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  1. depends on the specialty! if you look into the CaRMS website, you will notice that competitive specialties will evaluate for leadership qualities. less competitive specialties won't specifically evaluate for these. I've attached screenshots for Ophtho and Fam med, which are at the two extremes of competitiveness. hope this helps!
  2. Good question! I'll share my experience from last year. In-person UBC interview with 2 minutes to read prompt and 7 minutes to answer. This will depend on how long your initial monologue was, and how long you spend on each followup question. I spent anywhere between 3-5 minutes as an initial response. I had 1-3 follow-ups. My answers to followups were usually 1-2 minutes in length. (or was cut-off due to time). **For the UBC MMI: my understanding is that the point of the followups are to elicit a more well-rounded (and stronger) overall response to the initial prompt. Someone who spe
  3. Yeah, I honestly felt that I did OK overall. Had 2-3 stations where I felt I could've done much better. 3-4 OK with. 3-4 I felt really good about. Kept second guessing my performance all the way up to D-day. EDIT - I thought I'd add my AQ stats here in case it's relevant for anyone: adjusted grades: ~89-90%. MCAT 512 (126 CARS).
  4. I would be surprised if they gave you additional information. my guess is that you either won't receive a response or get a copy/pasted answer stating that they can't give individualized feedback. from my understanding the applications are looked multiple times. it's unlikely that there is an error. It's common practice to double-check all your entries with your verifiers prior to submission - to avoid any misunderstandings when some inevitably receive a verifier check.
  5. I'll just chime in and say that nobody here will be able to accurately evaluate your chances. There are applicants with lower AQ scores who get accepted and others with higher AQ scores get rejected. I've seen this many times, and personally know many peers who have grades in the 90s that did not get accepted (for various reasons)...... and vice versa. Your grades are lower than the marticulant average. Your ECs seem competitive (framing these in a constructive / meaningful way will be very important). You have an uphill battle, and I'd recommend taking a 'fifth' year to increase you grad
  6. This is what's publicly available - you recieve more information if invited to interview. Unfortunately, all current MD students signed a confidentiality agreement so we shouldn't be commenting on specific station types. MY advice is that you should be practice as many questions as possible -- the most useful will be ones that you have no background context on. Be prepared for any sort of critical thinking question on the MMI. I personally encountered many questions where I had to think on my feet (ie couldn't prep for). Prepare yourself to expect anything. Be flexible!! I'd also avoid rigid s
  7. School: UBC VFMP (main site) Year (1 or 2): 1 Lecture delivery method (online/ in person/ other [please explain]): All online, mix of asynch and synch. Includes Anatomy-Radiology/Histology-Pathology Labs. CBL online. Shadowing/clinic visits delivery method (online/ in person/ other [please explain]): Shadowing is not permitted. Clinic Visits, mix of telehealth and/or inperson, depends on preceptor: 4 half-days (3-4 hours each) or 2 full-days (6-7 hours each). Clinician skills delivery method (online/ in person/ other [please explain]): Mostly online, few in-person sessions
  8. I don't have an answer for you. I attended a program talk for a competitive specialty today: 80-90 applicants, 15-20 interviewed, 3 accepted. I don't see how one is able to choose 3 from 80 without any subjectivity/bias. The residents at the talk even remarked that they don't have much advice- the selection is subjective and you just try your best.
  9. Here's a gestalt view: you're (slightly) below average in GPA, and 5 points below average in overall MCAT score. Slightly above average NAQ (although NAQ will fluctuate every year, based on the pool - be cognizant of this). I'd recommend an MCAT rewrite for a 514+ if possible for you and/or reflect on your interview style for improvements. Either of these might push you over the edge for an acceptance. Otherwise, there's not much else to do other than apply again. Every year is a different pool of applicants, with different reviewers and interviewers. Your score may drastically go up or d
  10. I had something similar last year. My verifiers were contacted in what seemed like ~2 batches. ~1-2 weeks apart. I believe verifiers are given ~1 week to respond to the initial email.
  11. no official news for mmis. plans have been finalized for our OSCEs (theyre kind of like MMIs but for med students to assess our history taking/physicals etc) to be completely virtual. your mmi are very likely to be virtual as well.
  12. no impact. it takes time to go through the applications (over 2000!). it's just a matter of where your application lies in the pile. mine were contacted in late october/early november last cycle.
  13. From the blog: "Generally, higher scores are assigned to activities that demonstrate significant levels of responsibilities, initiative, and commitment over activities with minimal duration or degree of responsibility. We seek activities which showcase intentional, genuine concern for others, demonstrated by long-standing volunteer commitments or employment in a caring industry. " It's quite clear that more points are awarded to longer commitments. You'll only know if you apply. They will provide feedback on your NAQ as a percentile range, relative to your peers in that application pool.
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