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  1. Result: Accepted, standard round (holy cow, didn't think I could do it with that cGPA) 2YRGPA: 3.75ish? cGPA: ~3.34 (lul, but was a double major + minor degree in physics and electrical engineering and math, all honours degrees with strong upward trend etc., though I don't know if anyone cared about that detail) Grad School GPA: 3.97ish Year: Final year of Master's MCAT: 517 EC: Several publications, some conferences, won some research award competing against 50+ residents in a surgery research conference, lots of research in AI/engineering/applied math in medicine. All long term extra-curriculars athletics, volunteering in outdoor survival instruction, rescue roles (all 5+ years, most are 10+ years, half of roles have 500+ hours, some with 2000+ hours), 3D printing/electronics/robotics/programming projects and competitions, lots of projects with physicians to use math/engineering to build solutions for clinical problems. Key focus I exemplified was that I developed insight and expertise to every difficult technical aspect of my activities (e.g. in projects I'd be the one making electronics, designing 3D models, writing physiological math models, and presenting it in conferences). Only "short-term" thing is hospital volunteering for the past year but I was brutally honest that it was just to get clinical exposure and experience for medical school. Reference Letters: Each told me they wrote a very strong letter...not sure exactly what though Interview: Thought I did so-so MMI, gave the "safe" answer the most part (consider all sides, balanced approach, do not harm, etc. stuff to not get sued), felt really bad during certain acting stations but I have no idea how I actually did. Panel felt great, really tied together uniqueness of my background and every answered I provided substance of unique skills/traits with concrete examples. I tried to get the typical standard answers out of the way quick so i can talk about my unique traits. I thought this was my strongest part, focused on being super genuine in all my responses (e.g. I vowed to not do the "talk about some limitation but sugar coat it and spin it around like a strength thing" ). Geography: OOP Reading the responses of the candidates, I am genuinely overwhelmed by the quality of candidates and humbled at this opportunity. Almost everyone has amazing achievements and sound like they would make wonderful doctors. Feel free to PM if you want to ask about non-traditional applications or ECs or anything, I've felt that a lot of people helped me along the way and I'd like to pass it along.
  2. I've been reading the FAQ about the interview format and want to clarify:when they say the station is 8 minutes and 2 minutes to prepare does that mean: -2 minutes to prepare and 6 minutes to answer? -2 minutes to prepare and 8 minutes to answer? -Am I just mixing up different schools and there's no set time to read the prompt and answer and it's just 8 minutes in total? Read the applicant package and it's 2 minutes to read and 8min to answer, with an alarm for 1 min left Also: -Are they any alarms (e.g. 1 minute left?) -If they is extra time will the evaluator ask questions? Or just sitting in silence? -When the station "starts" are we outside 2min reading the question, or in the room with the evaluator? Do we know when 2min is up (e.g. are we summoned to the room or are we just awkwardly sitting in front of the evaluator and have to "guess" when the 2min is up?) Thanks!
  3. How does Alberta send out invite dates? (Haven't received one yet) I know for some other schools interview registration happens on some day and it's a race to go online and book a spot. Thing is due to some conflicts, I wasn't able to access the portal until today (8 days after interviews came out) and wanted to make sure I'm not in any danger.
  4. Result: Invite Time Stamp: 0920 wGPA/cGPA: 3.75ish? / cGPA = 3.34 by OMSAS (lol...), GPA during grad school was ~3.95 Year: 2nd year Masters MCAT: 517 (128 CARS) ECs: 1 upcoming first author publication in high-impact journal, 2 publications, (4th+ author), lots of research work in engineering, many regional conferences. Lots of volunteer/leadership activities (with national-level service awards for each), 10+ years for 3-4 volunteering activities teaching youth sailing, teaching outdoors survival, being a rescue guard in the surrounding bay area (each activity had 1500+ hours, some with 3000+), each activity went from participant/in-training->volunteer->head leader/organizer. Personal ECs include a lot of biomedical engineering competitions (won a bunch of awards for these), robotics, mechanical fabrication, programming (making my own website, mathematical modelling, etc.), electronic engineering for devices like a low-cost ECG, extensive collaboration with surgeons/radiologists/pathologists for many engineering projects using AI. Previously worked in 3 different engineering jobs for co-op and worked a year as a software engineering doing some space stuff. Some music (2000+ hours on piano ) and sports (competed provincially), competitive trivia (international quizbowl competitions). Lots more, but mean time length for each entry was probably 6 years with 1000 hours. The weakest thing was probably hospital volunteering for ~160 hours. Geography: OOP Very, very surprised given the low GPA. The only "unique" things about me seem to be that I did a strenuous undergrad (double major in physics + electrical/computer engineering, minored in mathematics, but got 4.0s in physiology/anatomy classes in my grad program), had long, long term commitments with many service awards (the only standard thing I did was volunteer at a hospital, others were not for the sake of med school at all until I decided towards medicine in 4th year undergrad), and also had many projects integrating engineering into medical applications. There was definitely a very, very sharp upswing in my GPA in 4/5th year undergrad onwards where I decided to veer towards medicine rather than engineering.
