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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Medical School Applications in Canada – Facebook Live Q&A

Ottawa University medical student, Neel, answered questions regarding the application process in Canada, and how to stand out as an applicant for aspiring pre-medical students! The following questions were answered during the Live video Question and Answer taping: What advice can you give to medical school applicants? How many schools did you apply to and […]

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Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics (CASPer) Tips

CASPer assesses non-academic attributes for professional programs The Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics (CASPer) is an online-based admissions test pioneered at McMaster University. It has been widely adopted to assess applicants for admission to many medical, nursing, and other professional programs. CASPer evaluates an applicant for their non-academic attributes using its situational judgement test […]

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How To Be A Stand Out Pharmacy School Applicant

Every pharmacy school will have its own set of unique requirements they want applicants to have such as prerequisites, letters of recommendation, minimum PCAT score, and minimum GPA. While you may have achieved all of these requirements it is likely that several other applicants have as well. So what can you do to be a […]

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5 Tips on Studying for the MCAT

The MCAT is one of the most stressful experiences on the journey to getting into medical school. Many schools have high MCAT cut-offs, so it is important to do as well as possible on this test in order to maximize your chance of being competitive in the application process. These are some tips I compiled […]

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Medical School Spotlight: Université Laval

What is a typical week for a Laval medical student? Laval medical school is one of the three francophone medical schools in Canada, therefore we learn eveyrthing in French. During the first two preclinical years, we have the didactic courses like other medical schools. Usually we have lecture from 8:30 to 11:30, sometimes we also […]

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7 Tips for Applying to the University of Toronto

Writing UofT’s brief personal essays (BPEs) and autobiographical sketches (ABS) can be a stressful time. Hopefully the following tips compiled from personal experiences and advice from mentors are helpful for you.   1. Take time to think. While it is easy to give a face value answer, it pays off to really think about any underlying […]

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5 Tips for Pre-Med Students on Applications to Medical School

Upon reflecting on my medical school journey I would like to share the following five tips with you. I hope that the following tidbits help you in your journey in becoming a physician.  1. Be Authentic – Short Essays As a medical school applicant, remember to always be authentic. The short essays component of your […]

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Pharmacy School Spotlight: Ferris State University

What is a typical week for a Ferris pharmacy student? Ferris State University is a unique pharmacy program that has a split campus. The first two years of classes are held in Big Rapids, Michigan. The curriculum covered in the first two years is mostly science based including biochemistry and drug action or medicinal chemistry. […]

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Getting to Dental School: What’s First Year Like?

You’ve put countless hours into studying to maintain that incredible GPA. You’ve packed your CV with relatable experiences in the medical, dental, and other healthcare fields. You’re well-rounded and you were able to interview amazingly. Finally, you’re here! With the help of your friends, family, and other support, you’re finally joining the ranks of other […]

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