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  1. Hi medafterall, 

    I found the following on the UBC MD admission website under academic criteria. From what I understood, you are eligible for AGPA if you have more than 90 graded credits (excluding credits from winter 2020) before the application deadline. 

    In the adjusted academic average, the academic year up to 30 credits with the lowest academic average will be dropped. If more than 30 credits are presented in the worst academic year, the 30 credits with the lowest grades will be removed, provided 90 graded credits remain. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic Term 2 of the 2019-2020 academic year (or equivalent term) courses do not count toward the APGA or the calculation of 90 graded credits, nor do courses taken after June 1 of the year of application.” 

    Source: https://mdprogram.med.ubc.ca/admissions/evaluation-criteria/

  2. 6 minutes ago, FF20 said:

    Thanks very much for posting, it truly helps when I see another ESL student who's done it, it gives me hope that it would be possible for me as well. I know I probably needed 2 more correct questions to get 124, but I will keep trying and I will keep reading more to increase my comprehension. I would love to connect with you to get tips on how you overcame CARS. Wish you all the best with your upcoming application.

    No problem. Feel free to PM me. :) 

  3. Hey FF20, 

    I’m really sorry that you didn’t get the CARS score you wanted. I was exactly in the same position as you. ESL, low CARS and only moved to Canada at 18- I feel your struggle. Here is what I think 

    - You definitely have a chance. Take some time to reflect on why you were not doing well on CARS. For me, it was the lack of vocabulary that held me back. Try to read more, and practice CARS passages everyday. I don’t think there is a huge difference in terms of your VR skills between a 123 and 124. You only need a 124 to get an interview at UBC and from what I’ve seen, there are many people that got accepted to UBC with a 124 CARS. 

    - You have an excellent GPA, so once you meet the CARS cut-off, you chances are pretty good. 

    - Lastly, I’m sure you have been told this many times and I have personally learned it myself too. Applying to med school is a long process, and it is okay to take some time if you need it to build your EC. I graduated undergrad with very few ECs for med school and with a lower GPA than yours. But there are so many opportunities out there that could increase your NAQ. Try to do things that you actually care about so that it doesn’t feel like you are only doing it for Med school applications. To answer your question, I think medicine is a long shot for everyone, but you can and will do it if it is really what you want. I have no idea whether I’m going to get interviews/acceptance this year, but if you want someone to talk to, or have any questions, I’d be more than happy to help! 


  4. 21 minutes ago, NothingButNetters said:

    What’s your MCAT? 

    Your grades are fine for an IP applicant, as long as you write your NAQ entries well. Your friend (who is a medical student) sounds like a Negative Nancy and should be more supportive. You need to get rid of toxic people in your life before you’re ready to be a medical student (it’s on the UBC website under Requirements for Entry)

    Thank you for your kind words. Honestly I have been so upset for the whole week.

     I got 512 last year (but 124 in CARS), so I am planning to rewrite this summer to hopefully improve my CARS. 

  5. Hi everyone, 

    I have been getting different opinions from different people. Before I make a final decision, I wanna hear what you think. 

    I am an IP applicant. I have completed my undergrad in 2016, then grad school in 2018. My undergrad grades suck. My AGPA converts to about 86.4% at UBC (3.72/4 at McGill). I did experience some family issues that affected my grades (which I will not get into the details) so I might write a letter. I have about 2000h of volunteering, publications, good references and some unique experiences in my opinion. (this year is going to be my first application)

    I know my grades are holding me back however I am not sure if going back to undergrad is the best option for me. My friend (who is a medical student) recently told me that it is almost impossible for me to get interviews/accepted with my current GPA. This really made me rethink if I am competitive at all. However looking at the published stats on the UBC website, I believe that I am not that far below the entering average of 88.62?  Dear friends, I would really appreciate if someone could provide me some insight, as I really wanna avoid going back to undergrad unless I absolutely have to. 

    Thank you all in advance. 



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