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  1. it's been a while since I wrote the MCAT but the key to MCAT studying is not memorizing or reading textbooks. Doing well has to do with doing practice AAMC passages and getting used to their way of asking questions. It's more about reading comprehension and critical thinking than memorization. Of course there are some things that you'll have to memorize, like amino acid structures or formulas, but you don't need a textbook for those. In terms of online resources, I used Khan Academy MCAT which was pretty useful. I'd recommend doing a few of the AAMC passages first to get a feel for the test. 90% of the time I did not know the topic the passages were alluding to, and the other 10% while I was familiar with the topic it did not at all help in answering the passage questions.
  2. most likely in addition to the MMI. there's only so much you can learn about a person from a CASPer. you gotta see if they're a weirdo or not in person lol
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. hey ya'll, MS1 here from Ontario If you have any questions about moving to Vancouver, shoot me a message!
  10. 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.
  11. unfortunately, yes you will be screened out with a 127 cars as an oop. but AWESOME score nonetheless!
  12. 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.
  13. 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?
  14. They might see it since you have to submit both scores but they will only use your 128 one to calculate pre interview score
  15. Do you have any activities where you worked with individuals apart from your peers? Like people from different cultures, age groups, socioeconomic backgrounds, etc? Those activities are great for Capacity to Work with Others And you’re not allowed to put the same activity twice. best of luck!
  16. Hey Balkan, I don’t know if they’ll lower their cars cutoff.
  17. I don’t know the exact scoring, but I think that they: 1. Weigh ecs heavily 2. Gpa less so because of what I said above, but could still be considerable 3 mcat, ref letters idk
  18. It’s worth it to apply. There’s talk that alberta’s changing their gpa accessment so your gpa might be viewed equally as someone with a 4.0. In terms of ec, I got an interview as oop with a score of 8 (average I think?). It depends on how well you describe your ecs good luck:)
  19. separate question, but when do we receive our acceptance package? does it come by email or mail?
  20. thank you! this is so unexpected. im still processing the news
  21. There were one or two oop rejected who posted each year in the past but I didn’t see any this year
  22. thanks everyone for your advice!!
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