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  1. Hi everyone, Thought it may be helpful to start a thread for prospective UBC PharmD students applying to start the program in September 2019. The application deadline is January 15, 2019. More info can be found on: https://pharmsci.ubc.ca/programs/entry-practice-pharmd-degree If you have any questions/comments/discussion, please post below!
  2. Hey, I am looking for a place to stay from September 22nd - October 5th. I will be doing a 2-weeks elective at the VGH. Does anyone know any FB groups/resources that would be helpful? Thanks!
  3. Hey everyone So I have had the blessed and amazing opportunity to interview at a couple of schools this cycle and by no means do I think I will be receiving any offers, but I do just want to start gathering more information about thse schools. I would love to get your opinions on these schools if you have any experience or have heard anything! I am from Calgary and have interviewed at: UofC (IP), UofA (IP), UBC (OOP), UofT (OOP), Ottawa (OOP), Queens (OOP) and Manitoba (OOP). My background is I am in my 4th and final year of my BSc in Calgary. I'm not too sure what specialty I'd like to pursue if I do get accepted, but I know that I will want to value lifestyle to some extent (aka no surgery). I'm not too sure if location is a factor for me or not, but do know that I have lived and grown up with my family since day 1. My main criteria is that should I want to strive for a competitive speciality, I would want to go to a school that gives me the best opportunity to pursue that. I have always heard that Queens has high match rates so that does seem attractive, however it is so far from my family so it would be tough to visit (again, if I got accepted into ANY school, I would drop everything and go - not disrespecting Kingston at all I loved the city). I also loved the sense of community and togetherness at Queens. I don't know if Queens actually has high match rates or not so would love your opinions! Furthermore, I have heard UofT and Ottawa actually don't have very high match rates (rumours maybe)? Does anybody know about UBC, UofC, UofA and Manitoba's match rates? I'm not huge on prestige or anything, I just want a good school that cares about its students and helps them pursue whatever they would like to both academically and nonacademically. I also enjoy having tight-knit environments and the sense of community. That is one thing that I found sort of different at UBC. They have such a large class size. UofT has a large class size too, but they assign students into groups of ~50 for the duration of their medical school which I liked. As of yet, if for some magical reason I was accepted to all of these amazing schools, I think I would lean towards my in province schools (maybe U of A because of 4yr) or UBC (amazing weather/location and cutting edge research/technologically advanced), but I do not have all of the information in front of me. I would love for any of your opinions! Again, I am VERY thankful and blessed to have this opportunity and would drop everything if one school chose me. I am just using this post to learn about the programs at medical schools and hopefully present and future applicants can learn more about these schools as well! On another note, does anyone have any ideas for what to do if they don't get in? I am not huge on research so I am thinking something along the lines of a job or volunteering, but I feel like it could be a little late to start applying for full time jobs right now I would love to hear what you all are planning to do in the summer/next year! Please let me know your thoughts!! Thank you for reading my post.
  4. healthcare11

    UofT vs UBC

    I've been accepted to both schools. (I'm from BC) This is not a question about weather, city, traffic. I'd like to hear from students who have been to either school. UBC students, I'm not too thrilled to do PBL. UofT students, the class is very large. Do you get stressed easily as a result of waiting in lines? ANY info about the actual school environment and curriculum is highly appreciated.
  5. Hello I am wondering if anyone has written the UBC English Exemption Test before. Any information or details would be greatly appreciated!! thanks!
  6. Hey guys, I really need some thoughts here. I am a second year UBC premed currently work 5-10 hours at Sportchek on the weekend as a sales person. Will this be a ok EC? The job really brushed up my customer service skills and multi-tasking ( prioritizing customers when the store gets busy, etc) and will this experience look good on the application? Thank you in advance!
  7. Hi there! I know shadowing is a really common thing to do in the States, but I was wondering if it’s important for Canadians applying in Canada? I know it’s pretty much banned in BC, so I would hope that they don’t expect applicants to go against the rules to get shadowing. Any insight on this? Thanks!
  8. RichardUnderwoodMTB

    Vancouver vs Toronto vs Edmonton???

