The Benefit of Completing a Master’s Degree Before Applying to Medical School

The thought of grad school may have crossed your mind, whether you’re in your first year of undergrad or in your fourth year and have just been rejected from the medical schools you’ve applied to. “Should I pursue a Master’s degree and apply again after?” “Should I take a year off and work full time?” […]

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What to do When You’re on the Waitlist as a US Medical School Applicant

Being on the waitlist for medical school can feel disheartening. You worked so hard preparing your application and interviewing and now it feels like you are so close, yet so far.  Unfortunately, most of the time you do not even know where you stand on the waitlist. However, being on the waitlist is not a […]

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The MCAT: 5th Time’s a Charm – Tips on Making it Through Many MCAT Writes

Trust me. I get how awful the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) can be. You have to study for months in your “free” summer, while also trying to maybe work, and then you finally decide to go through the test. You sit in a test centre for 7 hours, and you come out feeling relieved […]

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How to Utilize Your Time During your Undergraduate Degree in Preparation for Medical School

For many of us, our undergraduate degrees were a balance of maintaining a competitive GPA, working a part-time job, doing research, and volunteering in the community. Although these are the standard activities that are required of medical school applicant, the question is how do you have time to do all these things? Time management was […]

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How to Study for the MCAT

 When should I take the MCAT? How long should I study for the MCAT? How do I study for the MCAT? What courses should I take to prepare for the MCAT? How do I stay motivated to study for the MCAT? While preparing for the MCAT, I relied on blog posts like this to plan how to […]

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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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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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