  5. Haha I always show people this graph (first year average of studnets entering second year engineering programs) http://imgur.com/MX4ZQXt . Thought it's important to stay humble - there are a lot of weecked smaht people all around cmapus in Science, Arts, LFS, Kin, Music, and especially grad students that are also on campus. Can't really answer your other questions with confidence, though, sorry...
  6. As far as I can tell, all degrees are weighed equally. To empathize with you - I took engineering physics at UBC (8 science/engineering courses a term, 6 courses in summer - has years where I had 50+ credits) and I get how you feel. The thoughts usually go "I got 80% in the hardest program at UBC, why do I get placed lower than someone who got 86% in the easiest program? I would totally be more academically compatible in med school!". Heck, even our director says that our program is the hardest and we believe (with good reason) that getting 80% in this program is such a high achievment that we can succeed anywhere. Then the shocking reality hits that wihtout contextual evaluation of our degree that we can't succeed anywhere if we can't get there in the first place... I think (this is conjecture, don't take it as the reasoning med schools use) the main reasoning is that it's difficult to correctly "weigh" the difficulty of the programs. How do we know your courses are the hardest? Does that mean we're going to reject all non-science people outright? How do we compare 6 courses a term vs 7 courses a term? What if the people who get 90% in a 4-course term could get 90% in a 7 course term? How do we know people who get 80% in a 7-course term could get 90% in a 4-course term? Now that reasoning seems to apply to comparing say, a biochemistry major vs. a pharmacy major vs. and international relations major. On the extreme end, which seems to be what you're concerned about, I get it seems a far fetched argument when equating say, a minimum courseload degree and your double major and minor degree since the subjectivity of diffculty seems to be distant enough that it is confident 7 courses is most likely harder than 3-4 courses (using probabilities here because that's essentailly what's used in academics - probability of being academically succesful in med is gauged by your undergrad performance). The risks, still, are that if one double major degre is weighed more favorably, that this would have to be done to understand all "hard" degrees. Despite me being in high favor of taking the context of your degree in judging academics, it seems that it is unrealistic to jduge diffficulty of degrees fairly, even with extreme cases. Regardless, it is still a high personal achievement to complete a degree that is objectively difficult by subjective measurement of time commitment, effort required, and that the "smartest" people (likely judged by peers who accurately say you are among the smartest in the university) take difficult programs like yours and you should be proud. PhD and Masters students, on the other hand, seem very underrated (I would say a Master's/PhD should be valued more than the undergrad from experience working with grad students but not sure why undergrad GPA is the greatest factor).
  7. Hey everyone, To those with a high NAQ, if you are comfortable with sharing, what did you put in your application? Particularly: -Long-term commitments? -Medical/health-related activities? -High performance activites? -Activites witth impressive results? (e.g. prevented company from losing $916,000,000 like Trump?) -Short but impressive activities? (e.g. 10-hour competition or something) -Research work? -Wording? Did you describe the activity, or build a story about your growth, or talk abotu facts and figures for accomplishments? -Breadth and filling out every section? -Unique activites? (e.g. sailing acorss the globe) I'm having some trouble thinking what to commit to and how to word things in the future. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  8. Thinkin of applying in 2017-2018 cycle and onward. I am open to applying to more schools in Canada. Unfortunately, since UBC started removing pre-reqs, it is entirely likely that med would be even more competitive ...
