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    Still no update from some med schools?

    From what I have heard Queen's interviews were completed last weekend, and I think McMaster was mid March. But definitely should have heard something one way or another.
  2. Yeh that's crazy, should be much busier for you next year if this one doesn't work out this year.
  3. And don't forget to get your mind and body in sync. Regular exercising, good diet, meditation and mindfulness practices will help you a lot, especially if yu can keep these good habits through your last days prior to interview. Best of luck with the rest of your preparations and your upcoming interview :-)
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    Music For Studying?

    Lot of great playlists on YouTube and Spotify. Personally, find Max Richter mixes pretty good for atmosphere while studying or trying to concentrate :-)
  5. Glad to see the tone of the responses here. Couldn't agree more with them :-) Tough job, lots of skill development and commitment demonstrated. This experience doesn't have to define you totally but it can illuminate aspects of you which can be valued by those schools/programs you are applying to.
  6. Ugh doesn't sound too healthy :-(
  7. Thanks for all of the above. Found this post on SDN which i also found helpful in getting my head around the MMI: https://www.studentdoctor.net/2017/08/top-8-strategies-to-prepare-for-and-ace-your-multiple-mini-interview-mmi/
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    Lol.
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    Contemporary Issues

    The final one might come up with some of the threatened effects of the min wage hike in Ontario with companies starting to pull back on benefits, some of which are directly to health provisions etc.
  10. Yeah I noticed that with friends who went through the bar. Basically it was like training for something completely different from their professional experiences up to that point and they all found it a real challenge, despite being pretty much ahead of the curve on everything else law related.
  11. I don't think being "white" brings much disadvantage and, as a "white" person, many, many advantages. Perceptions like those you overheard are usually without substance, they are just that perceptions :-(
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    The plot thickens - we need some more thorough investigation here.
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    Contemporary Issues

    Issues around 2 of the UoT essays/topics this year: Discuss the role of listening in cross-cultural communication to better understand the perspectives of people of different backgrounds. Write a letter to an editor of a newspaper to express your support of Canada's role in promoting women's reproductive health in developing countries.
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    They need to be publicly shamed!!! Lol
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    Lying on med school applications

    Yeh - it's true you have to be able to draw a line between focusing on yourself and your priorities, also you are right it will only get harder as time goes on.
  16. Ditto - Good luck everyone!!!
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    Can I hug an actor?

    I really liked this post on breaking bad news in an MMI: https://bemoacademicconsulting.com/blog/how-to-ace-multiple-mini-interview-mmi-acting-station-scenario. The author uses the SPIKES protocol which states on making connection with the patient: Maintaining eye contact may be uncomfortable but it is an important way of establishing rapport. Touching the patient on the arm or holding a hand (if the patient is comfortable with this) is another way to accomplish this. So it seems that hugging is not a go-to as such in this professional circumstance. It is also very much based on the communication the actor is providing you in the MMI scenario. I would be surprised if the actor would be initiating their non-verbal communication in such a way to invite something like a hug so it probably makes sense not to do so. Although that is just my opinion based on what I have read. Very interesting debate though.
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    Letter of Recommendation from a PHD student?

    Yeh it so important that the references confirm all the qualities you have outlined in your application. Good, strong individual letters are going to help you much more than a bad or generic letter.
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    Anthropology?

    Great last point. I think Anthropology can definitely provide some excellent foundations and directly applicable skills. Just thinking to the social anthropology I undertook with its emphasis on participant observation - certainly something which would help any medical professional in the fulfilment of their duties.
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    Lying on med school applications

    It's okay if this person is unethical the CASPer test will find them out :-/ I am not sure how thorough the spot checks are around verification are but if this individual has made so much up to this degree there's probably a good chance they will come undone somewhere along the way, although far from guaranteed. It would be a real shame if someone like this was to get in and deny someone a place, and, in the long run, worse still that they end up practicing medicine. I know it might not be easy for you to do something but the most ethical decision is to alert the schools about this individual's actions. Tough situation to find yourself in.
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    Interview tips

    May find the thread above helpful as well.
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