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    Hi everyone, This community has been a great resource for me, so I've been looking for a way to give back. Ever since D-day (aka May 10th for my fellow OMSAS warriors), I've been getting lots of PMs about interview skills. Partly because I got multiple offers, and partly because on my A/W/R posts I noted how well the interviews went. Rather than answering each PM separately I figured I'd make a post to point people towards so that others might benefit in the future. I'm not an interview god, I didn't know how to interview before I started, and I wasn't confident in my skills going in. However, the people I practiced with did compliment me quite a bit, and during my interviews several interviewer remarked on how well the conversation was going. I'm pretty sure that interviewers aren't supposed to give you any sort of feedback, but mine did. At the end of my Western interview, my interviewers spent about 10 minutes talking about how perfect I am for Western and vice versa. During my U of T interviews, one interviewer ended the conversation by saying "good job buddy", another by saying "you're an amazing story teller", and another with "this was the most engaging conversation I've had today". So while I'm not a natural interviewee, and I was quite nervous about the whole interview process, things went well. Bellow is why I think it went well for me. It may work for you, it may not. This is a case study with n=1. There's nothing magic about it, there are no secrets. There are, however, golden basics rules. Follow them, they work, and don't tell yourself that you can skip the hard work and figure our how to interview by "cramming" for a week. For MMIs: -Find a good medical ethics book (ie: Doing Right, and some basic CanMEDS resource) -Find a good person (ie: a med student or anyone who interviews well and can give feedback) -Read the book, practice with the person (realistic role play), take their feedback and edit your answer. I couldn't always find someone to practice with so sometimes I would pretend someone was in the room, time my self, and hope others didn't think I was hallucinating. -Wash, rinse repeat on a regular basis (I did 1-2 hours per day for a few weeks). Only time will make your comfortable, confident, and cunning at MMI. See attachment for the Big List of MMI Questions, do as many as possible. For traditional interviews: -List ALL of your interesting personal stories (including ABS) -create a cool narrative (even if its short) for each one -incorporate a CanMEDS characteristic into each one (don't force it, it should be obvious from the way you tell the story) -Look up the top health/social news stories of the last 2-3 years and develop an opinion/narrative about those -Practice with someone (realistic, timed, role play), or alone (but still outloud) if need be -Wash, rinse repeat on a regular basis (I did 1-2 hours per day for a few weeks). Only time will make your comfortable, confident, and cunning at traditional interviews. See attachment for the Big List of Traditional Interview questions, do as many as possible General: -Start doing realistic practice early, even if you're still new to interviews, and do it frequently. -In my opinion you should start prepping for MMIs before you prep for traditional interviews, because the MMI "mindset" (fair, balanced, thoughtful) will be invaluable for traditional interview questions. -If you can walk in confident and calm, you've won half the battle. Practice this every time your practice interviewing. -Learning to interview well is a life-changing experience. It teaches you how to connect and interact better, it teaches you how to summarize sell your personal brand in a short period of time, it teaches you how to see what's important in someone else's eyes, and as a PhD student who is about to defend, it taught me how to make my research meaningful to pretty much everyone. Best of luck to all the MD hopefuls. If you have questions, please post in this thread instead of PMing me. If you have a question, chances are someone else will too, so it saves me from having to answer it multiple times and helps more people out. Plus, someone else might have a better answer than me. PS: I don't know who the original compiler/poster of these "Big Lists" is, but if someone does please link them so they can be credited for their awesome work Big List of MMI Questions.pdf Big List of All Traditionl Interview Questions.pdf
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    No worries! always happy to help. Okay so what you are currently doing seems to be working for the most part but you are still finding that you could use a bit more time. Personally for me, i had trouble keeping multiple questions in my mind, well, i had trouble keeping a lot of organized information in my short term memory in general! That is why i would read the first couple of questions and then read the passage until i found it. Usually i found the answer to these questions within the first couple of paragraphs. But if i realized that i had not, i would become suspicious that the first two questions i read were indeed found later on so i would go back to the questions and read a couple more questions, then id go back to where i left off and start reading. I never ran into a scenario where i could not find an answer to the first 3-4 questions anywhere in the first few paragraphs. I agree with you that crusher is a little too easy and they said they are changing that for next cycle but for the most part, the DAT is in order but they do try to mix it around once in a while. The inference and tone questions have been a relatively new thing and you should expect to see a couple but recall type questions will be the majority of the exam. Now, a place where you can save some time is this mid-stop point you are referring to. Personally, reading all the remaining questions given for me would be a loss of valuable time because i know i wouldn't be able to remember the context when i went back to the passage. What if you just continue the way you have and not do the mid-point stop. Has this not worked either?
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    @Super Nova This is the video I mentioned. Either way, I'm gonna be writing the cDAT this coming Saturday. Lately what I've been trying to do is look at the first 3-4 questions (20 seconds), and read through my passage until I find an answer in which case I go knock out the question, look at next question and continue reading. But also I've been stopping when at half point or just over half point and try to answer as many questions as possible (i.e. I peak at all of the questions given). Once unable to answer questions, I finish off the passage and the rest of the questions. Still, I've been tight on time and finishing each passage in about 17 minutes (and averaging 14/17 ish), while rushing a couple questions. I got DAT crusher for extra practice and imo it's too easy, questions are more or less in order and mostly recall with few tone/inference (i average 21 on crusher). I know it's important to find a strat that works for YOU, but do you have any suggestions on expediting the process? sorry for the lengthy post.
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    How to submit CASPER test score?

