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  1. As long as the courses you're taking aren't part of the year being dropped, I don't think it should matter what year level they're from for them to be included in your GPA. As per this page under "Grade Average Calculations", they take all grades from completed courses at accredited post-secondary institutions. While your GPA is calculated by a computer pre-interview, the admissions committee (post interview) supposedly does look over it and will notice a trend of GPA boosters. Let's say your GPA (of 80 credits) is an average of 80%. You take 12 credits (4 courses) at TRU and receive a 95% average across all of them: that would boost your GPA up to slightly under 82%, which is a decent bump. Chances are, the 'dropping your lowest year' is going to help more if you do have failed courses in one year. It's definitely worth applying this year to UBC so you can get a rough estimate of where your NAQ lies, because it will really have to carry your application if your GPA (or MCAT) is on the lower side.
  2. @Happpy I haven't actually started classes yet, but from what I've gathered: Year 1, your Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays are at the UBC Vancouver campus with classes starting at 8am. Tues/Thurs are at the Vancouver General Hospital site, also starting early I assume. I know most lectures are recorded and viewable online, but UBC does have the case-based learning (CBL) which is smaller groups, and COVID-19 notwithstanding, you would be expected to be there in person. Ultimately, plan to be on campus (or at VGH) pretty often. Opinion: making the commute to the UBC campus sounds like it would be draining, particularly with any traffic. 10/10 would recommend moving for a shorter commute. I do believe any clinical experience in 1st/2nd year are all within driving/transit distance of your site; and clerkship (clinical rotations, not the integrated one listed on their site) look like they may require more of a variable commute. Opinion: I think if you're interested in rural medicine, you should not choose the VFMP site (and instead fill out the rural suitability portion): candidates with good rural suitability are sometimes prioritised by the admissions committee over us big-city folks. Plus, the added benefit of family in those sites (and a smaller class size and teaching that's more preparatory for rural medicine) I know nothing about pregnancy in the program, but maybe this document will help answer some of your questions: https://mednet.med.ubc.ca/AboutUs/PoliciesAndGuidelines/Policies Guidelines/Scheduling Medical Students in Required Clinical Learning Experiences (010).pdf
  3. I don't have any advisors for other banks, but for RBC I'm using someone from the Wesbrook village RBC right off of UBC Vancouver campus: Mei (Claire) Li mei.li@rbc.com
  4. @acceptmeplease I'm wondering about that as well... I heard new LOC deals come out in July(?) and RBC isn't doing a free $300 thing but scotiabank is, I'm wondering if it's worth waiting to see what the banks come out with.
  5. @cam_the_cob I don't see anything, but I did my undergrad at UBC and am keeping the same student number, so I already have a CWL-student id linkage setup. The student services centre (SSC) let me logon, and then I went to course registration, and it's showing my program as "MD":
  6. I was signing into one of UBC's third-party tools (as a UBC employee), where I was just prompted to "share my CWL information" with the tool... this is something I've done before, and I believe it might renew yearly, but now my affiliation at UBC now includes student!!! (and I have not been a UBC student for the past year)
  7. I think the big "If" here is the chance/circumstance around COVID-19-related travel restrictions. Assuming that there are travel restrictions, I definitely do not think that UBC will have in-person interviews. They could choose to do one of the "interview" strategies that other schools out east have done: have interviewees record themselves answering questions under a sharp time limit with many follow-ups and send the reply within the hour *This loses the option for acting stations entirely online "traditional" video conferencing cancel interviews altogether and do a random lottery Personally, I like the second option the most, but that'll definitely require a special software that's conducive to MMI circuits. Regardless of what they choose to do, you won't be alone!
