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  1. IMO the answer to this question should be mainly: do i want to live in vancouver for 4 years (assuming VFMP), or Toronto for 4 years (or partially Mississauga, if MAM). You'll have similar opportunities at both schools, and honestly I don't think anyone can accurately answer which program is "better" because nobody will have ever gone through both.
  2. In Canada, yes. You might just be in the wrong province...
  3. Don't rely on having a clock in the room. If the room is anything like how it usually is, and the interview positioning is the same as it was last year, you'd have to turn around 180 degrees to look at the clock because it's usually on the side of the wall that the door is on. Definitely don't do that in the middle of your interview.
  4. Almost a quarter of the 2020 class had an average in the A- range. http://mdprogram.med.ubc.ca/files/2016/09/MED-2020-Admissions-Statistics-Website-Final.pdf It can happen!! Definitely don't let that discourage you from applying
  5. Ya, everyone on the 11am slot automatically gets a 50% increase to their score. Jk, i was wondering the same thing in my year (I think 11am is most popular every year) and i think it's a combination of these 2 things: -11am gives you enough time to get it over with early enough in the day, without having to wake up super early and rush to get there (if you're not a morning person) -as more and more people choose 11am, people (like yourself) start to think there's something beneficial about it, and it's just a self-perpetuating cycle. Congrats to everyone who got an email today!
  6. Honestly if you apply to most Ontario schools your chances aren't much worse than if you were from Ontario originally. Ontario doesn't have much of a discrimination against applicants from other provinces, unlike the rest of Canada. Queen's and UofT --> don't discriminate from what province you're from at all; your chances are identical to someone from Ontario. Western --> slight advantage for people who are from Southwestern Ontario (a very specific part of Ontario that most Ontarians are NOT from). Otherwise, your chances are the same as someone from Ontario. McMaster -->
  7. By this do you mean a lot of people make threads about this, but there aren't that many replies to the threads? Because if so, I agree haha.
  8. Also if you ever apply to the states, it might look bad having written the MCAT and having a score of 1 (or the new equivalent) on all other sections. From my understanding, schools in the US usually look at all your writes, and evaluate the MCAT holistically. But if you have no plans to ever go to the states, you're fine.
  9. OP, if it makes you feel better, I know someone who got a D in Organic Chemistry 2 and got in this past cycle! (They also got an A in biochem the next year, so maybe that helped with the "holistic review")
  10. I also made sure I had complete sentences, and didn't use & instead of "and", because I wanted it to be more "reader-friendly". I remember having the same debate though...it took me a while to figure out how I could word things to fit under the 350 character limit, but its possible. I'm pretty sure this question was also asked around this time last year, and someone mentioned that they did use "&" a lot (and they got in), so I doubt it matters too much. One thing I would recommend though is to be consistent! I personally find it annoying when people switch between "and" and "&"
  11. Yeah, the calculation of AQ is determined only by your gpa or agpa (if applicable). MCAT scores don't matter pre-interview and are simply a cutoff.
  12. One more thing - does anyone know if BC Student Aid provides a portion of its loan as "grants" (which don't need to be paid back)? I understand that OSAP does this, but haven't heard of whether BC Student Aid does.
  13. I came across this thread and the posts near the bottom indicate that in BC and AB, loans are interest free during residency. Can anyone confirm/deny this? http://forums.premed101.com/index.php?/topic/77570-paying-off-osap/
  14. Do you know how much of that is provincial vs. federal? I remember hearing that for the provincial portion it remains interest free during residency
  15. Does anybody know the maximum amount that BC Student Aid would provide medical students each year? (For independent students with no assets or income). I was looking online for an "aid estimator" type calculator but couldn't find one (there is one for OSAP). Any info would be appreciated. Thanks!
  16. Pre-interview you still do need to meet the cutoffs (which for the old MCAT i believe was 7/7/7). Post-interview is a mystery and may change with the removal of science prereqs Also, when you say "IF I don't get a decent score <30" - it makes me wonder if you've written the MCAT yet? Because if not, your score won't be using that scale, and would probably/hopefully be in the 500's (with the new MCAT) ...OR was "<30" just a heart and a zero ? lol. mysteries.
  17. ^yeah that sounds like a good plan...ultimately also look into other options too - for instance, whether doing a masters might be a better option (UofT seems to like masters students) - or even trying course based masters programs that can be a good backup option (like physiotherapy, etc)
  18. I can tell you them here. As of May 18, 2016: Teal: 1304 Pink: 894 Red: 442 Black: 331 White: 302 Brown: 229
  19. I would also do more years of undergrad. It always hard to turn things around with lower undergrad marks. If you started another undergrad and had 2 good years (3.7+), it would also put you in the running for Western (assuming you do well on the MCAT), because I think western's 2 years need to be part of the same degree. So you could also declare graduation and start over....that might open up western, without closing off queens or ottawa
  20. This is just what I've heard, but I've heard that McMaster's waitlist usually moves a fair bit. This is because a bunch of people who are accepted to McMaster tend to also be accepted elsewhere in Ontario, and generally speaking, Mac isn't always a top choice. (Nothing against Mac, it's just really unique in its curriculum, and some people don't fit well with that learning style). But this is purely conjecture. The best advice here is to hope for the best but prepare for the worst. Also, are you on the Ottawa "good" waitlist? (From what I remember it's split into "good" vs "bad")
  21. Teal is in the lead with 1266 votes. Guys we can do this!! Keep teal in the lead
  22. Result: Accepted!!!! AHHHHH (VFMP) GPA: ~83.7% (with worst year removed) MCAT: 31 (10/10/11) Old MCAT ECs: Various long term commitments within my university. I feel like long term commitments are key. The more long term ones were all focused in specific areas...but I also dabbled in other areas with commitments that were ~2 years long. I also included my hobbies and odd jobs I had since high school. Interview: It felt good...but you can never be sure. I had 1-2 awkward stations where I felt like I rambled a lot...but probably about 2-3 stations where I felt good. The rest was all a
  23. Non Academic Qualities Usually when people say "NAQ" they refer to the score UBC assigns you, pre-interview. It's based on the application you fill out with your work experiences, extra-curricular activities, volunteering, awards, etc. Check their website for more info.
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