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  1. 2 hours ago, Neurophiliac said:

    Sincere thanks to all the incredible med students putting great efforts in answering our questions!

    I just have one if that’s okay:  Would you recommend shadowing a few physicians starting term 1 of year 1 so that one can explore some areas of medicine, figuring out what fields are potentially interesting?

    It’s never a bad idea to shadow early on to get a feel of the specialty. It’s just that sometimes it might be hard to find time to shadow with all the things going on around you, but definitely doable. I know some ppl who skipped lectures to shadow, which is not a big deal considering they’re recorded

  2. On 5/21/2019 at 7:14 PM, stayhydrated said:

    Thank you! Do you know where I can find mock schedules for first and second year, as well as more info about the curriculum? (similar to the presentation after interviews, but tbh I couldn't pay attention to the presentation afterwards at all lol) 

    our class is making a purple book to help in the transition to first year. it has information about schedules, curriculum, what to buy, etc. It should be available soon

    But generally in first year MWF 8-10am you have mandatory CBL (small group sessions) followed by lectures until 5pm. Lectures are recorded and you may have labs (histology/anatomy) in place of lectures from 2-5pm. On Mondays from 12-5pm you have designated FLEX/FOS time (lectures, small groups)

    Tuesdays and Thursdays you have alternating clinical/history skills sessions and family practice, which takes up either the whole morning or the whole afternoon and never the whole day.


  3. 22 hours ago, stayhydrated said:

    @OpparSenpai Thank you for all the info you've shared! Definitely answered a lot of my questions. One last question about being an out of province student, how often do you find you actually are able to go back to Ontario? Do most people go for summers and christmas? are there other breaks that you can go for? Does it get harder to go visit as you enter upper years? 

    i went back during Christmas break and planning to go back for the summer after FLEX. I managed to went back during a long weekend in first semester and could've done the same thing again in second semester. The faculty's planning to give students a week of no classes before your first midterm so you could go back then as well. this should be similar in second year.

    looking at the mock 3rd year schedule you get about a week of winter break and 4 weeks of summer before 4th year (compared to 3 weeks Christmas break and 11 weeks summer break for 1st year). not sure if they get long weekends off since their schedule is pretty much dependent on their rotation. 

  4. 2 hours ago, KB2408 said:

    Hi everyone! I have a question about living arrangements. I’m struggling to decide whether I want to live with roommates or not and was wondering what you would advise. I think my biggest worry is cost of rent and also making a solid group of friends. I really want to make the most of the next 4 years (both education and social-wise) and am not sure whether living with someone will help with that. I’ve heard that med can feel somewhat lonely (according to forums) so it may be beneficial to live with someone else. 

    So I guess my main questions are:

    1. What are most current med students doing?

    2. Should I really be that concerned with rent (assuming that with a doctor’s salary I should be able to pay off all my debt eventually)?

    Also, if anyone is interested in potentially housing together, let me know! 


    Hey, Ill try to answer your questions.

    I know people in my class who live by themselves (lil me), room with others, or live at home. It did get a bit boring living by myself with no one to talk to but you get the perks of not having to share anything with others. You'll find your group of friends in med pretty soon and your class holds a lot of social events so I wouldn't worry about not experiencing the social aspects of med so to say. With that said I will be rooming with friends closer to VGH next year to cut down on the cost of rent. It's true that you wouldn't necessarily have to worry about debt as a doctor but this will vary depending on the person. Provided that you don't have more than 200k in debt, you should be able to pay it off a few years after residency. But for some people at that stage, they wouldn't necessarily want to be paying off debt but would rather spend money building up their practice, saving money, etc. so having less debt would be preferred for them.

    If you wanna house with someone check out the document posted on the med Facebook group. It'll build up in the next few months. Hope this helps!

  5. 11 hours ago, stayhydrated said:

    Hi! I'm still trying to decide between staying in Ontario (Mac Regional Campus) or coming to UBC (VFMP). Some things I'm trying to get some insight into if you are able to answer are:  

    1. If it's challenging or complicated to do electives in Ontario, or go back to Ontario during summers to do research or work? - do you have any experience with this and how were you able to find the opportunities? 

