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    helicase got a reaction from TheHopefulMD in cGPA vs wGPA   
    Nobody knows for sure. I think they're assumed to be the same. They will take whatever is higher, and a cGPA of 3.75 probably makes the cutoff. With a Masters degree they are more lenient on your GPA (how much/exactly how that plays out is unknown). As far as your GPA goes, I'd say it's worth it to apply!
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    helicase reacted to rmorelan in How much of a role do PD have in selecting residents?   
    we get a ton of questions like this - which makes total sense. The problem is it assumes some form of uniform approach from all the programs. That in my experience is not the case. 
    This isn't like med school with extensive research into how to select people and a ton of people involved and comparatively a lot of resources to figure things out - and then then often are kind enough to even let you know what they are looking for. These are individual programs that are much smaller in comparison that even lack some of the tools med school admissions has to work with (like GPA, MCAT to name a few.....). 
    Which annoying leaves us stuck in figuring out in general how things work. You can make similar statements on questions like what are the programs looking for - that often isn't really a useful question because different programs in the same specialty even are looking for different things - often significantly different things. Ha it is like picking a tomato sauce from the grocery store - there is a reason why there are 20 different varieties even within a single brand  - not every likes the same tomato sauce even if they are kind of similar and all made with the same basic ingredients. Not every program likes the same things in a resident or values various things the same way. 
    To add to that I have seen programs where absolutely there is a team based approach where the PD may just adjust results slightly based on information perhaps only she has. I have seen other ones where the PD is completely in charge of the final rankings but gets feedback from others. I have seen cases where other staff even have strong influence in the end rank even if they aren't formally involved in the process (like chairs of the department or prior PDs etc.). There is no single answer.  
    Figuring all this out requires examining each program and asking how things work.  That is annoying, takes time, and is imperfect. Truth is there is simply no way to optimize your application for all schools - you can improve in general and up your chances but somethings you do will just improve yourself at one school and decrease your chances at another. 
    This is in particular what makes the lack of electives away from the home institution a challenge this year. Harder to figure things out when you are not physically there. At least everyone is going through the same issues. 
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    helicase got a reaction from crimson_rose in Queens Application Receipt   
    Queen's does not send a confirmation!
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    helicase got a reaction from BabyYoda in Queens Application Receipt   
    Queen's does not send a confirmation!
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    helicase reacted to DrOtter in Chances with low GPA   
    Oh yeah but that's just reporter's bias, I think. If you look at the acceptance thread, a fair number get in with GPA around 3.7-3.8 too! 
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    helicase reacted to sykern in iPad?   
    This. SO clutch for imaging lectures and diagrams.
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    helicase got a reaction from Dr. Tenma in Is the system fair?   
    UBC is definitely aware of this, it comes up probably annually that in-province schools like SFU and other schools nation-wide that don't use percentages end up with the lowest possible grade conversion. The impression I got from listening to UBC med reps is that they don't think it affects people enough to change it-- and essentially you could have gone to UBC for undergrad :/ Definitely frustrating.
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    helicase got a reaction from sorrynotsorry in Is the system fair?   
    UBC is definitely aware of this, it comes up probably annually that in-province schools like SFU and other schools nation-wide that don't use percentages end up with the lowest possible grade conversion. The impression I got from listening to UBC med reps is that they don't think it affects people enough to change it-- and essentially you could have gone to UBC for undergrad :/ Definitely frustrating.
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    helicase reacted to Jessletmein in Feeling so done   
    When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
    When the road you're trudging seems all up hill,
    When the funds are low and the debts are high
    And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
    When care is pressing you down a bit,
    Rest if you must, but don't you quit.
    Life is strange with its twists and turns
    As every one of us sometimes learns
    And many a failure comes about
    When he might have won had he stuck it out;
    Don't give up though the pace seems slow—
    You may succeed with another blow.
    Success is failure turned inside out—
    The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
    And you never can tell just how close you are,
    It may be near when it seems so far;
    So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit—
    It's when things seem worst that you must not quit
    -John Greenleaf Whittier
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    helicase got a reaction from hijkl in CMA c2024 backpack colour choices (w/ pics)   
    hahaha I feel like it'll be yellow or orange! The turquoise is too close to 2020s, burgundy is too close to 2022s, and purple was 2019s!
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    helicase got a reaction from destiny deoxys in CMA c2024 backpack colour choices (w/ pics)   
    hahaha I feel like it'll be yellow or orange! The turquoise is too close to 2020s, burgundy is too close to 2022s, and purple was 2019s!
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    helicase reacted to bumbleb33 in Queen’s Med 2020 AMA   
    So I don't go to Queen's, but I can speak to the class size -> don't like people -> sabatoge (?) comment.
