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  1. Hey tout le monde! Comme ceux qui ont fait le Casper en premier, le 13 octobre, auront leur quartile dans deux jours (!!!), je me disais que c'était le bon moment pour repartir ce thread pour le cycle d'admission de cette année! Contingent (uni/cégep): Programme: Appliqué en: (med, pharm, opto, dent, physio...) Date du CASPer: CRC/CRU: Quartile cycle 2022-2023: Quartile cycle 2021-2022 (si applicable): Impression CASPer: Commentaires:
  2. Hi PreMed101! With the permission of the moderators (thank you @W0lfgang!) we want to introduce PrepMatch.com, the first peer-to-peer CASPer preparation platform and it’s completely free! We are a non-profit partnered with organizations such as the Student Doctor Network to make admissions more equitable. Through PrepMatch, you can try out hundreds of scenarios and get feedback from peers. We started this thread in order to share various scenarios, on a weekly basis, from our database to get you into the CASPer-thinking mindset! If there is sufficient interests, the moderators may dedicate one forum category specifically for CASPer!
  3. Hi, I did my Casper test not too long ago. During the 15 minute break they give while doing the exam, I started talking to my sister about the questions I had been asked so far and she was in the other room next to me. I think she was in the webcam frame during the break. Do you guys think that it could affect my score on the exam or that they might consider it cheating? Thank you! _____ Bonjour, J'ai fait mon examen Casper il n'y a pas très longtemps. Pendant la pause de 15 minutes à laquelle on a le droit durant l'examen, j'ai discuté avec ma soeur à propos des questions qui m'avaient été posées. Je pense aussi qu'on la voyait dans la webcam durant la pause. Pensez-vous que ça aura un impact sur ma note ou que ça soit considéré « tricher »? Merci!
  4. **go to page 6, c'est là qu'il y en a mostly (pour universitaires et faux collegiens)** Allô! Je crée ce thread afin de se tenir au courant lorsque nous recevrons tous nos résultats quartile ! Ainsi, vous pouvez (ou pas) remplir le "formulaire": Contingent: Programme: Appliqué en: (med, pharm, opto, dent, physio...) Date de CASPer: CRC/CRU: Quartile: Impression CASPer: Commentaires/blague/insulte: Have a nice day people
  5. The Holy Grail of Casper - TutorGOAT.pdf As someone who has benefited greatly from the premed 101 community in preparing for Casper (I’ve been offered interviews at Ottawa and McMaster two consecutive years in a row), I wanted to give back by sharing everything I learned from discussion with many successful applicants. Before I go into the details of what I learned, I want to HAMMER HOME the most important facts when it comes to preparing for this test. Be sure to read this first part to get the most out of the holy grail doc. 1. You can and WILL ace the Casper if you prepare properly. I don’t care what anyone says about it being impossible to prep for this test; any standardized test can be mastered, whether it be the MCAT or this new beast. I can attest to this strongly because a friend and myself took the time to email dozens of people who got interviews based off their Casper (since they also had lower scores in other criteria like CARS and GPA, it’s safe to say their Casper scores were high) and drilled practice based on their advice. Both of us got interviews. Then, although I unfortunately didn’t pass the interview stage last year, THIS cycle myself as well as 6 other friends that I coached closely were able to secure interviews at Casper heavy schools. So the TLDR; You can and SHOULD prep for CASPER since my friends who failed to get interviews last year got interviews this year with my help. 2. Unfortunately, the speculation with regards to how important typing speed is is true, but not entirely. No matter how you spin it, someone who’s typing speed is above average is going to be at a slight advantage. However, I can guarantee that once you meet a certain point where you can write 4-6 solid sentences for each prompt, typing speed becomes MUCH less of a determining factor as to whether an answer is high quality. This can be done at around 60 words per minute, and once you meet that threshold, you have what it takes to pump out KILLER answers. So, the focus should not be on increasing the diminishing return of a high typing speed (although you should start early and try hard to get to 60+ wpm). The focus should instead be on making good use of words and sentence structure to be as efficient and fluid as possible. TLDR; You don’t need an insane typing speed, but having less than 60wpm WILL hold you back. Get to 60wpm+ then practice constructing EFFICIENT, high quality answers. 3. If you don’t get proper constructive feedback while preparing for this test, you are wasting your time (at least at the beginning). I have a bunch of friends who told me they did weeks of practice only to testify that they made no improvement. Some say this is because it’s impossible to prep for the test but that’s SIMPLY not true, and having helped my friends develop their skills this year around, I have evidence against this claim. The absolute key is to get excellent feedback from others and to take the time to critically evaluate every aspect of this test: How you interpret the question, your approach to answering, what ideas you should implement, how to construct efficient arguments under time constraints, where you have room for improvement, etc. Don't over think it, but you have to attack each question with the intent of giving incredible answers from every angle! I suggest getting together with a dedicated group of 2-4 people, partnering up to do a few practice questions and cycling through your partners to get a few opinions on how to improve each