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  1. Yup, we started about 2 months ago. Ahh don’t be shy, I’m sure people would help if they have some time
  2. Definitely agree with the above. I never took histology before med and it turned out well for me. Histology is taught very well in years 1 & 2 and the instructors are helpful and supportive of your learning. You should be fine if you decide to avoid CAPS 390. As for other courses, taking gross anatomy and physiology in my undergrad definitely helped. For physiology, I found a lot of the material (in fact, sometimes same lectures) were repeated in year 1 med, so being familiar with them beforehand was helpful; and for gross anatomy, it's human anatomy so everything will repeat + yo
  3. Hey @soccermed123 and for anyone else wondering, I echo the above -- diversity of experiences section usually does fill up for the majority as it can be the "other" category where you share your experiences that have shaped you other than leadership, capacity to work with others, etc. If you start listing out every possible thing you've done and are currently doing, like @pretty daffodils mentioned, you'll find you'll have more than enough activities to complete your application (except for potentially the high performance section). If you have an empty entry on your application and
  4. Final reminder about this panel happening tomorrow! Please note that this session will not be recorded.
  5. Exciting news -- we are back! On behalf of some of my colleagues in the Class of 2023 and 2024, we're happy to announce that we've organized a Part 2 to this Q&A panel. We received great feedback for the last session and numerous requests to host another one, so here we are. The panel will be held on this coming Sunday, August 8th, at 5:30 PM Pacific and will be very similar to the previous. This is our honest attempt at passing forward the support each of us received during our application journeys. Please feel free to share with and invite anyone you know who is applying to medicine
  6. Hey everyone! On behalf of my team at CaMSIGN, I wanted to share this great opportunity with anyone interested in learning more about neurosurgery and hoping to improve their approach to neurosurgical cases (which can be transferable to other surgical disciplines as well). Our team is honoured to begin a new monthly collaboration with UBC Neurosurgery. We are pleased to have UBC Neurosurgery Residents, Dr. Oliver Ayling (PGY-6) and Dr. Michael Rizzuto (PGY-3), co-lead a series of live episodes focused on clinical teachings related to variety of cases within different subspecialties o
  7. Just a quick update: I figured out how to insert the poster for our event haha, so feel free to check it out!
  8. Hey folks! Just wanted to pass along this awesome opportunity to meet several incoming Neurosurgery PGY-1 Residents. If you are considering neurosurgery as a career choice and are potentially planning to apply in the future, this is a great chance to ask any questions you have regarding the CaRMS process and much, much more. For more details, you can view the Facebook event information here: https://fb.me/e/fn2RTs4st To directly register, you can do so here: bit.ly/nsx-carms2021 All medical students are welcome -- register now to secure your seat! If you hav
  9. For sure! Based on the feedback we received, people found the panel very informative and helpful. We’ll try to hold another one in the coming months.
  10. To OP and others in a similar situation who may stumble upon this, It is so so so frustrating and disheartening to have to work harder and harder, year after year, only to be met with unfortunate news at the end of each attempt. I was also in the same boat before I was offered a seat. One can spend hours speculating the topic of admissions, but it would be wiser to focus on what options are available to you and plan what actions/paths to take, whether that'd be doing more schooling, applying abroad, etc. Regarding more schooling, it is definitely possible to pull up your GPA. Alth
  11. Alright, the event is set and ready to go! The panelists including myself are really excited to see you Please find the details below: The panel will be a total of 1.5 hours. Date and time: Wednesday, June 2nd @ 5:00 PM, Vancouver Time Register here: http://bit.ly/ubcmed-panel As soon as you register, you will automatically receive an email with the link, meeting ID, and passcode to the event. Please feel free to share the registration link with anyone you know who may be interested in such a panel and may find it useful! This is definitely not a formal event, so
  12. Hey everyone! Firstly, huge and sincere congratulations to all who received an offer this year to join the UBC Class of 2025! I am personally very excited to welcome you to the UBC med family and meet you soon However, this time of year is very bittersweet, as the majority of people unfortunately do not receive the news they were hoping for. Being there many times in the past within my own journey, I can understand how discouraging and devastating this feels. Were it not for the tremendous amount of support I received along the way, I simply wouldn't be here in my position today.