  9. Thank you all for the reply. Currently I am considering the following options: 1. Continue current commitments, and keep reapplying 2. Continue current commitments, take time off to take courses at UBC (~3 courses a term as an unclassified student, hopefully will be able to bring up GPA compared to 8 courses a term...) for a year to qualify for Queen's 2YGPA using my final UG year and the time off year and reapply 3. Continue current commitments, apply for Master's (would be finished masters June 2018 tentatively) and reapply 4. Continue current commitments, quit pursuing MD in general 5. Continue current commitments, take second 2-year UG degree (finishing June 2018) and then reapply
  10. Thank you for the response! Unfortunately I don't have 2 full course equivalents in life sciences to meet UofT's admission requirements. I emailed them and they didn't accept nuclear physics or biomedical signalling (NMR, PET, CAT scan theory, nuclear medicine...) as accepted courses I could take 3 more courses at UBC, not sure if it is worth it for a chance at UofT though...
  11. Hey everyone, I am a recent grad from engineering and am looking for a change in careers to med. Essentially the question I want to ask is: what should I do in the next year(s) to maximize my chances? Any suggestions/critique is highly welcome! Please excuse me if I include unecessary details below, I am not sure what is eligible for my application and what isn't! Background: I graduated from Engineering Physics at UBC (pretty much a double major of honours physics and electrical/computer engineering) and also minored in honours math. Originally I wanted to go into medical imaging, topological disease modelling, or surgical robotics (i.e. lots of applied math, physics, and engineering) with heavy research but found the physician pathway recently attractive due to being able to mix front end practice and also participate in research projects. Thus I found that the physician path provides rich opportunities to be a leader in both practicing and advancing medical knowledge such as interventional radiology (which I think my applied math/engineering background could contribute to analyzing topological models of NMR/MRI/Ultrasound imaging). So I am keen on pursuing medicine rather than pure engineering. Academic Stuff and Background: Degree in Engineering Physics, minor in honors math, adjusted GPA = 80.2% ( ), upward trend to 85% in last 2 years, total 220 credits in 4 academic years, 2 publications (latter author, not first or second), Employment: Research engineering co-op (4 months), Software devleoper co-op (8 months), Research student (4 months), Data science intern (4 months), Software engineer (full-time) (1 year and counting). Volunteering: Youth Outdoor/Camp/Personal Development Leader (~1200 hours over 10 years, with national awards), sailing instructor (300 hours over 7 years), water rescue pilot/first aid attendant (300 hours over 5 years), quartermaster (200 hours over 3 years), research assistant (50 hours over 1 year), data science software volunteering (30 hours over 6 months and counting), webmaster (100 hours over 1.5 years), tech support (70 hours over 2 years), personal tutor (100 hours over 3 years). Athletics: Sailing (500 hours over 9 years, table tennis on a team (400 hours in 8 years), dragon boating on a team (100 hours over 2 years), UBC REC hockey (50 hours over 2 years - does this even count?), REC volleyball (50 hours 2 years), dodgeball (60 hours over 2 years), canoeing (100 hours over 5 years). (Nothing with distinction at the national level or anything though...) Misc. Volunteering Hobbies (these ones I am super unsure if they are applicable or not): -Captained high school trivia team (100 horus over 2 years) -Won a google software competition -Participated in autonomous robotics competitions (over 300 hours spent) -Built electrocardiogram from scratch (~10 hours) -Built cellphone microscope in collaboration with a company (~120 hours) -Part of student team to build a solar car (~100 hours) -Built own website and various data analytics software projects (~100 hours) -Misc. mechanicall prototyping with 3d printing, laser cutting, and waterjet cutting gifts and statues (~30 hours) -Built a tron video game from scratch using an FPGA board as controls (~10 hours) -Investigated processor algorithms to increase speed of processor branch predictions by 5% (~10 hours) -Played piano, level 8, theory level 3 (1200+ hours over 7 years) -Super casual playing guitar, harmonica, clarinet, ukulele... So anyway, the question I have is: 1. Should I commit to different volunteering activities? I probably have room for a 5 hour comittment a week unless I forgo other commitments. 2. Do personal projects count? What about projects done as part of schoolwork? 3. I have 0 volunteer experience at a medical facility (only remotely close thing I've done is first aid and water rescue...), is this a major problem? 4. Some of my volunteer experiences are extensions of previous employment (i.e. I volunteer my time after my employment ends at a lab) - does this still count as volunteering? 5. Is any extra credit given on my degree that I should emphasize (taking on average 8 engineering/physics/math courses a term)? Or does it simply not matter... 6. What else can I do in the follow year(s) to maximize my chances? Any input is welcome, I know it's a taxing read so thanks in advance!
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