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  1. The same guy recommend by a lot of people in the 2022 Facebook group is the cheapest I’ve ever found: Jeremy Bohbot at 16th and Heather. He charges $10 per document. He does it only on certain days each week, so email ahead to find out his schedule.
  2. Maybe you’re thinking of the free life and disability insurance that many of the medical associations provide? I’m not sure about other provinces, but Doctors of B.C. has a $100,000 life insurance plan as well as a disability plan (I think $1500/month to start increasing to $2500 for 3rd/4th year) for students that they will pay the premiums for all four years of medical school. It’s not necessarily enough, especially once you’re further along and/or have a lot more debt, but it can be a good place to start.
  3. I noticed that RBC is offering iPads this year for anyone who opens a new VIP account with them (which comes with their loc): https://www.rbcroyalbank.com/accounts/vip-banking.html. Not quite as nice as just straight cash, but probably of a similar value on resale. May be of interest to some who were leaning towards rbc for whatever reason. I signed up last year when the bonus was your choice of several other types of apple products (iWatch, iPhones). I recall some people saying their advisors told them they couldn’t get it with the student loc, but I didn’t have any problems — it just happened automatically without much effort on my part aside from making sure I did the qualifying steps.
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    MSP Premiums

    Yes, you are. If you’re not eligible for premium assistance through the regular rules, then you can apply for temporary premium assistance for situations like being laid off — but if you leave your job willingly, they won’t reassess you. You just have to wait until enough tax years have passed without income that you become eligible again. You could always give it a shot yourself. But I never got anywhere with it when I tried. https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/health-drug-coverage/msp/bc-residents/premiums/temporary-premium-assistance The process for determining premiums is annoying, but keep in mind that it also means you won’t have to immediately starting paying them once you’re employed again. So in the end it probably largely balances out. You may be able to get an income review to adjust your eligible assistance for fair pharmacare. If you (or a dependent) have a lot of prescriptions it might be worth the process of getting an adjustment, because they will cover much/all of the portion that what the student health plan doesn’t cover: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/forms/5355fil.pdf
  5. Yeah, the help guide and UBC admins have been pretty clear over the years that all paid employment needs to go in the employment section. I doubt you’ll get a different answer this year. They also say that they look for all the same non-academic qualities in the paid sections as they do in the non-academic activities section. My sense from talking to others in my class, including those like myself who have more of a work history, is that it doesn’t really matter if a particular activity is paid or unpaid, and that they seem to score across both sections for many of the qualities/ categories (e.g. leadership, ability to work with others, etc.) that they’re evaluating.
  6. At UBC, our student financial support person always instructs us to put bachelor’s degree. That’s what I put this year and in previous years, and I’ve already had this year’s application approved. edit: the exception is if you’re doing an MD PhD, in which case I believe you’d put Doctorate.
  7. It should be doable. You get three ‘personal’ days each year in 1st and 2nd year that you can take off for pretty much any reason, and it’s also possible to negotiate longer absences for certain kinds of personal commitments, such as weddings of close family members. The main thing you might want to consider will be timing around the midterm (which is usually ~7-8 weeks into each term in first year). The term moves fast but missing a week won’t be the end of the world if you’re prepared to make up the time.
  8. Yup, as long as the program is designated as an undergraduate degree (which I think all in Canada are), you should put bachelor’s.
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    Timetable example?

