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  1. I know queens is the biggest mystery when it comes to cutoff, but I am hoping some people out there who have gotten in with similar scores or know of people who have could let me know. Thanks for any help you can offer!
  2. Hey everyone! One of the best ways you can prepare for your upcoming MMI is by doing interview practice. There are lots of free resources with mock MMI questions and we have compiled a Master List of 200 Questions (resources cited) of the free questions that can be found online. While these are a great place to start, many of these questions are quite outdated. In fact, they are the same questions we used 8 years ago to prep for our MMI interview. When you are practicing with your peers, try to create your own questions based on current events and issues in our healthcare system. Outlined below are some realistic practice MMI questions we have created based on our experiences as MMI Interviewers and the real issues we see every day as resident doctors. Opinion Questions: Due to the increasing cases of COVID in Canada, some provinces now require proof of full vaccination in order for people over the age of 12 to be allowed to do non-essential activities such as going to restaurants, bars, concerts, movies and fitness facilities. While some support this as a public health initiative, others feel it unfairly restricts their personal freedom. What is your opinion on this policy? What are some alternatives? Behavioural Questions: You are a 6th grade teacher who is teaching your students a health class. During the lesson, a student raises their hand and asks “What is masturbation”. The other kids start to laugh, some of them look confused, they are all looking to you to answer. What do you say in response? Communication/Acting Stations: -You are about to speak with a pediatric patient’s father. His son is 10 years old and has an extremely rare medical condition (prevalence of 1/1,000,000). He is upset as another health care worker spoke to him about getting the COVID vaccine for his son. When he responded with concerns about the risks of adverse events, they replied to him “those are very rare.” He replied, “my son already had an extremely rare condition, and so what is stopping him from getting these rare adverse effects?” Please enter the room and counsel the father. *You do not need to know specific medical knowledge about the COVID vaccine for this station* Curveball Questions: Image Link: https://www.vmcdn.ca/f/files/burnabynow/images/breaking-news/img_0265.JPG;w=960;h=640;bgcolor=000000 Analyze the photo above: -What is this photo about? -What message was the photographer trying to convey? -What are the barriers that Indigenous people face in our society? -What can we do to address these issues? Photo credit: https://www.newwestrecord.ca/local-news/new-westminster-memorial-remembers-215-children-found-buried-at-kamloops-residential-school-3826043 Personal Questions: -Communication is an important skill for being a physician, and one of CANMEDs Framework components. Please discuss what three experiences have shaped your communication skills? We hope you find these mock MMI questions helpful for your practice, and if you haven’t started already, practicing with your peers is one of the best ways you can prepare. There are lots of free resources online to help you with your prep, but if you are interested in taking a formal Interview Prep Course or seeking one-on-one coaching from resident physicians who have been through the interview process and had experience as interviewers, email Mdinterviewprep1@gmail.com. Best of luck with your 2022 Interviews! Master List of Online MMI Questions_.pdf
  3. Basically what the title says. First Year GPA: 1.88 (I know... but my grandpa passed away during first semester exams and the registrar wouldn't let me withdraw) Second Year= 3.72 -----> Not including summer classes = 3.45 Third Year: 3.9x (did not take summer classes) Fourth year: TBD (assuming I can get another 3.9x) My MCAT Score is a 515 and ECs are pretty decent. I know UBCs policy will help me get 30 credits off my first year (+ bonus for being IP) and queens takes your best two years. So, those are my top two schools to get into. Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Getting a masters is not in my plan...
  4. Hello! I’m an incoming pre-med student and I’ve been accepted to both McGill’s Anatomy and Cell Biology program, and Queen’s Health Science program. I’ve been having difficulties choosing between the two because I love the Queen’s program, but I really dislike the idea of being in Kingston, ON and the general student body atmosphere. However, I still like the program at McGill, but I’m not as informed on it. As well, I deeply love Montreal and the people there. Any opinions/advice is welcome, what would you recommend as a pre-med student?
  5. Hey, Anyone in the Queens Health Sci program here? If yes, how do you like it? I heard it’s similar to McMaster’s Health Sci.
