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  1. I'm trying to decide between Queens, U of T, and UBC here, so any insight from you Queens people would be appreciated. Here are some of the things I'm considering: Location: I'm from BC, so UBC would be preferable to the other schools with respect to proximity to family/friends. Otherwise, I sort of like the idea of being in a large urban centre, so U of T takes second place (I think). I really like the Kingston vibe though.... Clinical/Research opportunities: I get the feeling that UBC and U of T might have greater breadth in this regard. Could any of you Queens folks comment on acce
  2. Haha, I'm so torn! I really liked the Queens vibe - everyone seemed so friendly and happy, and it seems like an awesome community. Location/clinical opportunities are pulling me towards UBC or U of T though.... the decisions...
  3. @Premed6 As I navigate the process of deciding between U of T and UBC, I would like to go on something a bit more nuanced than epithets such as, "level of training," or, "unique opportunities." As for prestige, well, that's a slippery idea. I would merely encourage any who find the idea of prestige alluring to take a good hard look at that at which they are grasping. I'm not sure I like the trajectory of a life built around other people's nods of approval. @OwnerOfTheTARDIS I think your point about networking/connections can't be overstated. @justwannabeadoc Besides, UBC is plenty pres
  4. If you look at the following link (http://md.utoronto.ca/events-tours-academy-selection), under the "Financial Aid Webinar" section, it says " video coming soon," so it sounds like they recorded it and may be posting it soon. I missed it too, so I'm hoping that's the case.
  5. I'd be keen to hear others' opinions on UBC vs. U of T though.
  6. I'm in a similar boat... UBC, or U of T? (...or Queens...?). The problem I'm running into is that even though I can roughly rank each institution in order of preference with respect to any number of dimensions (social, geographic, clinical opportunities, research, etc.), it is very difficult to determine how much weight each of these dimensions should be given with respect to the others. How does one compare the importance of social support from nearby family to the availability of research opportunities, etc.? As far as the residency question goes, I know that the data indicate that most
  7. Accepted (IP): VFMP Time stamp: May 12th, 3:40 pm OGPA: 95ish? MCAT: 525 Interview: Somehow, it went really well. I came away more confident from this interview than I did from any of my other interviews. I guess the stars aligned or something.... Now for the tough decision of whether to head out east, or stay in Vancouver...
  8. Result: Accepted to St. George Timestamp: 4:42am (Pacific Time) wGPA: >3.9 MCAT: Above cut offs ECs: Some research (presentations but no pubs), several continuous years of volunteering with several organizations Essays: Whipped them off in an afternoon.... but they were good... I guess? Interview: Felt pretty good Year: 5rd Year UG (BA and BSc) Geography: OOP
  9. Getting an OOP offer doesn't change anything as far as a UBC offer goes. In fact, UBC won't even see that you've been accepted at another school.
  10. I find two things to be necessary: (1) to do the little things to make sure I don't get run down by striving, and (2) to do the subtler, harder thing, which involves checking in on who I am and where I am going (important if all the striving isn't going to be for nothing). You already know what to do for the first, but perhaps suggestions for the second may be helpful. "...to reflect on good deeds and less good things I've done everyday," as .Marble. said, is a good start. Sometimes we need help from outside though, since it's so easy to get caught up in the bubble of our own perspective:
  11. Just live thoughtfully, justly: unrestrained moderation.
  12. I have done work in a C. elegans lab for the past 3 years of my undergrad, so perhaps I can offer some insight. I'll second gangliocytoma's advice on reading up on recent papers that have come out of the lab. The lab coordinator isn't going to expect you to know all the details, but it's quite possible you might get a question like, "what made you interested in working with our lab?" or "so what do you know about our research" or even "so what do you know about C. elegans?" Having done some background reading will allow you to: 1) show that you are interested in learning about the lab and
  13. Here's my take on OP's question: The "right fit" in a career involves the intersection of a number of dimensions that fit into a number of areas: Discrete - number of years of training, employability (% of graduates hired immediately after graduation), financial remuneration, work hours, etc. Qualitative - the flexibility of the hours (there is a big difference between 60hr/week on your own schedule and 60 hrs/week on your pager/phone's schedule), geographic variation in employability, the content of the work (you will be problem solving in both law and medicine, but would you rather
  14. I do work with invertebrates, which aren't covered under the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) guidelines, but I am a student representative on the institutional animal care committee (IACC) at my university. In order to be eligible for public grant funding, every institution that does work with vertebrates must have an active IACC that keeps track of protocols, SOPs, etc., and reports to the CCAC. The CCAC aims for transparency and encourages IACCs to do the same, but it's often a bit of a balancing act because certain uses of animals in research that meet established ethical guidelines
  15. It was before their interview. I was in the same time slot, and almost hopped on the elevator, but decided to wait for the next one! At first the elevator didn't move, and then the doors re-opened and the elevator was sinking a few inches, and a couple of guys jumped out. The door closed, and then everyone who was still in the elevator got stuck there for two hours!!! The interview staff had to call the fire department to get them out. The plan was to let those people interview during the last slot of the day (4pm), and I know some of them had an evening flight to catch afterwards. Absolute ni
  16. TIME STAMP: Mar 14, 1:45 PM (PT) Interview Date: Apr. 9 Result: Invite wGPA: 3.95 MCAT: above cutoffs ECs: Volunteering in emergency (including leadership), tutoring refugees, a couple of years of research, a summer at a hospital in Kenya, club leadership, etc. Essays: Spent a couple of hours on them. Year: 5th year UG (BSc + BA) Geography: OOP
  17. Haha, I almost lost my 10:58 am slot on the 26th because I tried to click the same slot again to make sure I had it, and then it said there were none left, so I switched to a bloody 8:30 am slot only to see my 10:58 am slot (which I guess I did have after all) re-appear on the list for the taking!!! Too much adrenaline for 5:30am....
  18. Ohhhhhhh, the anxiety! I only have one of the dates free too!
  19. Result: Reject GPA: 3.95 Year: 5th year UG (BIO/PSYC double degree) MCAT: 525 (130/132/132/131) ECs: Decent I think... a few years of research with multiple posters, leadership in a couple of clubs, TA for upper-level courses, lead volunteer at a hospital, tutoring, a summer working at a hospital in Kenya, a year long service experience in Sweden, etc). Geography: OOP Curious to see what feedback I get when they send that out. Congrats to everyone who got an invitation though!!!
  20. Result: Invite Time Stamp: 1:06 PM (Pacific Time) wGPA: 3.92 Year: 5th (BIO/PSYC double degree) MCAT: 130/132/131/132 (525) ECs: Good but not crazy (3yrs hospital volunteer with advancement, 3yrs tutoring refugees, 2 conference posters, 2 years research, a summer working at a hospital in Kenya, president of one club treasurer of another, etc. etc.) Geography: OOP Good luck all!
  21. Time Stamp: 6:13 AM (Pacific Time) Invite: Invited GPA: 3.95? Casper: Felt pretty good (managed to finish my response for each question, but beyond that it's pretty hard to tell...) CARS: 132 OOP, 5th year BSc, BA Looks like I have to empty my pockets yet again to pay for flights to another interview...
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