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  1. Oh okay, I see now that I assumed the application processing fee deadline is the same as the Section 2 deadline. Thanks!
  2. Is the cutoff date for Dalhousie med app hours July 31st (i.e. same as Section 2 deadline)?
  3. Hello PM101, I was looking for some help as I get started on working on applications for the upcoming cycle. I am a BC IP applicant and I am most familiar with the UBC med application. On the UBC med application, applicants can list up to 5 awards, an unlimited number of employment experiences, 3 non-paid Leadership experiences, 5 non-paid experiences highlighting their Capacity to Work with Others, 10 non-paid experiences highlighting their Diversity as an applicant/human being, and 3 non-paid Service Ethic experiences. Each of these entries can be 350 characters in length. Would someon
  4. Might be interested here as well (even though I've never interviewed before). Confidence is often confused with cockiness on these forums, so I'm being careful in saying this, but: I really feel that I will get in to med for Sept 2022 intake if I nail down how to kill an MMI. I love all the other aspects of my application as presently constructed. Hence, really want to prep for this MMI
  5. What did I just read smh are you IP? This process is disgusting lol
  6. Hello Premed101, Last summer, I 'made up my mind' that I'd pursue a career as an MD, but that I would be deviating from the originally-projected oncology route (i.e. the dreams of an 18-year-old Excel-erate Your Breath) and aim for something closer to psychiatry/neurology. Looking back, I can see that I was not mature enough to handle the rejection that often comes with being a Canadian medical school applicant, and my claims that I was no longer impassioned by such a career path were really rooted in thoughts of "I do not want to be rejected again."Having grown from that experience, I've t
  7. Didn't see this reply until today, my apologies. I agree, NOSM + Mac + UofT are just my donation schools honestly (i.e. based on my low GPA, my application will likely be thrown out the window ASAP). The other 7 are the ones I have more concrete hopes for. Thank you!
  8. Who said I'm male lol For what it's worth OP I agree with the other commenters. I was around your gpa this past cycle, and I watched people with much less valuable ECs (altho I'm biased in this regard) than you or I (ex. 10 hobbies listed) get an invite while I did not; these people had 90+ gpa. Our gpa + ECs might have been good enough to get in 10 years ago but not anymore. Improve GPA since it's objective
  9. I really respect your opinions on this site because you tell it like it is, blunt and with no filter. To hear you validate my thoughts on this gives me great confidence. Thank you!
  10. Hello all, Long story short I'm a BC IP applicant (northern) with 89.65% adjusted GPA. Planning to apply to UBC med for Sept 2022 intake. I like to always plan for if things go wrong. Accordingly, if I am unable to get an interview decision in my favour in the month of December 2021, I've been thinking about enrolling as a non-degree student in the Winter 2022 semester and taking 6-7 classes. I expect to get an A+ in all of these classes (I would drop all ECs), thereby boosting my GPA by about 1 percent in total. The question I am posing is: is this 1 percent in GPA worth it compared to
  11. Both of you make very valid points; I was merely giving UBC's rationale (not mine)
  12. Fair point, but they do have some reasoning as to why they don't I am sure (ex. MCAT is a test that lends itself to better performance for those high in SES)
  13. 98 is the most extreme example (2 students that I know). I go to UNBC (current 4th yr) so I'm not familiar with many UBC people haha. In my own courses here, there has been a definite uptick of 5-8% in course grade averages for courses that I am taking now that last year's 4th years took. Of course, not all of the students in my courses are applying to med, but it *may* reflect a grander trend that COVID schooling is higher in average GPA than non COVID schooling Yeah for sure LOL either that or they simply are burnt out and don't care anymore which is fair enough, online is draining
  14. Agreed on the 0.7 - I used the word "inflation" to talk about COVID grades, not the MD 2024 stats. I don't have empirical evidence on COVID grade inflation - only anecdotal. Seeing people rock a 98 average for the year and everything. And yes I agree re: cheating, hence when I was talking about some unis having unproctored exams I hope you're right about not hitting 90 but I don't know haha
  15. I logged in just now to say this exact same thing. Thanks @Raincouver Furthermore OP, I will engage in a bit of self-disclosure here but: there are people working throughout this pandemic, as Raincouver mentioned, who are at a high risk and seeing people everyday. In my job as a counsellor at a non-profit organization that offers free services, I see people who walk in off of the street, 75% of my clients are this way. When I volunteer weekly at a homeless shelter, I don't think to myself about if the homeless peoples are wearing masks and distancing (spoiler alert: they're not). Oh, and I
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