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    PremedToronto reacted to Tullius in Research Volunteer Position Opportunity   
    Out of curiosity, why did you expect a more diverse group of people?  The original post says "interviews will be given only to top candidates, based on academic merit, research, and overall experience."  Presumably people who didn't think they could compete in that kind of a pool, thought it would not be a good use of time to put together the transcripts, cover letter and CV required for the application, given the implied preference for high grades, competitive research background, and impressive CV.  In essence, the original post reads as "people who aren't strong in these areas are unlikely to be interviewed"; so why is it a surprise that those who did take the time to apply checked the boxes you laid out?
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    PremedToronto got a reaction from sorrynotsorry in Is the system fair?   
    Couldn't have said it any better!! I also agree the system isn't perfect and its unfortunate some people find these things out later . On the other hand, students who go to institutions like UFT typically have greater access to mentors, research projects, advocacy initiatives, etc. I personally don't think that completely offsets the disadvantage of the GPA game but also something to consider
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    PremedToronto got a reaction from centralperkmd in OSAP for OOP Students at UBC   
    I was able to get OSAP as a UBC medical student. It's the exact same process as what you would have done earlier.  I'm not sure how the exact amount of funding is calculated. A good contact at UBC is Jennifer Fong for these kind of questions!
    Hope this is helpful
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    PremedToronto got a reaction from IMislove in Medical student Providing Application / Interview Consult   
    thanks @ArdentMed for organizing this. Just a reminder to those using this service that not many people here will truly know how to write the best application or give the best interview. Medical school admissions are designed to take a diverse range of applicants, at least ideally. And so more importantly than taking all of the advice from one person, I would ask different people for their inputs on your applications, letters, etc. 
    all the best!
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    PremedToronto got a reaction from JohnGrisham in Medical student Providing Application / Interview Consult   
    thanks @ArdentMed for organizing this. Just a reminder to those using this service that not many people here will truly know how to write the best application or give the best interview. Medical school admissions are designed to take a diverse range of applicants, at least ideally. And so more importantly than taking all of the advice from one person, I would ask different people for their inputs on your applications, letters, etc. 
    all the best!
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    PremedToronto got a reaction from MCattt in Experience At UBC as an OOP   
    also from Toronto and attended UBC medical school. Loved my time there, can share my experiences if any one wants to DM
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    PremedToronto got a reaction from ninjabro in Waitlist Party 2020   
    Hey, I think there is just 1 waitlist and OOP applicants aren't necessarily at the top of the list. Rather, like you said, they tend to be more competitive being an OOP applicant that they do find themselves generally higher up on that list. I would imagine that they are also more likely to decline the offer to stay closer to home. 
    I remember being in this boat - good luck to everyone here! 
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    PremedToronto got a reaction from MD_Dream97 in Western Accepted/Waitlisted/Rejected 2019-2020   
    Congrats to everyone who are hearing the big news now and congrats on-hold to those who will hear later  
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    PremedToronto got a reaction from LostLamb in Pediatric subspecialties income - why lower than internal medicine   
    I don't think we talk like we are 5 years old. This might be why you had a more difficult time convincing parents about your medical degree
     
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    PremedToronto reacted to anonymouspls in CanMeds?   
    Canmeds http://www.royalcollege.ca/rcsite/canmeds/canmeds-framework-e
     
    Major doesn't matter as long as you meet prerequisites for each school in course level and course requirements. Otherwise only GPA matters from your courses.
     
    Every school basically is EC heavy now
     
    You can have a bad first year and be fine for schools that use a weighted GPA formula, but it will impact your GPA for schools that use cGPA.
     
     
     
