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  1. I don't think UCSF accepts Canadians do they? Also not sure about Baylor.
  2. You should be able to access them through your university library. Nature for sure.
  3. Yes and yes. You basically apply MD/PhD and if you are rejected from the MD/PhD you are still considered for MD.
  4. Retaking the MCAT may hurt you unless you get a big improvement (equivalent of 36+).
  5. This is a ridiculous idea. As others have already said, at any school, it's much harder to get accepted to MD/PhD, especially for an international. Also, there are many more schools that accept internationals for only MD than there are that accept internationals for only MD/PhD. Furthermore, if a school doesn't accept any internationals for the MD, they're most likely not going to let an MD/PhD applicant drop the PhD.
  6. I think there would be lots of ways for UBC to investigate.
  7. Only people who are rejected can see their scores. Some accepted applicants have posted scores from past cycles.
  8. Result: Accepted to VFMP (first choice) GPA: 4.00 (~95%) MCAT: 14/13/11 ECs: Both the typical things and some very unique things. Excelled at both. Research, clinical volunteering, interesting hobbies (included some from high school), non-profit leadership both local and abroad, governance, advocacy. Year: 4th year Geography: IP Interview: At times repeated myself a bit too much, but I think overall I did OK to well. Was fairly relaxed and just shared my thoughts on the prompts in a semi-organized way. Depending on the prompt and interviewer some were more conversational and some were more
  9. Skip a year in elementary/high school. Take post-secondary courses during high school. Overload class schedule. Take summer courses. Any combination of the above could let someone get in at age 19 or lower. Especially if someone skips a year it shouldn't make much difference to their NAQ.
  10. 1. Reputation, reputation, reputation... -If things don't go well in Canada it's either go international or go for masters right? That's my understanding and according to a lot of people reputation really matters for Med schools in America and other countries outside of Canada. I also heard that it also matters when you're finding a residency position in America and some schools in Canada. U of C is also a good school but due to its relatively short history, its not as well known as UBC. If you can't get into medical school in Canada, you aren't going to be going to a top medical sch
  11. My first thought was you were talking about the 50th anniversary celebrations LOL
  12. UCLA isn't that selective or prestigious regardless of whether companies in Asia have heard of it. Certainly not worth that much extra money. McGill/Toronto/UBC (if you are thinking about working in Asia then it is worth considering as well) won't hold you back. Another thing - it is easier to get a high GPA in Canada because the grade scales are lower. I think the higher GPA + money should make up for anything you might think about UCLA.
  13. I don't think UCLA would make a difference compared to Toronto or McGill. Sure, your MCAT, GPA, LoRs, and extracurriculars are going to be the most important factors in your application. But reputation does play a role, particularly I would say for the top 10 schools (less so for the top 20). A bunch of my interviewers asked me why I chose the school I did (between #5-#10 in Canada whatever the rankings mean) since McGill is the "best" (or the only one they had heard of, along with UofT). A few qualifiers: 1. I applied for MD/PhD programs so I think the bar is higher. 2. It worked ou
  14. - Join a party (buy a membership) - Volunteer on campaigns - Volunteer with the youth wing - Join the board for your constituency association - Attend party AGMs You'll start getting to know politicians whom you can then give input to. You could draft policy and get it passed as official party policy at the AGM. You could join advisory groups which appointments are controlled by government. etc. etc. I haven't seen many med students in partisan politics. Most are in non-partisan advocacy groups. IMO, that increases the impact you can have by getting involved in partisan politics.
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