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Hello to all my fellow UBC Med applicants of 2018/2019! As we inch closer and closer to December, I decided to make this thread to just get it out of the way, and also to initiate discussion around how we are all feeling. As of now, I am not sure exactly when the updates will roll out. There are two options. Interview decisions will either be released the week of December 3rd or the week of December 10th. I'm going 70-30 on week of the 3rd since usually they release decisions the first week of December that involves a Monday. However, December 3rd may be too early; the admissions committee may want to look at a few things in more detail, finalize decisions, etc. which will require a bit more time – therefore, if it's not the week of the 3rd, it will definitely be the week of the 10th. Based on the pattern from the last few cycles, this is how I'm guessing decisions will be released: Week of December 3rd: Monday, December 3rd – Regrets Wednesday, December 5th – Early Invites Thursday, December 6th – Regular Invites OR Week of December 10th: Monday, December 10th – Regrets Wednesday, December 12th – Early Invites Thursday, December 13th – Regular Invites Whether we receive an interview invitation or rejection, I encourage everyone to write a post giving some description on what scores they've received, what sort of extracurricular activities they've completed/are still part of, what sort of achievements/awards/research they've accomplished, and so forth. This will essentially help yourself reflect on your application and help others down the line, both current and prospective applicants. At the end of the day, we will all hopefully be colleagues eventually – so, why not start now in helping each other. Let's stick with the format, described below, as much as possible when we are writing our posts. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - TIME STAMP: Interview Invite or Regrets: Early or Regular Deadline: GPA or AGPA (if applicable): MCAT (CPBS / CARS / BBFL / PSBB): Current Degree (UG/Bachelors/Masters/PhD): Geography (IP/OOP): Extracurricular Activities (awards, achievements, volunteering, employment, research, etc.): NAQ: AQ: TFR: - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - So, how's everyone feeling?? I'm nervous about the NAQ drops a bunch of people experienced last cycle! From what I've heard, lots of people had semi-to-significantly dropped in their NAQ score compared to 2 cycles ago, anywhere between 2-8 points drop in NAQ . Hopefully, things pan out for the better this year. Basically, it comes down to surviving that awful Monday! I get plenty of emails throughout the day... Every time I get that email notification sound on my phone, this will be my reaction:
Hi all, In a nutshell, I'm about to prattle off a surely oft-heard sob story: I applied to Canadian med schools with what I think was quite a competitive application, and wasn't invited to interview anywhere. I don't want to beat around the bush, but I'm absolutely devastated, and while I know I can apply the next year, my mind is absolutely reeling trying to figure out what I should do in the intervening year. I know the situation could be a lot worse, as some people pursue second undergrads and other things and still end up empty handed, but another's misfortune doesn't make me feel better, and doesn't necessarily help me deal with my own. I applied to the following schools U of T, Manitoba, Dalhousie, McMaster, Ottawa, and Queens. I just graduated from the University of Toronto (so 4th year IPR when I applied) with a computer science and neuroscience double major. I worked my ass off for my 3.80 OMSAS GPA, which, after skimming the forum, I guess isn't the most impressive but fml I really killed myself over it. MCAT was V10 P11 BS13. I had very strong research experiences - NSERC, OGI, IMS - working in 3 different labs since grade 10 for a minimum of 1 year each. I presented oral and poster presentations at international conferences, had two published abstracts and a review paper, all of which were first author. One of these projects was an original research project. In the way of volunteering, I teach piano and voice once a week therapeutically at a senior's home. I also organize caroling and a concert, including a performance in the inpatient psych wards, at one of the city's hospitals. In terms of extracurriculars, I was heavily involved in a course union for most of undergrad and served as president this year, organizing several huge events such as an undergraduate conference and an inter-university competition. I also sang in two different choirs over a period of two years. What I think is most important is that I didn't do these things for resume padding, but because I was passionate and deeply engaged with these pursuits. I tried to develop the best quality of character I could, for its own sake... I did a lot of soul-searching in deciding whether medicine would be right for me and sacrificed a lot to try and make it happen. I should be ecstatic, having just graduated, but I just feel downright horrible... I feel like nothing I could possibly do in this year would put me to as good a 'use' as med would. A year 'off' can be a good thing but I just feel sick to my stomach because I feel as though the rug has been pulled out from under me. I have applied for a couple jobs but I still can't shake this awful feeling. Surely, I'm not the only person who's faced this situation so I'm grateful to hear how others have dealt with both the crippling pain of rejection and the indeterminacy of an intervening year. Some of the questions on my mind include: should I apply to American schools next time, should I apply to Carribean or UK schools, should I do grad school right away, should I work, should I take some more courses... A little more about me... I am interested in research but don't want to pursue a graduate degree until after medicine, because I want to be able to bring that clinical expertise to the table. It's also a huge commitment that I don't just want to jump into just because my hand is forced. I pursued a computer science degree for many reasons, and one was precisely for the contingency of opening up options for me in case med didn't pan out, but with some bitterness I realize I'm not interested in most of the opportunities that are opened up to me (I'm most interested in the theoretical intersection of neuroscience and computer science). Whatever I do this year, I want it to be some kind of logical extension of my academic/professional/personal growth - so in general I don't want to explicitly 'pad' and think the very concept is degrading... especially since I feel like I have had a very well-rounded experience. Again, grateful for people's thoughts. And please be kind, it's easy to forget that behind the wall of text there's an actual person with feelings.