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  1. Eventually you'll get sent a link to the orientation website which will have far too much information about the curriculum as well as mock schedules for first year and some things for years 2-4. I can't recall when we got it last year but it was sometime well before school started
  2. There's also benefits to not forget when it comes time to do taxes - I believe your partner can claim a "spousal amount" because you won't be making anything, and you'll also be able to transfer tuition credit to offset their taxes if you'd like. The med finance department hosts tax clinics in second term that can help you sort out everything when it comes time as well so that you don't miss anything
  3. I know a lot of people applied for SSRP and summer programs and plan to complete those including the FLEX period. At the same time, you're technically not allowed to be paid (like salary or hourly) during FLEX (admin will tell you it's something about not being able to get paid and get credits but that's bogus in my opinion), but things like awards or stipends are fine
  4. It was actually ~3.5 weeks this year - I'm not sure if it's standard practice but we started a week later than the rest of UBC (they started Wed Jan 2nd and we didn't start until Tuesday Jan 8th, so we had from Dec12th - Jan 8th off) so maybe your complaint was heard!
  5. Nope, no other breaks other than holidays (no reading break either fyi)
  6. Ya, don't worry about noted attendance for lectures (other than fam practice large group seminars where they sometimes take attendance). I took all three of my personal days (can be used for literally anything) but it was really easy to apply and get them off, literally just filled out the form and told them what I was doing and a couple days later they were approved. I also took ~7 sick days over the year and didn't hear anything about it
  7. Not sure but I'm guessing no because you'll be an undergraduate student
  8. We do not (at least not in first year!) - I think there's something in fourth year but not 100% sure. UBC will say that your friends and family are welcome to come to the first day of classes for a welcome - don't make your parents pay for a flight for this! Because of the class size, what happens is that all the students go to one lecture hall to get a welcome from the dean (~50 minute lecture), and your family/friends go to a separate lecture hall to watch the welcome via video conference. After that, they leave, but you still have more lectures so you probably won't even see them again until the end of school that day (like 4pm). Just video chat with them when you get to school on that first day and it will be basically the same experience
  9. +1 for this - I was ineligible for many Ontario schools because of my weird and variable course load throughout undergrad
  10. 1) There's no rush for a steth. You'll need it before you start family practice in first term (but this might not be until the second half of the term as fam practice visits are staggered because our class is massive). There's no school arranged event, but there's usually codes around to get a discount from the online stores (these don't expire though). Same goes for short white coat (some fam practice don't require it so you only need it for osce's in Dec) and reflex hammer (which you realistically won't need until second term so test out your friends to see what version you like first). Don't get a tuning fork, you won't use it 2) FLEX can definitely be done in other provinces or even internationally - as long as you have a supervisor you're good to go. I would encourage you to stick around in BC for FLEX though (or at least consider it!) - Vancouver summers are the best part of the year and it's fun to see friends from school without the pressure of studying/exams hanging overhead
  11. I didn't know how to word this appropriately, but I think ATG4B has said it quite well. While it is great to have a spouse/partner in the same city as you during med school, it can be a bit of a one-way street many times, in that you'll need their support more than you can give them. Moving to a new city with no connections, while you'll be making many many new connections might be very isolating, and the job market here can be difficult depending on what area your partner works in so getting coworkers and even work friends is not a given. All of these things put together sound like a recipe for major issues down the road. If you can afford it (or have coverage), please seek out some couples counselling, or have a clear conversation about what each of you want over the next 4 years (plus remember that residency match is a bit of a gamble so you may have to move again to a new city in 4 years and repeat this whole process again!). If this is something that's just going to build resent and the feeling of being a martyr from your partner, it is likely not healthy and not worth it. Saying all of that, to answer your actual question: please also reach out to Student Affairs. Their job is simply to help students through both the academic and life portions of medical school and I'm sure they can help direct you to some resources or offer you some additional advice specifically surrounding support for partners while you're in school. They can also help support you if you are struggling with a breakup and need some support after you move here.
  12. If you're not comfortable going the direct route, i.e. "Can we discuss the authorship for this project?" (which is fair!) maybe some options could be to discuss authorship in their research group in general terms (not specific to your project), like "I'm wondering how your group makes decisions around authorship?" or something along those lines and then lead the conversation towards your project specifically. Other options could involve using what your school has said you need to do as an opener like "Our professor told our class that we should be discussing authorship with our PI's before the project starts, what do you think?" Overall it's a conversation that's going to have to happen at some point, and the good thing about doing it early is that if the PI wants you to do something in addition to your planned work to get that first author spot, then you still have time to make that happen.
  13. I'd also recommend having this discussion at the outset of the project, especially if you have expectations about getting first author. It can be an intimidating topic to bring up, but you'll be happier if everyone's on the same page before you get started
  14. I would agree that at the beginning of the year especially people go a bit overboard with partying, but it tapers down quite a bit after the first month (or maybe I just stopped going out, who knows). At the same time, there are lots of people who don't drink in our class and still attend events and have fun, and I haven't seen any judgement from others around drinking or not (both ways). I think it can be difficult to come up with group activities once the weather turns, so it's easy to fall back on eating out, but yes that can get pricey after a while. Many groups who weren't outdoors-oriented did seasonal activities (UBC Farm apple festival, Halloween train in Stanley Park, Holiday festivals around christmas), or organized potlucks, games nights, sports watching events, etc. If you hear of anything going on, just ask to join! I would also heavily encourage people to get involved with activity-related clubs - this year we started a culinary club to cook food, the Bhangra club is always amazing, and there's also games clubs, sports teams, choir, band, art, and other things so you should hopefully be able to find a group that you can meet some like-minded people in to do things that aren't related to med at all.
  15. 1) Most students moving to Vancouver for school live around campus or somewhere relatively close to campus, and then tend to move after first year. I think part of this is because it's quite difficult to get a rental if you're not actually in the city (our vacancy rate is <1%) but places near campus tend to be more used to students and so more willing to rend to someone not physically present. Not sure where you're coming from but rent is expensive - I know people living in makeshift rooms with 2+ roommates on campus for ~$900, but you can find basement suites (without mold) and studios for average ~$1200 off campus. I would recommend living off campus, near enough to an express bus on 4th or Broadway, because campus can be a bit isolating on weekends if you want to get into town. 2) I can't speak for clerkship, but if you plan to stick around the city most weekends there's no need to have a car. Get a car2go or evo membership (we still don't have uber...) or even Modo or Zipcar, but buses and the skytrain can get you basically everywhere you need to go. If you have family practice in the far reaches of Vancouver then usually people manage to find carpools with others who have cars. 3) In a word, yes! Many many students spend most weekends outdoors, skiing on local mountains or in whistler and generally not doing school. Please do all of the outdoor things, it will make your life better and improve your mental health! 4) This winter was pretty sunny compared to others but it does get pretty gloomy around March when you're just waiting for the sun to poke out. I'm from BC so am pretty used to it, so maybe some non-BC folks can chime in here