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  1. Hey there, I'm fairly certain that your volunteer experience needs to be with people with disabilities. A significant component of the program is focused on neuro and they're looking for people that might have an interest in pursuing this type of physio.
  2. As far as I know you will be able to do your combined PhD following graduating the program. As for the international placements, we havent had the opportunity to go on our first placements yet and the international ones are generally your last 2. Here, you're completely right, so much is up in the air right now that it's really tough to say what is going to be possible/available for your cohort. What I can say is the people that arrange the placements are super great and they try to give you as much accommodation as possible. Finally, research opps: Everyone does a research project as a part of the program. It's a group project and the topics are generally assigned to you. So you will have the opportunity to research, whether or not it's a topic you;re in love with is definitely up for debate. Hope that helps!
  3. There's a ton of little things that they make you do before orientation week. I would say make a list and be sure to get those things done. Get all of the online modules done so that you can just enjoy orientation week. It seems like so much work when you get going in first semester and all of the courses seem quite difficult, but focusing on anatomy and clinical skills is where you're going to need to spend the majority of your time. I would say review some anatomy stuff, but for me, the anatomy was in such greater depth and detail that reviewing wouldn't have helped me much. Also the teacher for anatomy is a wizard and sometimes goes counter to what textbooks say, so you kinda need to be there to hear it from his mouth. Overall, you're going to be fine, it's a lot of work, but you made it in to the program for a reason. Just be prepared to work really hard from day 1.
  4. I have heard zero talks about what will be happening with the new cohort. Obviously everything is up in the air right now. I think that they will adjust the program as best they can to accommodate, but truly have no idea what is going to happen if there is a second wave that hits. Our curriculum has been radically shifted - were were meant to be on our first 2 placements right now, instead they have frontloaded a ton of coursework online. However, after this week we are done and will have a break until mid August, which ultimately means we will probably be graduating late. So much of the content from first semester needs to be done in person: clinical skills, cadaver lab, surface anatomy etc. This is true for the gross majority of the program, which makes coordinating 2 groups of 80 students in 2 labs that can accommodate 80 students really difficult. I would say that the administration has their hands full trying to plan for limited social distancing numbers in class or contingency plans if were not allowed to gather in groups. I would say prepare for anything at this point. Hopefully things have really settled down by the start of the fall semester so we can at least have a fun orientation week --> one of the major highlights of the program.
  5. Current first year in the program right now. If anyone has questions about the program feel free to hit up this thread and I will do my best to answer.
  6. I'm on the same page as HK2018. Currently in the UBC program and it is a lot of hard work, it's an awesome time, but if you weren't fully invested it would be super tough to actually achieve success in the program. PT is going to differ drastically from med in that you are training to become a movement specialist, with a keen eye on utilizing exercise as medicine, whereas med is going to be a lot more focused on disease and utilizing pharmaceuticals to treat patients (Very generalized). I can't say this with 100% certainty, but I have heard that students attending med school at UBC only take one course on exercise as a method of medicine - whereas it's the focus of our program. OT will be more similar to PT - with less hard focus on anatomy and exercise and more focused on functional adaptations in the home, at work and looking at finding ways to enable greater function in activities of daily living. Obviously, the earning potential is much higher in medicine, with the negative being a lot stricter commitment to work hours and also likely working with a much "sicker" population. PT is going to have a lot more job freedom and if you want you can work privately with the population of your choice. For me I'm not concerned about money, I would rather have a great work life balance and help people - so PT is the right fit for me. Best of luck finding your way - remember that it's important to enjoy the journey and it's OK to not take a 100% linear path on your way
  7. I'm not sure. I didn't shadow any PTs. I volunteered at a clinic for about 200 hours of experience. I would say that having a minimum of 100 hours of volunteer experience is important, preferably with disabled people.
  8. Hey there, Sorry to hear that you didn't get into the program this time, it's so disheartening to get that email, but you can take some comfort in knowing that many others before you and many after you will go through the same experience. One thing I noticed about your post was that you mentioned that going back to school won't improve your GPA etc. That's certainly not true. You can upgrade your pre-requisites and last 10 upper level courses to improve your GPA. I did this over the course of 5 years - replaced my last 10 upper level courses and did all of my pre-requisites. I'm not saying you'll have to replace everything, because it sounds like your GPA and application were quite competitive already. Over the course of upgrading you can also develop relationships with those professors and potentially get a better reference letter. With all that being said, I suspect that you interview wasn't a gold star. You can and will prepare really hard for the next cycle, and knowing what you know about the MMI you can do things like practice with friends, family and potentially people that have had success in the interviews in the past. I also highly recommend doing a mock MMI in the time leading up to interviews. A full 9 stations. I personally feel that people take the MMI way too lightly, when once you've got it I think it accounts for anywhere from 40-70% of getting into the program at that point. Keep your head up and best of luck preparing for the next cycle!!
  9. I think they're much less concerned with GPA and more concerned with practical experience. Although, my GPA was not good enough to get an interview at Brunnel. I think that my GPA for my final two years worth of course work was around 3.75 and my ubc competitive gpa was about 85%. You can see that stuff chronicled a bit in my posting history!
  10. Hey there, I ended up getting into UBC and Limerick, but I did get an interview offer from St. George. I didn't follow through because I got it after I got into UBC. It does seem like they send out interviews on a bit of a rolling basis, depending on how they are filling their seats.
  11. You should post a thread in on the main board. I honestly never really felt that it was a possibility for me to study in Quebec. I took french immersion from K-12, but honestly felt so out of practice that I didn't believe it would be possible to survive. Looking back now, I could have taken a couple of classes and brushed up in time to study I think.
  12. All the UBC exams are being held online now. No word on placements or OSCEs though - as in unsure of when they will happen (OSCES), or if they will happen (Placements).
  13. Just reaching out to other first year physio students still around on this board. I'm wondering how other schools are proceeding with exams and OSCEs in light of the recent school shut downs. Here at UBC we are very much in the dark regarding what is going to happen with our exams and first placements.
  14. I only went to the PT interview last year, but I would recommend semi-formal. I wore suit pants, a white dress shirt and dress shoes. There were some people in suits and other people in ties. I can't say that I noticed what them women were wearing, but I'm pretty sure dress pants and a blouse would be perfect. I approached it from the standpoint of what physios practice in - you're never going to work wearing formal wear, so going to the interview in that is probably not appropriate. With that being said I would say you should dress in whatever makes you feel good/sharp and if that is formal and it makes you feel confident then certainly that's ok!
  15. This kinda got buried but: We heard last year at on Friday Feb 15th at around noon. I say friday and the 15th because halfway through feb and at the end of the week might be significant. We ended up hearing about acceptance on Friday April 12th at around 2pm. Good luck to everyone applying! Know that the program is amazing and worth the battle to get in :).
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