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  1. As it turns out, Selkirk has adapted their admissions and they have given me a deferral into the next cycle. So, I have a guaranteed seat!! All worked out in the end. Gives me time to review next years material, surf, create community, hunt... Excited!
  2. I’m going for it. I try to avoid comparing myself to others, or the timeline which I find myself in, and thinking I should get this process faster and become a physician as soon as I can. But I suppose everyone has their own story, and you have to walk your own line. If I become a doctor at the age of around 30, it’s really not the end, in fact, it’s the beginning. It will be a 1 year thing, then I’ll be stepping back into Selkirks program the following fall. I’m kind of delaying the process, but I’ll be able to sharpen my soft skills, and work more in healthcare and live in a rural, and beautiful area of BC. One of my mentors and professors said to me that working 12 months or 3 months in the medical assistant position won’t really make a difference when it comes to being accepted. They want to see you be able to grow as doctor, and not labelled as a med tech. This is true. He makes a valid point, and he mentioned the rural experience that i would get will give you personal growth and maybe some points in the application process. Silent Knight
  3. Hi guys, I"m a 24 year old, non traditional student, i've been accepted into Selkirk College's Rural Pre Medicine program, which has a bridge to obviously UBC, and U of C for their admissions, able to apply as an in province applicant for both. It is a great program, with a tightly knit community. I begin this September. This past year I have completed a Medical Lab Assistant certificate. And now i've been offered a job in Masset, BC, as an MLA in their hospital. This is SUCH a wicked opportunity and I honestly see it as once in a lifetime. This can possibly give me a better idea of medicine, and to look at rural health issues at a closer scope. I've had quite the interesting background, after highschool I took a forestry job, and worked in this industry for 4.5 years, in the off season I would travel, living abroad for one year, and I found myself working in Northern California on a regenerative cannabis farm, in the span of 2 years on and off.  I'm a very non traditional student, and i'm not necessarily in a "rush" to get things completed. I'm more healthy now than ever, and I truly believe I am able to pursue medicine and get accepted. I've been encouraged to pursue medicine by my professors.. But this Haida Gwaii opportunity seems like a great way to live for the next year, and possibly post pone my Selkirk program for one year. I"m not freaking out, but i'm trying to reflect on a tough decision, and it would be amazing to hear some of your opinions. I tend to keep these thoughts to myself, but this is life altering, and will post pone the program another year, while I will be working in a rural area of BC.  What do you guys think of this? Have you guys dealt with similar dilemmas? For those that are willing to shed some light on my situation, i'd love to hear your words. Sincerely,   Silent knight
  4. This is something I'm currently in correspondence with. They are probably thinking what a nut job this guy is haha. This definitely has given me a favorable point of view. Thank you. I'm waiting on a reply from Selkirk.
  5. Thanks sangria! Good words, much appreciated. I believe this is a great opportunity, and I have been getting so caught up in the process, the race, the physician dream to being able to apply medicine and help people directly. But life is long and I have a long time to do this. I believe one year isn't the worst that I can do. I'll be 25 by the time I start the program at Selkirk, and possibly getting accepted in 3rd year, which makes me 28. If I get accepted into U of C, i'll be 31 by the time I am in residency. This is not old by any means, and I truly believe I'll be a great medical provider. Thanks again for your taking the time to reply.
  6. Hi guys, I"m a 24 year old, non traditional student, i've been accepted into Selkirk College's Rural Pre Medicine program, which has a bridge to obviously UBC, and U of C for their admissions, able to apply as an in province applicant for both. It is a great program, with a tightly knit community. I begin this September. This past year I have completed a Medical Lab Assistant certificate. And now i've been offered a job in Masset, BC, as an MLA in their hospital. This is SUCH a wicked opportunity and I honestly see it as once in a lifetime. This can possibly give me a better idea of medicine, and to look at rural health issues at a closer scope. I've had quite the interesting background, after highschool I took a forestry job, and worked in this industry for 4.5 years, in the off season I would travel, living abroad for one year, and I found myself working in Northern California on a regenerative cannabis farm, in the span of 2 years on and off. I'm a very non traditional student, and i'm not necessarily in a "rush" to get things completed. I'm more healthy now than ever, and I truly believe I am able to pursue medicine and get accepted. I've been encouraged to pursue medicine by my professors.. But this Haida Gwaii opportunity seems like a great way to live for the next year, and possibly post pone my Selkirk program for one year. I"m not freaking out, but i'm trying to reflect on a tough decision, and it would be amazing to hear some of your opinions. I tend to keep these thoughts to myself, but this is life altering, and will post pone the program another year, while I will be working in a rural area of BC. What do you guys think of this? Have you guys dealt with similar dilemmas? For those that are willing to shed some light on my situation, i'd love to hear your words. Sincerely, Silent knight
  7. Right on. Any certification goes under education. I am just wondering as it isn't apart of my bachelors degree, and I would have considered it an EC/Employment since it is non credited towards my GPA.