    I know I hate when people say this, but the reality is that no matter what environment you're in, there are going to be people that rub you the wrong way. This will be true in medical school, residency, and in the general workforce. It's frustrating, and annoying, and it'll be up to you to learn how to work with them regardless and come up with strategies to not let that get you distracted (excluding obviously serious bullying/harassment).
    Whether you're in a class of 100 vs. 200, I don't suspect it will make that much of a difference (I noticed you've posted about Western, if you're at the London site you'll be working with 133 students, so not that much of a size difference). You are bound to have people in your class that you don't like regardless of size, and most likely larger class size = more people you don't like. In larger group settings it'll be easier to avoid because there's not that much classmate interaction unless you sit with them, and in small groups, that's just the luck of the draw for group assignments (which do switch up every few months so it's not that big of a deal). And once again, it is an essential life skill to learn to work with people you may not get along with perfectly. Remain respectful and professional, and try to leave your personal bias at the door.
    As for the sabatoge comment, I'm really not sure you should be as concerned about that. I know that the premed journey is STRESSFUL, and it can push you into a place where it's you vs. the world, and at some schools it can come across as cut-throat. From my experience, medical school becomes the time when you have to distance yourself from comparing yourself to your classmates, and focus on making yourself a stronger applicant, period. Its a more individual competition, as in reality you often find your classmates are your supporters (sharing notes, extracurricular opportunities, sharing names of great docs to observe etc.). It is up to you to go out and meet docs, observe specialties, join interest groups and leadership opportunities, find research supervisors if that's something you're interested in. You're in control of how you behave and perform in clinical settings, which is how docs will get to know you to network/build references.  There are so many different opportunities and pathways that you are in control of navigating, so it would be difficult for someone to sabatoge you. 
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    helicase reacted to unarmed walrus in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    Hi, I'm not OP but I'm a current Qmed student who was accepted with a 3.7 wGPA/ 3.4 cGPA from the general applicant pool. Please be careful not to make assumptions that lower stats = a member of a special population, because this can be offensive to the person you're asking and demeaning to the population as a whole.
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    helicase got a reaction from sykern in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    There was no benefit to having an in-person interview. 
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    helicase reacted to rmorelan in What are my options?   
    this system is being odd here - not sure if it is letting me clean this up correctly. 
    and of course again groan ha. 
    reports flying all over the place here - but the advice given is correct and I don't see anything wrong with it - the only thing I will add is that if you take more than 10 credits per year then Western will consider historically your best 10. So your GPA may be higher than you think, and you may actually have two years that work. However you will also have to be very careful with Westerns best 2 years rules with new degrees - their 3/5 course rule policies are a bit strange and I would 100% check with them (you cannot just take first year course in the your first year of the new degree and expect that to work). Bottom line is people are actually trying to be helpful here. 
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    helicase reacted to BernieMac in What are my options?   
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    helicase got a reaction from HongHongHong in Does UBC assess MCAT scores competitively?   
    I remember a number of years ago (maybe 10 now), UBC's post-interview weighting was leaked from someone in adcom. While it fluctuated ~5% per year, post-interview weighting looked something like 20% MCAT, 20% GPA, 60% interview. 
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    helicase got a reaction from acceptmeplease in Does UBC assess MCAT scores competitively?   
    I remember a number of years ago (maybe 10 now), UBC's post-interview weighting was leaked from someone in adcom. While it fluctuated ~5% per year, post-interview weighting looked something like 20% MCAT, 20% GPA, 60% interview. 
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    helicase got a reaction from coffeeandmed in Does UBC assess MCAT scores competitively?   
    I remember a number of years ago (maybe 10 now), UBC's post-interview weighting was leaked from someone in adcom. While it fluctuated ~5% per year, post-interview weighting looked something like 20% MCAT, 20% GPA, 60% interview. 
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    helicase got a reaction from helpmeplease! in Queens Interview Invites/Regrets 2020   
    It was most likely your EC's/Refs, I don't think your MCAT is below cutoffs. 
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    helicase reacted to Chels1267 in Love in the Time of C[OVID-19]holera   
    I don't really have anything to add other than to say fire thread title.
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    helicase reacted to pixie094 in "Best" MCAT   
    I’d like to think that they would pick the MCAT score that meets all section cutoffs or gives you the highest file score.
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    helicase reacted to IMislove in Interview Time Sign Up   
    Register as fast as possible, as highly sought after slots fill within minutes, if not seconds.
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    helicase reacted to MedicineLCS in UBC to OMSAS Conversion   
    Neither, you need to convert your % grade course by course, not all in one fell swoop. 
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    helicase reacted to Meridian in Plan moving forward (3.69 GPA, 514 MCAT)   
    break down your GPA for each year and indicate if full course load each year
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