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  1. Your GPA is may not be very competitive as it stands. You can convert your GPA to percentages using this table https://mdprogram.med.ubc.ca/files/2012/08/ADM_grade_conversion_tables.pdf and get your credit weighted GPA using this spreadsheet https://www.grad.ubc.ca/faculty-staff/admin-resources-templates/gpa-calculators (to get an accurate result, convert each grade to the given percentage using the other table and enter that in the calculator). UBC will drop you worst single year, to a maximum of 30 credits, but not more than that. I assume that you’re a BC resident since you’re posting in the UBC forum - In order to get a file review as an in-province application, you need a minimum GPA of 75%, which you may have, depending on how many credits were in your MA (If you’re out-of-province you’d need an 85% average). If you meet that threshold, your first hurdle will be to get an interview - the scoring UBC uses to pick who gets interviews is 50% GPA and 50% non-academics, so if you have a low GPA you need very strong non-academics to get an interview. So, first step - use the links above and figure out your GPA before and after dropping the worst 30 credits from your worst year. We can give you more advice about your options once you have that info.
  2. Staff all have their own preferences, and it’s almost impossible to do something ‘perfectly‘ unless you think just like them. When they make changes or suggestions, trying thinking about what changes are preference (I.e. they like the ‘how’ of the presentation a certain way) and what are actual mistakes/deficiencies (I.e. content or detail you missed) that you shouldn’t forget next time. This will help you put their feedback into context and identify what’s most important to try to improve on, and what’s more style or just another way to do something. And reflect on why you like things done a certain way and what details you think are important. For something like a discharge summary, the goal over time is to build a filter for your own work that meets a standard you’re happy with and mostly fulfills the expectations of those who need it (I.e. will this answer the questions of the family doc this patient is going to follow up with later). If you’re learning, you’ll likely change how you do things throughout residency and as staff.
  3. I think this is a big part of the faculty’s goal in having students move to their sites despite the online curriculum - that you’ll be able to start to build some community outside of the curricular activities as things loosen up. And be able to get to know your new city a bit better. If things go well, more will be able to happen in person - the problem is they don’t know when that will be, so it’s impossible to really plan for. It’s definitely a tough situation for you guys to be in, no good answers. But I’m sure you guys will find some ways to make it work! And the orientations team is really working their butts off to find ways to support the community building.
  4. The point of the 1st or 2nd author cut off is that this section is intended to capture work you were primarily responsible for as an author or co-author. It used to be only 1st author publications, but part of why UBC relaxed this rule is because many people end up as ‘2nd authors’/co-authors when they collaborate very closely with someone on a piece of research on which they’ve done nearly as much or equal work. After that, typically, 3rd authors and so on are more of an ‘assistant’ (except for the last author who is typically the supervisory / PI), where you contributed but weren’t the driving force on the work. So, I would argue that it depends on what your contribution was. If you feel like you were a legitimate 2nd co-author who really owned or contributed a great deal to the work, close behind the contributions of the co-first authors, then include it. If not, then I would suggest it belongs in the NAQ section.
  5. I think UBC is interested in making the process more fair and in attracting more well-rounded applicants - this is why they did away with science prerequisites, and why 50% of the pre-interview score is based on factors other than GPA. But as others have explained, trying to standardize between universities is incredibly difficult. I do certainly sympathize with your situation, as it’s not reasonable to expect people to know this necessarily when applying to universities, or to know they want to go into medicine.
  6. COVID. They’re desperately focused on getting things ready for the 2024s.
  7. Yes, if you have existing student loans, a car loan, etc. this MAY reduce the total amount of LOC you’re given. But your LOC will not effect your ability to get a student loans.
  8. Agreed, but before one pays down all of their student loan they should think about whether they may have residency training sites / electives that might make them eligible for loan forgiveness. Really only applicable to family med residents with rural electives (with a minimum of 400 hours per year), but it’s worth a lot (up to $8000/yr federally). If you pay down the loan you can’t apply retroactively. https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/education/student-aid/grants-loans/repay/assistance/doctors-nurses/eligibility.html BC (and presumably other provinces) has a provincial equivalent for the provincial portion of the loan. Also, BC no longer has interest on their portion of student loans, so I depending on your LOC interest rate and size of loans, it’s not necessarily worth it to pay off - need to figure out your interest first.
  9. That was my experience in an arts program. I think part of the difference stems from the fact that many arts students don’t tend to care quite so much about grades as science students, or rather, the perfect grade isnt seen as so much of the point. Obviously generalizing a lot there. But very few people in my art studios or lit or history classes were chasing 4.0 GPAs. My friends in those courses were often pretty happy with Bs and the occasional A-, as was I. I was often well above average in my art studio courses, and I only ever got one A. I worked just as hard at my CS courses and my MSc, but those were the ones where I tended to get all As, and that boosted my grades just enough to get my GPA over 80%. Probably would not have been able to get into med school otherwise!
  10. Agree! There’s a big benefit to 4 years of maturity - that makes a difference regardless of whether your background is science or not.
  11. I don’t think that’s true. I remember when UBC was transitioning away from Scienece pre requisite courses, there was a lot of discussion about how essentially, by the end of first year students from all backgrounds tended to end up at the same level and you couldn’t distinguish people from science / non-science backgrounds. I had an arts background, but I had to take a few prerequisite courses and study for the MCAT, so I didn’t go in completely cold. The only science material that I’ve honestly found all that useful was 1) biochemistry (for helping me understand how enzymes work, etc. The detailed pathways etc usually aren’t all that important for medical school, but for me personally it just made some concepts a lot easier to understand), and 2) human physiology (so when they covered this in first semester it wasn’t brand new). I found that my school covered pretty much everything I needed to be on a level playing field. They didn’t always go into the detail I needed on some topics, but I found resources like Osmosis really useful for getting up to speed on the necessary details (without letting me go down a rabbit hole of unnecessary detail). In first year there was a lot of material, like histology, that people found really boring because they’d done it all before and so they didn’t spend time on it. But it was new to me, and there was time in the schedule for it, so I took advantage of it and that helped me learn those topics. Happy to chat more if you want to dm me.
  12. UBC doesn’t need to do anything to increase the number of family medicine residents coming here - they tend to match every slot in the province on the first match. I feel like the problem isn’t attracting family doctors to train in BC... it’s the province compensating/supporting them in a way that actually makes them want to open a full practice in the places that need them, instead of specializing in other areas of family med, doing walk-in clinics, etc.
  13. Since residency interviews are going to be online for 2021, I think there’s a very good chance medical school interviews will be as well. UBC has already run an OSCE via Zoom, and MMI would be a similar sort of set up.
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