kevinregnard reacted to HBH in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)
A little late, but here is some more hope for non-traditional applicants!
Timestamp: 11 May 2016 @ 11:33 PDT
Result: Rejected (2011-2014), Accepted (2015-2016) - VFMP (1st Choice)
Prereq Avg: 71.00%
AQ: 15.14 (2013-2014), 15.17 (2014-2015)
NAQ: 45.26 (2013-2014), 43.36 (2014-2015)
TFR: 60.40 (2013-2014), 58.53 (2014-2015)
*Did not record data from 2011-2012, 2012-2013*
MCAT: 28O (2009), 27N (2011), 31 (2014)
Interview: Above average (2013-2014), Average (2014-2015)
Awards: A few service/volunteering awards, nothing major.
Research/Pubs: Empty section.
Non-Academic: Filled in all the slots for every section except High Performance (I had nothing in that category). Had a broad variety of long-term volunteering activities ranging from lab research, hospital/hospice volunteering, snowboard/tennis instructing, service clubs, personal hobbies, and fundraising. As many successful applicants have mentioned in the past, the quality and length of your activity matters. Don’t worry too much about what activity it is so long as it is meaningful to you and the community in some way.
Employment: Worked with children with autism, in research labs, and taught snowboarding/tennis part-time for several years.
Interview Thoughts: My third, and last, interview was the best by far. I felt knowledgeable and on point in each station. I think this was partly due to my taking public health courses in the 2015-2016 year, which helped inform me on various healthcare issues such as the aging senior population, Aboriginal health, mental health, technology in healthcare, and international public heath.
Summary: There is not much to say that has not already been said by others in the forum. It is definitely harder to be competitive if you have a low AQ or NAQ. Personally, I feel recovering from a low AQ is much more difficult than a low NAQ. But, it can be done. It will take more time and you will have to spend more time catching up in one way or another, but it can be done. Just keep developing and moving forward, whether that means working/volunteering, taking courses, doing another program (e.g., paramedicine, BSN, MPH). For those that have been rejected/waitlisted, I know that crippling feeling of dejection, frustration, anger, you name it. I experienced it for four years. But keep it up, soldier on, understand your options, have back-ups, and you’ll either get into medicine or find something just as fulfilling. For those that have been accepted, I look forward to meeting you this coming Fall!!
kevinregnard reacted to garlic in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)
My heart goes out to all the applicants who have gotten waitlist or regrets results. I have spoken to many of you online, and have come to know you all as capable and caring people. Please do not give up if medicine is your dream and passion. Although it is difficult, try not to be disheartened or lose confidence in yourselves.
kevinregnard reacted to coldpizzahotsriracha in We Are Some First Year Year Ubc Medicine Students - Ask Us Anything!*
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Given that interview invites are coming out pretty soon, we're sure you all have a lot of questions about what life as UBC medicine student is like. The following users will be answering your questions:
Gohan (he didn't agree to this but most likely he will)
kevinregnard reacted to TechToMD in 2016 Application: What Are My Chances?
1) To have a sense of your chances, you really do need an MCAT score. Just to throw in my case if it means anything, I applied in the 3rd year of my undergraduate with a 31 MCAT score (so 83rd percentile) and received zero interviews. I re-wrote it the following year receiving a cumulative 521 (99th percentile) and in my next application with virtually no changes in my EC's and GPA, I received 5 interviews, eventually being accepted at 2 schools. I'm not sure why this thread is full of conversation about your business and EC's in general when that discussion is trivial without an MCAT score in hand. Your MCAT matters so much more than EC's for Canadian applications in general (and even more so for US).
2) Your application need not be so tailored to UBC. Yes, you are IP there and that is a big advantage, but no school except McMaster in Ontario gives preference to IP applicants (barring UWO and NOSM regional policies which serve only a small portion of Ontarians) and even then McMaster's preference is very small (and McMaster has NO preference post-interviews). You should expand your focus to at least Ontario schools as well if you are actually serious about maximizing your chances. I'm not entirely sure how UBC views the MCAT, but in Ontario at least for the most part, the MCAT score is make or break. I think your focus should really not be on EC's at all until you have an MCAT score in hand. Your business as well as all your other EC's are trivial if you get a high score at many places (e.g. Western, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, McMaster). It's important to prioritize here - your EC's should not be the focus right now imo.
3) Speaking of EC's, I'll throw in my thoughts here as well. I truly believe that what you do for EC's does not matter at all. 90% of your EC score is how you present it. I would love to tell you that the fact you made $500k will greatly impress the evaluators and give you a huge advantage, but doing so would not paint the true picture and would be doing you a disservice. To be clear, it IS impressive that you are that successful in your business. I also manage my own business and it was an important piece of my application. However, I think you are slightly misguided as to how EC's are evaluated. It does NOT matter how "impressive" any of your entries are, what matters are the CanMEDS roles that you developed from them. Those can be developed from a 500k/yr successful business, or a 50k/yr successful business, or even a business that completely failed and went bankrupt. If we used revenue as a "metric" for scoring, then should we not award any points to someone who invested hours of their time and developed qualities such as leadership, teamwork, advocacy, etc. in a venture that ultimately failed? Of course not. Schools aren't looking for someone who is the best businessman, or the best athlete, or the best musician. They are looking for someone that in their eyes has the potential to best learn medicine. In order to learn and practice medicine, you must develop the CanMEDS roles. Do whatever activities you want and illustrate that you have developed those competencies in the description of your activities in your applications. At some point additional hours into the same activity has diminishing returns because you could be doing other things and developing other competencies that are equally important. As long as within the spectrum of your activities, you demonstrate sufficient development in all of those competencies, you will get a high score for your EC's.
4) Sorry to bring up the MCAT again, but really just write your MCAT and apply. I see from your thread that you were planning to apply last year but didn't. Had you applied, even if you didn't get in, you would have been given a NAQ score and would know where you stood and if you needed to change things. So at this point plan to write your MCAT and throw in an application such that worst case scenario you have a NAQ score to work with and have a more realistic picture of your chances.
5) I am going to assume you have money because of your business making 500k/yr and you taking home 200k/yr. If this is not a valid assumption, then you can ignore this piece of advice. Apply broadly to USMD and USDO schools. They are supposedly more holistic than Canadian schools and bad grades can be overcome by a high MCAT and strong EC's.
I hope that helps. Feel free to PM me if you have any other questions or want more advice.
kevinregnard reacted to 1994 in 2016 Application: What Are My Chances?
1. Physicians also dedicate a significant amount of time to paperwork, emails, phone calls and meetings. You also go on to say you'd consider POTUS, which has even more than that. You have obviously put medicine/physicians on a pedestal but should you interview, I would be very careful about saying they are more important than other members of society.
2. The bolded is what bothers me. Give your head a shake if you think allied health professionals have no involvement pre/post op after you single handedly save your patient with that extremely fibrous/hard to operate on pituitary tumour. Wanting to be the person who is able to directly resolve that situation is admirable, but not all cases turn out to be happy endings and even the most skilled surgeons need to acknowledge their limitations. Such a god complex will get people killed.
You seem very passionate about medicine which is good, but certain things you say will 100% rub people the wrong way and I would be very wary of that in your application.