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  1. TIME STAMP: April 7th 2015

     

    Interview Date: February 28th (MD) and March 7th (MD/PhD)

    Result: Accepted!  (London campus)

    cGPA: ~3.85

    Best 2 years: 3.87

    MCAT: 10/9/13 (re-written)

    SWOMEN: yes 

     

    ECs: PM if interested

    Interview: Enjoyed the experience and energy of the students! Tried to be genuine and thoughtful with answers. Found it a little tricky to introduce my experiences into the conversations

     

    Year: 4th Year Undergrad

     

    Will be accepting offer to MD/PhD !! :)


  2. TIME STAMP: 9:01am, May 12th 2015

     

    Interview Date: February 22, 2015

    Result: Accepted!

    cGPA: ~3.85

    wGPA: ~3.91

    MCAT: 10/9/13 (re-written)

     

    ECs: PM if interested

    Essays: Spent a good deal of time and thought on them. Tried to be honest and true to my thoughts, had my Dad read them for grammar! :)

    Interview: Felt great about 3/4 stations and alright about the last one -finished it rather earlier so had to fill some time! Really enjoyed the interview format overall and liked meeting/talking with 4 different people at different stages of training/backgrounds.

     

    Year: 4th Year Undergrad

     

    Caught me off guard, to say the least! Feeling blessed! 


  3. Many schools offer interview prep. For instance, my undergrad school offered both 1-1 interviews and a full mock MMI interview. 

     

    In the MMI practise circuit, we got to take on the role of both the interviewer and candidate (different scenarios of course!) and I found it really helpful both to be put on the spot (as a candidate) and to watch others respond to scenarios/how they think (while being the interviewer).

     

    Other than that, practising with others or on your own are both great; it can be hard to get over the awkwardness of practising with friends/family, but ultimately, if it will help--and it will--it needs to be done!!

     

    Finally, it's a good idea to loosely develop an approach to the MMI stations. For instance, are you going to read the prompts once? Three times? Are you going to think of arguments ahead of time? Are you going to decide your first sentence ahead of time? You can't prepare everything of course, but I found it helpful to decide what your approach will be, in general.

     

    Best of luck!

     


  4. Just looking for any insights from current med students (MD or MD/PhDs) who could discuss pros/cons of taking the MD/PhD route. Please comment sharing anything you or your peers have encountered/things I should consider! Thanks!

     

    Here are a couple comments I'm thinking about to get things started:

     

    - I know in the States, people really emphasize the sacrifice associated with doing this combined program which can last up to around 9 years and therefore seem to encourage (at least from what I've seen in online forums) that one chooses MD or PhD.   But in Canada, it seems like there is a greater push for the PhD portion to be contained to 3 years (at least for the schools I'm dealing with). Does that affect people's opinions on whether the programs can/should be done together? I also know many people enter medical school after doing masters/phd/working etc., so I guess I don't understand the emphasis on how much time it will take..?  

     

    - What are some thoughts on doing 2 yrs med - 3 yrs phd - 2 yrs med, vs. 3 yrs phd - 4 yrs med? I'm leaning towards 3-4 because continuity with the same meds class is important to me, but I'm worried that in following that route I wouldn't be choosing my phd work based on my clinical interests (since I wouldn't really know what they might be) and also would not teach me to embed my research with medical training... I would also miss potentially starting med school with a few people I know.

     

    - Finally, I am feeling that my personal interest in the MD/PhD route stems largely from a desire to do research (contribute something to science), achieve that degree and apply it to my clinical medical practise. I want to do an advanced research degree. But I'm not sure that I really want to actually run a lab after all of this. That is typically the goal for students in this stream... so I'm not sure whether joining the program without that goal in mind (at least at this point in time) is a good/bad idea. I really see myself as a clinician, but I do have an interest in doing a research degree. I'm not sure if that is an unfair reason to join an MD/PhD program?

     

    Sorry for the long post. This is a very difficult decision for me and one I hope to make extremely thoughtfully. Please share anything you can that may offer wisdom!

     

    Many thanks!


  5. I received my relative interview score, but does anyone have any experience about asking them how much above or below there scores were? (or do they not divulge that information)?

     

    Do you have to call the Faculty to get your relative score, or is this something they would share over email? I emailed yesterday but haven't heard back (so I'm not sure if they are busy (understandable!) or whether I need to phone them to get this information).

     

    Thanks for any clarifications! Best of luck everyone!


  6. Just curious what people's thoughts would be on living at home vs. renting, if one was attending medical school in their hometown. 

