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  1. Well NAQs have already been scored before the interview invites were sent out. This would probably be for the next cycle/application.
  2. Noticed that UBC doesn't count summer courses at UBC towards full courseload credit counts. This is presumably because UBC summer courses are very different from fall/spring courses. However, at my university, summer courses are the same as fall/spring courses. With that in mind, I've taken more than a full course load every year if they include my summer courses but not otherwise. Does anybody know how they deal with these situations?
  3. I mean, they drop up to 30 credits of your worst year. So would a "year" be, for example, fall 2011, spring 2012, summer 2012? Or would a "year" be, for example, spring 2011, summer 2011, fall 2011? Also, I took a couple semesters off one year to do co-op and study for MCAT. I only have a few classes that entire year. I did poorly in those few classes and technically, if you're just looking at those classes which I took that year, it's my worst GPA for a year. However, dropping that year wouldn't really help me much since I only took a few classes that year. Will UBC still drop that "worst" year even though I only took a few classes that year? (I'd much rather them drop one of my other years where I technically did slightly better but due to the amount of credits that would be dropped, it'd help my overall GPA a lot more) Thanks for your help and please let me know if I didn't explain my 2 questions clearly enough!
  4. Hello all! My GPA is a bit on the lower end of the spectrum at ~3.73 and I am looking at a master's degree in order to both bolster my GPA and also gain some research experience, perhaps a publication or two. I would first like to ask if this is "valid" in the sense that improvements towards my GPA through a master's degree will be fully counted by the medical school admissions board? (i.e. is it frowned upon to improve GPA through a master's?) I would also like to ask if I should do my master's at SFU since that is where I'll be graduating from or if I should instead be looking to get into a Master's program at UBC (in terms of having the best chance of being accepted into the UBC MD program)? If so, do any programs stand out (in your opinion) as ones that would serve a medical school application well? Thank you for your time!
  5. My aGPA is around ~3.73 but I expect it to jump to around 3.8 in the near future (using the 4.33 scale). Not really relevant to my question but just thought I'd include it here if it's ever needed for any responses. I am currently in my 3rd year. Anyways, my EC's are as follows: Past Experiences: (Around or just after high school) - Assistant Captain of city's hockey team - Co-president of Environment Club in High School - 1000+ hours of misc. community volunteer work including local community events, parks/outdoor youth assistant, community centre summer camps, etc. - Volunteer ski instructor at Grouse Mountain for two separate seasons which involved at times, independent supervision of large groups of children while descending the mountain. - Youth Citizenship Award for my City right before first year undergrad - Major Entrance Scholarship worth over $20,000 - Various scholarships in the community for exemplary citizenship and volunteer activity (totalling to a few thousand dollars) - Received a scholarship for hockey in the amount of $1000 - Reached Grade 10 in Royal Conservatory Piano Recent/Ongoing Experiences: - 200 hours volunteering in the Emergency Room at a city hospital. - 8 years on a city-sponsored committee that regularly collaborates with the RCMP to promote community safety and is very active at city-wide events. In addition to being a regular member, I also hold the role of Secretary which is considered an executive position in which I draft the minutes for each meeting (technically official city documents). - Completed a term of Co-op at the BC Center of Disease Control where in addition to my duties on the job, I designed and performed a month-long experiment which resulted in an improved laboratory technique being adopted for the forseeable future. I wrote and presented a detailed report however, it is kept internally as opposed to being published in a peer-reviewed journal. (On that note, how useful is this for my application? My supervisor would be able to speak to the nature and quality of the report but the actual report would not be released to the public) - Am active in the digital art community and regularly make uploads to my online art communities such as Artstation which would be easily verifiable by the UBC committee. Future Experiences lined up: - Another two Co-op terms at health-based establishments. Will hopefully conduct some sort of research with lasting effects similarly to my first co-op. May perhaps seek a co-op with some sort of role in humanitarian aid (how helpful would this be?) - Will continue to volunteer with the hospital (perhaps another 100 hours or so by the time I apply) - Will continue to volunteer with the city-sponsored community safety committee, gaining reliable and well spoken references who can attest to years of dedication and commitment to the community Thank you for your time!
  6. I attend SFU and at SFU, if one retakes a course, the new grade completely replaces the old grade. At UBC, if one retakes a course, the new grade is averaged with the old grade. If I were to retake a course at SFU in order to improve my GPA, when I apply for MD at UBC, would UBC simply take my SFU GPA? Or would they look at the courses that I retook and re-calculate my GPA as if I had retaken the course at UBC (i.e. would they average my old/new grade?) Thank you for your time!
  7. In general, my application's main bottleneck will be getting an interview. My GPA is on the lower side (~3.7) and my extracurriculars are alright (a year of co-op lab/research, couple years as ER volunteer, misc. community work for years, general sports + music). I strongly believe that improving my GPA will be the most effective way in bolstering my application. I am considering taking GPA boosting courses but I was wondering whether or not these are frowned upon and to what extent. For example, if I were to take a blatant GPA booster that is unrelated to my major such as Education100 (guaranteed A+): Would that negatively effect my chances of getting an interview? Or is the GPA number all that really matters? If so, would it only hurt me during the interview stage? Or would it actually hurt my chances of even getting an interview? Do online courses similarly have any negative effect on getting an interview? I ask this because my only concern is getting an interview. I am extremely confident in my interview abilities and have no problem with these things coming out during the interview as long as I just get the interview. I say this not to be smug or overconfident or anything but just to give context to my focuses. Thank you for your time!
  8. Hello all! I reside in the Vancouver area and while I know that most people around here default to applying to the Vancouver campus, would it be worth it to also apply to the other campuses in BC? Are there penalties/restrictions/preferences given to those that specifically reside in those areas or are all BC applicants treated the same? (I.e Would a Vancouver citizen have a good shot at getting into the other UBC campuses?) Would they be moreso looking for those who reside near those campuses? In addition, would there be any repercussions/difficulties in seeking a residency in the Vancouver area if one were to complete their medical program at the Island, Northern, or Southern campuses? Thank you for your time!
  9. Generic Profile Canadian student born/raised in British Columbia Ethnicity: Asian Age: 20 cGPA: 3.64 (4.33 scale, slight upward trend) Adjusted GPA for worst academic year (which was first year): ~3.70 MCAT: 512 (127:Chem/phys, 129:CARS, 128:Bio/Biochem, 128:Psych ) Degree: Bachelor of Science - Major in Molecular Biology & Biochemistry University: Simon Fraser University (Burnaby) In general, I consider myself to have exceptional interview capability which I have further developed in co-op. I am very confident in this portion of the application process and it has consistently been my greatest strength throughout my co-op application processes. Extracurriculars: 1. 250+ hours as a volunteer in the Emergency Room at a local hospital over a few years. 2. Over 8 years executive member of Community Policing Advisory Committee (Official City Committee working alongside RCMP) 3. 1 co-op work term as a Research Assistant at the BC Center for Disease Control (involving one month of independent research, no publication) 4. 2 co-op work terms as a Research Assistant at STEMCELL Technologies As I stand right now, what chance would you say that I have in being invited to an interview? What part of my application needs the most improvement in your opinion? I am aware that nobody is a fortune teller and that UBC's evaluation scale is nowhere near completely understood by those present, but nevertheless, I am merely seeking your opinion and any/all help is greatly appreciated! I will be striving to pick up some more volunteer hours, perhaps retake any outlier courses that I did poorly in, and look for shadowing opportunities in my local community at clinics or hospitals. Are there any other specific improvements that I should look into? Thank you so much for your time!
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