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  1. Honestly I'm not sure less safe cars (which tend to be older cars) are worth driving, at least not after I saw news about a B.C. doctor killed in car accident where he was t-boned at ~120 km/h. There was no passenger on the t-boned side, and I do believe that a newer and/or safer car may have done a better job at preserving his life. On some other internet forum (whose name is taboo in these parts) I remember reading about a family where the daughter was going out but her father told her to take their older vehicle rather than the new truck, but that night she was killed after rolling it
  2. It's honestly quite fascinating to see the contrast in this thread, though I suppose I shouldn't be surprised. Growing up, my family constantly said I had expensive tastes and better do well in school to afford shiny things, while my sibling on the other hand is super low-maintenance. At the same time, feeling guilty of a smaller for pleasure purchase like a Nintendo Switch is quite interesting to me - maybe it's an indication of very different financial goals as staff, or maybe memory of being frugal during high school and/or your bachelor's. I wonder most of the staff money go once some
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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?)
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. @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
  10. 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
  11. @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.
  12. @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":
  13. 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)
  14. 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
  15. @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
  16. @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
  17. @Aryanenzo I've got to agree with @Giant_Anteaters on this one. After working with a number of FLEX students and knowing people who have gotten in this year, I think "Super extroverted, dominant, persuasive" doesn't paint a full or accurate picture of what adcoms is looking for. I think they're looking for personality types that include the following: Confident (if you had a doctor who looked really uncertain when prescribing a patient a drug, that patient themselves would lose confidence and trust in what they were being offered) Listening & openness to changing stance (a doc
  18. @blue23 I’ve heard conflicting reports about who pays, but I do truly believe that it’s UBC who ultimately waives it. I know someone who was a department manager and got charged for the course he took, but it sounds like there was something different happening there, as multiple people have mentioned getting tuition waivers (in direct messages to me or on other forums) and their supervisors were none the wiser when they received the ~$7k waivers. Make sure your termination date is after the start of classes, though. other people have applied their waivers to their own med school edu
  19. I am also able to login to Entrada, but it might just be because I’ma UBC faculty of medicine staff right now
  20. @hopefully2020 try other online forums for each respective school you've been to or have shared experiences with (not necessarily for premeds, but all students). Not sure if this forum likes us suggesting other competing sites, but you can find a variety of places via google. Personally, it's probably worth waiting for that next intake and taking a short online course on counseling others and how to approach sensitive topics. For the vast majority of med students, a rejection just means trying for another year: for programs where your support would go the furthest, it would be with peopl
  21. @Allone This is a good initiative, but I feel like Facebook is the wrong platform to do it on as most people don't have anonymous accounts (like they do on here). I think people would be hesitant to approach a random stranger on the internet while you yourself haven't provided any specific details about your shared troubles (beyond being faced with rejections). Sharing your story of how things went for you, what your GPA/extracurriculars look like/what you plan on doing in the future/what traps you fell in during your journey (and more) will at the very least be something that future pre-meds
  22. Fascinating. The XPS 15 (2019) appears to actually be heavier than my current laptop, and speed walking around campus with the laptop + water bottle + smaller 3rd party charger really made its weight known. Man, I need to work out more.... On a side note, it's also worth noting that the batteries in many thin & light laptops aren't designed to be replaced. Not like the old days where the battery was anchored in and could be popped by sliding a hinge underneath the device...
  23. @Vertex don't you find a 15" heavy? My 15" laptop is a bit too heavy for my comfort, which is why I'm looking to change to something lighter.
  24. @Kaboom it's definitely a solid choice! It's very light, and as long as you're willing to buy drawboard PDF (the PDF annotation app, which used to be free for surface pro 4 but discontinued their deal with microsoft..), it's a solid machine for writing/annotating your slides! I had a low-spec Surface Pro 4 (CPU: m3, RAM: 4GB) and it still hummed along quite nicely! The one thing to consider is that the pen and keyboard are sold separately, but are absolute musts and should be included in your budgeting. It's also hella convenient if you're trying to make more space on your desk and don't need
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