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  1. Hello all, I need some help understanding how UBC Med treats credits earned from different institute. I did my bachelor in UBC Biotech major. As some of you may know, it is a program consisting 3 years of UBC study and 2 years of BCIT study. BCIT generally gives 6 credits per course whereas UBC generally is 3 credits per course. If I calculate my GPA based on what appears on the transcript, BCIT portion of my undergrad will be weighted significantly higher than UBC portion. So my question is whether UBC will do some kind of credits conversion to normalize credit difference from different institute. I could not find any relevant information online so want to seek out some help here. Has anyone experienced this issue before? I apologize if this is a stupid question and thank you very much for your time and help.
  2. Hello all, I am going to apply for med school in 2020 for the 2021 entry and would like your honest opinion on the chance of me getting the interview. I know it is very difficult to judge and NAQ section is highly subjective. But I would still like to hear from you and if you could give some feedback on how I can improve that'd be great. Thank you for your time in advance. AGPA: ~89.5% MCAT: havent' taken yet, in preparation, lets assume it meets cutoff Degree: BSc and MSc (both from UBC) NAQ: this is where I am worried about as I don't have extensive volunteering experience as most of candidates do (I am research heavy). No club leadership. So any advice here would be great. - Was in a undergrad club (iGEM) for more than half a year, designed and performed experiments, participated in international competition - three months directed studies in a research lab - Spent a month in China rural area teaching elementary school students - ~200 hours volunteering at hospital thrift store to collect funds for medical equipment - ~200 hours volunteering at a crisis line as a phone responder Employment: - 3 months coop in McGill University in a microbiology lab as research assistant - 8 months coop in UBC neuroscience lab as research assistant - 9 months full-time research technician in UBC lab - 1 year full-time research associate in a nanomedicine company leading multiple projects Publication and presentation: - 1 first-author paper, 1 second-author paper, several co-author paper - 1 national and 1 international poster presentation Scholarship: - many, no super big one but decent and some hobbies like piano Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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