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  1. Your lowest year is dropped regardless of the number of credits you took for that year. Everything before or after that lowest year is counted towards your AGPA. That includes summer courses.
  2. Olle

    need some advice

    Pull off a stellar 4th year and do a 5th year?
  3. Doesn't change anything for UBC undergrads
  4. It would never take the OP 5-10 years. He's young, presumably will have an undergraduate degree, he's almost guaranteed to receive a high score on IELTS, and if he finishes a masters degree or gets an accredited job, I'd say it'd take him max 1 year including preparation time for the application. I've seen some people in his case get a PR in 3 months (but these people graduated from a Canadian high school and university which boosts your registration score).
  5. You could try for Express Entry which would give you a PR from as early as 2 months to 6 months depending on your scores... But you will have to come to a Canadian university, graduate, and get an accredited job. Also, BC and Ontario gives you the option to apply for Express Entry after getting a masters or Ph.D degree, so I guess this is the most realistic in your case.
  6. Hey, I'm wondering if I'm still eligible to apply to UBC Med due to my credit count in my first 2 years. My first year was 28 credits: Basically 5 courses in the first semester (including BIOL 140). Then 4 courses in the next semester. So I clearly did not have a full course load in my first year. My second year is vague: My second year was also 28 credits but: 4 courses + 1 credit seminar course (first semester) and 5 courses + 1 seminar course in my second semester. So I'm wondering if I'm still eligible to apply and if my second year is considered a full course load. Thanks.
  7. Recent news articles seem to suggest that AI's are becoming more accurate than trained physicians in medical diagnosis and surgery. There already seems to be a consensus that pharmacists will be replaced soon by AI machines. Which medical fields do you think will be replaced within the next 50 years? Radiology?
  8. Another program that's not talked about much on this forum is UBC's integrated science program. A lot of premeds use it to take easy GPA boosters for medicine. A downside to going down that path would be a lack of professionality, but I'd say it's as good as Mac Health Sci in terms of getting extremely high GPA's.
  9. Thanks for the replies. When I said directed studies I meant actual laboratory research and poster publications at a school-held conference. Would you guys say iGEM and BIOMOD look good on an application? It offers full-time laboratory research opportunities + human practices (outreach, talking to governments, companies etc.), and an international competition experience where you're pretty much guaranteed some sort of prize. And they're both team efforts.
  10. Thanks. Do directed studies courses count as research experience?
  11. As an EC, are team-based achievements more valued than individual achievements because there's more to say about that experience? For example, prizes won through team sports or team-based research competitions vs things like tennis and individual research competitions?
  12. Olle

    4 Courses vs 5 Courses

    Another option is to take 4.5 (or 4 full credit courses + 1 seminar/1credit course) courses in one semester and a 5 in another per year until your second year. In a 30 credit system, you will be getting 28~29 credits (which counts as a full course load for U of T weighting) and confers some flexibility in your schedule. In your 3rd and 4th years you should take full course loads b/c that opens doors for UWO and Queens. But by then, 3rd and 4th-year courses typically have high averages so all would work to your advantage.
  13. Olle


    I read somewhere on this forum that a WDN is better than a C on your transcript...
  14. I also found biochem more useful than ochem on the MCAT. But a lot of schools require OChem as a prereq for Biochem. Also UBC doesn't require biochem anymore. I think it's recommended though.
  15. I see. The thing is that it would significantly boost my GPA. It's not really a minor: I'm in integrated sci at UBC which allows me to integrate any 2 or 3 disciplines as part of my degree. But if its low reward as you guys seem to suggest, why bother. Thanks for your input!