    Hey there, hope your test went well - I also took it on the 25th. I don't think you have to worry about having your results sent to McGill. As per the McGill med admissions website: And in the CASPer Test confirmation email, after it describes to which school/program your results will be distributed: I'm personally convinced the CASPer folks will be able to send the results appropriately to McGill using your name (unless your name is John Smith or Jean Tremblay maybe?!). Otherwise, if you're not convinced, I'm sure you could message the admissions team!
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    Advice on whether or not to apply

    With a 3.99 I was below the 200 mark for GPA portion, so yeah 3.63 as an OOP is almost guaranteed no interview. You would literally need to ace CASPer, and have one of the best CVs, of all the 700 or so eligible applicants (782 is including ineligible applicants). Even then... gpa portion is 70% of the pre-interview score. Just trying to help OP be realistic with McGill as a choice. Second UG degree would help if you could use those grades instead of the first one.
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    @Super Nova How would you deal with a case when the first question's answer is towards the end of the passage? I wrote the american DAT recently and scored 23 AA but 18 in RC. RC is my nemesis no doubt. I tried to use this method that you are mentioning (which is credited to a youtube vid by andrewood), and on my first passage I found the answer to my first question literally in the last paragraph. It seems that this strat where you look at a question, read until you find the answer and repeat truly works only if the questions were relatively parallel to the passage order i.e. first question is towards the beginning and so forth. Any thoughts?
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    Canadian RC Strategy

    Thanks so much! I have tried this strategy and it's working much better for me, especially for those tone/inference questions! My short term memory isn't all that great, so this strategy helps especially for some RC passages I have come across that are super dense scientifical articles.
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    Admission Médecine 2017

    butt hurt much?
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    Super Nova

    Canadian RC Strategy

    Hey EastCoast, for strategy, i think the most popular method is to read the first question, store it in your memory and know what you are looking for, and start reading the passage from the beginning until you get the answer to that first question. This isn't like search and destroy since you're actually reading the passage and not skimming it. And then read the second question and continue back where you left off and continue reading till you find it, OR, the answer to the second question may have been in the parts you already read! in which case its still fresh in your mind. This is pretty much a modified search and destroy method that has worked for many people! As for what to practice with, to be honest, just find reading comprehension exams online, because this is all about building up speed and familiarity. You could try specific RC exams for the DAT too! datcrusher has a bunch of them and their first one is free so maybe start with that. But to be honest, with the DAT being next week, i am not sure how much you will improve with such little time. worth a shot though. Hope that helps!
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    Yes it makes a difference. Here are stats for the Quebec University category for 2017: · Complete and eligible applications in your pool this year: 847 out of 881 · Average CGPA of candidates invited to interview: 3.84 · Mode CGPA of candidates invited to interview: 3.9 (representing 32% of invitees). And here is my academic ranking: · On the academic portion of your application, you ranked 472 out of 847 Now, my GPA is 3.6 and I was ranked better than 45% of applicants. However, it is very unlikely that 45% of applicants had GPAs below 3.6, knowing that the mean was 3.84 and that 32% of applicants had a GPA of 3.9. So in conclusion, yes academic context can make a big difference
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    Casper Test October 25

    Ranged from, "yes this is pretty good!", to, "fuck I sound illiterate and didn't even answer what the question asked".
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    Why not family med?

    Most people will say that money plays a very small factor but I'll guarantee you that if you boosted FM pay so that it was more than the average specialist, within a matter of years the scale would tip so dramatically that no one would even know what ROAD stood for.
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    Mind blowing stats.....

    All of these patterns of unfairness come up on the forum a lot - makes sense, people dealing with a worse situation in one province are annoyed by the policies of another easier one. The answer is always (often unsatisfying) the same. The system is not just about us (be it medical students, applicants, residents, or even staff doctors). The needs of the communities is usually more pressing, and since we are in a socialist education system and health care system there are times when individuals will always be disadvantaged for the needs of the whole. There are a lot of "unfair" things overall to applicants as a result, but is also unfair for one part of Canada to have better health care than another part and that is what we have right now. Doesn't change the fact that is kind of sucks for people trying to get in of course.
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    You definitely have a higher chance of getting accepted if you apply than if you don't. The chance is lower with a low GPA, but still higher than 0%
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