    2. How common is it to match into residency in Ontario after doing med school in BC? Would you recommend against this? After looking it up it seems that most people end up matching in province.

    3. Do you find that it was more difficult having to build a new network and connections in BC? I feel like I've finally built decent connections with profs and researchers I've worked for and having to leave that behind, and have to start from scratch reaching out to profs again isn't enticing 

    4. How did you go about finding housing, I'm not sure what I should do because I can't visit the places beforehand and don't have a good understanding of the area. 

    5. And I guess overall your experiences of being an out of province student, if you've enjoyed it or would have done anything differently. 

    Living in Vancouver is a dream for me, but there's so many logistical things like wanting to eventually come back to live in Ontario that is making this decision harder than I anticipated, as well as the fact that I will be far from family and friends. I'm sorry for all the questions but I haven't really been able to find any answers looking online, and this would really help a lot. of course, if there's anything you don't want to answer thats totally ok! Thanks in advance 

    1. I don't really know much about electives because I'm just finishing MS1 but I don't think it's any more difficult to do electives in Ontario or BC. It's a centralized system as far as I know and doesn't really depend on where you go to school. Someone please correct me on this. In terms of research, it's far easier for me to get one in Vancouver because of our FOS curriculum. I'd had to email multiple profs in Ontario in different universities for one to say yes, but this is because I haven't done much research in undergrad. If you've already built those connections in Ontario, I'd imagine it would be easier for you to do research in Ontario compared to me.

    2. I don't know how common it is, but I do not that it's more common for you to match into BC compared to Ontario if you go to UBC. My take is that if you're going for a competitive specialty, you'd want to apply broadly and pray for someone (anywhere across Canada) to take you. So I wouldn't recommend for or against doing residency in Ontario after going to UBC. It'll depend on what you want, family, etc. What were some of your concerns regarding this?

    3. It wasn't difficult; you get to shadow different specialties and build connections that way. It'll probably be the same as you first started building connections-like you said. Are you hoping for a certain specialty that you'd want to maintain those connections for? Perhaps ask your current profs if they have any connections in BC you could contact?

    4. In the med Facebook group there's a doc that'll fill up in the next few months with people offering housing and asking roommates. In first year you'll be at UBC most of the time for CBL, anatomy, and lectures. You'd have to go to Diamond Health (near Vancouver General Hospital) for clinical/history taking skills sessions or go to the MSAC for social events. So there's a couple of options: 1. Live near UBC so you can walk to school (THIS IS GREAT FOR THOSE EXTRA MINUTES OF SLEEP BEFORE GOING TO 8AM CBL SESSIONS), 2. Live in the middle between UBC and Diamond (this is what I did, it wasn't too bad but just make sure you live near a bus route that takes you to UBC. BTW the buses in Vancouver aren't the best, but not terrible), 3. Live near Diamond (this is where you'll be most often in second year), 4. Others (far from UBC and Diamond). I personally flew to Vancouver for a week in the summer just to look for houses. I didn't really trust Craigslist to sign contracts without looking at the unit but you could do a video call or ask someone you know in Vancouver to look at it for you. 

    5. It was definitely tough at first because I lived at home in the last 3 years of university and had access to a car. It was the loss of familiarity being in a new place but you adapt to it pretty soon. You'll find a new fam in med that'll keep you comfortable (shout out to my fam who know my username now, right vellichor?). What was most difficult for me was not having access to a car-it makes you think twice going somewhere because of it, but Vancouver's car sharing makes up for it somewhat (Car2Go). Now that I've lived in Vancouver for almost a year I don't regret coming here. I've gotten sick of the snowstorms back home and prefer the milder ones here. There's more rain, but rain>snow

    Hope this helps! Lemme know if you have any other questions and congrats on your acceptances :) 

  6. 13 minutes ago, Pepperonee said:

    hey! I was just wondering how you found the weather transition from Ontario to Vancouver?

