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  1. I'm pretty sure that as long as your degree is accepted, you will be treated like any other applicant. I don't think the fact that you did your activities and research in China will have any impact. UBC's evaluation is quite objective. They just quantify the various aspects of your application. In contrast, for U.S. med schools, a committee meets to discuss each applicant, so it might be more subjective in the states.
  2. In case you haven't seen this yet: https://mdprogram.med.ubc.ca/admissions/admission-requirements/ Go to Transcript Requirements -> International Transcripts
  3. Like people mentioned before, these things should not matter. If you apply this cycle, you might even get an interview if your extracurricular activities are really good. I just wrote a reply explaining how UBC selects people for interviews: Increasing your GPA by 2-3% would increase your chances of getting an interview significantly. With an 88% GPA, your activities would only need to be assessed as average (compared to the pool) to get an interview. I'm not sure how hard a masters in public health is, but if you do choose to do more school, pick a degree that allows you to get 90s.
  4. People do get interviews with 84% GPA! In case you haven't seen this yet, here is the interview invites thread for this past cycle: Interview invite stats starts on bottom of page 19 In case you're not familiar with how UBC selects people for interviews, they calculate your TFR score (total file review score), which consists of AQ (max 50 points) and NAQ (max 50 points). Max TFR score is 100. For IP applicants like yourself, around 52 TFR is required to be invited for interview (although this changes slightly every year). AQ looks at your GPA (undergrad plus masters) and can be approximated with this formula (from the 2017/2018 cycle): AQ = 1.6246 * AGPA - 115.57 So your GPA of 84% would result in an AQ score of approximately 20.9 NAQ assesses your extracurricular activities. You would be given 25 out of 50 if your activities were average compared to the rest of the applicants. With your AQ score of 20.9, you would need a NAQ score of at least 31 to meet the 52 TFR cutoff. So your activities would need to be above average, but it's definitely possible to get an interview with 84% GPA! You've included all years of your undergrad and masters (with lowest year excluded) in that calculation right? Also, you should try to get the highest MCAT score possible. They only look at the MCAT post-interview and a high MCAT can balance out a low GPA post interview.
  5. Try playing white noise using noise-cancelling headphones. You could also use noise-cancelling earphones if you have glasses and headphones are uncomfortable
  6. I called the tech support and they said it usually takes 24 hours for the email forwarding to become active. Sure enough, mine starting working 1 day later
  7. It might be too rushed to re-write for the upcoming cycle as you said, but you could consider re-writing for the next, next cycle (hopefully you'll get in before then, but it's good to plan ahead). A high mcat score will help you tremendously post-interview, and could very well be the difference between waitlist and acceptance. The average mcat of the entering class is 514 I believe
  8. Did he say that for us? I don't remember lol. But that might just mean one bad station won't destroy your overall interview score (which is the average of 11 stations), not that your lowest station will be dropped. I feel like he said that to remind everyone to not get so caught up with one poor station that it negatively affects all your remaining stations.
  9. I know that some people think UBC drops the lowest station, but there's no evidence they do. I think it's better to practice with the mindset that no station will be dropped.
  10. Just wondering, how do you know your references were great? Also, it's not just the letter; there's also the ranking portion. Hypothetically, a poor rank in one of the questions could result in rejection. Some people here were also speculating that it's possible to simultaneously have a red flag in one of your interview stations AND receive an above average interview score. I don't know how true this is. However, a while back, someone here posted the job posting for the "non-academic evaluations coordinator," and one of their responsibilities was to "interpret interviewer comments." So it seems like it may be possible to have a high interview score but have poor comments on some stations. This must be very frustrating for you, but I would maybe look into the references. Also, like the others mentioned, continue to improve all aspects of your app (NAQ, interviewing, etc.). Your MCAT is honestly fine, but if you have the energy to re-write, then go for it! Definitely re-apply though!
  11. What was your MCAT? I think it's usually due to low MCAT. The average MCAT of accepted applicants is 514, so you want to aim for that or higher. If you get rejected with above average interview AND have a super high MCAT, then I guess it might be due to poor references
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