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  1. From what I can recall, there has never been more than one rest station. They have usually been fairly clear about the writing station though the info can get lost on that OAS page. Up until last year, it was 30 minutes and separate from the MMI. Last year they included it in the MMI for the first time. If they haven't told you yet I'm sure they will tell you about it soon. Maybe no news means no writing?
  2. From my perspective, the MCAT is definitely playing a role after interview, since they just use it as a cutoff before the interview. People sometimes like to down play its significance but every year a low MCAT seems to hold back applicants with good NAQ, GPA, and Above Average Interviews.
  3. You should have a site info session that will tell you more about the sites and allow you to explore the options. I would echo what the others have said, choose where you want to spend your time and not by what you have heard about each site. Every UBC site is good and there is no poor choice when it comes to your education. Keep in mind this is only a site preference and you are not guaranteed your top choices. You should be prepared to be sent anywhere you select. I ranked my sites in order of support system (family and friends) at each site. I think it can be really helpful to have support
  4. From my experience, yes, but it is often quite quick so you won't notice much of a difference. I heard a few minutes after friends with earlier names in the alphabet.
  5. We have no clue, admissions are quite separate from the UBC students. I think a lot of people are expecting there to be more applications this year due to the pandemic and the deadline extension. The number of applications seems to keep going up every cycle. Hopefully, they will post the interim statistics so you have some clarity.
  6. @Excel-erate Your Breath Oh no?! More waiting? I'm sorry, that is so hard. This year seems like it may be done differently than previous ones. The process of applying to med is so hard and filled of so much uncertainity. Make sure you take care of yourselves during the process and remember that a rejection does not mean you are not worthy. Many of my classmates had to apply multiple times before they got in and many worthy applicants are missed every year.
  7. @acrylicblue You are correct. I remember most of the regrets going out on Day 1 and then some more regrets going out the next morning and that was so upsetting (it did seem to be the end of the alphabet). Moral of the story, you cannot totally relax until you get that interview invite. Hopefully it is all done quick this year.
  8. @premed0821 I think your chances of an interview are good. If you have good references, your activites are verified, and your interview goes alright I think you'll have great chances. It is competetive for OOP so it is good that you are trying to be realistic. I would assume you'll get Ontario interviews too. Good luck!
  9. Even though there have been a lot of changes this year I think they will follow their usual formula: Day 1 - Regrets Day 2 - Early invites Day 3 - Invites If you want a certain interview time or day, I recommend keeping an eye on your email between 10 and noon on the day. I would assume the regrets could come out as early as Monday Dec 14th. Good luck eveyone! I know how scary this time is.
  10. I would prepare for the interview cycle to be different than in previous years. With the cases getting worse, I highly doubt there will be any in person interviews.
  11. @built2build Best of luck to you. I would also advise you to write the MCAT again (and I know that is hard to hear). I had to write it a few times. I have friends who were rejected with above average interviews who's grades and MCAT scores were similar to yours, they did not have a PhD though. I'll bet a higher MCAT score and/or an above average interview would really help.
  12. @Maybemed2k24 I think you should definitely apply. You sound like someone who would be great in medicine. You have great ECs and your MCAT score demonstrates that you have the academic ability to handle med school. No one can make any guarantees but it sounds like you have a good chance as an indigenous applicant. Good luck!
  13. Hi @Stressedfajita I can second what @frenchpress has said. UBC seems to accept lots of students with varied academic backgrounds. I had some very part-time semesters (2 courses) and I was still accepted. I did explain why I chose to do part time courses on my application. Some other medical schools in Canada have strict requirements, but UBC is not one of them. I would not let that discourage you at all. Good luck.
  14. I am so thrilled to be getting a backpack. I do wish the colour was a bit more neutral so I would get more use out of it... oh well. Positives... We'll be able to spot our classmates from miles away and it won't get confused with any of the other bags in my closet.
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