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  1. Here is an overall breakdown of what is covered in the episode: Brief introduction Who they are What school they go to Where their school is located Class size Distribution of students across different campuses (if applicable) Admissions requirements for the 2020/2021 application cycle Different applicant pools/streams (if applicable) GPA requirement/minimums MCAT requirement/minimums Other requirements (such as CASPer, if applicable) Average stats of the previously admitted med class Interview - what style is the interview? How did you find it? Any surprises? Curriculum Basic outline of their weekly schedule - breakdown of lectures vs. clinical time vs. small-group learning, etc. How their years are organized (e.g. blocked by organ system, vs. something like an anatomy block then a physiology block, etc.) Strong points of their curriculum Weak points or challenges of their curriculum Major differences from other medical schools General experiences Culture and environment - Welcoming? Enjoyable? Would you recommend the school to others? Difficulty/workload - Manageable? Too much? Is there enough time to also pursue research or other extracurriculars? Outside of school - How's the social side of things? Are there clubs, social events, etc.? What would you say is the school's 'main selling point' if an applicant were to be picking between their school and another?
  2. Hey all! I'm one of the co-hosts of the 'Pluripotent Premed' podcast, a podcast designed to help premedical students navigate and conquer the premed years. Our latest project is the 'Medical School Spotlight' series, which brings on current medical students from each of the 17 Canadian Medical Schools to talk about the admissions requirements, curriculum, student life, and experiences at their medical school. For University of Ottawa Medical School, we were happy to welcome on 2nd year med student Abdullah Haroon! You can listen on any of the major podcasting platforms, but here are some quick links to access it too: Facebook Post: https://www.facebook.com/pluripotentpremed/posts/368258027862755 Apple Music: https://apple.co/2SpWqB3 Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3jCNdkI Hopefully this is helpful for some of you, and best of luck with the rest of your premed journey! Christopher
  3. Here is an overall breakdown of what is covered in the episode: Brief introduction Who they are What school they go to Where their school is located Class size Distribution of students across different campuses (if applicable) Admissions requirements for the 2020/2021 application cycle Different applicant pools/streams (if applicable) GPA requirement/minimums MCAT requirement/minimums Other requirements (such as CASPer, if applicable) Average stats of the previously admitted med class Interview - what style is the interview? How did you find it? Any surprises? Curriculum Basic outline of their weekly schedule - breakdown of lectures vs. clinical time vs. small-group learning, etc. How their years are organized (e.g. blocked by organ system, vs. something like an anatomy block then a physiology block, etc.) Strong points of their curriculum Weak points or challenges of their curriculum Major differences from other medical schools General experiences Culture and environment - Welcoming? Enjoyable? Would you recommend the school to others? Difficulty/workload - Manageable? Too much? Is there enough time to also pursue research or other extracurriculars? Outside of school - How's the social side of things? Are there clubs, social events, etc.? What would you say is the school's 'main selling point' if an applicant were to be picking between their school and another?
  4. Hey all! I'm one of the co-hosts of the 'Pluripotent Premed' podcast, a podcast designed to help premedical students navigate and conquer the premed years. Our latest project is the 'Medical School Spotlight' series, which brings on current medical students from each of the 17 Canadian Medical Schools to talk about the admissions requirements, curriculum, student life, and experiences at their medical school. For University of British Columbia Med we were happy to welcome on 2nd year med students Sydney and Jero! You can listen on any of the major podcasting platforms, but here are some quick links to access it too: Facebook post: https://www.facebook.com/pluripotentpremed/posts/358378562184035 Apple Music: https://apple.co/3mMHwCI Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2HjlxTB Hopefully this is helpful for some of you, and best of luck with the rest of your premed journey! Christopher
  5. Here is an overall breakdown of what is covered in the episode: Brief introduction Who they are What school they go to Where their school is located Class size Distribution of students across different campuses (if applicable) Admissions requirements for the 2020/2021 application cycle Different applicant pools/streams (if applicable) GPA requirement/minimums MCAT requirement/minimums Other requirements (such as CASPer, if applicable) Average stats of the previously admitted med class Interview - what style is the interview? How did you find it? Any surprises? Curriculum Basic outline of their weekly schedule - breakdown of lectures vs. clinical time vs. small-group learning, etc. How their years are organized (e.g. blocked by organ system, vs. something like an anatomy block then a physiology block, etc.) Strong points of their curriculum Weak points or challenges of their curriculum Major differences from other medical schools General experiences Culture and environment - Welcoming? Enjoyable? Would you recommend the school to others? Difficulty/workload - Manageable? Too much? Is there enough time to also pursue research or other extracurriculars? Outside of school - How's the social side of things? Are there clubs, social events, etc.? What would you say is the school's 'main selling point' if an applicant were to be picking between their school and another?
