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  1. OMSAS posted this info about the new CAF: On the CAF, your references will be asked to respond to the following: Would this applicant make a good physician? Rate the applicant on each of the following attributes: Communication skills Problem-solving skills Professionalism (e.g., commitment to ethical practice, standards of behaviour and accountability to others) Empathy (e.g., demonstrating consideration of others’ perspectives) Identify and comment on 1 area of improvement for the applicant. Share any other information you feel may be relevant to a medical school’s admission committee. Does anyone know how many words/characters referees get for #1 and #3? For #2, do they just have to fill in bubbles, or do they also get to justify their rating and explain how the applicant has demonstrated their communication/problem solving/professionalism?
  2. Not sure if I need to fill out the additional information box that says "If applicable, please explain why: A) Your education has not been continuous B ) Your college or university education includes one or more part-time terms C) You are not currently attending college or university." I took 30+ credits in first and second year but only 27 credits in third year. Would that year count as a "part-time term" that I need to explain in this box? UBC admissions say they consider full time terms to be 5 courses/term or 30 credits/year. In third year, I did take 5 courses in first term and 6 courses in second term but they added up to only 27 credits.
  3. Thank you so much! You're right, I'm definitely overthinking it. Good to know that it's only considered post-interview, that makes sense because post-interview is when trends in grades are taken into account and my second year drop would be noticed.
  4. I have currently completed 3 years of my undergraduate degree and my second year average was 12-13% below both my first and third year averages. In my second year, my mom was diagnosed with a fairly serious condition that affected and continues to affect the daily lives of my entire family. It was quite a shock for me and I spent a lot of time in second year caring for my mom and picking up slack at home, and as a result my academics were affected. I have since learned how to balance that aspect of my life with my academics and extracurricular activities and managed to bring my grades back up in third year. I am hesitant about including my situation in the "exceptional circumstances" portion of the UBC med application and was wondering if anyone has any input on this? Basically I'm worried that it might come across as sympathy-seeking and hurt my application. I know that so many others go through difficult times throughout their undergrad as well and I don't want to make it seem like I am making excuses for myself or that I think I deserve special treatment. My reason for including it would be to explain to the admissions committee why there is such a huge discrepancy between my second year grades and my first/third year grades. I would really appreciate any input on this and whether this would be an appropriate thing to include in the exceptional circumstances box or if I should just leave it off my application? Thank you so much in advance.
  5. I volunteered at UBC Hospital in 3 different roles: Wayfinder, Ambulation Volunteer, and Exercise Group Volunteer. My roles/responsibilities for Wayfinding are completely different from the other two (which are both physiotherapy-related). Additionally, although Ambulation and Exercise Group are both physio-related, my Ambulation experience was in the Purdy pavilion (with seniors), while my Exercise Group experience was in TCU (with patients of all ages who had just come out of surgery). Would you recommend splitting this into three different experiences? I did each role for 1-2 years.
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