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  1. This is not quite correct. The courses need to be university-transferable/university-level credits , meaning that UBC would recognize the course as a university-level course, even if it doesn’t directly transfer as a specific UBC course. If your courses are taken at a university and can be counted towards a bachelors degree you are probably fine. However, there are a few universities and programs in BC where you might take courses at a university that are not university level - for example; there are some programs where you can do a diploma, then transfer that credit towards the first pa
  2. Do things you’re interested in, and that allow you to continue on with your life and be happy. Don’t put your life on hold to do what you think you should, or what other people think is a better EC vs another. It’s all subjective and a bit arbitrary anyways - so do things that you find meaningful, that you actually want to do, and that allow you do develop maturity, leadership, etc. Getting a job is a great idea. You’ll learn a lot about yourself working that you might otherwise miss in school. If you could actually see yourself seriously wanting to work in academia or if your researc
  3. There’s no difference between how it’s calculated for co-op students and anyone else. See the examples on the website here: https://mdprogram.med.ubc.ca/admissions/evaluation-criteria/ They’ll take the year with the worst average, and drop up to 30 credits from that year. If you only did one term that year because you were on co-op, then it will be 15 credits. In terms of your other question, did you not have sufficient credits to qualify for agpa last year?
  4. I think I spent a lot less time than the average person - I had a full time job, so I studied evenings and weekends for 10 straight weeks. I had taken a biochemistry course just before that though, so thankfully I didn’t have to spend quite as much time on that topic. And I had an arts background, so I didn’t do I much CARs prep. I got a 514 - 126/129/129/130 For efficiency, I just worked through the Kaplan books (about 1 a week) and then I did a full length practice exam roughly every other weekend, and tried to target my studying the following week to reviewing the topics for questi
  5. I used Kaplan + Khan, non traditional with limited science courses. TBR was too detailed and overwhelming. That approach worked well for me. The regular practice tests were helpful too!
  6. My two cents is that your GPA is perfectly competitive already (assuming you’re IP) and it doesn’t make sense to try and incrementally raise it at the expense of having time to do other things to get more life experience, build your ECs, etc. Get a job you like, one that can help you build skills, maybe even one that could be an alternate career or at least on a career path if you don’t get into Med. Why put your life on hold for another year while you potentially wait? Especially since becoming a more well-rounded person is only likely to increase your NAQ score and competitiveness.
  7. It’s not a red flag at all. You just need to be able to outline what you were doing with that time. They want to know you can handle hard work - but a combo of classes and other life activities, work, etc. can demonstrate this. I had several years of part-time semesters. As per UBC’s faq: “A full course load is not necessary for application to the program, and we recognize that applicants may have many reasons for taking less than a full load. However, applicants must display an ability to handle the demands of medical school and may be required to demonstrate the reason behind a part-time
  8. Technical diplomas don’t count, but generally as long as it’s a bachelor’s degree it will count at most schools. I assume if you’re at BCIT you’re looking at applying to UBC - they will require at least 90 ‘university transferable’ courses, meaning you could have them assessed for transfer credit at another degree-awarding institution. They don’t have to transfer to specific courses mind you, but ubc would have to for example recognize your comp sci 101 course as equivalent to a 100-level ubc comp sci course. If you’re not sure, you can email admissions and ask them.
  9. You’re right that those who are well connected and don’t have to work may have more of a certain kind of EC. And higher socioeconomic status makes it a lot easier to get in to medicine. But UBC has been trying in the past few years to make the process more equitable (Including getting rid of prerequisites). Employment counts for a lot as well. The heavier focus on ECs could actually even the playing field a bit, depending on how they are scored.
  10. Given that CaRMS is going to be entirely virtual I would be extremely surprised if UBC (or any school) does anything in person.
  11. This is true, but I think slowly changing in some places. Not so much in the academic centers, but in some smaller communities I have met several different groups of surgeons who are sharing positions - so they’ll have like, 4 surgeons for 2-3 “full-time” spots, or similar types of sharing arrangements based on how much people want to work, allowing everyone more work-life balance, spreads call out over more people, etc.
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