  6. Hey all! I'm one of the co-hosts of the 'Pluripotent Premed' podcast, a podcast designed to help premedical students navigate and conquer the premed years. Our latest project is the 'Medical School Spotlight' series, which brings on current medical students from each of the 17 Canadian Medical Schools to talk about the admissions requirements, curriculum, student life, and experiences at their medical school. For University of Calgary, we were happy to welcome on Steven Lu, a 2nd year med student and the current President of the Calgary Medical Students Association. You can listen on any of the major podcasting platforms, but here are some quick links to access it too: Apple Music: https://apple.co/2ZTsxwX Spotify: https://spoti.fi/35TTzIB Facebook post: https://www.facebook.com/pluripotentpremed/posts/355174115837813 Hopefully this is helpful for some of you, and best of luck with the rest of your premed journey! Christopher
  7. Here is an overall breakdown of what is covered in the episode: Brief introduction Who they are What school they go to Where their school is located Class size Distribution of students across different campuses (if applicable) Admissions requirements for the 2020/2021 application cycle Different applicant pools/streams (if applicable) GPA requirement/minimums MCAT requirement/minimums Other requirements (such as CASPer, if applicable) Average stats of the previously admitted med class Interview - what style is the interview? How did you find it? Any surprises? Curriculum Basic outline of their weekly schedule - breakdown of lectures vs. clinical time vs. small-group learning, etc. How their years are organized (e.g. blocked by organ system, vs. something like an anatomy block then a physiology block, etc.) Strong points of their curriculum Weak points or challenges of their curriculum Major differences from other medical schools General experiences Culture and environment - Welcoming? Enjoyable? Would you recommend the school to others? Difficulty/workload - Manageable? Too much? Is there enough time to also pursue research or other extracurriculars? Outside of school - How's the social side of things? Are there clubs, social events, etc.? What would you say is the school's 'main selling point' if an applicant were to be picking between their school and another?
  8. Hey all! I'm one of the co-hosts of the 'Pluripotent Premed' podcast, a podcast designed to help premedical students navigate and conquer the premed years. Our latest project is the 'Medical School Spotlight' series, which brings on current medical students from each of the 17 Canadian Medical Schools to talk about the admissions requirements, curriculum, student life, and experiences at their medical school. For University of Manitoba, we were happy to welcome on 2nd year medical student Stefon Irvine! You can listen on any of the major podcasting platforms, but here are some quick links to access it too: Apple Music: https://apple.co/3hKdTy4 Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3hDalOc Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pluripotentpremed/posts/355231629165395 Hopefully this is helpful for some of you, and best of luck with the rest of your premed journey! Christopher
  9. Here is an overall breakdown of what is covered in the episode: Brief introduction Who they are What school they go to Where their school is located Class size Distribution of students across different campuses (if applicable) Admissions requirements for the 2020/2021 application cycle Different applicant pools/streams (if applicable) GPA requirement/minimums MCAT requirement/minimums Other requirements (such as CASPer, if applicable) Average stats of the previously admitted med class Interview - what style is the interview? How did you find it? Any surprises? Curriculum Basic outline of their weekly schedule - breakdown of lectures vs. clinical time vs. small-group learning, etc. How their years are organized (e.g. blocked by organ system, vs. something like an anatomy block then a physiology block, etc.) Strong points of their curriculum Weak points or challenges of their curriculum Major differences from other medical schools General experiences Culture and environment - Welcoming? Enjoyable? Would you recommend the school to others? Difficulty/workload - Manageable? Too much? Is there enough time to also pursue research or other extracurriculars? Outside of school - How's the social side of things? Are there clubs, social events, etc.? What would you say is the school's 'main selling point' if an applicant were to be picking between their school and another?
  10. Hey all! I'm one of the co-hosts of the 'Pluripotent Premed' podcast, a podcast designed to help premedical students navigate and conquer the premed years. Our latest project is the 'Medical School Spotlight' series, which brings on current medical students from each of the 17 Canadian Medical Schools to talk about the admissions requirements, curriculum, student life, and experiences at their medical school. For University of Saskatchewan, we were happy to welcome on Shayan Shirazi, a 2nd year med student and the current President of the Student Medical Society of Saskatchewan. You can listen on any of the major podcasting platforms, but here are some quick links to access it too: Apple Music: https://apple.co/2RGfxqa Spotify: https://spoti.fi/33IOOP0 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pluripotentpremed/posts/355164955838729 Hopefully this is helpful for some of you, and best of luck with the rest of your premed journey! Christopher
  11. Here is an overall breakdown of what is covered in the episode: Brief introduction Who they are What school they go to Where their school is located Class size Distribution of students across different campuses (if applicable) Admissions requirements for the 2020/2021 application cycle Different applicant pools/streams (if applicable) GPA requirement/minimums MCAT requirement/minimums Other requirements (such as CASPer, if applicable) Average stats of the previously admitted med class Interview - what style is the interview? How did you find it? Any surprises? Curriculum Basic outline of their weekly schedule - breakdown of lectures vs. clinical time vs. small-group learning, etc. How their years are organized (e.g. blocked by organ system, vs. something like an anatomy block then a physiology block, etc.) Strong points of their curriculum Weak points or challenges of their curriculum Major differences from other medical schools General experiences Culture and environment - Welcoming? Enjoyable? Would you recommend the school to others? Difficulty/workload - Manageable? Too much? Is there enough time to also pursue research or other extracurriculars? Outside of school - How's the social side of things? Are there clubs, social events, etc.? What would you say is the school's 'main selling point' if an applicant were to be picking between their school and another?
