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  1. Look for organizations that work in areas you’re interested in and try to get involved. In my experience, organizations more geared towards activism have tended to have more space for people to move up and contribute in leadership roles. But I think you also shouldn’t underestimate the difference that volunteering your time can have, even if the role is something ‘a high schooler’ can do. Find areas you’re passionate about where you’re excited to spend your time and see where that takes you - I.e. things you’d want to do even if you weren’t trying to get into medical school. Various thin
  2. If you read the application webpage interview faq, they say “Different stations may require the applicant to comment on a particular scenario, interact with a third Zoom participant, or respond to audio/video presentations, etc. “, and that’s as specific as they will get. MMIs can have personal questions, but anecdotally that seems more typical in residency interviews than medical school interviews at UBC. That said, you never know, and it varies year to year. Use a variety of resources to prepare and practice thinking on your feet (i.e. practice answer as many different questions as you can,
  3. Which makes sense. Medical students aren’t explicitly excluded from the first wave, it’s that the priority is front-line patient care areas like covid wards, ICU, etc. So while students aren’t explicitly looking after covid patients, it makes sense that students working in emerg and in ICU who may be a higher exposure risk should be able to get it if it’s there. Obviously there’s practical limitations - the shot takes time to become effective, and coordinating the second dose may be tricky - but ultimately just focusing on getting shots in arms when people are working in high risk areas is pr
  4. Thirty is not too old to start the process. But if you are going to go back to school for potentially another degree, and then medical school, and then residency, I think you need to think carefully about the benefits of doing so and whether it’s worth it to you. For example, Why do you want to be a doctor - What aren’t you getting from your current career? It sounds like in the past finances were an issue that led to difficulty with doing as well in school as you wanted - is that still an issue, can you realistically afford to not work for the next 4-8 years?
  5. Yes to all three - all post-secondary courses you take will be included in your GPA. If you want to take 6 courses at a time, you can, doesn’t matter if they are at different institutions. But I might think carefully before taking 6 courses, and whether that workload is one you can realistically do really well with, or if you’re more likely to end up with mediocre scores that further hurt your GPA. Personally I think you’re more likely to see meaningful benefit to your application by expanding your life experience and trying to improve your NAQ, get a job, etc. than slaving away at s
  6. Classically registration happens right before the interview, so people are wearing the same clothes they wear to the interview. With virtual it’s all new and there are limited rules or precedent. But common sense suggests you look clean and professional, probably you don’t need to wear a suit.
  7. I also started medicine late, at 30, after having a fairly long career in another field. If you think you might want to do it eventually it’s important to keep your grades up, so the option remains open. But there’s no real rush, except for the pressures of society telling you to grow up and get a job and buy a house and have kids, and “start your life”. You can have a life and become a doctor whenever you want, if that’s what you want to do - it might not be as easy or straightforward in theory, but then you also get the benefit of exploring other things in your life before committing to 6-9
  8. There is always a registration step - they confirm your identify, get you to sign a non disclosure agreement, etc. It’s necessary because otherwise any one could show up to the interview and pretend to be you.
  9. Pretty sure that the rule applies to all graduate programs. UBC seems to be of the mindset that they don’t want people starting commitments and taking spots in programs that they don’t intend to finish. From the website, (https://mdprogram.med.ubc.ca/admissions/graduate-students/ ): All degree requirements, including successful defense and submission of approved thesis in final form and acceptance by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, must be completed by this deadline. Graduate students in non-thesis based programs must complete all required courses, projects, exams, practica, etc. and hav
  10. This is exactly the situation I described above - you’re right it would be backwards, and it isn’t what’s expected. I think asking someone else on the board, like the president, should be totally fine.
  11. It’s true. Honestly, the rest station was just an opportunity to be stressed.
  12. What are you doing with the rest of your time? Realistically how many classes could you take and how much of a GPA boost might you get? In the context of at least 90 credits an additional 1-2 courses will likely make a fraction of a percent difference unless you’re managing 95+ scores. To really make a difference you’d need to take many courses and do very well in them, and that doesn't leave time for much else. My personal take is that once you have a decently competitive GPA (which you do, especially if you’re IP) doing things other than school (getting a real job, volunteering, spendin
  13. Using a colleague depends on the type of volunteering role you’re in and how high up in the organization you are. Obviously if you’re just a volunteer who has nothing to do with running the organization, you should not have a fellow volunteer at the same level write your reference. But if you’re actually helping to run the organization, and there’s no one above you, then choosing a colleague could be appropriate. Of course, the type of organization and qualifications of your referee matters too. This goes for all the references types. They say, for example, that you shouldn’t choose a ‘collea
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