Interviewing Well for Medical School: What is non-verbal communication and how can it help you?

You nervously walk into your interview room, unsteadily close the door, and sit down in front of your interviewer, excited to start. In those 5 seconds, from door to chair, you’ve made an impression on everyone in that room before you’ve said a single word. How you conduct yourself is just as important as what […]

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Canadian Medical School Interviews: Let’s Get Personal

When I was preparing for my medical school interviews, the questions that I struggled with most were the personal questions. I felt like there was an endless repertoire of things I could be asked. Tell me about your biggest regret. Tell me about a time where you showed empathy to someone in your life. What […]

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Thoughts on Preparing for the Traditional Panel Interview

While many schools have moved on to multiple mini interviews (MMIs) as their preferred method of assessment for potential MD candidates, there are still institutions such as Western University that stick to tradition and ask you to prepare for a panel interview instead. A medical school panel interview usually involves a variety of interviewers such […]

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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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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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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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