    Also - I would like to know more about the social aspects of UBC Med. What do students do on weekends (ie partying, drinking, going to bar, movies...etc). Would you say it's an inclusive and fun group or are people more reserved and cliquey?

    Thanks for all your help!!

    I personally loved the transition. Vancouver has rainy days but I'd take rain over snow any day. Now there's the odd day where you'll get snow in Vancouver, but that's not often


    In my year I felt people were pretty open with each other. Cliques do form as you find your own group of friends but generally you'll be able to strike up a conversation with anyone


    As a class there are social gatherings every now and then, mostly after midterms and exams. With my group of friends we normally do dinners, karaoke, hiking, running

  7. 1 hour ago, med.goals said:

    I'm finding it difficult to stand out in medical school because everyone around me is amazing. In fact, sometimes I question how I got into medical school in the first place. A big portion of my class has  Phd's and Msc but I just have an undergrad degree.  What makes matters worse is that before med school, I have always been interested in doing surgery and now I am questioning my ability to succeed and my ability to be a competitive applicant when it comes to matching. How do I deal with these feelings?  Do I really need to stand out amongst medical student crowd to get into surgery? 

    we are in a cohort of amazing and talented individuals and sometimes we might wonder how we even got in (I definitely did!). but just as much as you are admiring your classmates, im sure your classmates are admiring your achievements at the same time. we all worked extremely hard to get in, so don't discredit your achievements!!

    plus, we're all starting this race together. some may have more research, more knowledge, etc. at the start but we all have 3 or 4 years at our disposal to prepare for CARMS. im finding that a lot more opportunities are open to me now as a med student compared to undergrad-PIs more willing to take me on, more shadowing, ecs. 

    so don't stress! everyone in med school took different paths to get here. if you want surgery, go for it. your past experiences or lack thereof will not limit your opportunities moving forward. just remember this: your school wants you to succeed and will do everything necessary to help you succeed.

  8. 12 hours ago, TalsKnight said:


    Doing practice science passages I can definitely say without a doubt it's a knowledge issue. Because in some cases with the khan academy biology questions for example. I was able to get at least 2-4 correct just using deductive reasoning. So taking the pre requisites I think are necessary for me. But do you know how medical schools will view this if I do it after I have officially graduated? How does it affect my GPA? Does it even count? 

    Med schools have different opinions on this matter. Taking online courses for Canadian schools are ok (not sure about gpa calculation) but for some American schools, it is not. I’m assuming that you don’t have the science pre requisites to apply to med school atm? If so, I would contact the schools directly to see what their policies are (ie taking online courses during your degree vs taking them as a continuing student when you graduate) and also how that would affect your weighted gpa calculation. 

  9. Much of the mcat tests you on reading comprehension and critical thinking, even for the science sections. You’ll most likely will not have learned some of the topics tested in the science passages. With that said, you do need a base level of knowledge for the sciences, which you can get through your prep materials or an online course like khan academy. But for others, taking the pre requisites might be needed. It’ll depend on your situation of course. What kind of difficulties did you encounter doing the science passages? Was it more of a knowledge issue or a reading comprehension issue?

  10. 2 hours ago, BalkanRelations said:

    Sorry to press - but do you have any idea if they are also going to change their pre-interview MCAT cut off for OOP applicants? I think my application stands up pretty well in regards to all other parts of the evaluation - but my 127 in CARS makes it seem like its not worth it for me to apply at all. 

    Hey Balkan, I don’t know if they’ll lower their cars cutoff. 

  11. thank you for your replies! this will be my second year out of undergrad and am planning on doing more volunteering this year. ill also be joining a toastmasters club to build better communication. i worked at a clinic full-time last year, but will probably be doing part-time this year to allow more time to do other stuff.

    my coaches helped me with response delivery (structure, content) at least in the verbal sense. but since it was online, we didn't focus on body language, and this will be something that i look to change.

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