    What's up people, I know this forum has people from all over Canada and just wanted some opinions on these cities. What are the best / worst things about each. Also some specifics: Cost of living, people/social life, proximity to activities/other cities, enviorment/nature, climate, highlights (parks, resorts, resturants), job oppourtunities, etc. Anything relavent to the living experience. Would love to be in close proximety to both parks and downtown. Love to get away from work and go have a bite to eat and then go hiking. Big fan of nature & nightlife too. Would love any input (even on cities not mentioned here!) would like to get a grasp on the different cities in Canada. If any has an advantage in medical oppourtunities that would be great too, ie: big hospitals, research, etc (from what I gather: vancouver is really expensive and rains a lot but has really nice views, lakes, mountains. Calgary/Edmonton is really cold and is more of a small city pretty far from everything but also has nice mountain ranges but nightlife is questionable, Toronto is just a big city great nightlife but with really small parks uncomparable to the others). Cheers, Richard
  9. Congratulations to all those who received interviews! I was wondering if any had good online resources for both questions for the classic MMI and the written essay component. I know some of the Facebook groups have test bank questions, but I figured we could consolidate these questions into one location.
  10. Hi all, Anyone in the Northern Medical Program or interested in it? I live in North Vancouver and I go to Dalhousie (Halifax) and I don't have any experience living in a rural community, yet I really, really want to. Should I try and spend summers in a rural community working, volunteering or researching? Or am I wasting my time and money because I don't have a chance anyway? I know that big cities are not my thing and I want my career to be as rewarding as possible and rural communities are so desperate for doctors. I would love to help the doctor shortage up north by relocating there permanently after my MD. Has anyone been accepted? Where have you lived and what kind of experience do you have? Any other info on the program is helpful too :) Thank you!
  11. Hey guys and gals. As a pre-med from the east. Just wondering how many UBC med students are from ontario and not BC? I hear they have a really strong in province advantage and only let about 10% of students outside in. Love some insight on where you are all from! (I also gather you need higher marks to be accepted if you're a "foreigner" from outside BC?) Love the school but not sure how my chances are! Cheers, Richard
  12. Premed! Are you struggling with your medical school interviews? Have you been previously rejected after the medical school interviews? Do you want to turn your interview rejections into admissions? I get it. When I applied to medical school the first time around, I had 5 interviews, but was rejected by all 5 schools. Sad ad depressed, I was lost how to to turn that around. However, I came up with a specific approach to interviewing for medical schools. Using that same approach, I again had 5 interviews the following year. The difference is that this time, I got into all 5 medical schools. Since then, I have created the NextMD Community, and the group of medical students and doctors have used this exact same method to help many premed students that have struggled with their interviews turn rejections into admissions, and they are all on their way to become doctors. So if you say YES to any of the questions about, then check out the NextMD Community, check us out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/978669245641167/ For more information, check us out at: http://www.nextmd.ca/training BOOK: If you are down to learn the system we have come up with RIGHT NOW, and you are someone who loves to learn through reading, access the book here: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07DFGHZ8S We offer the following programs: A. Self Study: 1. The MMI Mastery Method Online Course: http://www.nextmd.ca/training 2. Master the MMI: Your Key to Success on the Multiple Mini Interview (book): available on Amazon (https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07DFGHZ8S) B. One-on-One personalized coaching: 3-hour package 5-hour package 10-hour package (includes The MMI Mastery Method Online Course for free) Contact for detail: consultant@nextmd.ca Finally, this is a stressful time. But don't let the INTERVIEW hinder you from your dream of becoming a doctor. Good luck to all the applicants who are interviewing this year. NextMD Turn Rejections into Admissions
  13. Just asking for a friends who's applying to University this year, which university has the best and worse GPA conversions. I know this is a bit of a wierd questions but I've found that UBC has some sort of letter grading system (A+, A-, etc), while some have percentages %. Is one significantly worse than the other? I've hear stories about some universities with great conversions where an 80 is a 4.0 GPA whereas some others you would need a 90 to acheive the same GPA. Any thoughts on this?
  14. Hi All! For those who are at UBC, any recommendation on which program to take to hopefully get into UBC med? I hear a lot of "don't take a hard program like biomed because you'll suffer" but also "take something your intersted in" and "anything that can get you a high GPA" I actually have a great interest in biology/anatomy/chemistry which is why I like medicine so much. Any advice on a BIO related program that is "easier" to get into and also not torturous to get a high GPA while also meeting prerequisites? I know its quite a tall order but any input from med or premed students would be appreciated! Cheers, Victor
  15. Hey guys, I've always had my eye on UBC med and am now close to applying to a few med schools. I hear UBC has a strong in provence preference...is this true? Would I get an advantage if I just change my Ontario staus to BC with some govenerment paperwork lol or do you have to do your undergrad and live there as well? Be great to get some input from people who are from ontario based universities (anything to up my chances). Cheers, Victor
  16. Hi everyone, I am a prospective nursing student interested in applying to UBC's accelerated nursing program, and was wondering what your experiences have been like prior to applying to nursing school. I have been volunteering at a seniors' care home for the past 4.5+ years (it'll be almost 6 years during the time of my application), where I've assisted with feeding residents during mealtimes, help recreation staff with activities/games, and engage in one to one conversations with residents. Because of my extensive volunteer experience, I was able to get a part time job at another seniors' care home as a recreation/activity assistant. Here, I lead exercise programs and lead recreational programs independently. I am currently in the process of applying to become a Big Brother mentor/buddy so that I can expand my experience to children as well. Do you think that my current volunteer/work experience is sufficient and will be seen as "competitive" for admission to UBC's nursing program? Are there other things I should be involving myself with (certain organizations, groups of people, etc.)? Feel free to comment regardless of which university you attend - any and all information is valuable and will be very much appreciated! Thank you everyone!