     
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    PremedToronto reacted to allycm30 in LOC comparisons   
    You're correct! I am doing lower amount benefit of the NMP at UBC!
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    PremedToronto got a reaction from allycm30 in LOC comparisons   
    I believe Scotiabank is also 300,000!
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    PremedToronto got a reaction from UBC Enthusiast in Waitlist Support Thread 2019   
    Hey, it's not that something went wrong for you to not get the offer right away, but that something went right for you to be waitlisted and not be rejected right away  It's all relative, I know many others would be grateful to be in your spot. I was also waitlisted back in 2015 and managed to come off it after lots of prayers!
    I think the movement on the waitlist is quite good...I would agree and guess that probably half the people on waitlist will get offers but can't say for sure...
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    PremedToronto got a reaction from almondmilklatte in Waitlist Support Thread 2019   
    Hey, it's not that something went wrong for you to not get the offer right away, but that something went right for you to be waitlisted and not be rejected right away  It's all relative, I know many others would be grateful to be in your spot. I was also waitlisted back in 2015 and managed to come off it after lots of prayers!
    I think the movement on the waitlist is quite good...I would agree and guess that probably half the people on waitlist will get offers but can't say for sure...
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    PremedToronto got a reaction from DTK87 in Waitlist Support Thread 2019   
    Hey, it's not that something went wrong for you to not get the offer right away, but that something went right for you to be waitlisted and not be rejected right away  It's all relative, I know many others would be grateful to be in your spot. I was also waitlisted back in 2015 and managed to come off it after lots of prayers!
    I think the movement on the waitlist is quite good...I would agree and guess that probably half the people on waitlist will get offers but can't say for sure...
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    PremedToronto got a reaction from bhaggy in Waitlist Support Thread 2019   
    Hey, it's not that something went wrong for you to not get the offer right away, but that something went right for you to be waitlisted and not be rejected right away  It's all relative, I know many others would be grateful to be in your spot. I was also waitlisted back in 2015 and managed to come off it after lots of prayers!
    I think the movement on the waitlist is quite good...I would agree and guess that probably half the people on waitlist will get offers but can't say for sure...
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    PremedToronto got a reaction from makeitraincouver in Waitlist Support Thread 2019   
    Hey, it's not that something went wrong for you to not get the offer right away, but that something went right for you to be waitlisted and not be rejected right away  It's all relative, I know many others would be grateful to be in your spot. I was also waitlisted back in 2015 and managed to come off it after lots of prayers!
    I think the movement on the waitlist is quite good...I would agree and guess that probably half the people on waitlist will get offers but can't say for sure...
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    PremedToronto reacted to Dr. Tenma in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    Well I'm just going to go ahead and post this, likely my final post on this site with an account from 2012 lol. 
    Result: Rejected
    Early or Regular Deadline: Regular
    Timestamp: I don't want to look at it again LOL
    AGPA: 85.1%
    MCAT: 513- 128/126/129/130
    NAQ: 34.11
    TFR: 56.60
    Interview: Below average
    Year: BSC. 2015
    Geography: IP 

    This is my 4th application and 2nd interview. 

    Interview:

    I thought it went really well. I was confident, calm, and professional. I felt 4 stations went excellent, 4 were good and 2 could have been better (maybe rambled a bit?) but nothing bad. I thought there was potential for a above average score, and I would've been fine with a average score as well, its a step up....but I never thought I'd get below average. Everyone I practiced with, including doctors, residents, other applicants and medical students I practiced with extensively...are shocked. I did roughly 250-300 hours of actual practice with these people and 20-30 hours of research on my own and in groups on topics we thought would come up in the interview, and they did, and i was very well prepared. 

    I've reflected on it and I have no idea how this could've been possible. My only explanation is that I simply do not have the demeanor or personality they are looking for. The fact is that I am not an extroverted super outgoing and talkative person. I cannot smile while I speak and I cannot speak as eloquently as others. 
    I cannot be someone I am not, I am simply me. I cannot pretend to be Mr. mega extrovert who goes skiing every weekend while slurping coffee and his Facebook is filled with rock climbing photos with friends and laughs HAHAHAHA at every god damn thing for no reason with perfect white teeth. This is what they want or at least someone who can pretend to be this person. Although I did laugh with the interviewers and two even complimented me and I really connected with them...I still got a below average interview. There is an inherent bias in this process in being a likable person at first impression and I am probably not that person. At least based on my reflections so far, I cannot fathom another reason why I got below average. If I only knew why, I would do my best to improve but I do not so this is my conclusion based on the little data I am given. I know two other people with similar personalities and demeanor as myself, with 90%+ gpa and 515+ mcats that have been rejected over 4 times post interview...and guess what...they have very similar personalities to mine and their interviewing is actually excellent in organization and content in my opinion and those of others. Oh and despite hundreds of hours of volunteering added since my previous interview 2 years ago, and several new positions and projects i've been working on....my NAQ remains the same. I mean this is getting pretty stupid. 
    So although I will apply again (since there's nothing to really lose at this point), this is over. There's no hope left and I know when to give up. I cannot commit like this again practicing that much. I need to start another career, perhaps I'll do a trade at BCIT. I cannot continue gambling my life away like this every year while everyone else moves on. But realistically I have no idea what I'm going to do.

    I'm starting to forget why I wanted to become a doctor in the first place. I gambled and lost, and this gamble certainly was not worth it. I'd never advise anyone i their first year to take this path. I could possibly get in if I keep applying for a few years, my stats are not bad and eventually i might get a hang of being a psychopath who can flip their very being 180 degrees but i wonder if its even worth it. 

