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  1. No one would know exactly how they assess time commitment unless you are on the admissions committee. I would think both are equally important, but I wouldn't wait just to have "long term" commitment before applying. Just do as many hours as you can reasonably do, and don't jump to new activities excessively. Keep accumulating hours even after you apply, so that you have an improved application by the next cycle as well.
  2. I did it through the link that was provided at the Doctors of BC website for UBC
  3. When I interviewed, the possible choices were split between 4 days (saturday/sunday for 2 weekends), with 4 time slots each day. No one knows how UBC will run the interviews if they are virtual. You'll have to wait for an announcement at the time you get an interview invite I presume.
  4. What is your exact GPA? The minimum GPA to apply as OOP is 85%.
  5. Oh that's strange, yes I'm at VFMP. It says this: Dear Class of 2024 students, Congratulations on being accepted into Medical School at UBC! My name is Byron and I am the program coordinator for your Family Practice component of Clinical Experiences. I am excited to meet and work with you. I am currently recruiting and matching preceptors for your first rotations at a Family Practice office. This will be an exciting learning time for all of you, where you will see and interact with real patients. Some of the doctors interested in teaching your class have language preferences at their clinics (due to patients demographics). If you are interested in having a placement at a clinic whose first language is not English (and you are able to speak that language), could you kindly visit the following link and enter your info? Language Survey (411 Term): https://bit.ly/411language2020 (Please complete by Aug 10). Please be assured that we will try our very best to accommodate all requests submitted via this survey. However the number of students interested in a particular placement may exceed the number of available placements, so we can't make any guarantees. As well, due to the large number of placements we coordinate, we are very sorry that we simply cannot accommodate any switches once placements have been assigned. I am looking forward to meeting all of you!
  6. FYI everyone, check your UBC alumni email. We got our first email regarding family practice there!
  7. That does make me feel a bit better, thank you.
  8. I often find that these arguments claiming that systemic racism/discrimination don't exist are usually rooted in semantics. They are thinking that compared to decades ago when segregation and discrimination were essentially written into law, society nowadays has moved past those times. Thus, there is no "systemic" issue. Instead, they see it as the issue of individuals in our society. It's a similar thing for gun control - there are no bad guns, only bad people. In my opinion, it is just an excuse to take the onus off themselves to address these issues. The system extends far beyond the surface level of laws or government and includes each and every one of us.
  9. While my heart goes out to those that are negatively affected by these changes, what is the fairest alternative? Even if you were able to get better grades despite your classes remaining difficult, how does admissions differentiate you from the many people who had inflated grades or even cheated? And if you retain all these grades, how do you address the disadvantages that face students at Alberta who had all their courses P/F, or the individuals who may have lost their only source of income to pay for tuition and rent? Perhaps the worst outcome is that those who successfully cheated are now in a better place to be admitted than honest individuals that were disadvantaged by the pandemic. I think the main problem is that there just isn't enough objective information for admissions to reliably judge every individual's circumstances. And even if there were, they certainly don't have the time to do so.
  10. UBC just released an update on their blog saying they will not be considering grades from term 2 of 2020. I've also noticed they changed the requirements for APGA. It seems that now as long as you have 90+ credits, you will get credits removed until 90 remain (ie. they will remove 10 credits if you have 100 credits completed).
  11. Or someone has to withdraw at the last minute due to exceptional circumstances.
  12. Hey, I know it can seem like the posters above are just trying to rain on your parade for the fun of it, but there is truth in what they are saying. I think it all depends on how you define "viable". You are correct that you are *eligible* to apply to those schools. If that is what you mean by viable, then fair enough. The main point being made above is that despite being eligible to apply (in other words your application will not be thrown out immediately), you are facing an extremely uphill battle and your chances are very slim. If slim is good enough to apply, then all the power to you. If you had to apply, UBC is good because it can put your application in perspective of the applicant pool. However I would agree that for McMaster, your chances are effectively 0 because they will use your cGPA which is very low. Likewise, it is well known that NOSM effectively only accepts applicants with rural experience. If you do not have such experience, it is not worth applying IMO. Also, no one here is attacking you, so try to be less antagonistic.
  13. The only way to recover from this travesty is to ensure the next year gets the most hideous shade of NEON PINK
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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