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  1. @Maybemed2k24 I think you should definitely apply. You sound like someone who would be great in medicine. You have great ECs and your MCAT score demonstrates that you have the academic ability to handle med school. No one can make any guarantees but it sounds like you have a good chance as an indigenous applicant. Good luck!
  2. Hi @Stressedfajita I can second what @frenchpress has said. UBC seems to accept lots of students with varied academic backgrounds. I had some very part-time semesters (2 courses) and I was still accepted. I did explain why I chose to do part time courses on my application. Some other medical schools in Canada have strict requirements, but UBC is not one of them. I would not let that discourage you at all. Good luck.
  3. I am so thrilled to be getting a backpack. I do wish the colour was a bit more neutral so I would get more use out of it... oh well. Positives... We'll be able to spot our classmates from miles away and it won't get confused with any of the other bags in my closet.
  4. I think we could look at getting together in small groups on our own (following COVID guidelines of course) for CBL and to take lectures together. I think we will have to make the best of this.
  5. I was pretty crushed when I saw the email today. I feel very deflated at the idea of school online and now it seems that it will be almost completely online. Earlier emails we received made it seem like they would try to have as much of the program in person as possible. They told us we had to be at our site location... I don't know why. It seems very unfair and unnecessary to ask people to move to their site when everything is online. Moving is expensive and stressful at the best of times. I feel guilty for being sad as I know how lucky I am to have been accepted. From chatting with other future classmates today, I think many people are feeling very disheartened right now. This is not what we have been working towards and hoping for. Many of us were so excited to be able to shadow and get hands on experience and no one knows when this will happen. I think we all should allow ourselves to be a bit sad and disappointed if that is where we are at. I think that is valid. All of that being said, this is an extremely challenging time for UBC and for the Medical Program (and for the world). I do not envy UBC in trying to make this work and please all involved while following public health guidelines. I'm sure they didn't want to have everything online either. So I'm going to tell myself that this is not ideal AND this is not forever. We will have decades of amazing medical learning experiences ahead and this is just a bump in that road.
  6. The info for the class of 2024 is still rolling out. Be patient friends... us 2024s still are waiting to find out so much. That being said... you can start working on your application without the system being open. Check out the help guide from last year at https://mdprogram.med.ubc.ca/admissions/online-application-system/ The applications vary in small ways every year but you can start to gather information and draft up parts of your applications (for example: awards, research, employment, non-academics). You will need start dates, end dates, total hours, someone to verify activities and their email and phone number. Feel free to message me for more info on where to start if you need.
  7. No need to apologize... these are issues we need to discuss. I am so glad you brought this up because the system is not fair and people need to know that! I feel like there are so many factors involved in getting into medical school. If you start planning to go into medicine from high school and you know people in medicine you are much more likely to succeed. I feel sorry for those people who spent their high school life or entire undergrad just focused on getting into medicine. I just cannot imagine how stressful that would be. That being said, if you chose your university and degree and courses and everything you do around getting into medicine your chances will be better. Yet... I think this is unhealthy and what causes the toxic pre-med culture. In my opinion, people should be able to take some hard but interesting courses or go to the university they want to without being penalized. People should also be able to attend colleges and not be penalized for needing to go to a less expensive institution (ahem Ontario schools). From discussions with med students it seems that those with an A+ averages vs those with an A- average have equal chances of doing well in medicine. It is my personal opinion that grades still play way too big of a role for Canadian med school admissions. The problem is there are just way too many applicants and they need to narrow it down somehow. I find it so upsetting that there are so many great students who still have decent grades that cannot get in because their A, A- or B+ average is holding them back. I really wish UBC would drop your worst 5 courses instead of your worst year. I think that could help solve some of this problem. Not everyone had a bad year... some people just had a difficult professor or a course they didn't like. As you said there is no perfect system and I honestly believe it can never be totally fair. I still think it is important we have these discussions and that attempts are made at making things as fair as they can be.
  8. @CaramelMD I'm happy to clarify. From my understanding you can pay off your LOC at any time or put money towards paying it off anytime. Most banks ask you to start paying amounts off the principle during residency or when you finish med school. Scotia bank says "No payments required until you're finished residency, plus another two years repayment grace period" RBC told me you can pay whenever you want during your career. They do not require you to start paying it off at a specific time. Obviously it you want to wait to pay it off quickly as you'll be accumulating interest but it is good to have options.
  9. Yes I did too! So exciting to have our schedule and more information. Here we go...
  10. My general impression is that you can't go wrong with either RBC or Scotiabank. I agree the Scotia credit cards have better options for accruing points. I'm not a fan an AMEX though and I still find there are places that don't take it, especially when you travel. RBC letting you pay off your LOC whenever you want is what sold me, especially if you are considering a lengthy 5 year residency. I think it is a personal decision at the end of the day. I get the impression banks used to offer different LOC rates to med students so you had to be very careful. Now much more streamlined and fair.
  11. It seems that COVID-19 has made this year is a bit different than previous years... don't lose hope yet. They shortened the wait list last year on June 27th if that helps at all.
  12. Can anyone direct me where to find our letter of enrollment on the SSC?
  13. It seems like RBC and Scotia are now quite equal as far as rates and perks. From my understanding RBC now will let you to pay back the principle of your LOC at anytime. You don't even have to start paying it off right after residency. You can also keep the LOC and credit cards through residency and after. I think some of this is new this year.
  14. @Jessyyn It sounds like you are on a great path right now. If you are interested in Family Practice have you considered becoming a Nurse Practitioner or Physician's Assistant? I think your personal struggles with your own health will make you such a good support for your patients in whatever field you decide to pursue. While you are pursuing nursing you could still think about applying to medicine. I have quite a few years on you and I am only just starting medical school. You have time! If this is something you really want to do I would say keep trying. Take a look at some of the schools that drop your worst year. Just because you aren't applying right now does not mean you have given up. The application process can be really draining and hard on ones mental health. Completing your nursing program and then applying to medicine is an option. I think if you are already a nurse then the application process might be a bit less stressful. You may even find that you love nursing and your interest in medicine fades away. In two years if you are still interested in medicine I'd apply for every school in Canada you can and see what happens. You just never know. Good luck and don't give up on your dreams!
  15. @JaeTaro Do the activities that feel right to you! When you are in a volunteer position or job that really inspires you that passion will come through in your application and interview. I never once mentioned my volunteering at the hospital during my interviews. While it was on my application and there were skills I learned from it, I found myself consistently bringing up a few experiences that I was really passionate about and that were more unique to me. If you are still at the stage where you are deciding what ECs to pursue I would recommend looking at the applications for the school(s) you are interested in. UBC and UofC for example, have very different sections for ECs. Certain activities are easier to highlight on certain applications. If I could give advice to myself 3 years ago I would say do the actives that you find meaning and enjoyment in AND make sure you get some exposure to what medicine is really like so that you will know this is the path you want to pursue.
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