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  1. brockboeser6

    Mmi Prep Tips

    http://forums.premed101.com/forum/53-medical-school-interviews/ --> hopefully that is the section you are looking for?
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    Reference Letters Guideline

    Ideally you would ask for an academic reference with whom you've built good rapport with and hopefully established a longer-term relationship with. If that describes one of the profs you've had this year go for it! The majority of the reference is a survey/questions. For the traditional reference letter portion, you could perhaps instruct your prof to talk about concrete examples in which you have demonstrated CANMeds competencies under their supervision. The curated questions also give the referees the opportunity to talk about your character and qualities I'm pretty sure.
  3. thanks! sorry it was little misleading - *my wife is expecting the bb haha
  4. i'm gonna take some time off probably starting at latest beginning of August....got my first bb on the way in late September so gonna need as much relaxation/prep time as possible haha
  5. Got accepted into U of A OT earlier today...wasnt expecting anything until later May so it was a nice surprise!
  6. Hi guys, I saw on U of A's MMI description that they provide pencil and paper during the interview. Does this mean that during the MMI we are able to take notes to aid in formulating answers during the 2 minutes given to read the question?
  7. brockboeser6

    UofA Interview Invites & Regrets 2019

    Time Stamp: 10:01amResult: InviteGPA: 4.00MCAT: 518Current Degree: BSc. (Kinesiology)Geography (IP/OOP): OOPExtracurricular Activities (awards, achievements, volunteering, employment, research, etc.): high level hockey, kinesiology job, been working in medical office a couple years now, undergrad researcher for a couple different labs, youth mentorship, lots of music stuffCASPer: idk what to put for this as it's so subjective and relative to everyone else :p - 2nd time doing it. I can type pretty fast I think. Probably a long shot but if there's anyone out in Victoria, BC that wants to practice i'm game!
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    Reference Lettre

    think they sent out an email a couple weeks ago that said they'd be sent out in early to mid November
  9. brockboeser6

    Victoria Interview prep

    I live in Victoria and would be down to practice. I work full time as well so after work would be best. Or the occasional weekend.
  10. Hey guys, In the UBC help guide, it suggests that they'd like to know about things such as overcoming adversity on your application. Just wanted to know if anyone has any experience or suggestions for writing about overcoming adversity in their application. Specifically, how to go about it in an appropriate manner. In summary, I lost my sister-in-law in an accident and then another close relative 3 months later to long-term substance use, this past year. I realize that others have gone through similar and even more traumatic experiences than this and so I don't know if this is necessarily appropriate to talk about. I'm also conflicted as I don't want to feel like I'm taking advantage of my family's heart break but also realize that overcoming this with my wife has shaped me immensely. If anyone has any thoughts on whether or not to add this and if so, how to approach writing about it, please let me know.
  11. brockboeser6

    NAQ - Overcoming adversity

    Thanks for you input. I'm going to be quite honest with you. I would suggest in your future career as a doctor not to ever mention to someone, that has gone through a traumatic event, that they are "milking" the situation. It shows a severe lack of empathy, understanding and maturity and minimizes their experience.
  12. You touch on an important point in that excessive substance use can often be intertwined with mental health, addictions and trauma. Everyone knows that alcohol is dangerous in excess yet it's still the leading cause of substance use illness/death in Canada. I firmly believe it's because the problem is not the substance. It's a human issue. So in regards to the legalization of marijuana, I think there needs to be a public health focus to invest more into mental health services, trauma-informed care, rehabilitation, counselling and more social services so that we can prevent people from using marijuana as a coping mechanism, often in excess. Research on marijuana is definitely important but it shouldn't outweigh our focus on the person as I think the root cause of any excessive substance use is not the substance. In summary, an increased focus and investment into social/mental health services are going to be critical when marijuana becomes legalized.
  13. I believe the consequence of the criminalization of pot is much greater than the consequence of using/selling pot. Criminalizing pot also costs valuable resources on policing, court systems, etc. which will have a trickle down effect on other more dangerous issues. Decriminalizing pot would hopefully increase quality control as mentioned above. Some cons are that we don't completely know the health consequences particularly on the developing brain, impairs cognition which will require well structured policies and laws re: usage. Personally, I work with youth whose lifestyles heavily include smoking pot and I think it can contribute to a lot of the behavioural issues I observe since they use it in excess; however, it does have vast benefits for others and criminalizing it would be much worse for one's future.
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    Religion in an Interview - Redflag?

