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  1. frenchpress

    Anyone from Ontario???

    That hasn’t been true for quite some time, since at least 2016 when I applied but I am pretty sure even longer back? The current IP requirement is simply that you possess a BC services card, which just means that you have BC health coverage.
  2. frenchpress

    Anyone from Ontario???

    No, that’s incorrect, it can get you IP status if you choose. As long as you actually move your permanent address to BC and apply for health care, etc. See my response above (accidentally split this into two posts). Requirements for MSP (healthcare coverage) are here: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/health-drug-coverage/msp/bc-residents/eligibility-and-enrolment/are-you-eligible
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    Anyone from Ontario???

    This isn’t correct. Going to UBC could absolutely make you eligible for IP. You just have to actually move to BC and declare a BC address as your residence, and apply for BC health care — once you have health care coverage, you can apply as an IP applicant (you must have it by the beginning of the application cycle and maintain it throughout). Once you’re a BC resident you’ll also have to switch your drivers license etc, but the only documentation you need to apply as IP for UBC is a health care number. Full-time students from other provinces have the option of maintaining their residence, health care, driver’s license from their home province. Usually you lose eligibility if you’re out of province for more than ~6 months, but obviously school is usually more than 6 months per year — this is an exception that’s offered across Canada so students don’t lose their residency from their home province if they don’t want to. So you could attend UBC for school and remain an Ontario resident as long as you were a full-time student. But you can also just move your permanent address to BC at any point while attending UBC and then become an actual BC resident. You just have to stay in BC for enough of the year to meet the residency requirements for healthcare coverage. I know this to be true because I moved to BC as a student and during undergrad became a BC resident and switched my health care, etc.
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    Anyone from Ontario???

    You can’t just come to BC on vacation — you’d need to move here, which means declaring a residency here and being here long enough to get your health care switched to BC (6 months). It’s not unconventional to move, lots of people do it. Being a resident of another province can give you the benefit of being IP for that province and still be able to apply to Ontario. You could always do it after you finish your degree. I know several people in UBC Med who moved to Vancouver from other parts of the country for a couple years to become IP while applying to Med. Don’t discount the expense of Vancouver though. It’s not so bad when you’re in your first couple years of undergrad if you can live in residence and have help from your family. But living costs here are very high, and many students struggle to find affordable housing that’s also safe and clean unless they’ve got outside support.
  5. The 11 and 1:45 pm slots are both good choices I think. I did 11am and was happy with it — not so early that I was rushed, but not so late that I was agonizing about it all day in the lead up. I think it would suck to be hungry during the interview, but there’s usually lot of food there for you to snack on after you’ve checked in and before the interviews start.
  6. You can’t lie, so you have to let UBC know you’re attending another school. But they will still allow you to apply as long as the medical school is not in Canada. They have details about it on the admissions FAQ.
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    Interview Invites date?

    That’s a tough situation. I am sorry to hear you’ve continued to hit the wall with admissions. If you’re seriously feeling like you’re willing to move to Australia, maybe moving to Alberta really is worth considering? I know a couple people who moved provinces to increase their chances as IP applicants there because the schools were more favourable to their situation, and it worked out for them after 1-2 years in each case. Or if you’re really adventurous, you could even considering heading up north to gain IP for BC and Alberta schools. There is still no guarantee it’ll work, but you may be happier in the end having tried that approach, compared to a situation where you start Med sooner but have significantly increased difficulty of returning later? That said, I know a few people who have moved to Australia for other reasons over the years, and many of them have stayed — depending on your life goals and priorities it’s not necessarily insane to go overseas. It’s got pros and cons, like anything else.
  8. UBC looks for a diversity of things in its scoring. It's not all just the sheer number of ECs. Life experience, commitment, maturity, etc. and the way those things come through in how your NAQs are written can have a a really big effect on how the people reading your application will interpret and score it. You may stack up much better than you realize! I can't imagine they're going to substantially change the pattern this year *knock on wood* -- UBC is actually pretty consistent year-to-year in it's notification timing. Try not to worry too much you guys, I know how much the wait sucks!
  9. Pass/fail for credit courses can be problematic if you do a whole bunch of science courses this way, because then admissions can’t assess your ability to handle the rigors of a science-based curriculum and they may worry you’re trying to hide something. But unless there are specific schools that require prereqs not be taken pass/fail (all the schools out west I know don’t have this problem, but perhaps some elsewhere have this stipulation?) I wouldn’t worry about how taking pass/fail for one class will look. An isolated course withdrawal or two is typically not a problem either. Good luck with it.
  10. frenchpress

    Interview Invites date?

