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    vms got a reaction from neurologist19 in Is it possible to get in UBC med school with all degrees (a Bsc and a Msc) from China?   
    I'm pretty sure that as long as your degree is accepted, you will be treated like any other applicant. I don't think the fact that you did your activities and research in China will have any impact. UBC's evaluation is quite objective. They just quantify the various aspects of your application. In contrast, for U.S. med schools, a committee meets to discuss each applicant, so it might be more subjective in the states.
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    vms got a reaction from neurologist19 in Is it possible to get in UBC med school with all degrees (a Bsc and a Msc) from China?   
    In case you haven't seen this yet: https://mdprogram.med.ubc.ca/admissions/admission-requirements/
    Go to Transcript Requirements -> International Transcripts
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    vms reacted to frenchpress in Australian Trained GP - salary coming back to Canada   
    I think the issue with what you’re saying is that you’re dumping taxes and overhead into the same bin. They’re not the same. 
    When talking salaried incomes, you’re right that people don’t tend to deduct the taxes and we just talk gross income. Everyone understands that the true take home pay of a 100k salary is less after tax. But lets say you have a small business generating 100k in gross income/billings - what does that mean? Is that a good income? A bad one? You can’t tell from that information alone, because before you can calculate the owner’s personal gross income, first you have to deduct expenses from the business gross income. If you make 100k in earnings and you run a small business out of your home with no employees, you’re going to have a much higher pre-tax net income than someone who makes the same but has an employee and rent to pay out of those billings. The ‘gross income’ of a business owner is the ‘net income’ of the business itself (assuming the owner has no other income streams).
    If you want to usefully compare the income of someone who runs a small business to the income of some who is ‘salaried’, you need to deduct the overhead first, so that you’re actually comparing each person’s true gross income after expenses. Similarly, if you want to compare the true incomes of doctors, you also need to deduct overhead, because different types of positions or specialities have different levels of overhead. That’s why we tend to talk about it this way. 
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    vms reacted to Fast_Layne in UBC Interview help   
    I was reading through the UBC MD admissions blog, and according to this post from 2015, none of the stations are dropped!

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    vms got a reaction from Olle in Stuck on whether to pursue a course-based masters or a second undergrad degree   
    Like people mentioned before, these things should not matter. If you apply this cycle, you might even get an interview if your extracurricular activities are really good. I just wrote a reply explaining how UBC selects people for interviews:
    Increasing your GPA by 2-3% would increase your chances of getting an interview significantly. With an 88% GPA, your activities would only need to be assessed as average (compared to the pool) to get an interview. I'm not sure how hard a masters in public health is, but if you do choose to do more school, pick a degree that allows you to get 90s.
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    vms got a reaction from canada747 in Does anyone have any tips for studying in a loud house with the librarians closed?   
    Try playing white noise using noise-cancelling headphones. You could also use noise-cancelling earphones if you have glasses and headphones are uncomfortable
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    vms reacted to Medddddd in Have accepted applicants heard anything from UBC?   
    On Jennifer fongs financial thing she said that they recommend july 30th now  
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    vms reacted to Intrepid86 in Not happy in medicine.. Not sure what to do?   
    Training is finite, and your current rotation is temporary. This perspective is important regardless if you are a student or resident. You will not enjoy everything equally. It is not required or expected. You thought your IM experience would be one thing, but it turned out to be another. Your expectations of medicine are starting to hit up against some of the realities. This is normal.
    When things get difficult, it is helpful to keep in mind that most personal struggles boil down to one binary decision; you either keep going, or you quit. This might sound callous, but it is by far the most important decision to make, and the decision most people are actually wavering on in their minds, whether they realize it or not. You always have the option to do one or the other, so make the decision first, then you'll realize things get simpler after that initial mental hurdle.
    For the sake of discussion, let's say you keep going. Now make the next important distinction. What things do you have control over, and what are the things you don't? It is wasted effort and energy to worry about things you have little or no control over, such as which rotation you're on, who the attending is, how they act, etc. What you do control is your own work ethic, attitude, and response to criticism. This type of stoic reflection is helpful to peel the layers of a problem, and also for one's own mental health, but it is skipped by 90% of people.
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    vms reacted to 88risingsun in Not happy in medicine.. Not sure what to do?   
    OP, you posted just this past April asking about whether you should mention your hobby for brewing beer in your med school apps/interviews... are you really in clerkship? Doesn't add up + sounds like BS to me lol.
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    vms got a reaction from Dr. Tenma in Have accepted applicants heard anything from UBC?   
    I called the tech support and they said it usually takes 24 hours for the email forwarding to become active. Sure enough, mine starting working 1 day later
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    vms got a reaction from Itllbeok in MCAT re-write worth it??   
