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  1. Hey there, I am an interview coach and I've been a panelist at med schools in the past. Interviewing at the med school level is actually a very systematic process. I tell my students that if they prepare properly, they will actually be able to answer any interview question that's thrown at them and there won't be any surprises. You're already ahead of the game by thinking about interviews this early. Here are some general tips for how to prepare: 1) Think of each question as a mini essay with the thesis being "I will be a good doctor/med student." This should be the bottom line of all of your answers. For example, if an interviewer asks, "tell me about a time you had to solve a conflict," this is because doctors need to be able to solve conflicts. Prove that you will be a good doctor by using your past experience (ie. stuff on your CV) to prove that you have the ability to solve conflicts and therefore be a good doctor. 2) Go through your CV and assign qualities to each activity (there can be more than one quality per activity). By qualities I mean CANMED roles and any other qualities you think a good doctor should have. 3) The STAR method is a good one to use when formulating stories (Situation, Task, Action, Result). This is not a hard and fast rule, but it's a good place to start and it will help you turn your experiences into coherent narratives. 4) Connect all of your answers to medicine and more specifically, yourself in medicine. Tell me when you will use the quality you just illustrated in your medical career. Charisma matters, but charisma can be learned, especially in this limited setting where you know exactly what to expect and what is required of you. As far as confidence goes, fake it till you make it. Faking confidence is just as good as the real thing. You'll find that you might even start to feel more confident as a result. Feel free to reach out to me privately if you want to book a call or discuss your situation in more detail. The interview doesn't need to be the reason you don't get into med school. I've seen people who literally can't speak without their voice shaking turn into expert interviewers. You can definitely do this.
  2. A 2 is less than adequate— If you answered an ethics question and only gave pros and not cons when asked for both, for instance. Also if you say something that's a red flag (like blaming somebody else when discussing a conflict or saying something like "i wouldn't want to be a nurse because nurses aren't as valuable as doctors").
  3. I don't remember if it's 1 or 2 "two or less" scores 2 from two different interviewers. It definitely has to be from two different interviewers.
  4. I've been an interviewer at western before. In the past, you had to get two scores of 2 or less from two different interviewers for your application to be thrown out. One 2 won't take you out of the game (that's why they have a panel). You can message me privately if you want some more feedback.
  5. Hi,

    It's really kind of you to offer to help those of us who's interview format has been changed unexpectedly. I have an online panel interview coming up for Western Medicine. I'd love it if you could spare an hour for me. With these covid-19 social distancing measures, my schedule is really open so anytime would be fine. Thanks again for extending the offer!

  6. Hey everyone, I am a writer, editor, and interview coach and I've been doing interview prep for professional schools both in-person and online for a number of years now. I've been on interview panels of med schools as a community member and over 90% of the students that I've worked with have gone on to secure spots in professional schools post-interview. This is all to say, I know we're in trying times. I know that a lot of med schools and other professional schools have made some last-minute changes and moved interviews to an online format. If you are particularly stressed out about this, you are not alone. This is uncharted territory for all of us. If you feel like you need some help, I would like to offer a free 1-hour (video conference) interview prep session to anybody who has an upcoming online interview. We can all get through this together! Send me a message and we can set up a time to meet over Skype or Facetime or Google Chat
  7. Specificity is always good. It allows the interviewer to imagine you in the scenario, imagine you performing a task, and hopefully succeeding at that task. Like, if your volunteer work is teaching kids with learning disabilities, give me a brief overview of how long you've been doing that work and the name of the organization, tell me how you get kids with different disabilities to understand difficult concepts, tell me a story about one kid in particular who you tutored and how you helped him study for a difficult test and even though he's dyslexic, in the end, he was able to get an A on his test, then tell me how your ability to communicate difficult concepts is going to help you communicate with your patients when you're a doctor— you're going to have patients of all different educational backgrounds, ages, etc. and you need all of them to understand their conditions and their treatments. Also, teaching is important for doctors because as a doctor you're going to have to teach medical students and residents, and your experience as a volunteer tutor has really helped you improve your teaching skills. Again, the more specific your story is, the more cute details you include about this kid, the more passionate you're going to seem about your work. It also makes for a better story and it's more fun and engaging for your interviewer.
  8. Every question in a med school interview has the subtext "why would you be a good doctor/med student?" Think about using the STAR method to answer questions like this (situation, task, action, result). After you're done that, throw in a connection to medicine/what you learned from the experience that's going to make you a good doctor. Basically, you're using your volunteer experience (or whatever experience) as proof of why you would be a good doctor or medical student at this school. Go into the specifics that you need to make your point.
  9. Yes, It's pretty shitty. But it's also cheap and close to the hospital, so it's fine for a one night stay. I was there for two weeks on an elective and it wasn't great. People were fighting loudly in the halls at 2 AM, the hallways are pretty dirty, it's not in the nicest part of Ottawa...
  10. Can confirm that Western accepted a wGPA of 3.74. Will post stats soon.
  11. Hey everyone, I was hoping you could tell me about what kind of opportunities there are to get involved in music type things at queens. Thank you
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