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  1. Hello,

    I was wondering if you have any tips regarding interview preparation. I am in second year and plan on applying in two years. I have social anxiety and am a natural introvert, and I am already worried about interviews. Is there anything I can do from now to improve my skills, during the interview and MMIs? Please let me know, thanks.

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    CanMeds?

    I just finished first year in Biology. I started doing a couple of leadership ECs, as well as a few personal hobbies. Whenever I look at forums, I see people saying relate your ECs to CanMed clusters. I don't know what CanMeds are, or what they stand for?? Can someone send me a link or something, and tell me how to relate my extracurriculars to CanMed clusters? Another question I have is, does majors truly not matter? Does UBC, U of C, or Ualberta med schools look at your major type? Also, are those schools EC heavy? And if I have a bad first year GPA, will that affect any of those med schools? Let me know, thanks.
  3. afnanjuma

    CanMeds?

    Hello, I just finished first year in Biology. I started doing a couple of leadership ECs, as well as a few personal hobbies. Whenever I look at forums, I see people saying relate your ECs to CanMed clusters. I don't know what CanMeds are, or what they stand for?? Can someone send me a link or something, and tell me how to relate my extracurriculars to CanMed clusters? Another question I have is, does majors truly not matter? Does UBC, U of C, or Ualberta med schools look at your major type? Also, are those schools EC heavy? And if I have a bad first year GPA, will that affect any of those med schools? Let me know, thanks.
  4. Hey! For leadership, definitely write about how you were the exec for two different clubs at your school, you can write them separately as well, and truly highlight what you did and your role in it. Make sure to write how you were a leader, and how that had an impact, also relate it to your personal experience or life story if you can. For research, both first author and second author publications are extremely good! Write about both of them, highlight being independent, collaborating with others, being a leader, and how much patience you had to have and manage things during that research. Make sure to also tie your research with your personal experience if you can, to avoid being a typical premed student and just amping your application with random research. Another point, keep working with kids with disabilities if you can, and highlight that leadership role. Talk about how different and similar we are, and what you learned from those kids, what you taught them, how you plan on helping others as well in the future, etc. I think you already have a solid application, however you really need to build those hours. Lots of med students take a gap year after undergrad, so you can do that too if you want. Also, make sure you have a couple of hobbies such as sports, music, writing, or literally anything that you enjoy doing for fun, and focus on that as well. 86 isn't that bad, but if you take the gap year, you can take the MCAT again as well, as sometimes high MCAT makes up for a low GPA and vice versa. I hope this was helpful for you. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions.
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