    It might be too rushed to re-write for the upcoming cycle as you said, but you could consider re-writing for the next, next cycle (hopefully you'll get in before then, but it's good to plan ahead). A high mcat score will help you tremendously post-interview, and could very well be the difference between waitlist and acceptance. The average mcat of the entering class is 514 I believe
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    vms reacted to frenchpress in Housing location   
    Flex is the ‘scholarship’ component of the curriculum. Half day once a week in years 1 and 2. There are also stretches of FLEX at the end of years 1/2, and again in forth year, where you work on a larger scholarship project(s). 
    For much of first year flex the half day is focused on ‘how to do research’. Mostly lectures and small group tutorials, although I recall some discussion that some of it might be moving towards online modules / self-directed (not entirely sure). In second year the weekly half days are mostly for project time. 
    Flex projects are mainly research type projects, but there’s opportunities to do many kinds of things (quality improvement projects, modules for the curriculum, art projects, experiential learning, etc, etc, etc). For many it’s a ‘flexcation’ and kind of a write off...but many people also get a lot done in that time. 
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    vms reacted to technologymed in Waitlist Party 2020   
    I was offered admission today (10:37am) to my second choice SMP! (IP and rural applicant)
    I also can't believe this is happening!!
    Good luck to everyone else who is still on the waitlist!
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    vms got a reaction from HugeEuge in UBC Interview help   
    Did he say that for us? I don't remember lol. But that might just mean one bad station won't destroy your overall interview score (which is the average of 11 stations), not that your lowest station will be dropped. I feel like he said that to remind everyone to not get so caught up with one poor station that it negatively affects all your remaining stations.
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    vms got a reaction from ShadesofCyan in UBC Interview help   
    I know that some people think UBC drops the lowest station, but there's no evidence they do. I think it's better to practice with the mindset that no station will be dropped.
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    vms reacted to 24KaratPureAu in UBC Interview help   
    I remember that speech too. But there wasn't any indication that any station will be dropped. It was more like, don't worry if you sink one station, you get the other 10 to average it out. 
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    vms got a reaction from 24KaratPureAu in UBC Interview help   
    Did he say that for us? I don't remember lol. But that might just mean one bad station won't destroy your overall interview score (which is the average of 11 stations), not that your lowest station will be dropped. I feel like he said that to remind everyone to not get so caught up with one poor station that it negatively affects all your remaining stations.
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    vms got a reaction from itski in UBC Interview help   
    Did he say that for us? I don't remember lol. But that might just mean one bad station won't destroy your overall interview score (which is the average of 11 stations), not that your lowest station will be dropped. I feel like he said that to remind everyone to not get so caught up with one poor station that it negatively affects all your remaining stations.
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    vms got a reaction from aldywood in UBC Interview help   
    Did he say that for us? I don't remember lol. But that might just mean one bad station won't destroy your overall interview score (which is the average of 11 stations), not that your lowest station will be dropped. I feel like he said that to remind everyone to not get so caught up with one poor station that it negatively affects all your remaining stations.
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    vms reacted to 24KaratPureAu in UBC Interview help   
    I agree. I've not heard anyone official say it will be dropped. The most I heard is that one bad station can be averaged out by the good performances in other stations. So I would practice with the exact mindset matchalatte had (nice username btw).
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    vms reacted to indefatigable in Make one or more sentences, questionsusing the letters of last word to begin each wor   
    EXCRETIONS
    Except X-AE-A12, children really enjoy trying inventive optional name spellings.  
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    vms reacted to teeezyyy in CMA c2024 backpack colour choices (w/ pics)   
    OMG I LOVE THE BURGUNDY! Fingers crossed for that (or purple)! Its so chic and won't look as dirty as the blue one. I strongly dislike the yellow and orange lol my eyes hurt looking at them
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    vms got a reaction from ketamine in Regrets with Above Average Interview   
    What was your MCAT? I think it's usually due to low MCAT. The average MCAT of accepted applicants is 514, so you want to aim for that or higher. If you get rejected with above average interview AND have a super high MCAT, then I guess it might be due to poor references
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    vms reacted to Raincouver in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
    Result:   Accepted VFMP (first choice)!!!!
    Geography: IP 
    Degree: BScHK 2019
    Early or Regular Deadline: Regular
    Timestamp: 10:55 AM
    GPA: 92%
    EC's - Varsity athlete, camp counselor, mentor, tutor, special olympics, outdoors experiences. Extensive research(350+hours), national presentation. 
    MCAT: 515 (129/128/128/130) 

    Interview: One station felt awful, one felt great, the rest felt decent but I wasn’t sure how I did. 
    Second time applicant. Was rejected from FIVE schools post-interview last year, below average interviews at every one. My mom died a month before the rejections and it was a really tough few months. As devastating as this was, this past year allowed me to explore new passions, learn a lot about myself and become more confident about speaking about everything I had experienced! 
    If you didn’t hear the news you wanted today, have faith that everything will work out eventually. Weaknesses can be turned into strengths with enough time and practice! 
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    vms got a reaction from Gumby in Accepted/Rejected/Waitlisted??? (for current applicants)   
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