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  1. Both of you make very valid points; I was merely giving UBC's rationale (not mine)
  2. 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)
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. I tried looking for old threads that discussed this but I could not find many/any... I am looking for application Help Guides for med school application systems, such as the very comprehensive one that UBC has posted (https://mdprogram.med.ubc.ca/files/2019/06/Help-Guide-2020-2021-Final.pdf) Ideally, these help guides will include details as to how many non-academic activities can be listed and in what sections, as well as containing character count allowances and essay prompts for schools that have essays. I'm nearly done my undergraduate degree and will be using the upcoming free ti
  7. The thing I am most scared of is not meeting the future UWO or Queens cutoffs, I met it this year with a 127/128/126/131 but that Chem section and Bio section is cutting it close. And of course it doesn't hurt to increase post-interview chances at UBC should I get an interview Very true! Although, to give myself credit, I scored a 516 on my final practice test before doing the real thing (4 days prior), but had a bad performance on test day for the 'meager' 512 (in comparison). But the study strategy will definitely need to be more efficient with less time on my hands Haha,
  8. It's 100% arbitrary yes! To make sure I meet the ever-changing cutoffs at Western and Queens, and to increase my post interview chances at UBC. I do know it won't be *that* useful, but I don't know what else I can do to work on my app (already improved my GPA and ECs for the upcoming cycle). And it feels unproductive to just sit around and not be actively improving my candidacy idk
  9. Hmmm...it is true that getting into medical school is of course the ultimate goal. I see value in keeping the job though (I already have it locked in, working it PT at the moment) because it's a Masters-level position that I was able to get into based off of connections (I am graduating from undergrad this April) - i.e. good pay, great experience (I'm working as a mental health counsellor). If I had never written the MCAT before then I would probably leave the position in order to study, but given that I am sitting on a 512 minimum regardless is making me prioritize the job. Thank you for that
  10. Would love to get some insights on my own situation. I keep typing this up and deleting it because I know it's more productive to focus on my own grind and not worry about anything else, but I'm committing to actually posting it this time to just get general feedback. Schools of Interest: UBC (IP, northern applicant); UofA; UofC; Dal; MUN; Queens; Western; NOSM; UofT; Mac GPA: 89.65% (UBC AGPA); 3.65 (OMSAS cGPA); 3.98 (Queens 2-YR GPA); 3.86 (UofA/UofC wGPA); 85.96% (MUN cGPA); 3.87 (Western 2-YR GPA) Educational Stage: Graduating BSc Hons. in April 2021 MCAT: 512 (127/128/126
  11. The title of this thread basically gives away my question: would it be possible this summer for me to be working full time (non-negotiable), writing the CASPer and doing extremely well on it in time for Dal (non-negotiable), writing applications (non-negotiable), and redoing my MCAT to the point of scoring a 516ish? (Previous score: 512) Or is that simply too ambitious? The first time I wrote the MCAT, I studied from 8am to 4pm every day for 4 months and still only got a 512...feels impossible to get 516 with all the other stuff going on
  12. It's true. I think everyone should definitely put their all into their own applications and not worry *too much* about other people. As you said, it is tough, but I do try to follow that principle myself, ex. working to achieve a perfect GPA the past 2 years of my undergrad. The stress/worry comes from the possible outcome of knowing you poured absolutely everything into the process and yet some online uni grade inflation prevented you from even having a reasonable chance. We've all heard the saying about "GPA gets your foot in the door, ECs distinguish you" and stuff. Thank you for your
  13. ***Purely a speculative thread for shits and giggles, no actual bearing on what the admissions process will look like nor reflective of reality at all*** What do you guys think will be the GPA average for the successful 2021-2022 applicants (UBC MD 2026)? Increasing the number of applicants by like 200 resulted in about 0.7% GPA increase from 2018-19 to 2019-20; I can see an obscene number of applicants applying this summer, as well as the inflation that some classes at some unis are seeing due to unproctored exams, pushing the average GPA to like 92%. Genuinely. Seems scary and really
  14. You're correct; on OAS, the "please indicate if you have applied before" is actually above the section below on the same page that says "these optional questions don't matter yada yada". Does that mean they do look at it in the holistic review? No one really knows
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