  12. Hey all! I'm one of the co-hosts of the 'Pluripotent Premed' podcast, a podcast designed to help premedical students navigate and conquer the premed years. Our latest project is the 'Medical School Spotlight' series, which brings on current medical students from each of the 17 Canadian Medical Schools to talk about the admissions requirements, curriculum, student life, and experiences at their medical school. For Dalhousie, we were happy to welcome on Brett Ells, a 2nd year med student and the current President of the Dalhousie Medical Students' Society. You can listen on any of the major podcasting platforms, but here are some quick links to access it too: Apple Music: https://apple.co/3iHJoKw Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3msMZP3 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pluripotentpremed/posts/355160129172545 Hopefully this is helpful for some of you, and best of luck with the rest of your premed journey! Christopher
  13. Hi all, Christopher here from the Pluripotent Premed podcast, and creator of www.UltimatePremedPackage.ca. After overwhelmingly positive feedback on 'Season 1' of the podcast that I co-host with a medical school classmate of mine, Ziad, we are back in the (virtual) studio and recording new weekly episodes for Season 2! If you haven't heard of Pluripotent Premed yet, feel free to check us out on any major podcasting platform (Spotify, Apple Music, etc.) or on our Facebook page. We are two medical students in Canada who host a completely free podcast that is designed to guide premed students through the premedical years.In Season 1, we focused on all aspects of the MCAT, med school interview, admissions process, CASPer, and much more. This season we have a couple of new series that will help guide you on your premed journey: 2020-2021 Admissions Cycle series - last year Ziad and I recorded a single episode that broke down each Canadian medical school and the requirements for admission, interlaced with stats from previous classes that provided insight into whether you are a 'competitive' applicant. This year we've decided to do it a little differently - we've invited a medical student from each of the 17 Canadian medical schools to come on a do a condensed 10-15 minute episode about their specific medical school. We will discuss with them the academic and non-academic admission requirements, the school's curriculum, and their personal experience as a student at the school. We hope that this format will provide a greater and more personal insight into each of the schools, and will allow listeners to seek out the specific episodes that highlight the schools that they are interested in. Alternative Background series - the purpose of this series is to bring on medical student guests who don't come from the typical premed background, in order to discuss their route to medicine. We had numerous listeners request a series like this, and we believe it will be helpful and provide hope for those listeners who don't fit that 'cookie cutter' premed applicant. So far we have episodes with a medical student who did an undergraduate degree in music with no science background, a student who did a dual business and science degree and how they balanced it, and a student who is pursuing an MD/PhD and what the admissions process looks like for that applicant stream. We intend to plan more episodes in this series based on requests from our listeners. −−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−-−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−-−−−− Aside from the podcast project, feel free to check out my premed website UltimatePremedPackage.ca (again, totally free), which hosts a BUNCH of resources for the MCAT, med school interview, and a whole lot more. That's all for now - keep up with the hard work everyone!
  14. This is a project that myself (Christopher) and a classmate of mine (Ziad) started last September. We've had a lot of positive feedback from people who listen, so I wanted to share it with you here once more. It's a totally free resource and we have two episodes dedicated to the medical school interview; what you should be doing to prepare, what to expect on the day, etc. Please feel free to check us out on Facebook, or listen on any major platform (Apple Music, Spotify, Google Podcasts), and I'm happy to answer any specific questions too if you have them, just shoot me a message here. Here are links to the two episodes that are specific to interviewing (but be sure to check out all our other episodes too; we have episodes on CASPer, MCAT, extracirriculars, and more!): Pre-Interview Preparations: https://spoti.fi/2OpKGNj Day-of Interview: https://spoti.fi/399WdZ7 −−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−− Also, if you haven't checked out my premed website, then here is the link - it also has a BUNCH of interview prep materials on it too, again all free to use! https://ultimatepremedpackage.ca/interviewing/ -Christopher
  15. Episode release schedule: Sept 12 - Intro episode ('Episode 0') [no actual premed content, just introductions] Sept 16 - MCAT series: MCAT explained Sept 30 - MCAT series: What resources to use Oct 7 - MCAT series: Studying advice/experiences from med students Oct 14 - MCAT series: Conquering CARS Oct 21 - MCAT series: Sciences Oct 28 - MCAT series: Is my MCAT score competitive in Canada? Nov 04 - Interview series: Pre-interview (preparation) Nov 11 - Interview series: Day-of (what to expect) Nov 18 - Extracurricular series: Extracurriculars explained More TBA! If you have any specific requests for episodes, please leave them in a comment below!
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