answer. I’m doing Casper prep and tutoring for the express reason that positive feedback and improvement in the right direction is SO hard to gauge in the beginner stages of doing this test, yet it’s the most important thing. Since even if you have the absolute perfect knowledge and strategy for tackling the test (*cough cough*, this post) but don’t implement it well in the 5-minute time constraint, you’re hopeless. Thus, implementation of skills and approaches to Casper questions is the MOST important part, and that comes through lots of practice WITH feedback to tell if you’re actually improving. TLDR; Without good feedback from smart friends or tutors, you won’t know if you’re improving. Improvement is VERY hard to gauge for this test. Get friends/tutors who can work with you to make sure you’re improving and implementing the right approach. So without further ado, here’s ALL the knowledge from people who did well on the test. I distilled out all the common themes and ideas over dozens of conversations with people who got interviews off of the strength of their Casper. It’s a lot to take in so I’ll probably end up making a pamphlet with step by step instructions and the best tips in my opinion, since there’s so much to know it’s a little difficult to figure out where to start. I categorized all the advice as logically as I possibly could from good reading sources, mentality tips, on to how to practice/review, writing tips and so on. Note: The formulas at the end aren’t perfect and won’t fit every question. The key is to do enough practice until you start seeing similarities in your approach to scenarios and be able to know exactly what to do, even if some elements of the scenario are unfamiliar. You will find more and more that questions dealing with something like conflict management for example will seem similar and thus will have the same approach. So the formula is a good barebones starting point, but ultimately you need to do enough timed practice with feedback to develop your own optimal approaches to different Casper questions! *Read the document* Last thing: Shameless plug! PM me for one-on-one tutoring and you can’t go wrong. I promise to offer the most efficient and effective plan to get your Casper answers to have top-notch quality. I think feedback from someone who knows what they’re doing coupled with typing speed and answer practice is probably the most important set of factors in success on this test. All the tips I've given you are nice and all, but useless if you don't actively take the time to implement them and check if they're working. Being 100% transparent, I want to capitalize off of all of the hours I spent talking to people who did well, compiling all their methods and ideas, as well as coaching my close friends. I can give you all the best approaches to tackling different types of questions, the best way to review, what types of questions I think you should focus on (from my experience of course) and all in all, help you maximize your chance of getting in and living the dream! Although, if you don’t want to do paid tutoring, following the advice in this post and going over at least a few practice tests worth of questions with some friends who know what they’re doing and will work hard to improve each other will go a long way. SO, to sum it all up: Practice typing speed for 1-2 months and do practice for at least an hour a day with friends for a month, IMPLEMENTING the ideas/skills in this doc and you’ll become a master at Casper in NO time! The key is to take all this information and drill it until it's second nature, so go out there, put in the work to become a pro at casper, and get one step closer achieve your dream! Sincerely, Tutor GOAT
  6. Bonjour, La date que j'ai réservée pour l'examen Casper est un mardi à 17h. J'ai un cours le matin de 10 à 12. Est-ce que ça serait mieux de m'absenter au cours pour rester tranquille avant l'examen? Ceux qui ont fait l'examen, comment vous avez passé la journée de l'examen? est-ce que c'était une journée ordinaire pour vous? Qu'est-ce que vous conseillez?
  7. CARS I have over a year of experience tutoring in CARS and achieved a score of 129 myself. I provide you with CARS passages written by me and vetted by other top scorers in CARS. You can write these passages live and explain your thought process, and I will help you to learn which strategies you should have used, and where your thought process went astray. Past students have found this to be an excellent way to improve your score. I charge $40/hour for new students and $35/hour for regular students. CASPer I have helped several students with the CASPer test in the past, and am now offering my services to the general public. I offer several services to help you improve your CASPer score: 1. One-on-one lessons in which we discuss general strategies that have worked for students in the past, question types, and formulate a study plan. The CASPer also requires you to be self-aware of the experiences you've had in the past, so we will go through your extracurriculars and find examples where you've demonstrated CASPer-worthy skills. I charge $40/hour for this service. 2. A package of three practice CASPers. Once you have taken each practice CASPer, we will do a phone call and I will provide you with individualized feedback. This package costs only $150 for all three practice CASPers and unlimited feedback. 3. Additional practice CASPers cost $75 each including feedback. I write all of my own practice CASPers, so you won't find duplicate questions! MCAT I achieved a 519 (129 C/P, 129 CARS, 130 B/B, 131 S/P) after having studied for the MCAT for only four months and also working full-time. I used a highly efficient strategy called retrieval learning. Message me and we can discuss how you can improve your score as well!
