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  3. NAQ is 50% but the average person gets 20/50 for the NAQ, and 30/50 is considered a highly competitive NAQ score, that is extremely hard to get, unless you have unreal extracurriculars. I have yet to meet someone who got 40/50 at UBC or higher for their NAQ score, maybe being an Olympian can give you that. People can work for better grades and get a higher GPA easily by taking an easier major, summer courses, or just studying a bit harder. Compared to that, how do you expect to get a better NAQ score for ECs? I will link a person's ECs in this comment so you can see how hard it is to get into UBC or the other schools with good ECs. I do not know how to link their comment so I will just write it here. I'm going to uni in BC so I am not too familiar with Alberta's grading system. I did hear a lot of people with 90s not be able to achieve perfect 4.0s at U of C, while people at my uni in BC did. Also, I have seen the ECs of some of the people admitted to Ontario schools, and most of them would write "just average ECs" or "mainly research" or something like that, and that would never cut it here. I am not saying it is easier to get into med schools in Ontario, but it is known for a fact that they do put high emphasis on grades while UBC, U of C, and U of A puts high emphasis on ECs. Western basically has a certain CARS score, where they don't let you in if you don't get that, which further proves my point. The interview process at UBC is all MMI, and a lot of the preparation could come from how widely diverse your ECs were and how much you have been exposed to different things in life. Sorry for the rant, I have just heard from a lot of people that Ontario schools are highly grade based, and I know multiple people who moved from BC or Alberta to have a shot at these schools, and of course not being strictly counted as OOP helps too. After 6 years of applying to UBC Medicine... going through all the possibilities (regrets before interview, to regrets after interview, to regrets after waitlist, to being ineligible for 2 whole years), I seriously cannot believe I'm writing this... It had always seemed like it's something too good to be true, yet here I am. There are many people I would like to thank (and letting them know will take a solid week) from the bottom of my heart for the support, encouragement, and love they have provided me within this long and incredible journey I have been through. I write this with shock, excitement, and full of heart. TIME STAMP: 11:56 AM PST (May 10, 2019) Result: ACCEPTED VFMP (1st choice) !! Early or Regular Deadline: Regular Deadline GPA or AGPA (if applicable): ~84% MCAT (CPBS / CARS / BBFL / PSBB): 514 – (130 / 125 / 130 / 129) Current Degree (UG/Bachelors/Masters/PhD): BSc in 2014 Geography (IP/OOP): IP Extracurricular Activities (awards, achievements, volunteering, employment, research, etc.): I had written this description already in a separate post I made, but will be copying it here as well: Founded and lead a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for variety of causes via annual musical concerts, with the last 2 events focused on contributing to schizophrenia (5 years and counting); founded and led another charity aiding developing nations via Save the Children fund (6 years); extensive leadership and volunteering with UBC Department of Physics and Astronomy (8.5 years and counting); long-term ER volunteer and volunteer trainer and program coordinator (8.5 years and counting); long-term St. John Ambulance volunteer and Divisional Administration Officer (2000+ hours over 5 years, and counting); independently provide guidance and support to immigrants and families as they adjust to life in Vancouver/Canada (9+ years and counting); lots and lots of capacity to work with others including skin cancer research/holding workshops for high school students across Metro Vancouver, volunteering with med students and residents via UBC Department of Emergency Medicine, working closely with refugees and youth with physical and/or intellectual disabilities, and more (combined 3300+ hours); and lots and lots of diversity including clinical research as a volunteer, shadowing pediatric surgeons, toxicology research as a volunteer, epigenomics research at Michael Smith Labs, loads of piano and competitions, oil painting, and more. I also work 3 jobs right now, 1 full-time and 2 part-time jobs; full-time is being a research assistant at UBCH working on a project focused on treatment-refractory schizophrenia (over 2 years); part-time jobs include tutoring students in grade 4-12 in math and academic reading with a company, and also tutoring for the MCAT with a company. 1 Publication (1st author) on the application (had a poster publication/presentation on June 7th which couldn't be included unfortunately, and a few are expected to come soon). Lots of awards (mainly from high school) and one high performance activity for winning multiple awards with St. John Ambulance. The intention of this post is to try and help people down the line, so that's why I'm including lots of details. Interview: I finished my interview initially feeling good about my answers. I had a terrific interview experience! I felt each interviewer was well engaged in my responses and discussions; they all smiled and nodded as I was answering questions and follow-ups. But then the 3-month period started and man oh man oh man was I second-guessing myself... I kept doubting my answers and my confidence started to drop a little bit each week that had passed. I knew at minimum I did 5/10 stations that I would categorize as "good" and at absolute most 8/10 stations. But overall, especially leading to D-Day, I was completely unsure how I did, but I don't know if I was being too self-critical or not. At the end of the day, I still overthought everything haha. Turned out to be okay I guess! I would like to sincerely congratulate everyone who received an offer this year and sincerely congratulate in advance those who will be receiving offers from the waitlist! It's an overwhelmingly amazing feeling that I get a chance to be in class with you folks – I cannot wait to meet each and every one of you as we finally set to make our dreams become a reality . For those who didn't receive the news they were hoping for, I can definitely understand how you feel, believe me... Disappointing news can be demoralizing, but let me tell you that you were selected to interview for a reason; you all have incredible potential so please keep your chin held up high and do not allow, even for a single moment, a decision to define who you are. As my case can further add to the supporting evidence, persistence is absolutely key.
