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Offers 2018 – Round 3 Sent

By Admissions on June 5, 2018

The third round of offers went out today. Congratulations to the offer recipients! The deadline for this round is Monday, June 11. The next round of offers will be sent after this date.

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Offers 2018 – Round 2 Sent

By Admissions on May 28, 2018

We have sent the next round of offers. Congratulations to the applications who received an offer today! The deadline for this round is Monday, June 4, 2018; the next round of offers will go out after this date.

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Offers Sent

By Admissions on May 11, 2018

Offer notifications were sent today and regardless of the decision on your file, the Admissions Office would like to thank you for your willingness to participate in our long and often challenging application process. We are proud to have such outstanding applicants – if only there were room for more of you in the program! For those of you planning to apply next cycle, the 2018/2019 application will open in mid-June.

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Waitlist Questions 2018

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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. These questions are mostly reprinted from 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?

We can’t tell you, sorry. Our waitlist is more complicated than most due to the four sites, and we do not reveal where applicants are on the waitlist, how long it is, how quickly it’s moving, etc.

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

It will be after the deadline for this round (Friday, May 25). We will try to send them on Monday the 28th or Tuesday the 29th and 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?

That really depends on how many people decline their offers. We do not give estimates or chances to applicants because we have no way of knowing how many people will ultimately decline. 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.

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?

a. 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.

b. 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.

c. You could decline UBC completely. This would remove you from the waitlist and you would not get any further offers from us.

d. 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 or fourth) 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?

You can stay at a less-preferred site if you would like to. We will take you off the waitlist for your preferred site(s). Please message us to let us know, and 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 or fourth) choice? 

If you receive an offer to 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 or fourth) choice site – if you have, please see #3 above.

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2018 Premedical Diversity Symposium

By Admissions on February 14, 2018

The following is a message from the organizers of the 2018 Premedical Diversity Symposium:

We invite you to join us at the 2018 UBC Premedical Diversity Symposium! 

Please RSVP by February 27 through the Google form below to reserve your spot:

What is this event?

Are you interested in a career in medicine, but don’t fit the traditional premed mold? Are you curious or confused about the road to applying to medical school? Do you want to hear from medical students who also come from diverse backgrounds?

Then this symposium is for you!

The UBC Faculty of Medicine invites people of all walks of life to apply to medical school. The Premedical Diversity Symposium is designed to support applicants who identify as “non-traditional” for reasons such as a difficult financial or family background, a non-science degree, Indigenous ancestry, rural origin, parenthood, or applying later in life.

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018. 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Registration opens at 9:30 am

Symposium programming from 10 am – 3:30 pm

This full day event will feature sessions on:
– The importance of diversity in medicine (Talks from Dr. Shahin Shirzad, Assistant Dean, Admissions, UBC medical school and Dr. Tammy Wojcik, Family Physician)
– Student stories from current non-traditional medical students
– Q&A breakout sessions in small groups with a medical student
– A brief overview of the UBC medical school admissions process
– How to finance your way through medical school

Lunch will be provided!
Where does this event take place?

Medical Student Alumni Centre (MSAC)
2750 Heather St, Vancouver, BC

TO BE ANNOUNCED, Reichwald Health Sciences Centre
1088 Discovery Ave, Kelowna, BC

TO BE ANNOUNCED, Royal Jubilee Hospital Coronation Annex
2221-2357 Richmond Rd, Victoria, BC

Prince George:
TO BE ANNOUNCED, Dr. Donald Rix Northern Health Sciences Centre
3333 University Way, Prince George, BC

Not in town but still interested?

No worries – you can still join us! We will provide VC link for you to dial in! Only a limited spots are available, so make sure you sign up early!!!


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Thank you and we hope to see you there!

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