  13. Hey everyone! Posting this here in case some folks are interested in this unique opportunity. In celebration of International Women’s Day and the vital role that women play in surgery, leadership and STEM, we at the Canadian Medical Student Interest Group in Neurosurgery are excited to kick-start the “Women in Neurosurgery” lecture series where eminent healthcare leaders discuss their professional careers, impart wisdom and advocate for an increased presence of women in the field. We are delighted to start this series with Professor Mojgan Hodaie. Please join us on March
  14. Hey everyone! Are you fascinated by the underpinnings of the brain and the nervous system? Is pursuing a fulfilling career in neurosurgery something you have considered? If so, we would like to invite you to join the Canadian Medical Student Interest Group in Neurosurgery (CaMSIGN)! CaMSIGN is the very first Canadian national educational interest group dedicated to neurosurgery. Our primary goal is to connect, educate and inspire medical students across Canada by providing a platform to share their ideas. Our secondary goal is to provide a variety of resources that ultimately help interes
  15. Great job on the improvement for your score! Just echoing others above: Since you've spent time and energy already to study and prepare for the MCAT, you can use end-of-August exams as an opportunity to give it another shot. Worst case scenario is that you get below 509, which for UBC won't matter as they take your best score (but be careful for other Canadian schools, if you do apply there, e.g. UoT). A new exam may pose some stress on your wallet haha, but in my personal opinion, it's worth the energy you've spent to already prepare for the exam. The reason why I do recommend writin
  16. WELL DONE, well done indeed!!! Seeing such a success story after years of perseverance deserves congratulations in its truest form. I cannot wait to welcome you to the UBC med family, my friend, and cannot wait to become colleagues with you Cheers to you and all your classmates, well done !!!
  17. HUUUUGE congratulations to all that have accepted their offers from the UBC Undergraduate Medical Program!!! You guys did it, woohoo!! My dear classmates and I are extremely excited to meet you all and cannot wait to welcome you to the BEST medical program in the world (yes, I said it!) If you use Facebook, please go ahead and join the group for the whole class + the site you'll be attending. This will help you stay in the loop with the very, very, very exciting and fun events we have planned for you guys and, of course, you are more than welcome to ask any medical student from any year a
  18. I agree with @HongHongHong! You definitely have a great MCAT score and your average is for sure competitive I think (also, being IP is good advantage!). Your ECs also look good from what you've mentioned. It is more challenging to become involved with new activities during COVID-19 (opportunities exist but are relatively more limited compared to pre-COVID), but I would suggest using some free time you have now (if that's the case) to try some new things. It would be greatly beneficial for you to try something new and gain experience in that field, while simultaneously giving you more to wr
  19. Just wanted to come here and wish each and every single one of you guys the best as results start rolling in tomorrow!!! Can't tell you just how excited I am for all of you ! I was in your shoes last year this time and many times before that (lol), so I can totally understand the feeling of stress some of you may be having. Regardless of what happens, each of you deserves a great round of applause for all that you've accomplished so far to be here, right now. And thus, regardless of what happens, I am sure that you each deserve to be studying medicine and continue this journey of pract
  20. Absolutely agree with the comments mentioned above! To answer your question, I do agree with @youbesee that typically successful OOP applicants have an average of 90%+. But at the same time, definitely agree with @PremedToronto that you never really know where you stand until you apply. As for GPA, it is what it is and you can't really change that (unless you are planning on taking more courses to potentially boost it). So it comes down to your NAQ, which you can do more and more ECs to increase the probability of having a good score there. Having said that though, I'd argue that a go
  21. Yup, it is a very new scholarship award! We didn't get notified of it last year as it wasn't fully established yet. I would strongly recommend you all consider applying for it! But I also understand how it can be odd to have applicants apply for it pre-results. I suppose they want ample time to consider all applicants at a reasonable level, considering how significant the award is. I wish this could be some sort of hint of acceptance for you guys haha, but don't worry time has no choice but to pass. #SoonEnough
  22. I do because I did! Honestly, no one really knows how much they factor in the MCAT. It could also depend on how your GPA balances with your MCAT, or it could not. Hopefully it works out for you, but if for any reason it doesn’t, I personally think your 125 CARS is good enough (so, most likely it would have been a different reason given that scenario). All the best!
  23. Hey everyone! Just wanted to share with you all this masterpiece (that's right ) that the UBC Med Class of 2023 has prepared! Make sure to check it out in case you'd like to know EXACTLY how interviews at UBC go down (jk ya'll). Many, many thanks to everyone involved in the making of this incredible video, especially Kevin Z and Melissa K from our class. Hope you all enjoy!
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