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  1. The only way to recover from this travesty is to ensure the next year gets the most hideous shade of NEON PINK
  2. A 3.5 isn't good enough. Aim for 3.85+ (3.9+ to be comfortable). If you can get that GPA in both 3rd/4th year with a full time course load, you have a good shot for Queens/Western! Getting a grad degree can help you get research/publications which improves your ECs, but it won't help your GPA. Shadowing is not valued in Canada, and may even be looked down upon.
  3. For the record, while UBC doesn't officially require a full course load, their website does mention that they need to see evidence that you can handle the rigor of full time study. You might be asked to explain your part time terms.
  4. I know someone who had a lot of financial pressures throughout their undergrad and had to work multiple jobs to pay bills. Their GPA suffered (within reason of course) and they couldn't really devote time to volunteering. They kept working full time after they graduated as well. It took them multiple applications but they got in! This makes me think that it is possible to get in based only on the merit of your work experience, but having volunteering alongside it will probably help your application.
  5. The reality is somewhere in between. If you are looking only at the raw numbers, then yes UBC will scale your grade down. They do this by taking your letter grades and converting them into percentages as follows: https://med-fom-ugrad.sites.olt.ubc.ca/files/2012/08/ADM_grade_conversion_tables.pdf This effectively caps your max grade at 95%, and these conversions are typically on the lower end of the equivalent range that SFU uses. You can likewise check the OMSAS grade conversion table for Ontario schools. On the other hand, it is hard to say that getting the same percentage grade at UBC is equally difficult. Perhaps getting a 90% at UBC is as difficult as getting a 95% at SFU. This is just speculation however. Overall, if you are a very strong student who is confident in your ability to perform at UBC, then perhaps it is worth it, but I feel it won't make a huge difference for many students.
  6. We just got an email basically telling us that the bulk of our curriculum for term 1 is going to be online, including labs, CBL, clinical skills, and FLEX. Thoughts?
  7. I think what's more important is getting to be known to your local programs. Whether that is by doing research with them, or doing electives with them, you'll be better off than someone who they haven't met in another province. Demonstrate you are capable first hand, and you will certainly be picked!
  8. From what I've read around here, you can easily match into peds/FM without any research at all. People will coast through med school and match with no issue.
  9. Ottawa1234 addressed your question about ECs very well. More is always better, but more doesn't necessarily make you a unique applicant. Regarding GPA, it is certain that weighting will improve your GPA, but to what degree? Unless your transcript is composed of A+ across the board plus a few Fs that drag you down, or all your worst grades are concentrated in your first year or two, it is unlikely that weighting will bring you up that high. This is even more true now that Toronto is only removing up to 2 FCEs. However, please correct me if this is in fact what your transcript looks like and weighting will bring you up to 3.9+.
  10. I'm assuming you are an international applicant? I would think your chances of getting into canadian medical schools will be significantly lower than domestic students, given the very limited spots. Canadian students already have it hard enough! Your GPA probably isn't competitive. The average GPA for those going into U of T is like 3.95+, and being an international applicant makes this even more competitive. I'm not sure how much you can raise your GPA without doing another degree. Canadian schools don't really take your background into account, but you could write about your experiences in the essays/explanation essays if applicable. Shadowing holds no bearing in Canada. They will most likely ignore your shadowing hours completely. Your volunteering/extracurriculars are fine but nothing spectacular. Again, you probably need stand out extracurriculars to get in as an international applicant. You could use more activities demonstrating leadership. Research is pretty good. While I do not have much experience with international applicants, my impression is that you probably aren't competitive given your GPA.
  11. SOMETIMES Sometimes omitting mayonnaise empowers the irritable man eating sandwiches.
  12. My initial impression is that the potential for support from an upper year med student can really help relieve some of the uncertainty surrounding med school, especially since she is a year ahead. The furniture situation is not a huge deal IMO, and any costs to get nice furniture are insignificant on the grand scheme of things.
  13. Perhaps those who were capable of getting competitive grades in harder programs are likely stronger students overall compared to an average student in an easier program.
  14. CARS is a difficult section to study for beyond doing a lot of practice. Some textbooks will try to give you some standard formula to tackle passages, but different people will use them to varying degrees of success. It is really a matter of experimenting and seeing what works for you. With that being said, some commonly used materials include: Khan Academy passages, JW (doesn't seem to like me writing the full name) passages, and AAMC CARS Qpacks 1 and 2. Even though you aren't writing the whole exam, you might want to also get the AAMC full lengths 1-4 for additional practice.
  15. In the clinic I work in, all the residents dictate immediately after seeing a patient. But I imagine you will still need to type notes during consultations for forms and documents. Nevertheless, practicing good typing skills is always useful!
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