How to Ace the CASPer

CASPer is becoming increasingly popular for medical admissions in Canada, featuring schools such as University of Ottawa and McMaster University. The assessment typically includes 12 stations of questions, some are prompted by a short video, while the others are prompted by situational challenges or personal questions that require self reflection. My approach to CASPer is […]

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The Amazing Double Life of an MD/PhD Student

I recently had the chance to visit my friend Nico in Singapore, where he is currently an internal medicine resident. Both Nico and I attended the University of Toronto for undergraduate studies, which he completed in three years. He then went to Singapore to study medicine at the Duke-NUS program and was the first graduate […]

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Overcoming Language Barriers Through Patience and Communication

It has long been recognized that effective communication with patients is one of the basic skills that a physician must possess in order to deliver optimal healthcare. Despite its integration into the CanMEDS competencies and the medical school curriculum, this soft skill remains elusive and difficult to maintain – and understandably so. As we progress […]

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‘Get Into Medical School’ Seminar Recap

On March 9, 2017, the co-founders of MD Consultants celebrated the hard launch of their free admissions guidebook, ‘Your Guide to Get Into Medical School,’ at the University of Toronto Alumni Speaker Series: Get Into Medical School event, co-hosted by New College,  University College, Woodsworth College, and MD Consultants. The panel discussion featured speakers Dr. […]

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Free Interview Preparation Sessions for Applicants Affected by the Trump Ban

With immediate effect, MD Consultants will offer interview preparation assistance to medical school or residency applicants whose interviews in the US are affected by the #TrumpBan.  This offer will remain in effect for the duration of the 90 day ban, or until further notice as we wait for the ban to be lifted. To qualify, […]

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Lecturio Review: A Textbook Alternative to Master Medical School

Medical school has left me with a stack of textbooks approximately the height of my ceiling. These textbooks are specialized per subject, general review, and board prep books all with the same purpose – medical training. This medical training will be tested next summer when I take my USMLE Step 1. As the time approaches, […]

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My Pathway to Medicine – An Interview with a Medical Student

Original article available at: www.medxcanada.org/blog/dhruvin-hirpara I went to McMaster University for my undergrad and completed 4 years of the bachelor of health sciences program. Currently, I am a 4th year student at the University of Toronto Medical School. Q: What inspired you to pursue a career in medicine? When I was growing up, my mom […]

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Becoming a Clinician Scientist – Doing a PhD during your medical training

Disclosure: The opinions expressed below are solely those of the author alone and are in no way affiliated with any academic institution or program. A growing number of medical trainees across Canada are pursuing graduate training in research to better equip themselves for a career as a clinician scientist. In the current competitive funding and […]

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Getting Started Series (Part 5): Extracurriculars, Volunteering, and Research

Why do medical schools care about non-academic experiences like ECs, volunteer work and research? To answer that, just think about what it means to be a doctor. Doctors must study many years and acquire a large volume of information in order to diagnose and treat patients. So it makes sense that doctors should be capable […]

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Getting Started Series: Reflections

After the two most recent “Getting Started” series blogs were published (“Choosing a University” and “Choosing Courses”), this infamous article among the premed community by MACLEAN’s, “Gambling on an MD”, was brought up again by many keen students and their parents. After answering numerous questions that prospective candidates had regarding this article, I have decided […]

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