  8. Hey I looked for threads on this topic but couldn't find anything. I'm sure this must have been asked before though. Has anyone passed CASPer while listening to some background music? I do know that there are video scenarios but you could have spotify open on another tab and lower the volume there but keep your overall volume higher on your computer so you still hear clearly the video scenarios. I don't know if there is a policy thing on this or not? I have just been practicing answering CASPer scenarios with music since it really helps me concentrate - plus all uni exams I've done since COVID were with music so I got used to it. thanks guys
  9. Hi everyone! To those who don’t know what PrepMatch (www.PrepMatch.com) is, we are a completely free CASPer preparation platform that offers hundreds of scenarios and you to get reviewed by your peers. We’ve been posting some of our scenarios here and people emailed us saying that they loved it! Here is the thread with the scenarios: We were curious to know if anyone else tried the platform and has any feedback? We seek to constantly improve and we are by the people, for the people
  10. TLDR: Application —> follow structure of keeping it very very simple Essays —> follow the structure they give you in the question. Make it as simple to follow as possible! CASPer —> Simple structure. Make it easy to read. Throw in some easy points to get you points on the CASPer (listed below). Practice typing. Practice scenarios. Interview —> Confidence and practice. DM me for my Anki deck to practice key topics for interviews. Find ppl to practice with, there’s a discord and a facebook group. I apologize for the delay, I promised multiple users online/friends/pals that I would write out something to hopefully help with med school applications and interview prep. Also, forums like this have helped immensely throughout my prep and ultimately what got me accepted, so thank you and I hope this helps y’all out. My info here guess this could apply for general school apps but mostly for UBC and Ontario schools. Credentials: Have had three cycles. 8 interviews. 4 acceptances. 4 “good” wait lists. Most important: I don’t have the strongest GPA or MCAT (3.9 507 —> 514 with a 125 CARS l m a o) but these are by far the most important in at least getting your application viewed. Schools are becoming more holistic and taking more considerations than before BUT these are by far the biggest indicators in whether you will get to the interview stage/even getting your app reviewed. Do your best to make these the best possible, it sucks but it’s the truth :/. And you CAN get in without stellar scores here (just less likely). But don’t not try and don’t give up. There were so many days/months/years where I didn’t think I would make it. And yet, they messed up and let me in !! Applications: - ABS - Try to fill this out as much as possible without including unimportant/redundant things. This really isn’t as much of a big deal as you might think. The best way my friends and I thought of this was: - 1. Put what makes you unique (e.g. for me it was starting a service or running for a cause). This is what is MOST important. Nearly everyone has research and the entrance scholarship and something to do with good grades. But when someone is reading your application they’re going to remember “oh that person is a competitive ballerina and started curing people with signing songs” or if you’re less impressive like me “starting a local community donation during covid” something like that is more unique than your cookie cutter premed stuff! They’re still important and shows that you’re well rounded but you have to be MEMORABLE :-) - 2. Put what you’re passionate about (e.g. research or soccer for me) - 3. Anything impressive (e.g. an award) - Then fill it up with other things you have dedicated TIME and effort for (e.g. a club you’ve been volunteering for and have had decent experiences but meh) - This sets you up as an interesting, impressive, candidate and also prepares you for the inevitable interview! Because you listed things you’re passionate about! In many interviews I had the opportunity to talk about “making movies with my friends” and that was definitely something they remembered when they revisited my app and thought “hmmm what do we know about these candidates? Oh ya that guy made movies which is cool” usually something different/unique sticks out - The description and hours idk if they matter. Throw in some nice descriptive and impressive words (don’t be afraid to brag!) and try to show you put in a decent amount of hours for things (of course if it’s a one day event you can’t do that but you know what I’m getting at) - Essays - Try to start these early but you probably won’t - 1. Brainstorm - Start by thinking what ABS activity you can relate this to (yes even the BPEs from u of T). I think it shows that you have real life experiences that align with “empathy” or whatever Can of Med they ask about - Rough draft it. KISS. Keep it simple stupid. Think about the person reading the essays (especially for Western, wow a ridiculous amount of essays). Literally write simple sentences at like a grade 10 level with a flow that is easy to follow. For example the Western essays, they tell you to give 3 examples from “research” (for example) of how this idk makes