  8. @technologymed I agree — the AAMC practice exams and question sets are super valuable: they use past questions and past scoring to give you results. I didn't really enjoy the 3rd party com now company's practice exams, I only did one and was like "waste of my time". I also got some used textbooks from Kaplan.... which were useless, honestly. Couldn't bring myself to study from them. I found an MCAT Anki deck online and simply did that religiously. I also recommend people taking a look at the AAMC's official testable content list and flagging anything they haven't studied yet. Also note that your MCAT is scored relative to your testing cohort: if everyone is able to spend more time studying this summer (because of the pandemic), you better make sure you're one of those people putting in the more time or you'll be setting this yourself up for a bad time.
  9. @hopefullyme I think the people who get in with a low MCAT have stronger GPAs that balance that out. To be honest, however: an MCAT sitting versus finals season both involve very similar elements (taking a test under pressure). Unlike finals, an MCAT can be retaken many times without penalization from UBC, so in my mind, an MCAT is more practical to do well on because it's simply something that can be retaken as many times as needed. @offmychestplease did mention that there was someone who got in with a 503, I'd be very interested to see their other stats to see how they balanced out the weakness in their MCAT. On the opposite end of the spectrum, I've heard from some people who haven't gotten in and attribute it to their weak MCAT. So unless the rest of your application glows, the MCAT requires the least amount of time to improve (~3 months during the summer vs 1+ additional year of classes vs 1+ year of "long-term" extracurriculars), I would say: improve it.
  10. @Aryanenzo I've got to agree with @Giant_Anteaters on this one. After working with a number of FLEX students and knowing people who have gotten in this year, I think "Super extroverted, dominant, persuasive" doesn't paint a full or accurate picture of what adcoms is looking for. I think they're looking for personality types that include the following: Confident (if you had a doctor who looked really uncertain when prescribing a patient a drug, that patient themselves would lose confidence and trust in what they were being offered) Listening & openness to changing stance (a doctor who dominates and overrules their patient's wishes is shitty all around. Often times patients know if something is, say, caused by anxiety or caused by something very real) Persuasiveness & reasoning (yeah, I imagine a physician has to be able to be persuasive about what they think is in a patient's best interests - this part is definitely on the ball.) Regardless, I wish you good luck and hope you get off the waitlist!
  11. @blue23 I’ve heard conflicting reports about who pays, but I do truly believe that it’s UBC who ultimately waives it. I know someone who was a department manager and got charged for the course he took, but it sounds like there was something different happening there, as multiple people have mentioned getting tuition waivers (in direct messages to me or on other forums) and their supervisors were none the wiser when they received the ~$7k waivers. Make sure your termination date is after the start of classes, though. other people have applied their waivers to their own med school education, so it definitely can be done!
  12. I am also able to login to Entrada, but it might just be because I’ma UBC faculty of medicine staff right now
  13. @hopefully2020 try other online forums for each respective school you've been to or have shared experiences with (not necessarily for premeds, but all students). Not sure if this forum likes us suggesting other competing sites, but you can find a variety of places via google. Personally, it's probably worth waiting for that next intake and taking a short online course on counseling others and how to approach sensitive topics. For the vast majority of med students, a rejection just means trying for another year: for programs where your support would go the furthest, it would be with people who've recently lost a family member, are grieving, suicidal, etc. You could also try doing some COVID-19-related volunteering (like buying groceries for at-risk people!)
  14. @Allone This is a good initiative, but I feel like Facebook is the wrong platform to do it on as most people don't have anonymous accounts (like they do on here). I think people would be hesitant to approach a random stranger on the internet while you yourself haven't provided any specific details about your shared troubles (beyond being faced with rejections). Sharing your story of how things went for you, what your GPA/extracurriculars look like/what you plan on doing in the future/what traps you fell in during your journey (and more) will at the very least be something that future pre-meds can find through Google for reassurance and to know where they stand. You might also be interested in volunteering for BC's crisis centre (or whichever region you're located in). As an added bonus, it's something you could add to your extracurriculars and to support people who come from all walks of life. (Not that physicians don't come from all walks of life, but a large portion of premeds are soon-to-be or already graduated BSc students under 25)
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