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  1. Don't worry about it. They won't dock points just because they don't agree with your assessment of where an activity should go. I know someone who got in with several questionable things written into high performance IMO.
  2. They specifically mention somewhere that your previous year's application is not considered while reviewing this year. Do not do this.
  3. No one would know exactly how they assess time commitment unless you are on the admissions committee. I would think both are equally important, but I wouldn't wait just to have "long term" commitment before applying. Just do as many hours as you can reasonably do, and don't jump to new activities excessively. Keep accumulating hours even after you apply, so that you have an improved application by the next cycle as well.
  4. I did it through the link that was provided at the Doctors of BC website for UBC
  5. When I interviewed, the possible choices were split between 4 days (saturday/sunday for 2 weekends), with 4 time slots each day. No one knows how UBC will run the interviews if they are virtual. You'll have to wait for an announcement at the time you get an interview invite I presume.
  6. Oh that's strange, yes I'm at VFMP. It says this: Dear Class of 2024 students, Congratulations on being accepted into Medical School at UBC! My name is Byron and I am the program coordinator for your Family Practice component of Clinical Experiences. I am excited to meet and work with you. I am currently recruiting and matching preceptors for your first rotations at a Family Practice office. This will be an exciting learning time for all of you, where you will see and interact with real patients. Some of the doctors interested in teaching your class have language prefe
  7. FYI everyone, check your UBC alumni email. We got our first email regarding family practice there!
  8. That does make me feel a bit better, thank you.
  9. I often find that these arguments claiming that systemic racism/discrimination don't exist are usually rooted in semantics. They are thinking that compared to decades ago when segregation and discrimination were essentially written into law, society nowadays has moved past those times. Thus, there is no "systemic" issue. Instead, they see it as the issue of individuals in our society. It's a similar thing for gun control - there are no bad guns, only bad people. In my opinion, it is just an excuse to take the onus off themselves to address these issues. The system extends far beyond the
  10. While my heart goes out to those that are negatively affected by these changes, what is the fairest alternative? Even if you were able to get better grades despite your classes remaining difficult, how does admissions differentiate you from the many people who had inflated grades or even cheated? And if you retain all these grades, how do you address the disadvantages that face students at Alberta who had all their courses P/F, or the individuals who may have lost their only source of income to pay for tuition and rent? Perhaps the worst outcome is that those who successfully cheated are
  11. UBC just released an update on their blog saying they will not be considering grades from term 2 of 2020. I've also noticed they changed the requirements for APGA. It seems that now as long as you have 90+ credits, you will get credits removed until 90 remain (ie. they will remove 10 credits if you have 100 credits completed).
  12. Or someone has to withdraw at the last minute due to exceptional circumstances.
  13. Hey, I know it can seem like the posters above are just trying to rain on your parade for the fun of it, but there is truth in what they are saying. I think it all depends on how you define "viable". You are correct that you are *eligible* to apply to those schools. If that is what you mean by viable, then fair enough. The main point being made above is that despite being eligible to apply (in other words your application will not be thrown out immediately), you are facing an extremely uphill battle and your chances are very slim. If slim is good enough to apply, then all the power to you
  14. The only way to recover from this travesty is to ensure the next year gets the most hideous shade of NEON PINK
  15. A 3.5 isn't good enough. Aim for 3.85+ (3.9+ to be comfortable). If you can get that GPA in both 3rd/4th year with a full time course load, you have a good shot for Queens/Western! Getting a grad degree can help you get research/publications which improves your ECs, but it won't help your GPA. Shadowing is not valued in Canada, and may even be looked down upon.
  16. For the record, while UBC doesn't officially require a full course load, their website does mention that they need to see evidence that you can handle the rigor of full time study. You might be asked to explain your part time terms.
  17. I know someone who had a lot of financial pressures throughout their undergrad and had to work multiple jobs to pay bills. Their GPA suffered (within reason of course) and they couldn't really devote time to volunteering. They kept working full time after they graduated as well. It took them multiple applications but they got in! This makes me think that it is possible to get in based only on the merit of your work experience, but having volunteering alongside it will probably help your application.
  18. The reality is somewhere in between. If you are looking only at the raw numbers, then yes UBC will scale your grade down. They do this by taking your letter grades and converting them into percentages as follows: https://med-fom-ugrad.sites.olt.ubc.ca/files/2012/08/ADM_grade_conversion_tables.pdf This effectively caps your max grade at 95%, and these conversions are typically on the lower end of the equivalent range that SFU uses. You can likewise check the OMSAS grade conversion table for Ontario schools. On the other hand, it is hard to say that getting the same percentage grade at
  19. We just got an email basically telling us that the bulk of our curriculum for term 1 is going to be online, including labs, CBL, clinical skills, and FLEX. Thoughts?
  20. I think what's more important is getting to be known to your local programs. Whether that is by doing research with them, or doing electives with them, you'll be better off than someone who they haven't met in another province. Demonstrate you are capable first hand, and you will certainly be picked!
  21. From what I've read around here, you can easily match into peds/FM without any research at all. People will coast through med school and match with no issue.
  22. Ottawa1234 addressed your question about ECs very well. More is always better, but more doesn't necessarily make you a unique applicant. Regarding GPA, it is certain that weighting will improve your GPA, but to what degree? Unless your transcript is composed of A+ across the board plus a few Fs that drag you down, or all your worst grades are concentrated in your first year or two, it is unlikely that weighting will bring you up that high. This is even more true now that Toronto is only removing up to 2 FCEs. However, please correct me if this is in fact what your transcript looks like an
  23. I'm assuming you are an international applicant? I would think your chances of getting into canadian medical schools will be significantly lower than domestic students, given the very limited spots. Canadian students already have it hard enough! Your GPA probably isn't competitive. The average GPA for those going into U of T is like 3.95+, and being an international applicant makes this even more competitive. I'm not sure how much you can raise your GPA without doing another degree. Canadian schools don't really take your background into account, but you could write about your e
  24. SOMETIMES Sometimes omitting mayonnaise empowers the irritable man eating sandwiches.
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