you a better candidate. List the activity “i did research in blah blah blah for blah blah blah years…” Tell them how it taught you “persistence” or “collaboration” whatever. Then say something like “I will bring this into my career and school”. The more simple you make it for them to read, the easier the essay is to follow the better your chance will be. - 2. Rewrite your rough draft! Read it out loud and ask yourself is it easy to follow? Can I improve it? Does it sound genuine? ETC - 3. Get your friends/family/peers/past teachers/profs/whoever to review it and give you feedback! You might think it’s the best in the world but when someone else reads it, it comes off pretentious or makes no sense - 4. Make sure YOU are happy with it. Don’t completely change it because feedback was negative. Be true to yourself and if you are a little cringe like myself when it comes to writing about yourself maybe that’s the best way to go. Balance the constructive feedback with your own thoughts! The feedback is to open your perspective to different ways of knowledge. CASPer - Very very similar to the essays. KISS - Keep it simple stupid. First, you only have 5 min for 3 questions, it will help you with writing more in the short period of time AND it will help the HUMAN BEING evaluating you like your responses bc they’re clear and concise! - Follow a simple structure! Here is mine :-) I took it from someone else on the internetweb and added a little of my personal flavour (shoutout to that person can’t find it rn but huge shoutout!) - This is fantastic for interview prep and for casper prep but definitely a little more medical than CASPer —> https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQtNq3XP0-lOUlIASR3cr1T5ARcCZI13F - Oh yeah it’s the PPRDJ technique except I added an F on the end - PPRDJF —> Problem, Perspective, Responsibility, Decision, Justify, Future - Can’t remember if I typed this or found it somewhere but yeah follow this: 1. Identify the MOST important problem! - Think about what would happen if you did absolutely nothing ○ If someone is indeed drunk and you let them drive away - This will bring you to the most pressing issue 2. Explore the different perspectives of each individual - Reserve judgement, we do not have all the information - Gather all the facts - E.g. student not contributing to group work ○ Private non-judgemental conversation, where both parties are comfortable, with the two team members to gather more information - Determine who is directly and indirectly involved, exploring their perspectives ○ E.g. you are disclosing information to a patient ○ Directly, only you and the patient, but indirectly can be affecting the patient's family, coworkers, friends, other potential patients etc. The doctor's colleagues, entire medical profession etc etc ○ Must be able to identify grand implications of decisions 3. State your responsibility ○ As a citizen, I want to ensure that Bill is not driving under the influence and is not possibly endangering other civilians as well as himself 4. Decide the best SOLUTION based on sound rationale, ethical, legal, and scientific reasoning using if/then - MUST report to authorities when public safety Is endangered or vulnerable individuals may be in harm's way - IFTTT (if this then that) formula 5. Add in what you would do in the future/what you learned from the situation E.g. - Surgeon, arrive at the hospital at 7:30 AM, fellow surgeon enters the room and acts strange. Smelling of slight alcohol when they come close. They are next in line to take over for the Dep of Surgery and will make important decisions about funding and operating room time. You have never seen them act this way before. What do you do? ○ The surgeon will not be able to do his job correctly if he is under the influence of alcohol, and this will not make him a good representative for the future of the hospital, the unit, and all other future practicing surgeons if this is the case. However, just because a situation appears like this does not mean it is valid, perhaps the surgeon had some rubbing alcohol spilled on him or is diabetic and is just hyper to begin surgery because he is excited to start his day. Without all the facts I would not make any quick judgments or assumptions because from his perspective he might be ignorant to the fact that he smells like alcohol and is acting unusual. However, being a representative of the hospital and wanting the best outcomes for my patients it is my duty to ensure exceptional healthcare is provided and the safety of patients is taken into account. I would have a private conversation that is comfortable for the surgeon and is not filled with judgments or assumptions but simply just stating my perception and being curious coming from a place of genuine concern. If the surgeon is in fact under the influence, then I would encourage him to be honest and take time off and look for a replacement. If he is not, however, then the conversation we had mitigated the issue at hand and ensured that it was just a misunderstanding without blowing things out of proportion. Providing the means for the surgeon to explain him/herself. In the future, I would want to create an environment where colleagues feel comfortable talking to me about issues like this. I think I wrote this out in 5 min or whatever ^ but you can try