Congrats to those who received interviews!
For those who did not, don’t give up!! If medicine is your calling you will get here (some of my smartest classmates took the “scenic route” to med school and their background as paramedics, nurses, physios really help them!)
Just to add onto the great advise mentioned above here are some things I did that worked for me! (Disclaimer it may not work for everyone so do what’s best for you!)
1. Record yourself answering questions and watch them back. I wasn’t really focusing on what I was saying but rather looking for any weird hand movementsI/ tone of voice/ speed/ lengths of pauses.
2. 3 weeks is enough time. Don’t worry about remembering all the news articles you read on various topics but as mentioned above talk about both sides of the story. I went about almost every question as follows: summarize the question, talk about my perspective, talk about other perspectives, pick a side, and summarize.
3. Practice talking~lots and lots of it!! I think I focused more on how I was communicating than actually researching topics. I practiced interviewing with friends, family, recording myself as mentioned above. If I were you, I would try to do as much of this online (like through FaceTime or zoom) because the real interview will be virtual.
4. As for prep material I watched the news nightly, did some reading on hot topics/ current events, and got my ideas for personal questions out on paper (ie. tell us about a time of conflict, what is your greatest strengths/weaknesse)...I find these some of the hardest questions because it forces me to look in but if you can get a few points out on paper you have a good foundation
Although I definitely understand the frustration from a lot of the OOP applicants, please try not to let it get to you personally! Applying to OOP med schools is such a low percentage payoff statistically, and sometimes it's hard not to feel like it's a rejection of you as a person.
But, just think of the numbers, and that might help take the sting off it! Say there's 10 OOP seats at Dal (no idea what the actual numbers are), but there could well be 500 OOP applicants, especially this year with COVID throwing off all previous years estimates for literally everything. It's really hard to tell without stats from the admissions office, but I don't believe that that number is too far fetched, and if anything could even be higher, but lets say it's 500 for this example. That means you have a 1:50 chance of getting in (assuming you're all perfectly equal candidates). Basically you need to beat out 49 other people to get one of those spots. That's a crazy ratio, and at a certain point, deciding between those top candidates is going to be a matter of luck anyways. And then we all know that we're NOT all equal candidates. Thinking about all the people I know that are applying to med school, if you put me up against any one of them, I'd feel confident that I'm the better candidate. Against two? Absolutely. Five? Sure. Ten? Maybe. Forty nine?!? Not so much. I still think I'm a pretty good one, but 49 people is so many different experiences and lives lived! All one of them has to do is edge me in just one area of my application, and I'm toast. (You can play this exercise with the exact numbers if you have them, but I suspect that in real life, the ratio is even higher. I'm also aware that this is for the final seats, not just interviews, but this is a thought exercise that I use when I get rejected)
From Dal's perspective too, just imagine how crazy it has to be with that number of people applying, that they've got to set the cutoffs insanely high, and only let people with 4.1 GPAs and 529 MCATs in. It doesn't mean you're not an amazing candidate, it's just a matter of OOP pool saturation! Competition to med school has always been insane, and I can't imagine this year has gotten any better than previous years. They have to rely on imperfect statistical measures to boil your life down to a few numbers, despite who you are as a kind, compassionate future healthcare provider. I know it hurts, and it's always tough seeing others succeed when you believe you should be there too. This rejection sucks, but keep your head up, and know that the system rejected a number, not you. Wishing you all the best of luck!
And kudos to everyone who DID receive an invite, IP or OOP! I hope you smash that virtual MMI with all the rage 2020 deserves.
That's basically accurate. The province it pretty much broke. Cost of living can be cheap though, I found it was a lot cheaper than ON, but I'm in Toronto so that's probably why
Out of curiosity, why NS? Alberta has a much better job market, plus 2 med schools to apply to. Or, moving to NB would give you IP status for both MUN and Dal would it not?
Practical considerations aside, Maritimers are probably the nicest, most laid-back people you will ever meet and lots of fun