  6. Hi, I am currently a grade 12 student in high school. I have a very strong work ethic and currently have an average in the 90s. I am not too concerned with the major, as long as I am able to maintain a high GPA and have all the requirements necessary to go to medical school post-undergrad. If anyone goes to Guelph or Queens University and has a close to 4.0 GPA, or is currently in medical school and did your undergrad at either, would you recommend it there? If so: 1) What program were you in? 2) How were the professors there? Were any of them unfair? 3) Did you live on res? - if yes, was it too noisy to concentrate on your work? Any help/advice would be very appreciated!!
  7. Hey guys! Hope you're all doing well I'd really appreciate some perspectives on my chances at Western and Queens specifically! MCAT: 514 (127/127/128/132) 2YGPA: 3.87 Thanks in advance!!
  8. Hey guys - just realized I may have screwed my chances at medical school. I applied to queens and western. My third and fourth years are the 3.88 and 3.87 respectively. I did a fifth year in 2020 and took three courses, which was my biggest, dumbest mistake because I ended up with a calculated 3.5 gpa here. I am terrified Queens will take this year and my fourth year as my last two, leaving me at a 3.68 gpa. Have I screwed myself over?
  9. Hey guys, congrats to those who have finished the application process! I know this is a super redundant post, but if anyone could tell me what my chances are looking like, I would really, really appreciate it... if I'm headed for rejections, I hope to be able to prepare myself for them. MCAT is 514: 127/127/128/132 2YGPA: 3.88 (cumulative is 3.61) My extracurriculars are strong - awards, president of large non profit, accessibility research, etc. I've applied to Western, Queens and Mac... any thoughts are greatly appreciated!
  10. Hey OT/PT hopefuls, I am anxiously awaiting to hear back about interview invitations from various PT Schools across Canada. I study in a small town so there are not many other prospective PT/OT students around to do mock interviews, and I was wondering if anyone would be interested in making a facebook group (or similar) where we do video chats with Mock MMI/Answer Feedback? I've read about the importance of actually practicing answering questions and think this could be very helpful for students in a similar situation! *given that most if not all in-person interviews are cancelled I did not make a group, but may be a great idea for next year!*
  11. Hi! I have created this thread as I am deciding between UofT, Queens, and McMaster for OT (and I am sure others are as well). I was wondering if any current OT students or graduates would be able to answer some of the questions I had or just share some of their experiences at these schools. So far from my own research I gathered the following: UofT seems to have more of a research focus, with a couple of the courses being research-based (e.g. learning methodologies, how to write a proposal). They also have LEAP placements where one can be placed where there is no OT present or OT role. Queens seems to have a mental health and communication focus (one mandatory placement in mental health). It also seems their program is shorter than the others (it can potentially end in June depending on when we schedule our last placement), and has 4 terms of classes rather than 5 like the other schools. I think they also say not to expect all fieldwork to take place in Kingston? McMaster- I don't know a lot about them other than problem based learning- which I am still trying to wrap my head around what that is, would appreciate if someone could explain PBL to me! Please correct me if I am wrong with any of the above info and I would appreciate if current students or grads could share their experiences.
  12. Just wondering what the general consensus is on the available general surgery programs in the country, which are considered “the best” and what are the pros and cons of each?
  13. I am determined to attend medical school in Canada. Would love any advice regarding the few options I have Currently studying for the MCAT and going into the fourth year of my honours Science undergrad- 1st year GPA 3.21 (technically 4.5 course load, including my initial grade and my improved grade for my 1 repeated course) 2nd year GPA 3.44 3rd year GPA 3.63 I'm assuming these are my options (based on years of obsessive research on forums lmao): 1) Do a 5th year. Attain 3.8+ in year 4 & 5. Apply to Western in my 5th year. If unsuccessful, complete a master's program. Apply again to Western and Queen's (perhaps Ottawa?) Any other schools I would have a chance at? 2) Do a second undergraduate degree and open up doors to other schools. Could do this after completing my degree in four years or after doing the additional 5th year. I am studying hard for the MCAT and would say I have unique ECs. I appreciate any honest insight (optimistic/pessimistic). Thank you in advance!