to fit aspects of this into all of the questions! If you’re kind of stuck or not on a CASPer Q/scenario these are easy phrases to include that will score you points (and you can think of more on your own) LOL: Easy things to say to hit Casper's core competencies: - Work in a team to solve something --> lead the team ○ Work together ○ Collaborate ○ Get diverse perspectives ○ Diverse mental models on a situation - Compromise, win-win situations, collaborate on a unique solution - Putting myself in another's situation (empathy) - Understanding how they may feel being singled out - Instinct to help those in need Professional - Private convos instead of publicly shaming someone - Reminding ppl of our expectations and how we represent the company/organization Being self-aware --> being aware of my own judgements and biases - Trying to keep an open mind Resilience and motivation - I didn't get this far to only go this far! When I have failed I have pushed past (running marathons riddled with injuries/soccer games) and when I've succeeded e.g. multiple research rewards I kept pushing to be consistent instead of being complacent Communication = every one of these --> - Being curious and not judgemental, - coming from an area of concern and curiosity rather than judgement and accusation - Open, honest, and comfortable environment (setting up a time) where you are not making the individual feel awkward unless impossible to do so - Talk slowly with explaining, but most importantly actively listen, repeat points made by others to show they are listening and to also better understand the conversation e.g. as a distress centre volunteer this is how we show support and we show that someone is being heard. I also do think that adding your own experiences to answers gives A LOT. It adds colour to your answers and shows that you have actually experienced things like this you’re not just answering questions on a test (well you are but from experience rather than just saying what is right and wrong and how you “would” act. YOU DID act like this). Practice CASPer scenarios so you don’t get stuck. I would open up OneNote copy and paste a scenario from online, read it, then time myself about “what I would do” rather than answering questions. Worked great for me imo. Practice typing so you can type on the day of the exam! (Other students will probably type faster than you and you are competing against them!) Interview 1. Don’t pay for interview prep unless you have nobody to practice with, even then there are a lot of discord’s and facebook groups where ppl practice with others. I was blessed with friends that were willing to interview with me! 2. PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE - even before you start/finish your “prep”. This is a facebook group that schedules practices https://www.facebook.com/groups/263776044319283/ (shout out to who created this wish I could praise you more <3). There is also a discord which you can search up on here! 3. Grab your ABS and write out a highlight, a lowlight, and a conflict you had at each of these experiences (at one of my interviews they would just pick out a random thing and ask my about my highlight, lowlight, and a conflict that happened there) I remember not being prepped for it and just felt awful delivering it! 4. Watch videos by this dude - Olly Burton deserves a huge shout out. Most well delivered interview guide and the topics are so so helpful. Watch them, take notes, throw them into Anki whatever will help you remember key point about each topic! 
https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQtNq3XP0-lOUlIASR3cr1T5ARcCZI13F 5. At the beginning of your interview - SMILE, EXUDE confidence in the nicest way possible, show them that you’re SUPER happy to be there, and that YOU’RE HUMAN. That was my biggest praise through med school and also during interviews that it was fun conversing with me either in interview or with a standardized patient. Keep things light. I know it’s tough to do during the stressful environment and you’re thinking “all my hard work comes down to this!” But know that if you don’t try and be confident you won’t make it (that helped me in some weird twisted way) 6. Prepare answers to “Tell me about yourself”, “Why medicine” and “do you have any questions for us?” “What are your strengths (3)” “What are your weaknesses?” 
- (Have actual strengths and weaknesses - not “I’m a perfectionist etc)
- Tell me about yourself - keep it quick and fun, three points with a little bit of colour. Don’t talk about your schooling and what your undergrad was, tell them who YOU are. “I’m ___, the best way to describe myself would be curious, hardworking, and easy- going. I have been a part of a Neuro-oncology lab for about 3-4 years and it’s super interesting because there is so much unknown about the brain and cancer which keeps me curious and I have loved it so far. I’m also hard working as I love soccer….” 
Notice how I made it easy to follow and nothing too boring. 
Try to speak like a public speaker when thinking about your emotion during the interview! You have to read the room and be able to keep THEM interested. Sometimes different interviewers will have different tasks like acting uninterested but you have to try your best to regain their attention with the stories you tell and how you tell them. 
