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  1. Oh man I wasn't aware of this. Is this only at the time of applying for your LOC or do they look at your student loans and lower it year over year? Any ideas where the numbers are for RBC? I don't recall seeing this in any of the fine print when I signed up.
  2. This is correct, at least compared to the previous 5 MD admission years starting in 2015/16. The total # of applications was 2,558 for 2019/20, while it was 2,398 in 2018/19. It is worth noting that in 2016/17 there were 2,485 applicants (though there were at 298 disqualified applicants that year compared to the average across other years which is ~249 disqualified applicants/year. It's worth noting that this past year people did interview in-person, so there was still the "travel-fee" cost associated with applying, and COVID-19 wasn't a thing at the time of initial application due dates
  3. Your GPA is good – that's really the one thing that's almost set in stone and can break your application consistently for multiple years, but you're not in that position. I think the MCAT is the easiest thing to redo (albeit CARS is the hardest of the MCAT sections to improve but also the most emphasized) and so a 125 in CARS definitely rings some alarm bells. I don't think a rewrite in the summer would prevent you from getting in adequate MMI prep either, which usually happens in the immediate month(s) before the interview. I know some people who definitely were "over-prepared" for
  4. How long was your lease? Did you end up completely not using a car after the lease ended? (How is that possible with odd working hours and locations?)
  5. Hello everyone, I'm probably being stubborn, but I'm really interested in picking up a used luxury car once I reach the point where public transit no longer fills my needs (like in clerkship). To anyone who did this, or knows people who did, please let me know how these anecdotal experiences went. If my plan is unwise, I need emotional persuasion away from it, more than the usual "cars are depreciating assets" rhetoric, I've already seen that on a thousand other webpages. I'm afraid that if I don't fulfil that car dream now, by the time I'm settled in as a fully-fledged physician my youth
  6. As long as the courses you're taking aren't part of the year being dropped, I don't think it should matter what year level they're from for them to be included in your GPA. As per this page under "Grade Average Calculations", they take all grades from completed courses at accredited post-secondary institutions. While your GPA is calculated by a computer pre-interview, the admissions committee (post interview) supposedly does look over it and will notice a trend of GPA boosters. Let's say your GPA (of 80 credits) is an average of 80%. You take 12 credits (4 courses) at TRU and receive a 9
  7. @Happpy I haven't actually started classes yet, but from what I've gathered: Year 1, your Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays are at the UBC Vancouver campus with classes starting at 8am. Tues/Thurs are at the Vancouver General Hospital site, also starting early I assume. I know most lectures are recorded and viewable online, but UBC does have the case-based learning (CBL) which is smaller groups, and COVID-19 notwithstanding, you would be expected to be there in person. Ultimately, plan to be on campus (or at VGH) pretty often. Opinion: making the commute to the UBC campus sounds l
  8. I don't have any advisors for other banks, but for RBC I'm using someone from the Wesbrook village RBC right off of UBC Vancouver campus: Mei (Claire) Li mei.li@rbc.com
  9. @acceptmeplease I'm wondering about that as well... I heard new LOC deals come out in July(?) and RBC isn't doing a free $300 thing but scotiabank is, I'm wondering if it's worth waiting to see what the banks come out with.
  10. @cam_the_cob I don't see anything, but I did my undergrad at UBC and am keeping the same student number, so I already have a CWL-student id linkage setup. The student services centre (SSC) let me logon, and then I went to course registration, and it's showing my program as "MD":
  11. I was signing into one of UBC's third-party tools (as a UBC employee), where I was just prompted to "share my CWL information" with the tool... this is something I've done before, and I believe it might renew yearly, but now my affiliation at UBC now includes student!!! (and I have not been a UBC student for the past year)
  12. I think the big "If" here is the chance/circumstance around COVID-19-related travel restrictions. Assuming that there are travel restrictions, I definitely do not think that UBC will have in-person interviews. They could choose to do one of the "interview" strategies that other schools out east have done: have interviewees record themselves answering questions under a sharp time limit with many follow-ups and send the reply within the hour *This loses the option for acting stations entirely online "traditional" video conferencing cancel interviews altogether and d
  13. @technologymed I agree — the AAMC practice exams and question sets are super valuable: they use past questions and past scoring to give you results. I didn't really enjoy the 3rd party com now company's practice exams, I only did one and was like "waste of my time". I also got some used textbooks from Kaplan.... which were useless, honestly. Couldn't bring myself to study from them. I found an MCAT Anki deck online and simply did that religiously. I also recommend people taking a look at the AAMC's official testable content list and flagging anything they haven't studied yet. Also note th
  14. @hopefullyme I think the people who get in with a low MCAT have stronger GPAs that balance that out. To be honest, however: an MCAT sitting versus finals season both involve very similar elements (taking a test under pressure). Unlike finals, an MCAT can be retaken many times without penalization from UBC, so in my mind, an MCAT is more practical to do well on because it's simply something that can be retaken as many times as needed. @offmychestplease did mention that there was someone who got in with a 503, I'd be very interested to see their other stats to see how they balanced out the
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