  4. That just further proves my point of how Ontario schools care mostly about grades. I know from experience that getting just good grades is much easier than maintaining a 90 average and having an unreal amount of unique, diverse, and long term ECs. This is most likely why people with 4.0s and high MCAT scores constantly get rejected at these schools. They seem to underestimate ECs. These schools care about ECs to a point where after a while, it is basically impossible to manage while maintaining good grades. I do not know the details about the actual competitive pool being smaller, because after a while most people with 4.0s just do not apply to these schools as they think Ontario is much easier to get into considering it is highly grade based. UBC, U of A, and U of C also require somewhat high grades, as every med schools do, but it's like 90 average and a substantial amount of long term, unique ECs, versus 94-96 average and okay ECs. I personally think the first is harder, but everyone has differing opinions on this.
  5. I heard Queens put a high emphasis on grades but you are most likely right. I did mention, not including U of T in my post, if you missed it. U of T would be hard to get in, depending on all criteria.
  6. Lol not from what I heard at all, and I live in Calgary. I heard it was mostly masters or PhD, and people who have been out of undergrad, or just someone with unbelievable long term quality ECs.
  7. It must be the grade pool. A lot of people have good grades and due to that, they take people with abnormally high grades like 96% up average. If you can get a 3.95+ you have a good shot there. Yes, I heard USask is a bit easier to get in than Alberta med schools, but it might not be depending on what they want and what you can offer. I would not recommend U of C or U of A, as I’m from Alberta and almost no one gets into U of C unless you are a mature applicant who have years of experience and multiple different extracurriculars. Good luck though, I hope you can get in somewhere.
  8. As another person have also commented above me, UAlberta, U of C, and UBC are most likely the most competitive EC wise. UBC is probably the most competitive as its applicants require a very high GPA, and they also give out low NAQ scores even if you practically have been participating in multiple high quality ECs for years. I barely hear about ECs regarding some of the schools in Ontario as they put such a high emphasis on grades, such as McMaster, Western, etc. It could be easier or harder to get into depending on what someone thinks is harder to achieve. I personally think it is hard to achieve various, remarkable, long time leadership ECs that U of C, U of A, and UBC want, but some may think it is grades. Also, UBC is the only med school in BC and U of A and U of C are the only med schools in Alberta, so it is pretty hard to get in as in-province applicants here, compared to the numerous schools available in Ontario. Even if it is competitive, at least Ontario has more options and more seats for students than UBC or U of A and U of C have for all of the students in those provinces who would like to get into med school.
  9. No med school in Canada is "easy" to get into. I do not know about USask, but U of C and U of A are very competitive as they require extremely good extracurriculars. I think staying in Ontario would be nice, as you have multiple med schools to choose from, and I heard that Ontario schools usually care about grades only, and maybe a couple of ECs, with the exception of U of T, but still it is mostly grade based. The amount of diverse ECs you need to have a shot at U of C and U of A is a lot, as U of C looks at Top Ten experiences and U of A has 16 positions to fill out in the EC section. U of C also likes taking more mature applicants, who have years of experience and also very diverse ECs. I have a friend who left Alberta to go to Ontario because he thinks it is easier to get in because it is more heavily weighted on GPA, but who knows. Each school has its own unique requirements.
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