TRU1243 Posted November 27, 2020 Report Share Posted November 27, 2020 Hello everyone, I've read a bunch of your stories and I have to say that reading about your journeys has kept me motivated knowing that I have a shot at becoming a doctor here in Canada. I was hoping to get some feedback on my application and also to get some feedback on what I should be doing next. A bit about myself: I am 24 years old (turning 25 in a couple months), and I will be finishing up my Masters degree in April/May. My aGPA for UBC is ~85-86%, my best two year gpa is 3.81, and then my overall four year gpa is like ~3.5 (it took me a couple years to figure my shit). I am in the midst of publishing a primary author paper, a co-author review paper, and then probably around 2-3 lower authorships coming in the next 1-2 years. I also had a couple conferences that I was going to go to but then COVID (lol). I wrote the MCAT but unfortunately bombed CARS despite consistently scoring in my practice tests around a 126 (i even got a 127 once so I know I can meet the Western cutoffs). I got a 508 overall (126 C/P, 123 Cars (lol), 129 Bio and 130 Psych). So I know in the short term I have to write the MCAT again but I am feeling confident that I can improve my score. I also know now that I don't personally need to study bio or psych as much and that I can focus the majority of my studying on CARS and a bit of Chem/Physics. Definitely getting a score above 513 will help me I think. In terms of ECs I only really started to find my passions in 3rd and 4th year of undergrad. I have been involved with the Special Olympics and motoinball for 5 years straight now, serving on multiple committees. I created an intramural league that provided Special Olympic athletes with a more consistent social community. I also served as an Event coordinator for Let's Talk Science and have organized a couple of events. Unfortunately, Covid messed up most of my ECs this year but I am continuing to be involved in both of these organizations in an online capacity. I've worked as a camp counsellor for 5 summers, having taken groups of eleven year olds on 10 day canoe trips. And then the rest of my ECs are the hobbies that I am passionate about: solo traveller, overnight hiker, guitar player, nature photographer, competitive soccer player, fluent in french, etc. Again, in the short term, I am finishing up these papers and graduating from my masters. I will probably write the MCAT in July and will start studying CARS in January doing passages every day or something like that, and reading more books on topics that I am not particularly good at (philosophy, art, all the fun stuff...). However, I have been getting pretty stressed and have been debating on what I want to do in the meantime between applications. I am decently exhausted from academia and am more inclined to pursue a job in either provincial healthcare or some biotech company. I also have the option of doing a Phd, and now that I will have finished my masters, i understand what to look for in a lab. At the moment, I feel like I would rather get a job in provincial healthcare, and build work experience that I could then have the option of pursuing an MBA as a back up. More school is always an option but the PhD route just seems like a scary path with you narrowing down your field and spending another 4-5 years of not getting paid... Any thoughts on how useful working in provincial healthcare could be to boost the ECs compared to doing a PhD, or any other suggestions? I'm very fortunate that I have options but as other non-traditional applicants can probably speak to, it can be pretty stressful seeing other people that you know get in and realizing that you are getting older. If anyone can speak to this kind of situation or provide me with some feedback on my application that would be great! Even suggesting what ECs I should be doing next. Seeing your stories keeps me inspired and motivated, knowing that people like me can get in and that they just need to work hard to continue building that application. Thank you in advance for any replies and sorry for the novel, sometimes I feel like just writing out your situation can help clear your mind Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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