- Why med, try to be as honest as possible and give a little story to keep it interesting! Something like a turning point about what made you decide. For me it was basically - these life experiences and my personality aligned with medicine and drew me heavily towards this career. 7. The interview is the make it or break it. It’s the toughest part! If you’re ever discouraged, look at me! I had to interview 4 times in 2 years get waitlisted on all of them before I interviewed 4 times again in my last application cycle only to get into all 4 schools! It’s not easy and I definitely didn’t know all of this my first or second time! 8. If you’re having trouble prepping for interviews and remembering what to say, throw it into Anki and it’ll help you memorize the details of your story. Anyways I have a whole anki package about how to answer all these types of questions so you can memorize it and many different helpful question types. And even my own personal example for personal questions!!! Please DM me for it :-) Different Question Types: - Ethics - watch those vids I linked - and read what I wrote about CASPer - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQtNq3XP0-lOUlIASR3cr1T5ARcCZI13F - Most pressing issue - Responsibility - Deliberately show empathy “I would like to empathize with this person…” - Investigate, empathy, counselling, teaching a patient something, offering resources, try to get more help from colleagues/history/resources like literature - IFTTT - Decide - In the future I would … - Policies - Write out a bunch of pros and cons for common policies like medical marijuana, opioids, etc (I might have an anki deck for all of these made up so I can send it to y’all - i found it) Personal Questions - STARF Technique - Situation, Task, Action, Result, Future (how will you bring what you learned into medicine/med school) - included one of my examples in the anki + make your own obviously for each ABS —> then you won’t be stuck when they inevitably ask “tell me about a time … (you had a conflict at work or trouble with integrity etc)” Bioethics - No you probably don’t need to know everything I have in my anki deck, but all of UWash Bioethics are in there with the questions and how to structure the answer. Enjoy. - https://depts.washington.edu/bhdept/ethics-medicine CanMeds - Included in ANKI deck, went through a whole module on each from a canadian medical school, so they literally can’t be wrong bc a medical school gave me that info! Enjoy x2. Acting - mostly broken down into breaking bad news - included in anki deck omg you put everything into an anki deck?! Yes, it was my ‘lazy’ way of studying for an interview and it helped me feel confident! No you don’t HAVE to do all of this to be successful in an interview and the most important part is how you make your interviewers feel and the energy you bring to the interview rather than the content of your questions. Most people will follow the structures and have similar answers, but the colour YOU add to your answers and how you speak will make you more memorable! Also is this all perfect information? No. It helped me a LOT. Use what you chose from this. Hate it. Love it. I just wanted to give back to this community that helped me!
  11. I'm looking for 4-6 people who can practice CASPer answers together. We would take turns discussing the question, our answers, and providing feedback. Let me know if you're interested
  12. Salut!! La date du premier TAED approche bientôt donc j'ai pensé commencer une discussion sur l'admission en DMD pour l'automne 2021 si jamais vous avez des questions sur quoi que ce soit! Heeyy! The first DAT exam is coming up soon so I thought of starting a discussion for the fall 2021 dentistry admissions in case you had any questions!
  13. Salluutt ! Puisque la COVID nous inquiète bcp et semble vraiment avoir impacté nos chances d'admission (du moins, pour plusieurs d'entre nous) je pensais qu'on pouvait partager nos stats pré-entrevues, juste pour avoir une idée du portrait des appliquants cette année! Voici le format que je propose, libre de modifier à votre guise Catégorie : (collégien vs uni) COTE R/ GPA pré-covid : COTE R / GPA post-covid ( si applicable) : Programme : (SN, profil..., SLA, pharma, etc....) CASPER impressions (si fait) : Commentaires : ?
  14. Okay so I find myself in a bit of a tough situation. Basically my r-score from my first session wasn't too great but I worked extremely hard last session to increase it. My problem is that due to the pandemic and the weird standard dev. in groups I have zero idea of whether or not my r-score improved(or decreased) since my first session. I go to Maisonneuve College and apparently there's some kind of issue going on right now so they can't distribute our r-scores???? I was waiting to receive mine to figure out my third choice at Udem (my r score is lower than last year's last admitted in optometry). I've tried contacting them countless times and the last time I did (literally 5 minutes ago) I was told that they had no idea when we would get our r-scores like NO IDEA AT ALL. They couldn't even give me an estimate. Today's the 18th and since I haven't sent in my application to all the unis I plan on applying to I still haven't registered for my first CASPer. On the CASPer website it says to register at least 3 days prior(im writing on the 21st). My question is, if I register now, can I add programs to send my casper to later on? like say in a week? Because before registrating they ask you which programs you applied to. So im basically just really confused rn idk what to do. Can someone who's been in a similar situation, or anyone really give me advice? should I just register for the casper rn even tho I haven't sent my application to uni yet? can I edit the programs/unis that get my CASPer a couple days after completing my CASPer or do I have to make my choices while registrating for it? HELPPP French summary: La cote-r n'a pas encore été distribuée au collège de maisonneuve (oui je sais on était supposé les recevoirs le 17). J'ai appelé à de nombreuses reprises mais à chaque fois(la dernière était il y a 5 minutes) on me dit qu'il y a un problème avec le fournisseur et qu'ils n'ont aucune idée de quand nous allons recevoir nos cotes R. genre AUCUNE idée ZÉRO NADA :((( bref, ma question c'est par rapport au casper. Puisque je n'ai pas encore ma cote r je préfère attendre encore un peu avant de déposer mes demandes d'admission. La seule que j'ai déposé jusqu'à date est celle de laval. Je veux écrire mon premier CASPer en anglais pour Mcgill et UdeM et je me demandais si je peux séléctionner plus de récipients (programs/facultés) quelque jours après avoir complété mon CASPer (en espérant que j'aurais ma cote R d'ici là). Donc je me demandais si ça se fait?
