How to get the most out of extracurriculars

With application just around the corner, I wanted to take some time to share some thoughts on how you can prepare yourself for a medical school acceptance. I will be focusing on how to prepare your extracurriculars and dispel some common myths about building your profile. Q: What should I do for my extracurriculars? Do […]

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So You’re Saying I Have to Write MORE Essays? A Look into the US Medical School Secondary Application Process

Let’s throw out a few disclaimers, because this is my first blog post, and I think it’s always good to set some ground rules. My name’s Jesse. I grew up in New Jersey, did my undergraduate in Virginia, and am currently an M1 at a top 5 US medical school. I have never been involved […]

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Medical School Spotlight: McGill Univeristy

I’ll try to give a gist of how my personal experience at McGill has been so far. Every student experience is different, however, and I encourage interested applicants to reach out to as many people in the Faculty and student body as possible! What is a typical week for a McGill medical student? McGill’s medical […]

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Medical School Spotlight: University of Toronto

What is a typical week for a UofT medical student? The recent innovation of our Foundations Curriculum in our pre-clerkship years is more than just a catchy name revamp. Foundations takes a highly integrative approach, promoting our learning using selective eLearning resources to offer flexibility and supportive learning. Each week has a full day that […]

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Medical School Spotlight: McMaster University

What is a typical week for a McMaster medical student? Monday morning consists of around three hours of lecture on the medical foundation we are studying. The afternoon could include a three hour small group tutorial, during which a group of seven or eight students will work through clinical cases and review any associated content […]

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Medical School Spotlight: University of Ottawa

What is a typical week for a Ottawa medical student? It varies between preclerkship (ie. first and second year), and clerkship (third and fourth year). In preclerkship, we would start classes (lectures, case-based small group learning, anatomy/histology/radiology/pathology in the laboratory) usually from 8:30-12:30pm, or sometimes 8:30-4:30pm once per week for the afternoon Physician Skills Development […]

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Medical School Spotlight: Schulich Medical School – Western University

What is a typical week for a Schulich medical student? Medical students have class throughout the morning on all weekdays. Once a week, we have Patient Centered Clinical Methods (PCCM) in the afternoon, where we work with Standardized Patients to simulate clinical scenario (ie. Physical exams, history taking, etc.). We also have Patient-Centered Context, Integration […]

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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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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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