    It often seems this way to me as well. The expectations are applied inconsistently and often inappropriately, which makes it feel all the more disingenuous. For example, the last time I tried to notify them in advance that I was going to be absent for a day for an important personal reason, someone in the chain was unsatisfied with the two paragraphs I wrote about how I would make up the time. I was tossed into a long back and forth requiring me to repeatedly detail the tiny minutia of why I would be absent and exactly who I would contact and exactly how I would make up every hour of missed time. Even though I had already given them 95% of that info in my initial request, because I missed one thing they were treating me like I was trying to put one past them. Every email included the threat that if I didn’t give them exactly what they wanted my absence wouldn’t be approved and I would risk professional misconduct if I didn’t come to class. All that, for trying to trying to act professionally and let people know ahead of time I wouldn’t be there. And as I have discovered from talking to other students, if you just skip class and submit an unexplained absence claiming you were sick, no one seems to care. So doing the right thing professionally amounts basically to a punishment, and you may be better off to lie. Not a great example to set.
  11. Why not start with one science course and see how it goes? Pick something you think you’ll be able to dedicate enough time to given your other courses and responsibilities. You’ll likely learn a lot from that experience about what you’d need to succeed in studying for the MCAT — maybe you’ll find you’ve got a knack for it, and you’ll feel more confident studying on your own. Or maybe you’ll realize you find classes helpful, and you’ll decide to take more in future terms. Or maybe taking one or two courses in certain areas will give you a solid foundation to learn the rest yourself. Or maybe you’ll absolutely hate it and you’ll realize you’re less interested in the medicine path than you thought (not that you need to be amazing at basic sciences to love and do well in medicine). It doesn’t need to be an all or nothing thing, especially since you’re considering other career paths. Nothing wrong with just dipping a toe in the pool and taking it one small step at a time. Edit: also, the other good thing about just starting with one class is that one bad grade won’t kill your chances at Med school, and likely not most graduate schools either. And if it goes horribly from the start you can always withdraw. None of the admissions committees that I’ve encountered in my time in academia have made a point of punishing students for trying something outside their comfort zone and realizing it wasn’t for them.
  12. Take a look at the UBC admission statistics. It’s likely doable as an in province applicant at UBC, but I have no idea about other schools.. You very likely need a few more years of school or some really stellar ECs. 81% is not really ‘competitive’, but usually about a quarter of the class will be admitted with grades between 80-85%. UBC puts equal weight on GPA and non-academic criteria when determining who is invited for an interview — so a strong, well-rounded applicant with great non-academic experiences can make up for a GPA on the lower end. UBC doesn’t explicitly require full course loads. But they are looking for evidence that you can handle a heavy course load. What have you been doing instead of taking a full course load? Working? Sports? Something else? If you can spin it that you’ve simply spent time on other equally important things, that can help. Another thing you can do is start taking a heavier course load now for your remaining terms — if you haven’t been taking a full course load so far, I assume you’re not set to graduate at the end of this year? If so, there’s still time to demonstrate you can handle a heavier schedule. But you’ll need to really keep your GPA up. Lastly, if you were genuinely interested in the master’s, you may want to still consider pursuing it. Lots of people on this forum will tell you that a Master’s is useless for GPA boosting — but it can help in some cases, particularly at UBC. There are lots of master’s programs at UBC where it’s very possible to get well over 90% in all your courses. Combined with the UBC policy of dropping your worst year, that can boost you another 1-2%. Which in your case might be enough. A master’s can provide opportunities to boost your publications, awards, etc, and sometimes your ECs as well. And it’s really just a good idea to continue pursuing another career path in case medicine doesn’t work out or you change your mind. I was in a similar boat to you and was admitted, so I know it’s doable. But it did take several years post-degree to make it happen. Feel free to PM me if you want to chat about it.
  13. frenchpress

    Insight on residency & matching?

    Residency is completely separate from medical school. For residency you apply to and rank programs at each location across Canada that you’re potentially interested in training in. People who want competitive specialties will generally apply to that specialty at schools across the whole country. People who care more about location may apply to several different programs at the same school.
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    Online Courses

    Yes, it will if it’s a university course. I meant more a course that could count towards a degree generally. There are lots of online courses out there that couldn’t be transferred to university credits, and those likely wouldn’t count.
  15. My understanding of how they do the graduate calculation is that if you’re master’s is your worst ‘year’ then they’ll drop it. You only get to drop one year overall though, regardless of how many degree you have. So in that case I think all your undergrad years would be included.