  15. Bonjour! J'aurais une question vrm urgente pour le casper: est-ce que quand on fait le casper pour la deuxième fois, on a besoin de refaire la vérification d'identité? Rien ne m'a été demandé (et mon test c'est demain), mais je me souviens que la première fois que je l'ai fait on m'avait demandé une pièce d'identité émise par le gouvernement et il fallait prendre une photo aussi. MERCI!
  16. Forum for anyone applying to McGill Dentistry 2021 :)
  17. Hey, I was just wondering what you guys think will happen with the interviews this year. The pandemic still has a massive impact on our lives and I've started thinking about wether or not we'd have MMI's this year. Do you think that the MMI will be replaced by the CASPER like last year? Or will the Universities be able to organize the MMI's and respect physical distancing measures?... Maybe it's still too early to ask this sort of question but it's been on my mind since the interviews were cancelled for the 2020 admission cycle. (I'm a CEGEP student Btw)
  18. Hi guys I had a question for those who have been able to secure a two+ consecutive interviews at UOttawa. Assuming you were not successful with your interview the first time around, when you reapplied... 1) Did you guys change your application significantly or was it more or less the same 2) What do you think your chances are of securing an interview the following year? 3) Are there individuals who had an interview one year and was not able to get one the next year? Thank you guys very much for your help. If you guys know anyone who might not be on these forums but have been in a similar situation, feel free to share!! Thanks again
  19. Bonjour, si quelqu’un est intéressé à se préparer au Casper, si vous voulez envoyer moi un PM! Je sais qu’on ne peut pas trop se préparer à ce genre de truc, mais on peut se poser des questions fabriquées par nous-mêmes juste pour se donner une petite idée. {Je ne vends rien} merci!
  20. Bonjour, je me demandais si c’est possible de passer le CASPer deux fois, une fois en anglais et l’autre en français. La raison pour laquelle ça m’intéresse c’est pcq Mcgill et Udem acceptent en Anglais et les deux autres uniquement en français. Je me sens plus à l’aise avec celui en français, donc c’est pour cela que je me posait la question. merci!
  21. 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!
  22. Hi Everyone Over the past couple of years I have religiously scrolled through Premed101 with so many doubts in my head; coming across posts that gave me confidence and others that tore it down. After years of hard work, I have finally made that cumbersome leap from a premed to a med student (Bumblebee Class of 2024). I'm still in disbelief that I made it and hope I never lose this feeling. I've found myself reflecting on my journey thus far (thank you Covid19 for all the time) and have come to realize that perseverance and hard work were the stars in my story when everyone and everything around me told me I wasn't good enough. With about a month left before I finally embark on this next chapter of my story, I wanted to use my time to help any of you out there that feel lost, scared, or unsure. As someone that didn't have any mentors on my path to medicine, I think I would've benefited from talking to someone that had gone through the process. Please feel free to message me with any questions you have about Canadian, US, or International medical school admissions or even if you need a friend to vent it all out As a disclaimer, I'm not affiliated with any company/school and will probably not have all the answers, but I can try to give you my thoughts/advice from my own experiences. I'll be here for you if you need it
  23. Hi. I'm an incoming med student, who got into McMaster despite having a weak GPA (3.45). My MCAT/CARS was good (129 CARS). People keep asking me how I managed to get in. In fact, when I had told people that I was going to apply with my GPA they told me: I wouldn't get interviews I would need to do a fifth year of undergrad OR I would need to do a Master's and possibly a second undergrad. And to be honest, they were completely right. With my GPA and MCAT, I wasn't really a good candidate for anything. But, I placed all my hope on the wildcard that is the "CASPer" test. It's up to you whether or not you want to take it seriously, but I'll explain how to approach CASPer the best I can. The CASPer is a 90 minute test of your ability to answer ethical problems... and realistically to just type fast. They want to see you see both sides of every issue they give you and how you'll solve the ethical dilemma without breaking the rules So I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to tackle the CASPer test. Here's what I did: PRACTICE It literally drives me nuts to hear people say "You can't practice/study, so I won't even try." For me, it was going to be as important as my GPA (which I poured my blood, sweat and tears into) and the CARS section of the MCAT (which also killed