    It’s in amongst the program documentation we have access to — you should get a link to the orientation website soon, and it should be on there.
  10. A Master's in Education would be considered by several schools (UBC, UofA and UofC all do I believe). However, as others have pointed out, it's not necessarily considered or as useful for many other schools. If you applied to UBC, they would include the grades from a master's in your GPA calculation, and you'd be able to drop up to 30 credits from your worst GPA year. The averages in many of the education psychology courses and other courses you need for an MEd at UBC tend to be very high, so those courses could give your GPA a decent boost. However, I think the MEd is only 30 credits of course work(correct me if I am wrong) -- so even if you were able to get a straight A+ average, it probably wouldn't be enough to make up for your overall GPA if your best year was only a 3.7. As a non trad you would realistically need at least an 80% average (A- / 3.7+ GPA) to have a shot at UBC, and the rest of your application (including MCAT) would probably need to be pretty strong. You might find it useful to play with this GPA calculator: https://www.grad.ubc.ca/faculty-staff/admin-resources-templates/gpa-calculators You can plug in your existing grades and then play around with dropping your worst 30 credits from your worst year and with adding another year or two worth of fictional courses with grades you predict you might be able to achieve -- this will give you a sense of how many more years of courses you'd need to take to bring your GPA up to a reasonable level to be competitive for UBC, as well as for other schools if you want to apply more broadly.
  11. I am of two minds on this. On the one hand, you can do anything for 10 weeks. Your work and friends and other hobbies and interests will still be there when you’re done. And you would feel amazing once you knock off the MCAT and you’re able to go back to it all. You can definitely push through this 10 weeks and buckle down if that’s what you want to do, and it would probably be worth it. On the other hand, there’s nothing wrong with needing a break. I don’t think it’s true that you’d be back to ground zero if you took some time off from MCAT studying and tried again next year. Sure you would have to relearn some things, but it would be totally doable. And you might be a lot more happy and motivated to put in that time at a point in the future. I worked full-time for many years while I was trying to get into medical school. It gave me a lot of purpose and enjoyment and reward, and ultimately I think it made me much more prepared to enjoy myself and have a work life balance once I got into medicine. At the time it was really frustrating to me that it took me so many years, but looking back, I wouldn’t trade the experiences I had in the interim to have started medicine sooner. I think the worst case scenario here would be to make yourself miserable for 10 weeks and avoid studying only to do poorly on your MCAT. So if you feel like just focusing on work and on yourself for a bit is what you need to recharge, then I think it’s seriously worth considering that option. If you imagine yourself a year from now having to study for the MCAT while working, how does that sound compared to the idea of having to do it right now?
  12. I think they’re usually 8 weeks. Although honestly the funding (~$3000) is so little given the amount of other loans and bursaries and credit you have available, you may find the money isn’t worth the commitment. I typically think research students should always be paid, but this is one exception where some people find it better to just volunteer and do the research on their own schedule.
  13. Some people do research, for example, through SSRPs. But I would say the larger majority of people take least a good chunk of that take time off as vacation. You’re just not going to have another opportunity to take that kind of time to travel or relax or do whatever you want for many years afterwards, so most people seem to try to enjoy it. That’s definitely what I would recommend. There is an opportunity to do research through MEDD 419 and 429 FLEX time. The current schedule involves roughly 6 half days in the 2nd semester of year 1, 6 weeks full time at the end of year 1, and a half day each week during year 2 + 2 weeks full time at the end of each semester in year 2. You can use your FLEX for pretty much any kind of ‘scholarship’ and there's not a tonne of oversight. So it’s not uncommon for people to take advantage of it to do pretty lightweight projects and then fudge their hours so that they can study more or travel more. But a lot of people also get a lot of real research done in this time, and are able to get publications, etc. So if you're gunning for a CARMs specialty for which you really think research will be critical, you can make very good use of FLEX and avoid eating into your limited vacation. Edit: I should add you can also do things like shadow, work in the community, get certifications, etc, in FLEX time. It's not just for research. So you can take advantage of it to do a variety of things that might be priorities for you.
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    Reference Letter Question

    Portfolio letters are tough, because you don’t know the exact situation in which they will be used in the future — so it’s best to pick just a few key elements of their mentorship that you most appreciate and highlight those. Edit: And @Lactic Folly‘s suggested template is a good one and very typical. In my experience, in things like portfolios for teaching, reviewers are unlikely to read the supplied letters and material all that closely, especially if it’s long. They typically have a LOT of information and packages to review. So a shorter letter (I.e. a page, maybe 2 at the absolute max of you really think it’s necessary) is much more likely to be given the attention it deserves.