    I don't blame myself anymore, I don't blame god, I don't blame the interviewers either. I blame the North American Medical school system's broken, outdated and prejudice MMI system. I wonder how many fantastic applicants (which I am not, but my friends who got rejected are) were rejected for potential idiots because they just weren't as sociable. 
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    PremedToronto got a reaction from MCatt in DDS or keep applying to MD?   
    As others have nicely said above, I would also say take dentistry...my main point is that you've said that you would be happy doing it. So do it! If you still have an inkling for med, you can apply while in dental. I also know someone who switched from dental school to medicine just 1 year into it.
    Congrats on the UBC and UFT DDS acceptances! 
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    PremedToronto reacted to uhoh99 in One interview....pretty stunned right now   
    So update for any interested parties. I matched to Family Medicine! Always liked living life on the edge, but I'll admit this was cutting it close. I can still accomplish my goals through this route, just have to take a different path than initially intended.
    Thanks for all of the advice. 
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    PremedToronto reacted to Neurophiliac in Resolved   
    I very much echo @PremedToronto on this.
    I've been applying to UBC for quite a while now.  During the process, I've been very grateful to have had the opportunity to meet many individuals, whether it be premeds, med students, faculty, or staff – over this period, I have come to understand a few things that could be potentially helpful in terms of writing one's application for UBC and how to prepare for the MMI effectively.  In conjunction with my own interview experiences, I think it's fair to say that I may know a thing or two.  But emphasis on "a thing or two" because what I know/have experience in may only be the tip of the iceberg.  Not to say that UBC's evaluation process is God-level complicated, because it needs to be practical and plausible.  However, it is complicated enough as it takes a while before decisions are reached, whether that be deciding if an applicant is suitable to receive an invitation to interview or if a candidate is admissible to the program.
    In short, no one knows the process other than the admissions board.
    I personally have nothing against any prep companies regarding application writing, MMI courses, or both.  I simply emphasize that these prep companies or anyone for that matter, except for the admissions committee, do not truly know what is the effective method (if there is such a thing).
    I, too, love helping people completely free of charge.  Like I mentioned, I've been at this for a long time... throughout, I've received lots of help and support from numerous individuals.  I love contributing to that momentum for others when I have the time, especially for folks who've been struggling like myself.  But that is me.
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    PremedToronto got a reaction from Bookmark311 in Resolved   
    I think the issue I have with this is that no one really knows what UBC is looking for so it's difficult to say how a recently successful applicant like yourself can "improve" an average interviewee, for example. The advice can even go in the opposite direction here. Each year, I watch a few applicants interview in-person or over Skype and I mostly just provide a few general tips to applicants who are just beginning to prepare for their interviews. This way they can still formulate their own personalized approach to these questions which is important. They need to act like themselves. This is even harder with applications...no one knows what's going on behind closed doors. 
    Personally, I do these for free because I had received the same kind of help when I was starting to practice for my own interviews. We can always make money later but that's just my take on it. Cheers!
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    PremedToronto got a reaction from Zuk in Resolved   
    I think the issue I have with this is that no one really knows what UBC is looking for so it's difficult to say how a recently successful applicant like yourself can "improve" an average interviewee, for example. The advice can even go in the opposite direction here. Each year, I watch a few applicants interview in-person or over Skype and I mostly just provide a few general tips to applicants who are just beginning to prepare for their interviews. This way they can still formulate their own personalized approach to these questions which is important. They need to act like themselves. This is even harder with applications...no one knows what's going on behind closed doors. 
    Personally, I do these for free because I had received the same kind of help when I was starting to practice for my own interviews. We can always make money later but that's just my take on it. Cheers!
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    PremedToronto got a reaction from Happy_go in Biomedical sciences at York university   
    I went to York and took Biomed and can say it is definitely a "rigorous" program as well.  I would definitely not let the university label deter you from coming to York and seeing what it has to offer.  If it's not to your liking, you can apply to switch over to McMaster if you think that is more your fit as you mentioned.
    More important than the school name is how well you do and what you make of your opportunities.  If you have any specific questions about York's science programs, especially biomed, I'd be more than happy to answer them here or you can PM as well. Cheers!
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    PremedToronto got a reaction from Violetta in CaRMS 2019 Interview -- DISCUSSIONS   
    I’m wondering the same. Some of the people I spoke to apparently got emails on Dec 18th but I haven’t received anything. Anyone else in the same boat? 
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