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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)
  15. Fascinating. The XPS 15 (2019) appears to actually be heavier than my current laptop, and speed walking around campus with the laptop + water bottle + smaller 3rd party charger really made its weight known. Man, I need to work out more.... On a side note, it's also worth noting that the batteries in many thin & light laptops aren't designed to be replaced. Not like the old days where the battery was anchored in and could be popped by sliding a hinge underneath the device...
  16. @Vertex don't you find a 15" heavy? My 15" laptop is a bit too heavy for my comfort, which is why I'm looking to change to something lighter.
  17. @Kaboom it's definitely a solid choice! It's very light, and as long as you're willing to buy drawboard PDF (the PDF annotation app, which used to be free for surface pro 4 but discontinued their deal with microsoft..), it's a solid machine for writing/annotating your slides! I had a low-spec Surface Pro 4 (CPU: m3, RAM: 4GB) and it still hummed along quite nicely! The one thing to consider is that the pen and keyboard are sold separately, but are absolute musts and should be included in your budgeting. It's also hella convenient if you're trying to make more space on your desk and don't need to type, simply removing the keyboard frees up a lot of real-estate to work with. It does suck that the device doesn't have an HDMI port (welcome to the dongle life!) Unlike a Surface Book, 360 degree rotating screen, or traditional laptop, you can sometimes "do the dance" where you have the keyboard on, but the screen tilted far backwards, allowing you to draw and type at the same time! This is in large part made possible because the hinge/kickstand of the machine makes it quite stable to pen writing, even at lower angles. Other laptop screens will wobble if you try to write on them. That being said, the hinge is arguably the biggest minus of this computer. Have a small desk in your classrooms? The kickstand will take up extra space that needs to be supported alongside the keyboard, making using it difficult. I've even once accidentally sent the device over the front of a rather large lecture hall desk when I forgot where the kickstand was, and kept pushing it back to make more space for a notebook. I've also seen a Family Medicine practitioner able to balance a Macbook air in one hand as they walked from room to room, something that's difficult to do with the Surface Pro. The distribution of weight of the device is such that the keyboard contributes very little to the stability when being carried with one hand (whereas with most laptops it's the keyboard/bottom of the laptop that is far heavier than the screen). With the CPU/processor in the screen of the device, your keyboard will always remain cool and comfortable, but sometimes when using the device without the keyboard, you'll notice the extra bit of heat from the screen. Nothing super annoying but annoying nonetheless.
  18. @RiderSx sorry to hear that! Yeah, I had the surface pro in the past and the Alcantara fabric got absolutely messy with my greasy palms (but the keyboard itself was amazing, comfy to type on). I would recommend to anyone considering the surface laptop to splurge on the metal body since it holds up well, or to get the surface pro as the keyboard is easily replaced if dirty. For what it's worth, until recently Apple computers used the butterfly-keyboard design, where keys would plain stop working over a 4-5 year lifespan of the device... which is much worse than a dirty palm rest. The charger is supposed to fall off, but yours sounds like it's happening much more easily than normal: maybe take it in to the store? Battery degradation like that also sounds accelerated, it might be up to your habits, but honestly, fuck batteries. They're the worst.
  19. Alright, you need to accomodate your low GPA somehow. I’m inclined to say a out of Canada school is a good bet. You could take a second bachelor’s, but that would cost you ~$40k+ on top of 4 years of your life (and that might not even pan out into an acceptance; there’s no guarantee it’d be a GPA booster if your first degree wasn’t one). Let’s say each year of your life lost would’ve been a year where you earned $150k/yr as a doctor. Theoretically, if you went to Australia or somewhere right now, you’d be a practicing MD for 4 years longer, albeit $400k in debt, but you’d be practicing four years sooner (150x4 = $600k income), and so ultimately, you’d earn $200k vs paying $40k for a second degree and $80k for a Canadian MD. Sometimes it’s best to give up early for down the line gains. Continue reading at your own risk, tough love incoming: According to the below linked page, your chances of acceptance are low. Why did you go into engineering where it’s hard to get good grades in? Why is the extracurricular that you highlighted the most (aside from co-op) presidency from high school? I think you need to do a bit of soul searching about why medical schools in Canada would want to take you when they can have dime a dozen other candidates who have demonstrated the ability to study well. Why do you want to go into medical school? Many people have the Doctor dream inspired in them by their parents or by playing dress up as children, but that in itself can come apart during your future high stress career. Is a career as a nurse practitioner something you’d be interested in? What about your current career in engineering? Aerospace seems like something you’ve been successful in (and demonstrably worked towards) and is a good degree for employment. https://www.mcgill.ca/medadmissions/applying/requirements/requirements-edu
  20. That's hella competitive! Why are they taking international students (at what was advertised to me as a lower barrier)?
  21. Definitely helpful, thank you all. The HP elitebook dragonfly is very tempting because of the built-in HDMI port and Thunderbolt 3 port (gotta hook up to an eGPU for those sweet gains), but I have an iPad and using it with sidecar in conjunction, with, say, a MacBook Air would be a dream. My workflow usually consists of making Anki cards on the spot, so the extended screen real-estate is definitely helpful.
  22. @DrOtter how competitive are admissions for Australian schools for local residents? I recall seeing some Australian schools advertising in UBC's student union building: it seemed a much more sure bet for admission if you ignored the $80K/yr tuition Overall, I'm glad Canada isn't entry into medical school straight after high school. I didn't know I wanted to pursue this path out of high school, my grades definitely weren't strong enough, and I've heard about people who go into it so early and regret it due to how stressful it is. Personally I'm also biased against people with the doctor dream from a young age due to parental influence. My parents did that to me for another career path and it nearly sunk my grades in university as well.
  23. As per the Frequently Asked Questions page under Program Information, it appears there are 288 available seats every year. I'm not sure if there are some seats lost to deferral, but a fair number (~40) of students decline their acceptance every year, so UBC medicine conceivably is sending out more than 288 offers of admission every year. Deferring admission is only done under very rare circumstances, so I don't think it's something worth being concerned about. .
  24. Thank you, @frenchpress! Do tuition waivers cost my lab anything? I'd definitely need to speak to my supervisor about making this a possibility...
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