  14. Hello! I was wondering if anyone could give me some insight on applying to McMaster and Queens... I am applying to both through the aboriginal stream. cGPA: 3.35 wGPA: 3.86 EC: vet clinic, humane society, large animal vet, worked with the head pediatrician at my hometown hospital, environmentalist for a mining company in Canada and another for in the States, volunteered at a therapeutic riding center, research experience I have yet to write my MCAT (I plan to this August!)....so far I am having a very hard time with the chemistry/physics and bio/biochem sections. I am acing the CARS however - it is consistently my best score (131-132 on all the practice tests). Do you think I have a good chance of getting in? I have read that McMaster puts less emphasis on grades, however they take into consideration your cGPA, and as you can see above, mine isn't the most competitive! While my wGPA is much better, I am still not sure as to whether I will be considered competitive, especially if I cannot get higher scores on the chem/phys and bio/biochem sections on the MCAT. Any advice/insight would be much appreciated:)
  15. This question is for all current physio students- I have applied to quite a few physio programs this year and wanted to know how possible it is to qualify for a scholarship set aside for PT students? I have gone through a couple of websites and the number of scholarships available is pretty good when looking at the class-size. But I feel like current students would have a better idea of what it actually looks like. I look forward to hearing your thoughts! Thanks
  16. I am Canadian. What are my chances for top american med schools? Which american schools would you recommend applying to? What would you recommend improving in my application between now and September? I have a 4.0 cGPA, 521 MCAT (127 CARS), many meaningful extracurriculars (although I am worried because I do not have any meaningful research or shadowing). A few of my major ECAs include: -Student trustee of a major Canadian research university -Member of student government -Youngest board member of a national education advocacy organization - National chair of prestigious political training program (involved for 7 years) -250 hours EMT overseas -Teach sports to children with disabilities for many years -Executive of large cultural club on campus -a ton of intramural high school, sports, high school class president... (good stuff in high school) Thanks!!!
  17. Premed! Are you struggling with your medical school interviews? Have you been previously rejected after the medical school interviews? Do you want to turn your interview rejections into admissions? I get it. When I applied to medical school the first time around, I had 5 interviews, but was rejected by all 5 schools. Sad ad depressed, I was lost how to to turn that around. However, I came up with a specific approach to interviewing for medical schools. Using that same approach, I again had 5 interviews the following year. The difference is that this time, I got into all 5 medical schools. Since then, I have created the NextMD Community, and the group of medical students and doctors have used this exact same method to help many premed students that have struggled with their interviews turn rejections into admissions, and they are all on their way to become doctors. So if you say YES to any of the questions about, then check out the NextMD Community, check us out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/978669245641167/ For more information, check us out at: http://www.nextmd.ca/training BOOK: If you are down to learn the system we have come up with RIGHT NOW, and you are someone who loves to learn through reading, access the book here: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07DFGHZ8S We offer the following programs: A. Self Study: 1. The MMI Mastery Method Online Course: http://www.nextmd.ca/training 2. Master the MMI: Your Key to Success on the Multiple Mini Interview (book): available on Amazon (https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07DFGHZ8S) B. One-on-One personalized coaching: 3-hour package 5-hour package 10-hour package (includes The MMI Mastery Method Online Course for free) Contact for detail: consultant@nextmd.ca Finally, this is a stressful time. But don't let the INTERVIEW hinder you from your dream of becoming a doctor. Good luck to all the applicants who are interviewing this year. NextMD Turn Rejections into Admissions
  18. Hey guys! I was just wondering if any previous or current students or those who generally know a lot about the two universities could give me some pros and cons of the program, student life, placements etc.? Thanks
  19. So, I did my undergrad in Kinesiology at Queen's, and took all of my prerequisites for Queens PT (I.e. Anatomy, Psych, Stats, Physiology) in my first 1-2 years. However, I didn't do so well, and so I will be re-taking all of my prerequisites, except at Athabasca U since I no longer live in Kingston. Is this allowed/standard practice? Can I simply take the Athabasca equivalents for the Queen's prerequisites (As listed on the Queen's site) and choose to submit my prerequisites from the Athabasca courses instead of my old Queen's courses? If it makes a difference, the Queen's courses will not be a part of my sGPA, as they were taken early on in my undergrad. Thank you to anyone who has either done this or knows enough to chime in!
