Medical School Spotlight: University of Calgary

What is a typical week for a University of Calgary medical student? The schedule varies from day to day, but typically first year students are in class from 8:30am to 5:30pm, Monday through Friday, with an hour for lunch from 12:30pm to 1:30pm. Included in the class schedule are one to two independent study blocks […]

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A Unique Perspective on CaRMS and Residency Interviews

First of all, congratulations on making it this far!  It must have felt like yesterday when prepping for medical school admission interviews right? Well, since you survived that, you can truly survive this. I want to reassure you that it is normal to have that anxious feeling you are feeling right now.  After all, you […]

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Thoughts on Having an MBA in Medical School

Entering medical school after completing my MBA has been both an advantageous and challenging transition. The MBA Program at the Rotman School of Management – University of Toronto – taught me to be a big picture thinker. In studying Health Policy and Healthcare Markets, I explored areas of healthcare reform within Canada, while drawing from […]

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The Waiting Game: The Period Between Medical School Applications and Medical School Interviews

So, you’ve just submitted your application… Now what? October 1st has come and gone, and you now find yourself in a new state of being – post-medical school application submission. Thinking and writing about medical school applications has taken up a lot of your time recently and now it’s finally over. You may feel relief, […]

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Planning Ahead for Highschool Students: Is Medicine Right for You?

Are you currently in high school? Don’t know what you can do to increase your chances for medical school? Here are some ways you can get involved to see if medicine is the right fit for you, and to optimize you chances for medical school applications: 1. Challenge yourself A common misconception is that universities […]

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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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