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  1. Maybe you should take a moment yourself to reflect on why you feel the need to lash out against a fellow classmate like this on an anonymous message board. Yes - many of us are on edge about getting less interviews than we had hoped for, but direct your frustration towards this shitty system rather than those that were fortunate enough to have more luck. You're making a lot of assumptions about the intent behind certain posts, when the reality is that this is a stressful situation for everyone involved.
  2. Although I totally agree that the Vancouver market is brutal, I just want to jump in here to provide a bit of perspective. How much rent you pay is really going to depend on where you want to live and how nice/new of a building you want to live in. There are a good number of older units in Fairview and Mt. Pleasant (close to VGH) that range from $1300-1600. You can also likely find a good place for under the average in Kitsilano and the West End if you hunt around a bit. Just did a quick Craigslist search, and found a large 1-br basement suite for $1300, literally one block away from VGH.
  3. Are there reliable stats available for the average number of interviews CMGs actually attended on CaRMS tours in years past? With everything being virtual, there is very little disincentive to attend every interview that you receive an invitation for, so long as the scheduling lines up. I personally know of a couple classmates who applied quite broadly, and will probably attend 13+ interviews during the interview period. I can imagine that number may seem excessive for some people, particularly those who are feeling the disappointment of not receiving interviews today. But the process and
  4. I would add that this would be the exception, not the rule though. Word from the top is that we will likely be included in BC's "second wave" of HCW vaccinations, hopefully happening in Feb/March of this year. We are allowed to accept a vaccination if offered though, whether that is because of a momentary vaccine surplus, or different site-specific policies.
  5. First and foremost I would consider where you could see yourself happy for the next three+ years. My impression has definitely been that all of the different programs offer a very comparable education, aside from slight differences. What the distributed programs possibly lose out slightly with access to highly subspecialized clinical/research experiences, you can easily argue that they make up for it with smaller group teaching and more opportunities intrinsic to the smaller class and medical community at their site. The distributed sites generally seem to have a more cohesive and connected cu
  6. There may have been something wrong with their email client, because I didn't get the original confirmation of my interview time for this weekend. Just give them a call or send them an email and they will resend it.
  7. Mine was April 9th - OOP applicant here. I wasn't expecting an interview so late.
  8. Just got my email, my inbox says 1:08 PM PST. Hang in there everyone!
  9. UofT does not differentiate between IP and OOP applicants, so that's clearly a plus when you're applying from BC. They've got a ridiculously high average acceptance GPA though, which isn't always kind to UBC students converting their percentage grades. UofT also a quite sizable qualitative assessment component to their application, so it's anyone's guess. I'm holding out some hope for McMasters and Western, mainly because of they have a high emphasis on the MCAT, particularly CARS. I only applied to UBC last year and everybody told me I was stupid for limiting my chances. If you really
  10. So sorry to hear that it didn't work out for you this year. It sounds like you've had a lot of responsibilities to juggle beyond your own personal career path. I wish I could say that I believe that medical adcoms do a good enough job at taking those sorts of things into consideration, but I don't necessarily think so. For the UBC application, I hope that you listed some of your exceptional circumstances as EC entries in themselves, maybe that's something to consider next time if you didn't already. I wish you all the best, hang in there and keep doing what you're doing. Sounds like you'll
  11. A UBC admissions member once said that the differentiation between Volunteer/Employed experiences was only made on the application to make it easier to report your hours. Everything ultimately goes into the same pot.
  12. I put "Completed BSc." Honestly, I really wouldn't worry about it.
  13. Personally, I would keep to one ABS entry for each ABS statement - trying to combine two ABS entries may be confusing if they cross-reference your ABS statements with your full ABS. The wording on the guide seems to line up with this reasoning: If you felt like you could split the two positions as separate ABS entries, then you probably should be consistent in writing about each one as a standalone experience. Just my two cents!
  14. I actually ran that exact question by UofT admissions awhile back. They said that attending a conference and presenting at one are quite different experiences, so we can put them as separate activities under the ABS if we'd like.
  15. In a perfect world you'd be choosing both? I would choose your three strongest activities, provided that collectively they cover all four of the clusters. Every activity doesn't need to cover all four, just make sure that collectively they cover all four. If one or two clusters aren't adequately covered by your top-three, then start thinking about what activity best exemplifies the remaining clusters. Personally, I'd try and make sure I have a solid activity that covers each. Good luck!
  16. That's what I figured in hindsight. Duh. That's for clarifying!
  17. This may come across as a stupid question, but when you are writing your essays are you trying to keep the length under 250 words, or 2000 characters? The character limit is the clear limit for entering the essays into the online box, but I realize now that all the instructions seem to very clearly specify the limit strictly in terms of word count. What do you think?
  18. Glad to hear it worked out! It just goes to show that these medical adcoms aren't soulless organizations trying to disqualify applicants however they can.
  19. I believe there's 50 characters in the initial "Description", when you enter an item, but then you have an additional 150 characters after you go back to that item to add additional information. Play around with the online application a little, it should make itself clear to you.
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