  20. Hi everyone, I apologize in advance, because I recognize that this question has been asked before. I have searched through all of Premed101 and read those threads carefully. However, I would still love some additional perspectives, specifically from graduates (or those in clerkship) in either McMaster Medicine or Queen's Medicine (although I welcome other perspectives on this as well). Coming from a mainly PBL-based background, I recognize that I have the potential to thrive at Mac, but I also recognize that PBL isn't always as effective. As a result, Queen's blend between PBL and didactic learning appeals to me. How do grads/clerks of either program feel that the curriculum is structured at their respective schools? I also recognize that McMaster is condensed into three years and their clerkship schedule can be a bit messy, with some students starting on electives and not being able to experience vital electives until post-CaRMS. I have heard that Queen's clerks have much greater flexibility with how their clerkship blocks and electives are structured. Do graduates/clerks from Mac feel they were disadvantaged because of the clerkship lottery and/or have they witnessed other peers being disadvantaged? Conversely, how do Queen's grads/clerks find their clerkship experience is structured/are they satisfied with it? I also want to ensure that I gain the maximum exposure possible to all different fields within medicine, as I am not yet certain what exactly I would like to do. With that being said, how satisfied are those at Mac and Queen's with the opportunities for observerships/electives at their respective schools? Are there ample opportunities to gain exposure to everything at both or would I be better off selecting one school over the other because of a difference in opportunities? With that, if I cannot find a specific elective at my school, is it difficult/harder to arrange a visiting elective at another school? Lastly, how has your overall experience at your respective school been? Have you enjoyed your time there? Have there been things you really liked? Have you had any qualms or disgruntlements with the program? I realize that those are a lot of questions and that different individuals' answers will vary. Regardless, thank you so much for taking the time to read this and possibly reply. I could really benefit from some additional perspectives.
  21. Hi Everyone, I'm a 1st year OT student at Queens, and I will be looking for 3 people to join my house beginning in September. Its a two unit, and I live in the basement unit with another 1st year OT, but the upstairs I will be looking for 3 people. I figured I would create a platform where people searching for housing can also look for a roommate, as I think it would be great to have a house of OT/PT students. Once you get your acceptances there will be a facebook group created, and that also works as one excellent platform, so I highly recommend you join that as well. If you have any housing questions, or general questions about the OT program at Queens shoot me a message, I'd be happy to help Looking forward to meeting the class of 2020! Kind regards, Vanessa
  22. Does anyone know when we should expect to hear back from Queens PT for whether or not we got accepted?
  23. Hi All! I am a current Medical Student at the University of Toronto's medical school. I received 3 Canadian and 2 US MD acceptances in 2017. I would like to promote the interview prep company that helped me get over the hump: Medvisors. I was a very poor interviewer and was very nervous about the process but their practice and personalized packages made a huge difference for me. I am now a consultant for them and I help other students with interview preparation. Their most unique and popular (and cost effective) service is the VIRTUAL MMI CIRCUIT that they offer... you have 6 stations with 6 different graders and they give you a personalized feedback form at the end too. As far as I know, no one else offers that kind of seamless online setup where you switch rooms etc. Free prep is also great but sometimes the interviewees are more focused on their own prep rather than giving quality feedback. Also, Medvisors consultants are experts and have interviewed at your school of choice! Visit medvisors.org for more!