me inside as I studied). I practiced my ass off. For me, I used the CASPerfect tests. I paid for their evaluation, which gave me good advice and the tips I list below. Even if you don't go through with paid evaluation, consider buying unevaluated practice tests. Take the time to analyze your responses and figure out how you can get better at this. Once again, it is entirely up to you to pay for prep - but it worked for me. You decide if you want to pay for prep - there are free services, and free official practice materials from the CASPer test makers too. For me, practicing for CASPer meant: Prepared by reading up on medical ethics. This sounds silly, but I read [Doing Right](http://www.amazon.ca/Doing-Right-Practical-Trainees-Physicians/dp/0195428412) before even doing the test. It's a classic book for interview/MMI prep, so I figured I'd get a head start on it. By practicing for CASPer, you're really strengthening the skills that come in handy for the MMIs. For that reason, when you're done with your apps, working on CASPer is pretty much prepping early for interviews (which you can get! You've got this bro ) The UWashington Bioethics page is also great. I reviewed my ECs and application The CASPer has a personal statement every third question where you have to discuss yourself and your background. Here, they're looking for you to be thoughtful and self-reflective. Ultimately, I believe they want to see that you can take what you've learned from your experience and apply it to your future in medicine. For me, I ended my paragraphs with "I will take what I learned from this example into my future in medicine someday." or something like that. Have a game plan and strategy For me, I planned my responses like this: Discuss the issue from both sides (there are usually two parties involved). Discuss the issue in the context of "society." (How would cheating on a test affect the student cheating, other students, and then all of the future employers/patients/etc that will rely on the cheating student someday?) Answer with a decision that is ethical and doesn't break any rules. (If possible) Come up with a creative solution that minimizes punishment/harm/damage to any of the other people involved. Improving my typing speed: While the CASPer markers say that the amount of text isn't important, logically if one has more ideas down they'll likely score better, right? That seemed to be pretty basic to me. I practiced typing with the practice tests I mentioned at TenFastFingers. Note that this typing practice isn't as good as real CASPer practice tests because the time it takes to think and type >>> the time to type these random paragraphs quickly. Getting better at thinking through the formula I devised quickly. This is where the practice tests were extremely useful for me. I recommend practice for this reason - you need to strengthen your ability to type fast and ethically. How the CASPer is scored Knowing how CASPer is scored is important as well. To begin with, CASPer markers mark a given question for a set of test-takers. For example, a marker may mark 1000 applicants answer to Question 1 and only that question. Why is this important? Because of two reasons: It means you can be repetitive with what you say, the style and phrasing of what you say And importantly, you need to stand out against other writers who are writing that same question. What this means is that showing that you think/reason more clearly, show more empathy, and/or come up with a creative solution will all push you higher up that bell curve. The CASPer is scored using z-scores (a type of statistical measurement that is similar to a bell curve). You can check out the official CASPer marking guide from the people who made the CASPer here. Finally, realize that saying the wrong thing can get you and your exam red-flagged. That likely means a score of 0, or potentially having your application removed entirely. It's not clear what that means, but you can read about it in the official marking guide above. If CASPer is holding you back, you may be getting red-flagged. Endnotes: Unfortunately, regardless of how you feel about the test, it matters. Here's how much it matters, in Canada (I'll add US values if people know them): Feel free to DM me with questions, or ask here.
  24. Hello! I am an incoming medical student able to provide: -application review (OMSAS autobiographical sketch and more) -application essays help (UofT, Western, Alberta) -Interview prep (panel, MMI, and MPI) -CASPer prep -CARS tutoring About me (happy to provide proof regarding any of my stats): -incoming medical student attending an Ontario med school in September -received interviews at UofT, Western, McMaster, and Alberta -scored 99th percentile on the MCAT (522) I am charging $30/hr, but it is negotiable depending on what services you require. Please reach out if you think I might be able to help you or if you have any questions! Good luck everyone
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