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  1. You might need an American citizen to co-sign for you to get a loan from an American bank. ( but someone else might be able to verify whether this is true)
  2. Sorry, Would you be able to translate these into percentages (I did my undergrad at UBC so I don’t understand the GPA system). This would probably depend on how strong your non-academic score is, to balance out your academic score. GPA is definitely important but luckily, I believe UBC allows you remove some of your worse credits ( refer to The UBC Med admissions website to verify whether this is still in place, whether you’re eligible etc. I think there are some criteria you need to meet for that to be possible). This may help you get rid of your first year GPA.
  3. Take @Bruhmoment 's wise words! This is true. I've heard from friends at IMP, SMP, and NMP that for example, in anatomy lab, the TAs and the instructors will personally come explain structures, set up extra anatomy review sessions, mock OSCEs, there's a CBT group for anxiety/depression/etc at IMP. Whereas at VFMP, your group is on your own figuring out anatomy (there are TAs but you have to fight for the attention of a TA and you get them for 2 minutes before they get pulled away by another group). There was no mock OSCE unlike at the sites. etc. VFMP - I'm sure the staff woul
  4. Oof so I'm heavily debating if this is okay or not to say, but I think you guys need to know the reality. But Student Affairs isn't that helpful tbh for your personal struggles, just from my experience and my friends' experience. Over the course of med, people I know have lost non-med classmate people in their personal lives ranging from taking their own lives to illness, struggled with mental health, ..this list can get really long.... But it was like a pat on the back, generic advice (things will get better), you should read this book, and that's literally it. No one ever checks in or
  5. To the 2024s that are super excited, I didn't mean to diminish your disappointment on missing out on these. Sorry if it comes off that way. I was hoping to be comforting but my jadedness leaked in.... @struggling2getin I know exactly who you're talking about who is an incredibly intelligent, fun guy. But there's a lot of people who do the same as this person haha. I feel you. I found in-person lectures harder than watching at my own pace. But for other incoming med students, just fyi that skipping lecture isn't for everyone. The group of my friends always went to every lectures s
  6. In addition to what @frenchpress said, (taking everything I say with a grain of salt because zero involvement in admissions, just my personal opinion/what I did), instead of detailing what the projects were, I would just list the number. you could say "simultaneously juggled 3 projects, did 3 presentations, and published 1 paper" or something like that---- but if you listed these actual pubs/presentations in the research section, then you don't need to include it again. This is if you weren't able to write it in the official research section. I'm not sure the specifics of your project wo
  7. My commute to UBC & VGH was about the same as yours. It's manageable to do lots of research, and attend events. I didn't do a ton of clubs because I wasn't interested in them. But I do strongly recommend driving if you can. I took the bus to UBC all of first term first year and then when I started driving, It opened up a lot more time.
  8. A sizable number of our classmates actually stayed at home - in Surrey, one of our classmates commuted from white rock, Richmond, Burnaby. Even prior to covid-19, many people didn't go to in-person class the majority of the week. I personally only went to class in person for 1 full day (CBL and clin skills) and Friday only for CBL which is 2 hours max. One of my classmates only went to ONE lecture the entire year, aside from CBL & clin skills and he does very well on exams. Both of us were partnered at family practice and have gotten feedback that we both really knew our stuff. Most of ou
  9. And hey, I don't want to be just shutting you down. Think about how amazing it is that you proved to yourself that you can get killer grades even while doing a thesis. You've shown yourself your abilities! Plus remember that med school isn't just about GPA. they care that you're hard working, compassionate, a team player, etc
  10. Hey OP, While I feel your pain that you studied super hard and got the amazing grades you deserved, and it's super painful that you were showing how great you improved since early in undergrad, I think it's important to recognize your privilege that your life was minimally impacted by COVID-19 and you were able to study like usual. There are many students out there whose lives were completely flipped upside down by what's been going on. Whose loved ones got sick and passed away Whose loved ones were quarantined in a high risk area and anxiety was high But for the most, th
  11. Every major is going to be pretty hard. I am guessing that the individuals you know that dropped out of Biology might have dropped out even if they were in a different major. So I encourage you to make your choice more based on which courses you find more interesting
  12. I found the Next Step for CARS practice helpful. Didn't use a CARS prep course or any couse. Jump into practice.
  13. @ubcstudent Your GPA is amazing which speaks to some great work ethic and time management. I would work a lot more on your ECs though - You're on the right track with ECs so far. How you write about these ECs in your application is also really important. I'm going off a pretty basic description so it's hard to accurately judge your level of involvement in your ECs. Full Disclaimer: Only going off what worked for me and what kind of ECs I've heard of my med classmates doing. Not involved with the admission committee. 1) Try to step into a leadership role. Think about how you would l
  14. Hi everyone, A relative gave me a short white coat they never used but the coat is collarless. I'm used to seeing med students and physicians wear something with a collar but can I wear this? Thanks!
  15. I got help from others before me through this forum so I want to help in the same way. I just went through the application cycle 2017-18 at UBC, Calgary, and the OMSAS schools (Toronto, Queens, etc) and will be starting med school this fall so very familiar with the application. I am experienced advising and editing others' applications for university over the last three years, so I have an established system for doing your edits, going over them with you, and creating a plan going forward. Now, I'm also going to offer help with med apps. I'm no expert but if you wanted someone to look o
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