  8. Hi guys, In addition to my BSc degree that is in progress, I have completed a Medical Laboratory Assistant Certificate that is considered an 8 month, part time certificate (4 months, full time). I have completed this certificate while taking the semester off of course work, and working full time at a therapy center. I believe this will strengthen my application and it has provided my excellent clinical experience. I am stuck in yonder, of what I can add into my hours in totality? It is on paper, roughly 15 hours/week of in class theory. I have taken it online/correspondence, but I am going with the outline of the course at the college. " Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 9pm. The lab portion takes place on most Saturdays, from 8:30am to 3pm". 384 hours is calculated of how much extra curricular time I have put into this. I am not sure if I am able to put this into my application when I am in the process. So, 384 hours of theory/labs, and I also did a one month practicum of exactly 160 hours. So, in total, 544 hours were put into this certificate and i'm curious if I am able to dock this into my excel sheet of my accumulated hours of EC's. Hope that was clear as mud. Sincerely
  9. Thesilentknight

    Be Honest With My EC’s

    I understand GPA and mcat are only a section. My gpa is strong, and I believe I will perform well on the mcat. My question surrounds the non academic and EC’s of my application (including research)
  10. For those that have been accepted, for those that know folks that have been accepted, and for those that are curious. Here are my EC’s, they vary, they are firm and I will be completing these for my undergrad. I am writing from my phone, so please excuse any grammatical error(s). non trad student with 4 years of forestry experience, two of which I had a leadership position. This all previous to starting my undergrad. Volunteerism: I am a youth mentor with big brother and big sister. Here I am mentoring youth at risk that are at a disadvantage in society and giving them an outlet, coping mechanisms, and providing a healthy environment. 4-6 hours a week for 3-4 years. Work experience: I will be employed as a Forest Fire Fighter with the Ministry of a Forest for two consecutive years for my first and second year of undergrad. This is entirely community service and is a great I completed a medical lab assistant certificate and am also certified to perform ecgs, phlebotomy, and medical lab work at a clinic and/or hospital. After my practicum I will be put in a casual list at my local hospital. I currently work at a Therapy Center for youth with mental health developmental disorders. Autism, fetal alcohol syndrome and other mental health problems. Here I am a team leader and I implement daily tasks and corrective behavioural intervention. My position here is “behavioural intervention”. I am a mentor to some of the children and I give life advice and almost act as a psycho-social therapist. For instance one of the kids is a 15 year old boy with a deviance disorder, and on the spectrum of autism. He opened up to my with his life growing up, how he had been beaten from his parents, and beaten with bats and objects as a young child. This served him a lot of mental disparity that he carries with him today. I am able to be his friend, and therapist and talk him through these difficult times. He never opens up to anyone and it is a pleasure to be his friend, and mentor. My grades are strong and I plan to graduate with honours with hopes to complete a few work/co op terms to supplement my degree. I am planning on conducting research during summers of 3rd and 4th year and during my last year I will be completing a research project supervised by a faculty member. Honestly speaking, I do not come from a family of physicians, and I am constantly seeking inward and outward reflection if my EC’s are strong, passionate and true to me, and my community. In comparison to others, which I know I shouldn’t do, but medical schools have a criteria in which they rely on, and my truthworthy insecurities are wondering if they’ll see me as a strong candidate. I have a background of rural too, so I am eligible to apply as a rural candidate. Sincerely appreciate any feedback, cheers!
  11. Good to hear! What year are you in? What’s your story btw?
  12. It does say you must be in NS for a consecutive 12 months before even starting your application though.
  13. Good question. I do not know enough of the place of residency info. I would suggest calling and/or walking into the medical building and speak to an advisor. I would assume there’s some grey area as it says 12 consecutive months, but if this your home base, and work takes you away, then I don’t see how you would not be eligible to apply as an IP. Speak to a professional. As should I..!
  14. Hah! Where are you working? And a good connection, I would think is a credible professor that will vouch for you? Or something more “in” as in your family name, people know you etc..? For your gap year, are you continuing your volunteer etc? I believe my odds for getting into UBC are strong. Considering I am/will be for the next two-three summers, a Wild Fire Fighter for the BC Ministry of Forest, a certified as a Medical Lab Assistant (phlebotomy, ECG’s, lab work) across Canada, and a big brother mentor for 3-4 years by the time I apply. Also, I am working currently as a behavioural therapist with kids/young adults with developmental disorders. I honestly feel that when my application is put together, i will be separated from most of the pack. At least I hope. If my Mcat is strong I maintain my GPA etc. I am in correspondence with ubc med admissions, with an inquiry about applying as an IP applicant but attending school out of province. Unsure if there’s atm by points deducted, or scrutiny, as this will play a big role in staying in BC.
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