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The latest updates from the MD Admissions team.

Offers 2022 – Round 3 Sent

By Admissions on May 31, 2022

We sent the third round of offers today; congratulations to everyone who received an offer! The deadline for this round is Monday, June 6th at 12:00 p.m. (noon) PDT, and we will send the next round sometime after this deadline. Permalink | No Comments

Offers 2022 – Round 2 Sent

By Admissions on May 24, 2022

We sent the second round of offers today; congratulations to everyone who received an offer! The deadline for this round is Monday, May 30 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) PDT, and we will send the next round sometime after this deadline.

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Doctors of BC Presidential Scholars Award in Medicine

By Admissions on May 9, 2022

We want to thank all of the applicants who applied for the 2022 Doctors of BC Presidential Scholars Award in Medicine. The selection committee was impressed with the quality of the applicants and felt that there were many deserving individuals. We are happy to update you that this entrance award has been granted to one of our incredible applicants and the recipient has been notified.

Thank you again to all of you who applied for this award, and congratulations to our recipient!

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Waitlist Questions 2022

By Admissions on May 3, 2022

Many applicants have questions about the waitlist and how it works. UBC’s waitlist is a bit complicated, so we hope these FAQs will help. Most of the questions are the same as in an earlier post – there have not been any changes to how we handle the waitlist this year.

Waitlist questions: applicants who have an application status of Waitlisted

  1. Can you tell me where I am on the waitlist? How long is the waitlist? How quickly is the waitlist moving?

Because there are five sites in the program, our waitlist can be complicated. Unfortunately, we are not able to reveal where applicants are on the waitlist, how long it is, or how quickly it’s moving.

  1. When will you send the next round of offers?

The deadline for first round offers is Friday, May 20th and we will send the second round of offers the following week. We will update the blog when the next round has gone out.

  1. I am on the waitlist but received an offer from another Canadian medical school. Can I accept the offer at the other institution but still remain on the waitlist for UBC?

Yes, that’s fine. If you get an offer from UBC and want to accept it, you will need to withdraw your acceptance from the other school.

  1. How long will I be on the waitlist?

It depends on how many people decline their offers. We can’t provide an estimated wait time because we have no way of knowing how many people will decline their offer. We usually try to shorten the waitlist at some point during the summer, but unfortunately it is possible to stay on the waitlist until late August.

  1. Can I change my site preferences? My circumstances have changed and a different first choice would work better for me.

Sorry, site preference selections are final and cannot be changed. However, if you receive an offer to the site you ultimately want to go to, you can accept the offer and stay at that site (see question 3 below).

Waitlist questions: applicants who have received an offer

  1. I received an offer, but it wasn’t to my first choice site. What are my options?
  • You can accept the offer and most likely stay on the waitlist for your first choice site (and second choice and third choice sites, if applicable). There are a couple of rare exceptions, which is why we say you will “most likely” stay on the waitlist – applicants who selected the NMP but did not complete the Rural Training section of the application will not be waitlisted for the NMP, for example. However, the majority of applicants will be on the waitlist for their preferred site(s). This happens automatically so you do not need to contact us about it. Please note that if you accept the offer, you are agreeing to go to the site listed on your Response to Offer form. You will not be able to change sites unless you get another offer.
  • You can decline the offer to that site and most likely stay on the waitlist for your more preferred site(s). Same as above – the vast majority of applicants will be waitlisted for their preferred site(s), and this will happen automatically. The difference is that you are declining the offer and the site. This is taking a risk since you may not get an offer to a more preferred site, but sometimes you know a particular site won’t work for you, and in this case it’s better to free up the spot for someone else. Please note that accepting or declining the offer will not make a difference in terms of your position on the waitlist for your preferred site(s) – your waitlist position will be the same either way.

  • You could decline UBC completely. This would remove you from the waitlist and you would not get any further offers from us.
  • You could not submit the Response to Offer form at all (although we would prefer you did!). Not submitting the form removes you from the waitlist for your preferred site(s) and prevents you from receiving any other offers from UBC.
  1. Is my position on the waitlist of my preferred site(s) affected by accepting or declining an offer to a less-preferred site?

No, your position is the same whether you accept or decline the offer.

  1. What if I have accepted an offer to my second (or third, fourth, or fifth) choice and have decided I want to stay there? Do I have to accept an offer to my first choice site if I receive one?

No, you do not have to accept an offer to your first choice site if you are happy with the other site you were offered. Please message us to let us know so that we can take you off the waitlist for your preferred site(s). Please be aware that this decision is final. You will not be put back on the waitlist for your first (or second, etc) choice site.

  1. What if I have received an offer to my first choice site but I want to go to my second (or third, fourth, or fifth) choice? 

If your first offer is for your first choice site, you must remain at that site. You will not be given any other offers. This assumes you have not already accepted an offer to your second (or third, fourth, or fifth) choice site – if you have, please see #3 above.

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MCAT Deadline for the 2022/2023 Application Cycle

By Admissions on January 31, 2022

This blog post is intended to provide updated information about the 2022/23 cycle. The last acceptable MCAT date for the 2022/2023 cycle will be September 10th, 2022 with a score release date of Oct 11, 2022. Please see the MCAT section on our website for additional information on minimum score requirements and the MCAT score release requirement: https://mdprogram.med.ubc.ca/admissions/before-you-apply/admission-requirements/.

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