  24. Hello! This is an update to a previous post from last year's CaRMS match. I have provided the same information as last year, while including some information from our experience implementing it this last year. As many of you may know, Queen's implemented Competence By Design (CBD - the Canadian CBME curriculum) on an accelerated timeline. All first year residents in July 2017, in all Queen’s programs, started on the CBD curriculum. Residents will continue on that program in 2018. By way of introduction, I am a member of the Resident Subcommittee on Competency Based Medical Education at Queen's. Part of our mandate is to disseminate information about the CBD program being implemented this upcoming year to final year medical students applying for residency this year. This information will also apply to those applying for Anesthesia and ENT nationally, as Competence By Design is being introduced in those specialties across Canada. Many of you have already or will soon see an e-mail from the departments you are applying to with similar information. This post will hopefully answer any questions you may have about CBME at Queen's. Before I start - if this e-mail and the links at the end don't answer your questions, you can e-mail cbme@queensu.ca to reach the CBME Resident subcommittee. I will monitor this post, as well, to hopefully clarify any misconceptions in the discussion. Furthermore, there will be many opportunities to ask questions on your interview day and throughout the application process. *NOTE*: The following information is primarily for Royal College residency programs (ie. excluding Family Medicine), since Family Medicine transitioned to the triple C curriculum several years ago. 1. What is CBME? The bottom line: Residency will not change dramatically. The perks: Incoming residents will have multiple tools available to them to enhance their residency education. CBME shifts the focus of residency training from short-term, rotation based objectives, to long-term residency outcome objectives (ie. what does this physician need to know and be equipped with for independent practice?). The result is clearly outlined educational objectives with provision of more frequent assessment and feedback with tailored, actionable steps towards achieving your goal, or ‘competence’. The Royal College has mandated that all Canadian programs are structured under the Competence by Design (CBD – the Canadian CBME curriculum) curriculum by 2022, on a rolling timeline dependent upon the specialty. This is a hybrid model of CBME within a time-based structure so RESIDENCY WILL NOT BE SHORTENED. At least not in this upcoming year – there is a potential for this in the future. Queen's is implementing CBD on an accelerated timeline. All first year residents in July 2017, in all Queen’s programs, will be under CBD. Rather than the traditional PGY 1-5, residency under CBD is broken down into four stages: Stage 1: "Transition to Discipline" Stage 2: "Foundations of Discipline" Stage 3: "Core of Discipline" Stage 4: "Transition to Practice". 2) What are EPAs and Milestones? Milestones are observable markers of a learner’s ability along a developmental continuum. You can think of them like "steps across a pond". Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) are discrete, observable, clinical tasks that a supervisor may delegate to a resident who has demonstrated sufficient competence. A specialty’s EPAs are decided upon, by consensus, at the national level. For example, all anesthesia residency programs across Canada will use the same EPAs in tailoring their training structure and assessments. EPAs not only capture clinical knowledge and procedural competence, but also the intrinsic CanMEDS roles, such as advocate, collaborator, etc. EPAs incorporate a variety of milestones in a manner that allows learners to easily track their progress through residency. An example of an EPA from the Royal College in Medical Oncology: EPA: - Initial Care for urgent and emergent oncologic situations Milestones within that: - Recognize urgent and emergent oncologic issues, including but not limited to, pain crisis, febrile neutropenia, uncontrolled diarrhea, hypocalcemia, epidural cord compression and malignant bowel obstruction - Select and administer appropriate interventions for urgent and emergent oncologic issues - Identify the limits of their own expertise and appropriately seek assistance and supervision 3) Will Residency Be Shorter or Longer? No - see above. Although, there is a possibility for more elective time for residents who are progress through the stages at an accelerated rate. 4) Will I still have 4-week rotations in residency? Yes. The only difference is that your off-service rotation EPAs will make the experience more tailored to your specialty. 5) What about current residents? Current residents are going to benefit from the increased feedback and assessment in a similar way to the incoming residents, they just won't be officially under the CBD curriculum. 6) How is this going to change my job prospects after I'm done? It certainly won’t affect you in a negative way. If anything, the residency experience under the CBD curriculum will offer a unique experience in resident driven learning and assessment. This should have a positive effect on your ability to self-assess and continuing professional development – positive features of a job applicant. 7) After one year, how have things gone so far (information paraphrased from current CBME residents)? Overall, CBD has been implemented with success. Residents enjoy the more frequent, varied and high-quality assessment, as well as the earlier detection if certain skills are not being developed. Residents in most specialties note that most staff have been very enthusiastic about the change, and that there is an atmosphere that allows for open and receptive communication regarding residents' experiences with CBME Non-CBME residents in upper years have also enjoyed the increased opportunities to provide education. Surgical residents have noticed an increased focus on residency education. As with any transition, there have been some struggles. The time constraints of maintaining an OR schedule and ward rounds have made assessments during working hours difficult for some surgical residents. This has been mitigated by developing creative solutions, including retroactive assessments. Other challenges include technical problems that our dedicated information technology support team continues to improve upon as they arise. Here is the CBME e-mail for more questions: cbme@queensu.ca Thanks for reading. Once again, if this does not answer all of your questions, please feel free to e-mail the above address, e-mail the specific program you are applying to or post on here to get more information. Best wishes and GOOD LUCK on your upcoming match!
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