  17. Hello, Does anyone know how many spots the UBC MOT waitlist typically moves? I tried searching this forum for information from past years, but so far no luck. If I find any info I'll be sure to update this post. Also for individuals who were waitlisted for UBC's MOT program in previous years, but then were offered a seat, what was your initial waitlist number? Thanks EDIT: Also, does anyone know if this information means that for 2017 intake, there were 365 applicants for the MOT program, admission offers were given to 66 individuals, and a total of 52 individuals were admitted, so then there was 66-52 = 14 people accepted off the waitlist? https://imgur.com/a/ga5Oa
  18. Sorry if I’m not supposed to post here! My UG is Psychology and my schools of interest don’t require prerequisites, has anyone been in a similar situation and self studied for the MCAT? how long did you give yourself? Did you study while in school? TIA
  19. Hello Everyone! Thought it would be ideal to start an official thread for prospective UBC PharmD students! Deadline for application: January 15th, 2018 Application Information: https://pharmsci.ubc.ca/programs/entry-practice-pharmd-degree If you have any questions/comments/discussion, add it below. Plenty of mostly-friendly UBC PharmD students (myself) and prospective PharmD students on this forum Cheers, CDuke93
  20. Hi Everyone, I just received my MMI invite for UBC's MPT program! I was wondering if anyone had any advice for UBC's MMI? (best ways to prepare, areas to focus on in preparation, etc.) Thanks in advance!
  21. Hey everyone! Has anyone heard back from UBC MOT yet? Usually, interview invites are sent about a week after MPT, but perhaps we need to wait another week Also, I heard that the interview is not a 3-person panel this year, but rather will be in MMI format. Is this true?
  22. Hey everyone! I have a question for current MPT students at UBC... Is it common for students to live on/near campus or do people typically commute? (it would be 2+ hours each day for me) Any help is greatly appreciated and I'm looking forward to meeting everyone in the fall!
  23. Any help would be greatly appreciated as I'm definitely at a major crossroads... I've applied to UBC twice now and have been rejected both times. Have scored around a 28 NAQ both times, and 12 and 16 on AQ respectively. I knew I had to work on my grades after undergrad and so went back and did a masters and just finished an unclassified term. So now, I just got my grades back from doing the unclassified term at UBC. Even with those courses, and a masters degree (37 credits combined), my overall average minus my lowest year is only 82%. I did my BSc at UBC and unfortunately ended up with a 79% average overall, so that's really dragging me down. I scored 513 on the MCAT (128 CARS) but that doesn't seem to help my chances at any schools as my GPA excludes me from applying to most. I actually didn't apply to any other schools aside from UBC for the past two cycles I've been rejected. I did the math and looks like I'm going to do a whole other undergrad degree (or at least 120 credits at around 90%) in order to pull my grades up high enough to have a competitive AQ for UBC. However, I would not like to end up on the other side of that still being rejected from med school and no real career prospects. Because of this, I'm debating doing an accelerated nursing program at either UBC or U of C. Or, even possibly going to the University of Sydney for med. However, after reading through some of the forums here Australia doesn't seem like a good option. I'm wondering if anyone has any advice for me... I'd love to hear from anyone who managed to pull their grades up through nursing and got into med, or even moved to Alberta and got IP status. I'm hoping after nursing I would be competitive enough for IP at U of A or U of C (or maybe even decide to remain a nurse!) and hopefully, my MCAT will not be too old to use. Thanks!
  24. About how much/extensively if Term 1 material is tested on the PCTH 300/305 final exam? Is it memorizing the details from Term 1 again? Or is more about overlapping material between term 1 and 2? I'm willing to study everything to be prepared if needed but don't want to waste too time on term 1 if it's not needed. Thanks so much in advance!
  25. Creating this thread for anyone that has been waitlisted at UBC to update us on their status, or for anyone that is planning on dropping their spot to inform us
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