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  1. This sounds like a great example! But most importantly is how you present it - in terms of what insights you made, what you learned, what you see could use improvement, etc.
  2. Definitely don't miss the opportunity to write something about yourself here! Your ABS just shows what you have done officially, but does not describe your personality. As mentioned above, focus on an experience/story that lets us learn something insightful about you! Make it unique so you catch the attention of the reader.
  3. It really depends on who is giving the advise and how they are marking it.
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    Schools that need CASPer test

    I'm really trying to figure out what you mean. The official CASPer company is https://takecasper.com/test-prep/ and they don't sell any test prep? Is there one for American schools that you are referring to? I do agree that if you want to know how well you are doing then getting feedback on your answers is key.
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    Schools that need CASPer test

    What do you mean? Which company running the test?
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    Schools that need CASPer test

    Are you thinking of doing the test in 2 days?
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    Going back to school

    There were two people in my med class with a similar situation. One man was 42. He was working for a while and went back to finish his PhD so he could apply to medicine. The second was a woman in her late 30s with two kids. She also had to quit her full time job, study part time and was accepted into medicine. I can tell you that for both cases, there was definitely a financial concern. The concern is your expenses for those 4 years in medical school before you start making a salary. However, the banks give you a huge line of credit when you get in. It seems like a lot of debt, but if you plan properly you can pay it off in up in less 10 years after you start working. Also for both, despite the financial difficulty and the debt, they were 100% happy and did not regret their decision. What is better? Living a comfortable lifestyle your whole life but always regretting not following your dream? Or living a very comfortable life with 10 harder years in between but knowing you are doing something you are passionate about? Passion = ability to overcome difficulties. Find the former and you will solve the latter.
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    GPA for 2019 admission

    It really depends on the school. Did you check their websites to see if they post a GPA requirement? I agree with the above comment.
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    Med School admission rant

    As someone who has gone through the whole process, I can tell you that medicine is really an art. Trying to figure out who to pick is very hard, especially as we move away from paternalistic medicine and into more patient-centred care. Soft skills are very important - more than ever before. I agree there should be a little more structure, but a lot of schools are experimenting with different strategies to select for soft skills. The biggest revolution in the last 8 years was the MMI so now the schools are looking for the next big thing I guess
  10. First of all - congrats on the interview! The interview day is pretty structured. You might be divided into groups - and each group will take a turn at the MMI. During the MMI itself, a station is usually about 8 minutes. and there are usually 8-10. Some might be a rest station - so you might get an opportunity there but only 8 min. The rest of the interview session would be around 80 min max. Do you think it would be a problem to stay up this long if you took a quick nap just before the interview? Have you considered speaking to someone involved in the admissions process about it? I think it would be better for you if they know what to expect than if you don't say anything and something happens on interview day.
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    CASPER Test Prep

    Each question is given to a separate grader, so don't refer back to something you wrote in another section. Think of the personal questions as though you were being asked in a standard interview. You should have these experiences at the top of your mind and go through your CV to pick out experiences /lessons learned. You can base your insights on the canmeds roles. You still need to be yourself The evaluators will likely be given a marking scheme looking for certain insights such as how to resolve conflict, or how you communicate, so I would base your answers around that.
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    Q&a With Mcgill Med Ambassadors

    If the only reason is money - I'll be honest with you, medical school is expensive, and I would take a look at the cost of medical school before deciding on a CEGEP based on cost. By the time we finished medical school and paid for expenses over 4 years, exams, licensing fees, all those meals while on call, etc - most of us were in debt of around average 150-200k. This is something very common with medical students, as you don't get paid at all until you start your residency. You can also argue that if you get in from CEGEP, you will save 2 years of tuition/expenses from undergrad! So maybe it balances out if you just look at cost? As for the stats - if medical school is really what you want - it would make sense to maximize your chances of getting in. So if you are telling me that at Vanier you could have 10 people with a 36 R score and 1 will get in vs Marianopolis if 10 people have 36 R score 7 will get in...I would go to Marianopolis. It's like when people ask me if they should do a second undergrad vs a masters. Technically staying in the BsC pool gives you more chances to get in, but a masters gets you further on your path in life. To sum everything up, there are a lot of factors, but what I would focus on most is how important it is for you to absolutely get in to medical school on the first try, vs being ok with doing an undergrad. At the end of the day, you need to do what is right for you.
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    Competitive GPA?

    You are absolutely competitive with that GPA - but that is just the key to the door - next step is to show your confidence and personality through the interview process!
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    Queen's Reputation?

    Definitely agree with the above. After all the exams are done, we are all physicians and we don't look too much at where you went to medical school. Pick the school that speaks to you the most and where you feel most supportive. Long hours and stress is best treated with fun, family and friends!
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    Q&a With Mcgill Med Ambassadors

    You should definitely speak to the admissions committee about this, but technically you would be past the application deadline (March 1). So when were you thinking of applying? You usually have to apply in your 4th semester of CEGEP.
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