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    goingplaid got a reaction from pinkneuron in Interview Insight and well wishes   
    Hey Forum,
     
    Tomorrow marks the first day of interviews for the 2013/2014 application cycle and so I thought it would be appropriate to give you my interview 101s.
     
    Here's what I would do:
     
    1. Meditate, relax, go for a run - do something that calms you and gets your mind off of tomorrow.
    2. Be comfortable with your application and what you said. Know your ABS and your life from all aspects: education, hobbies, jobs, friendships, etc.
    3. Know your personality - strengths and weaknesses
    4. When you look at ethical dilemmas think critically about your answers and listen to feedback form other's perspectives.
    4. Come to the tour and presentation - we need you to know why we have the best school!!
    5. Be positive - you have an interview because you're a strong enough candidate to be in med school. Now show them how awesome you are!
    6. wGPA is not the deal breaker after the interview, so 3.85 or a 4.0 is not going to give you a great advantage. You're all in the same boat.
    7. Expect to see a lot of incredible candidates - remember, they think the same thing about you. Don't be intimidated, you're merely looking at a reflection of yourself.
    8. If you still don't think you've prepared enough - have a quick read of some sample panel questions below (Note: they are not from the uOttawa site, the reference is at the end)
    9. Call your family or closest friends. Talk to them about your stress and let them calm you down. If they don't, let me reiterate, you've got this!
    10. We've all be there before, and all the current med student understand your position. When you come to your interview, we know you'll be nerves, and we want to help settle those for you.
    11. Don't change your life schedule. If you workout normally, don't skip, if you got to bed at 12, don't change that. Be yourself, and enjoy yourself.
    12. Dress professionally - there are threads on this site dedicated to what constitutes professional wear for men and women.
    13. Give yourself some extra time to make sure you're not late
    14. BRING YOUR ID!
    15. Bring some water (I can't remember if they give you some) and make sure you've eaten some food before your interview - this will help settle your stomach (maybe avoid seafood )
     
    With this said, I wish you all the best!!
     
    GP
     
     
     
     
    Extra - some questions to think about
     
    Disclaimer - I cannot confirm nor deny that any of these question will or will not be asked of you on your interview day. I also cannot confirm nor deny if any of these questions were asked to me, at any of my interviews
     
    Sample interview questions for medical students
     
     
    • What have you been doing for the past year?
    • Why do you want to be a doctor?
    • What aspects of your life do you think you will change when you become a doctor?
    • What do you find satisfying/ dissatisfying about where you live?
    • Describe your childhood and adolescence.
    • How do you think your life would change if you entered medical school?
    • Describe an ethical decision that you had to make and how did you deal with it?
    • What do you feel will be the most difficult problem facing society in the next few decades?
    What are your thoughts on privatization in Health Care in Canada?
    • If I asked your friends to describe you as a teenager, what would they say?
    • What was the most difficult decision you have ever made?
    • Describe a situation in which you had to work as a member of a group and things were not working out.
    • What do you feel is the biggest problem in the world today, medically?
    • There are 300 applicants who are equally as qualified. Why should we choose you?
    • What steps have you taken to acquaint yourself with the role of a physician?
    • What do you think are the most pressing issues in medicine today?
    • What do you plan to do if you are not accepted into medical school?
    • How do you feel about rural medicine?
    • What are your positive qualities and what are your negative qualities?
    • Describe your relationship with your family.
    • How do you think your role as a physician fits in with your role as a member of the community?
    • Describe your personality.
    • Of what value can you be to our school?
    • What are the best and worst things that have ever happened to you?
    • Which life experiences do you think make you a good candidate for medical school?
    • If your best friends were asked to describe you, what would they say?
    • If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
    • How do you cope with stress?
    • You are living in a small rural community and your neighbour comes to you with a relatively minor medical problem. She is on social assistance and does not have health insurance. The medication you prescribe is not covered by social assistance. Her brother, however, has health insurance and she asks you to fill out the prescription in his name and sign his health insurance form. What do you do? There is no way to subsidize the medication.
    • If you plan to have a family, how do you plan to balance work and family?
    • Name the three most influential books that you have read.
    • What do you do in your spare time?
    • What are you specific goals in medicine?
    • What stimulated your interest in medicine?
    • What schools have you applied to and why?
    • What do you intend to gain from your medical education?
    • Why do you think so many people want to be physicians?
    • How do you plan to finance your medical education?
    • Tell me about yourself.
    • What are the steps to set up a medical clinic.
    • Describe an ethical dilemma you may face as a physician.
    • What have you been doing lately?
    • Tell us about a satisfying experience you've had at work or school.
    • Tell us about a dissatisfying experience you've had at work or school.
    • What sort of person do you get along with the best?
    • What sort of person do you find the most difficult to get along with?
    • What do you think will be the biggest problem in the world in 10 years, medically?
     
