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  1. I had the same worry not about expiring Service card but about not able to return to BC right-away after graduation. People on this forum gave me a lot of good tips. Anyway, I was able to figure out with the BC Health services and UBC. What I think you can do (again my opinion on this, may not be accurate) is to upload a scan of your old card along with explanation to UBC, file for a service card renewal with ICBC right away (call them to see if they have an urgent service or if they can provide a digital version of the card for proof), email UBC admin via chat on the situation and let them know you are actively working on this (if you have any proof from ICBC, like the yellow slip for temporary driver license renewal, attach it), and then submit the application in the regular deadline. While I agree with what others said about the need to maintain card all throughout and you absolutely do, shit happens in life with missed deadlines and setbacks. How you approach and handle these tough situations is what UBC, if not all medical schools, actually evaluates on a candidate during the interview. I hope everything goes smoothly and you can put this story into your toolbox of stories to tell during the interview.
  2. I asked the UBC admissions and they said they'll do checks on your MCAT score again before the new MCAT deadline. Plus, MCAT score doesnt count for anything until after the interview. So Sept 28th testing is viable. Don't worry
  3. Thank you. I agree. I never told them I'm doing a Masters and I am still having valid MSP coverage. I guess they get the information from my tax reports or student loans.
  4. Hi, I'm wondering if there are any past applicants who finished school before their application year to medicine, and worked or took a gap year outside of BC. Did you call MSP office right-away when you finish your program to continue your coverage (and thus maintain BC in-province status)? Also, did you apply for the allowed absence period since you were no longer in school? If so, can you share some light into how easy it was to apply for the extra allowable absence period? My sources are from this policy on the BC MSP website: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/health-drug-coverage/msp/bc-residents/managing-your-msp-account/leaving-bc-temporarily Thank you in advance!
  5. Thank you! I'm on the same boat. UBC has the blog update stating it'll accept any sitting up to Sept 28th and OMSAS replied to my email inquiry saying MCAT score report by November 1st.
  6. It is now. Check the admission's blog. All testing dates this year accepted for this application cycle. Which other school has changed MCAT deadlines?
  7. Hi all, UBC just announced that they'll accept all MCAT taken by Sept 28th this year, was there any announcement from the ontario schools for delayed MCAT deadlines? If so, can you point me to the correct source? Thank you very much!
  8. Goodluck! I'm in the same boat. I'm re-writing the MCAT in hope of a much better score and working in lab so I can get some publications under my belt. Gonna be a strange year not having to go to lectures.
  9. Sorry about the rejection. I don't understand how your stats can result in a rejection. Try again I guess? Second time is the charm?
  10. I remember that speech too. But there wasn't any indication that any station will be dropped. It was more like, don't worry if you sink one station, you get the other 10 to average it out.
  11. I agree. I've not heard anyone official say it will be dropped. The most I heard is that one bad station can be averaged out by the good performances in other stations. So I would practice with the exact mindset matchalatte had (nice username btw).
  12. Thank you UbcSci. I tried to make a formulated approach with like 2-3 points I was to discuss. It's very hard to do on the spot with only 2 minutes and also the nervousness. Also, in my interview, some interviewers were very responsive and started to elaborate on the point A so quickly that I did not at all have time to talk about point B, thus making my responses very one-dimensional. I guess something I would do differently will be have a good introduction sentence in the very beginning laying out Point A, B, and C to them. Then at least they'll recognize that I've got things to say but just need more time. The ACTING was really tough. In real life, I've not seen many like that. Well I guess they are trying to get you used to the stressfulness in clinical settings. Coming up with resolutions is tough in my stations. I've written 4 paragraphs with 1.75 pages single spaced. My writing becomes not legible after a while so I needed to slow down. Also, I wasn't really ready for the topic and took 3-4 minutes of thinking before putting down my first word. The "reasoning" and "people's experiences" are definitely good things to have in responses. I'll try to be better at talking about them concisely and precisely. I had some trouble describing life events so I took so much time describing them. I guess I need to be a better story-teller than I am now.
  13. Thank you for the fast reply. I just got a chance to fully read it. I really appreciate your thoughts on the questions. I definitely agree with the subjectivity of the interviews and I myself have interviewed others in the past for club and other scholar events. I tried to put structures in my answers this year but for some stations, I was cut half-way through my structure as the interviewer responded to one of my earlier points. Maybe because I did not fully elaborate on it that they wanted to hear more? What ended up happening is that I answered their follow-up and we continued discussion but the timer ran so quickly I never got a chance to go back to say my other points. I was like shaking their hands on the exit and saying "BTW, I wanted to say also this and this". I think this made me look very one-dimensional and thus if I ever practice again, I'd try to get my points out in the first two sentences and then say, I will elaborate on point A, and point B and so on. However, it is definitely nerve-racking to come up with at least two good solid points on the spot. I struggled with the legibility and speed of my writing as they have a negative correlation with each other. I wasn't ready for the topic I had so I sat for 3-4 minutes before putting a word on the page. I got 4 paragraphs done with an intro, two points, and conclusion. But I definitely think I need to write more on paper in my practice. (very different from typing as you cannot go back and correct stuff). For a lot of the discussion questions, I did try to bring back to medicine. But they are very loosely connected and I think I was kind of stretching the connection. I'd think again if I ever get a next time. I'm not really good at coming up with personal anecdotes on the spot and I guess I need to do more personal reflections before the interview so I can draw them out of my bag quickly. The interviewers are indeed very hard to predict. Generally I think myself as an out-going and approachable person in real life, but I guess my nervousness got in the way. A follow-up question: - Is there anything you'd recommend for me or others to prepare for the interviews? Or anything you find helpful to make a good first impression? Thank you again for your response.
  14. Hi Everyone, not sure if it is appropriate to start a new thread here. I'm currently a 3rd time re-applicant and received my first interview this year. I was really excited and practiced a lot from December-February by going over many topics, listening to the White Coat, Black Art, reading many books for interview tips (all that I can find in my school's career center), and practicing 1-2 times a week with other interviewees in my school. However, the real interview didn't go really well and I resulted in a "below average" interview mark (also a rejection). I was nervous in the first station just because the anxiety was high but later on I was more comfortable. My reflections of the interview were that I bombed one station where I was really off-topic and talking in circles, was okay in most other stations, and had 1-2 stations where I felt connection with the interviewer. I want to hear if anyone has any tips regarding the interview. Do you think we should use a formulated approach (by discussing impacts of an issue on a personal, community, and institutional levels) or a more conversational approach? How do you handle the ACTING station where the actor really do not cooperate? Do you have to always reach an agreeable solution in the end for acting stations? How much you've written for the writing station? Should you always try to relate topics back to medicine? (eg. you've discussed a time you had a fight. Then should you say, from this event, I've learned how to handle similar type of situation. Especially as a doctor, I can handle the relationships with co-workers, patients, and families better.) Should you always try to bring up personal anecdotes in the responses? (This is more towards the discussion questions not the personal-reflection questions. Some of the discussions really don't fit events in my life) Again, any tips would help me greatly! Please DO NOT discuss any interview question you have encountered as it's against the confidentially form we've signed.
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