     

    At present, I would be inclined to rent (single apartment) for the pre-clerkship years (1 & 2) since I would want to 

    A.) be able to totally focus on my studies and 

    B.) be totally immersed and involved with my class/classmates/med school experience.

     

    Does that make sense?

    Any pros/cons?

     

     

    I think I would then consider living at home during years 3 and 4 when 

    A.) I need more moral support/encouragment (haha)

    B.) won't have as heavy "classroom learning" and 

    C.) may be travelling for rotations/electives/interviews anyway

     

    Can anyone comment on my train of thought or offer their own experience/ideas?

     

    Thanks for any comments!


  7. Just curious what people's thoughts would be on living at home vs. renting, if one was attending medical school in their hometown. 

     

    At present, I would be inclined to rent (single apartment) for the pre-clerkship years (1 & 2) since I would want to

    A.) be able to totally focus on my studies and

    B.) be totally immersed and involved with my class/classmates/med school experience.

     

    Does that make sense?

    Any pros/cons?

     

     

    I think I would then consider living at home during years 3 and 4 when

    A.) I need more moral support/encouragment (haha)

    B.) won't have as heavy "classroom learning" and

    C.) may be travelling for rotations/electives/interviews anyway

     

    Can anyone comment on my train of thought or offer their own experience/ideas?

     

    Thanks for any comments!


  8. you just state it as it is - "I know so and so very well and I am afraid that would put him/her in an awkward situation of conflict of interest. I would hate to do that, so just for everyone's comfort and to make sure the interview rules are followed I would suggest it would be best for another interview team to assess me"

     

    We won't be shown the names of the interviewers or anything prior to arriving to the interview room, I'm assuming? 

     

    As with the first poster for this thread, I'm also worried about knowing/being familiar with the interview team as I have quite an extensive network (albeit positive connections, I believe) at my undergrad school. I'm worried about not being sure how to handle this situation should it arise. 

     

    I worry that even if I did state right away in the interview that I was familiar with one of the panel members (even if they didn't raise it), and said that I felt that a switch would be best, I'm concerned how this would impact the flow of my interview and how it may result in a sub-optimal impression, even though it is unrelated to the actual interview etc..

     

    Thoughts? 


  9. I am also interested in learning more about the format of McGill's MMIs.

     

    Specifically:

     

    1. Do the questions posted outside the rooms identify at the top whether they are going to role-play, writing, or just discussion? I wonder because I too am unsure whether I should go into the room and begin acting or should greet the interviewers first?

     

    2. Regarding role-play/situational questions, are we expected to stick to the prompt we read? Or is it ok/good/bad to add in some details of our own that we make up? 

     

    Thanks for any help!


  10.  

    Hi!
     
    I had some questions in regards to the confirmation of attendance form and the non-disclosure form. Firstly, in the attendance form instructions it asks to complete the from by hand, are they referring to the complete form or only the signature part? Secondly, is it OK if the witness in the non-disclosure form to be a family member? Does this form also need to be completed by hand?
     
    Thank you in advance for your help  :)

     

     

    I am also wondering if it is ok to have a family member (parent, sibling) act as the witness in the non-disclosure form? ^Were you able to find an answer to this? 

     

    Thank you!


  11. Last year UofT and Western sent emails... interviews for each school are conducted over 1 weekend.  Western was mid April and UofT was mid March.  UofT assigns you a time on the Sat or Sun and Western allows you to rank your preferences for time slot and day and then assigns you one (I was given my 1st preference) once everyone has submitted preferences.

     

    Ok thank you!


  12. Can anyone clarify this for me?
     

    - On U of T's website, they state that the mean GPA of accepted students during last year's cycle was 3.86 (which implies at least some of the class had GPA's of 3.86 or lower)

     

    - But based on what I'm reading on various forums here, it seems like people feel that even with a 3.90+ you aren't necessarily going to get an interview at U of T?

     

    Thoughts? I'm a little unsure now as to whether I have a chance (based on what people are saying in various forum topics)

     

    Thanks everyone! 


  13. How can I find out whether the schools I am applying to have a copy of my DAT scores

     

    I wrote the Nov 2013 DAT and at the time I picked 5 schools to send my scores to. These are still the schools I want, but I would like to verify that these schools actually do have these scores and that there is nothing further I need to do.

     

    I just want to be absolutely sure!

     

    Should I contact the schools directly and ask them? Would this information be posted online anywhere?

     

    Thanks for any suggestions!

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