    Great, thanks for the advice...I agree with this.
  15. Do you think mentioning your religion in an interview would be a red flag? If so, to what extent of you talking about it would you think it becomes a red flag? Merely mentioning it or diving into it's practices?
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    Religion in an Interview - Redflag?

    Thanks for the advice...for some context, I do some youth leadership through a church and if I were to mention this work as a personal experience, mentioning which religion it's associated wouldn't be a red flag eh?
  17. A little late...but hopefully helps ppl out! TIME STAMP: 10:28 am May 11, 2018 Acceptance/Waitlist/Rejection: Rejected AGPA: 91.20 MCAT: 518 (128 CARS) ECs: sports playing/coaching, youth leadership, music leadership, currently working in medical clinic (1.5 years), kinesiologist volunteer/work (1.5 years), other volunteer work with organizations working with vulnerable and special needs populations, research assistant in a couple labs back in undergrad, couple poster presentations, other less significant things Geography: IP Interview: Below Average NAQ: 38.91 AQ: 32.61 TFR: 71.52 Last year: NAQ: 34.10 AQ: 29.44 TFR: 63.54 Interview: BELOW AVERAAAGE This year really stings...thought I had improved my interview score vastly (practiced with med students, doctors, friends, family) and just overall more experience over the last year talking with new people and patients. The week prior to my interview was the worst week of my life...lost a close family member in a car accident and interviewed the morning after her funeral. I know that probably took an effect on my performance but I almost felt unfazed and less nervous after having to help plan a funeral, support my wife and just grieve through this shock the week prior. I really needed a win this year so was hoping so much I'd get in but nevertheless my perspective on this whole process has really been changed. There's way too much in life to enjoy than to focus on this totally unpredictable, stressful process. For others that got rejected yesterday, enjoy your weekends off, travel spontaneously, try something new and spend time with friends and family! It really can be a blessing getting rejected looking back on my experiences. Awesome job to those that got in...it's really inspiring to hear all your stories. Also, if anyone has any tips for improving a below average interview I'd really appreciate it also, i'll need some new ppl to practice interviews with in Victoria next year so sending out an early request
  18. literally everything else is great! and that's not even a poor mcat score...sorry again...
  19. whaaaaaat that's crazy....that doesn't seem fair/right. Sorry to hear
  20. fwiw, from my experience if you miss the early bird deadline but are on top of it and are checking for the email to come out you'll still have plenty of space in each time slot to choose from. Go for the early deadline if you can tho!
  21. brockboeser6

    MCAT Date- August 17 or 25??

    I'd suggest the later date. It'd be best just to have as much practice time as possible especially if you're working full time. Won't feel as rushed with that extra week and I don't think it's very likely something will go wrong either.
  22. TIME STAMP: December 7th 10-11ish?Interview Invite or Regrets: InviteEarly or Regular Deadline: RegularAGPA (if applicable): 91-92%MCAT: 518ECs: 5+ years of youth leading, Junior level ice hockey, provincial level volleyball and track, ~2 years of Neuroscience lab work, a couple poster presentations at largely undergraduate conferences, many years of music and associated volunteer work with it (playing at food banks, churches, conferences, retreats, etc), 1 year working at chronic pain medical clinic, 1.5 years working/volunteering as a kinesiologist, 5 years working as camp councillor Current Degree: BSc. Kinesiology Geography: IP If anyone is in Victoria and would like to practice hit me up! Would love to practice with some ppl....cheers!
  23. don't worry guys...you all got invites!
  24. brockboeser6

    Contemporary Issues

    I found in my interviews last year that there were a lot of issues that weren't necessarily related to medicine explicitly; thus, I'll throw in some ideas that aren't necessarily directly related to medicine to think about. Black lives, All Lives, Blue Lives matter movements Marijuana as medicine Aging population Increased mental health issues in youth Opioid crisis (safe injection sites, addiction, prescription drugs, big Pharma, etc.) Immigration of refugees amidst terrorism/ISIS