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  1. Thanks buddy. I think your academic exploring will help you in times you least expect it. Some of the greatest things I learned were from taking courses that weren’t mandatory for my degree, but were from elective courses that I had a genuine interest in. Though it may feel “foolish” now, your diversity of experiences will probably give you an advantage or opportunity in the future—it just haven’t happened yet. I wish you all the best in your studies.
  2. I argue that students don’t need to apply measures as extreme as what I quoted above and still are able to excel and achieve above 3.8 GPA. However, I do agree that the system is not set up in a way that encourages learning.
  3. Oh my god. I can’t imagine people doing this. That’s some crazy gaming of the system. Sad to know that some kids these days go to school to get high marks and not to learn
  4. I got into medical school with a cumulative score lower than yours but higher CARs. If you’re confident you can obtain a higher score, especially in CARs, then it may be a good idea to retake and increase your chances. If you hate the exam and can’t bother to take it again, it also wouldn’t be unreasonable to apply with the scores you currently have.
  5. Do you have the Burdick drive? I think it’s shared on your Facebook group page. Also, everyone’s notes look different. Vary in length, amount, and content. Do what works best for you!
  6. I’m glad WedMD works for you. I hope you never encounter a disease with an atypical presentation and that you stay healthy for the rest of your life. Why are you even on this forum?
  7. That’s all fabulous stuff, but to be honest, none of it sound like things you’ll do for fun. Go have some fun .
  8. I think you should apply to as many schools as you can to maximize your chances, aka risk diversification. Applying to just UBC = throwing all your eggs in one basket and you may end up wasting lots of time. The admissions process can be a crap shoot and often times people don't get their first choice no matter how qualified they are. At the end of the day, if your goal is to be a doctor, it doesn't matter where within Canada you study. After med school you can always apply to UBC for residency. And even if you don't get into UBC residency, you can still practice in BC after you obtain your license in some other province. Also, you have to be prepared to make sacrifices. You may very well need to delay starting a family or may have to live away from your partner if he/she does not choose to move with you. Weigh your opportunity costs. What do you value the most? Always prepare for the worse and hope for the best. Good luck.
  9. Wow, the curriculum varies so drastically from med school to med school. Hope things get better for you. All the best.
  10. If you're considering medicine for the "Dr." title and more money, I'd advise against it. These things won't give you more job satisfaction. Overhead and insurance premiums take a big chunk of that 250k average fam doc income. Plus you'll be working longer hours and may even have to be on call depending on where you practice. Not to mention at least 5 years before you can become an independent practicing doc. And you may take several years just to apply to get into med school. The opportunity cost is huge. That's a lot of time that could be put towards something else that can make you happy.
  11. Yes, it’s allowed. I have a classmate who attended medical school in the Middle East and got accepted into a Canadian Medical School after the completion of her first year.
  12. StudentAid BC looks at your tax return. If they discover inaccuracies in what you declare, the CRA can audit you. When you get audited by the CRA, they can see all your bank accounts and claw back the loans you received if they find out any info is falsified. However, I don't think they base "need" on how much money you have in your bank accounts. I believe it's based on your annual income and whether you're dependent or not. (Please correct me if I'm wrong)
  13. I live right in the downtown core and have walked on Barton street alone in the evening. Haven’t had a problem. Hamilton is safe in my opinion.
  14. I’m a non-trad first year student studying at Mac and I love it. I choose Mac over Alberta’s 4 year program. 3 years vs 4 years: 3 three years is great for non-trads who are mature and know what they want. I went into med school knowing that I’ll be pursuing family medicine, so I’m not stressed about CARMS or matching. I don’t need the extra time to figure things out. In fact, this shorter timeline works better for my finances and family too. Im used to working full time, so having summers off would feel weird to me. I’m also older so finishing sooner means I can start having kids earlier, which I am very much looking forward to. Shadowing: Way more opportunities if you can travel. Regional campuses have easier access to horizontal electives. All my preceptors have been amazing. 99% of the time you’ll learn lots and have a great time. I’ve only had one so-so experience with a resident who ghosted me during a horizontal. Curriculum: self directed learning and low stakes assessment is great. I have lots of flexibility in my schedule and can tailor my learning to my own pace. Im never stressed about prepping for tutorial or tests. Self-motivation is key to succeeding here. If you’re the type that needs lots of structure, maybe not so good for you. Electives: It was definitely a struggle to get preclerkship electives during Post MF4. This is the only thing that really stressed me out because I didn’t want to do an elective that I had no interest in and I didn’t want my vacation plans ruined. However, the electives department was able to help and find me an elective after I emailed them. They can be very strict or very nice, really a hit or miss with them. For those who have no idea what they want to do, want summers off, prefer to do more research, need more structured style of learning, perhaps a 4 year school would be better for you. I think if I was younger, like in my early 20s I may have chosen a 4 year school so i can have the summers off to travel the world. But life is all about timing after all. Overall I’m glad I choose Mac. It fits my personality, learning style, and current life goals.
  15. Really depends on your life situation. I think 3 year schools are great for people with tighter budgets, young families and those who already know what their career path may look like. I picked a 3 year school over a 4 year one.
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