    Public Resource: http://www.mun.ca/cdel/career_students/medicine_questions.php
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    goingplaid got a reaction from pyridoxal-phosphate in CaRMS AMA   
    Please see above for my responses. Hope they help. 
    -GP
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    goingplaid got a reaction from damha in Entering Class Summer Meet Ups?   
    I think it's healthy to be really interested in meeting other people who have similar passions, but it will happen eventually. You're applying after 3 years and getting into a 7-9+ year commitment. Remember to relax and stop to look at the roses along the way. I find med students and premeds far to determined to make the most of every moment, looking behind every door, attempt to fulfill the request of every person who comes into their lives.... sometimes letting the moment make meaning for itself that makes you sane. If you get into the uOttawa 2019 class, awesome. If not, awesome, you'll be in the 2020 class. When the FB group starts up and you're getting into med all of your classmates will want to meet you too. 

    For now, chill.  
    Rant done
    -GP
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    goingplaid got a reaction from _ _ in Entering Class Summer Meet Ups?   
    I think it's healthy to be really interested in meeting other people who have similar passions, but it will happen eventually. You're applying after 3 years and getting into a 7-9+ year commitment. Remember to relax and stop to look at the roses along the way. I find med students and premeds far to determined to make the most of every moment, looking behind every door, attempt to fulfill the request of every person who comes into their lives.... sometimes letting the moment make meaning for itself that makes you sane. If you get into the uOttawa 2019 class, awesome. If not, awesome, you'll be in the 2020 class. When the FB group starts up and you're getting into med all of your classmates will want to meet you too. 

    For now, chill.  
    Rant done
    -GP
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    goingplaid got a reaction from Fleming in Entering Class Summer Meet Ups?   
    I think it's healthy to be really interested in meeting other people who have similar passions, but it will happen eventually. You're applying after 3 years and getting into a 7-9+ year commitment. Remember to relax and stop to look at the roses along the way. I find med students and premeds far to determined to make the most of every moment, looking behind every door, attempt to fulfill the request of every person who comes into their lives.... sometimes letting the moment make meaning for itself that makes you sane. If you get into the uOttawa 2019 class, awesome. If not, awesome, you'll be in the 2020 class. When the FB group starts up and you're getting into med all of your classmates will want to meet you too. 

    For now, chill.  
    Rant done
    -GP
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    goingplaid got a reaction from premed005 in [2015] Admissions Video And Interview Insight   
    Hey Everyone, 
     
    Please use the URLs below to access the uOttawa admissions video created by the class of 2018, as well as a link for a former thread of mine regarding interview prep and insight. 
     
    Best,
    GP

    Video: 
    Insight: http://forums.premed101.com/index.php?/topic/76272-interview-insight-and-well-wishes/
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    goingplaid got a reaction from damha in [2015] Admissions Video And Interview Insight   
    Hey Everyone, 
     
    Please use the URLs below to access the uOttawa admissions video created by the class of 2018, as well as a link for a former thread of mine regarding interview prep and insight. 
     
    Best,
    GP

    Video: 
    Insight: http://forums.premed101.com/index.php?/topic/76272-interview-insight-and-well-wishes/
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    goingplaid got a reaction from medafter30 in [2015] Admissions Video And Interview Insight   
    Hey Everyone, 
     
    Please use the URLs below to access the uOttawa admissions video created by the class of 2018, as well as a link for a former thread of mine regarding interview prep and insight. 
     
    Best,
    GP

    Video: 
    Insight: http://forums.premed101.com/index.php?/topic/76272-interview-insight-and-well-wishes/
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    goingplaid got a reaction from SpencerV in [2015] Admissions Video And Interview Insight   
    Hey Everyone, 
     
    Please use the URLs below to access the uOttawa admissions video created by the class of 2018, as well as a link for a former thread of mine regarding interview prep and insight. 
     
    Best,
    GP

    Video: 
    Insight: http://forums.premed101.com/index.php?/topic/76272-interview-insight-and-well-wishes/
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    goingplaid got a reaction from uOttawaAdmissionsRep in University Of Ottawa Mock Interviews 2015   
    I can confirm the legitimacy of this thread. 
    - Get a spot, this is a great opportunity! 
     
    GP
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