like our application does. Not everyone has these events, and to not include them when they impact so many parts of your life, including things that end up on your application, can be doing yourself a disservice. Also, to end my rant, adverse events happen TO people, they are generally not active. Let the other parts of your application speak to your tenacity and how you have overcome things. I don't think it's necessary to "silver lining" things to make people feel more comfortable with you using them on your application. Don't lie, don't exaggerate, but don't apologize for including things on your application that are true, that happened, especially if they hurt. It is your prerogative to define yourself as you see fit.
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