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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Free Interview Preparation Sessions for Applicants Affected by the Trump Ban

With immediate effect, MD Consultants will offer interview preparation assistance to medical school or residency applicants whose interviews in the US are affected by the #TrumpBan.  This offer will remain in effect for the duration of the 90 day ban, or until further notice as we wait for the ban to be lifted. To qualify, […]

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How to pursue research during residency

Pursuing research during residency

  Research is an integral part of training in medicine and in the last 10 years, it has become a core competency in most residency programs. While intuitively we think of research as large randomized controlled trials (RCTs), like the use of aspirin for heart attacks, the majority of research in medicine isn’t done quite […]

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Selecting Reference Letters for your Residency Application

More often than not, we have asked for more reference letters than we actually need. This often results from us doing electives in various specialties and locations (and various preceptor at each location) just so we have a safety net or surplus of reference letters in case we needed them. When we sit down and […]

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How to do well on the USMLE

How to do well on the USMLE

In this article, Dr. Yale Wang will share some secrets on how he placed in the top 3rd percentile on the USMLE. Before I begin sharing my secrets, I want to mention the importance of doing well on the USMLE. If you are a medical student wishing to pursue residency training in the US, doing […]

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Matching to the United States as an international medical graduate

Matching to the United States as an International Medical Graduate

1. As an IMG, can I practice independently in the US without pursuing a residency? Unfortunately, the answer is, “no” for most specialty. Generally speaking, some level of medical training in the US is required prior to obtaining qualification for independent practice. It means that, for the majority of specialties, a residency training is required. […]

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5 expert tips to do well on the MCCQE 2 and NAC OSCE

5 expert tips to do well on the MCCQE 2 and NAC OSCE

This blog was written by a University of Toronto medical school graduate who has been in practice for almost 30 years. He is currently an academic family physician at a University of Toronto teaching hospital and has been an examiner for the MCCQE 2 for over 5 years (find out more about the LMCC exams […]

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Canadian residency for US medical students

Canadian residency for US medical students

A popular question I often get asked is, “Were you considered a CMG (Canadian Medical Graduate) when matching to Canada?”. I am pleased to tell you yes, I was! If you are Canadian citizen (or permanent resident) and attended an LCME accredited medical school in the USA, (i.e. the vast majority of schools in continental […]

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The 10,000 hour rule

The 10,000 hour rule

“Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.” The book “Outliers: The Story of Success” by Malcolm Gladwell was recommended to me by one of my Urology mentors. The book explores factors that contributed to the high levels of success of some individuals. It dissects […]

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A Canadian pursuing medical training in Australia

A Canadian pursuing medical training in Australia

1. Why did you do medicine in Australia and what was the admission process? I went to Australia for medical school in 2006 when the University of Melbourne had the 6-year undergraduate-entry MBBS/BMedSci program. Since graduating in December 2011, I have been working as a junior doctor at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Starting in 2016, […]

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