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  1. I am a current UBC medical student who was accepted to every medical school I applied to my first application cycle: UBC (OOP applicant), U of T, McMaster, Western and Queens. I would love to pass on my knowledge to eager applicants, whether you have interviews coming up this year or if you just want to get a head start. I am familiar with panel, MMI, and mixed format interviews. I am asking $60/hr for any interview content of your choosing (mock interviews, practice questions, general tips, etc). I am only looking to work with a small group of applicants as I am a busy student myself. Please PM me if interested
  2. 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
  3. Hi everyone, I am a first year medical student on the east coast. I have written a blog post on the best interview prep resources that I used, it is linked below. These are the books I found most helpful while preparing for UofT, Queens and Dal interviews which ultimately helped me land an acceptance. These books are specific to the Canadian Healthcare system, and I find so much MMI prep is US-centric. Enjoy! https://redefininggirl.weebly.com/home/best-books-for-canadian-medical-school-interview-prep
  4. Hi everyone, I am a first year medical student on the east coast. I have written a blog post on the best interview prep resources that I used, it is linked below. These books are specific to the Canadian Healthcare system, and I find so much MMI prep is US-centric. Enjoy! https://redefininggirl.weebly.com/home/best-books-for-canadian-medical-school-interview-prep
  5. We are currently two third-year resident physicians with extensive experience in MMI interviews, MMI question development and MMI coaching. We remember how stressful applying to medical school and CARMS interviews can be, so we created a coaching service that can help you excel in your interview and maximize your chances of being accepted to medical school! During our coaching sessions, you will be provided with unique questions based on current events and actual experiences we have encountered as doctors, rather than using the pre-existing question other services use. We allow for sessions to be recorded by you to be reviewed later, and provide typed and verbal feedback, as well as a ranking using a standardized MMI Ranking Form. Furthermore, we provide insight on what you can add or change about your answer to achieve the top percentile of scores (10/10). As resident physicians, we can offer insight on how a physician would approach a difficult patient situation or the current issues affecting our healthcare system. Over the past few years as resident mentors for undergraduate medical students, we have assisted numerous people in achieving their goal of medical school acceptance and matching to their desired residency program! Description: Offering customized, private, one-on-one interview coaching via Zoom or your preferred online platform Goal setting prior to your first session Access to 100 unique MMI scenarios via sessions MMI Interview Preperation Presentation provided to all clients outlining MMI theory, an organized approach for the 6 different types of MMI questions you will encounter including picture and acting stations, a crash course in medical ethics and links to high yield articles and information on current events, COVID, aboriginal health, homelessness, racism, sexism, technology and medicine, the Canadian Health Care System, mental health, transgender health, physician burnout, vaccine hesitancy and many more HIGH YIELD topics that you should review to be prepared for the MMI. Offering full-length mock MMI simulations with detailed feedback and scoring MMI scoring on a scale from 1-10 with each session Rate: $75/hour Availability: Limited availability on evenings and weekends due to the demands of residency, coaching will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Disclaimers: We have signed a confidentiality agreement when we were MMI interviewers, and cannot disclose specific details regarding question content, but can provide insight on the interview process and what distinguishes excellent candidates from average ones. We will not be interviewing for the 2022 MMI as this prohibits you from assisting any potential candidates. With COVID, we can only offer virtual sessions to comply with social distancing. Please email MDinterviewprep1@gmail.com if you are interested. Coaching will be offered on a first come first serve basis. Best of luck in the 2022 interviews to all candidates!
  6. Physician Run MMI Prep Course – 4 Hour Course + 1 hour of private coaching We are currently two third-year resident physicians with extensive experience in MMI interviews, MMI question development and MMI coaching. We remember how stressful applying to medical school and CARMS interviews can be, so we created a coaching service that can help you excel in your interview and maximize your chances of being accepted to medical school. We are offering an efficiently run, and highly effective full day prep course for students preparing for the MMI interviews for medical schools in Canada. We are Canadian trained resident physicians who both have undergone the MMI interview, and were accepted in their first year of application. We have experience with numerous medical school and residency interviews ourselves, have served as MMI Interviewers for a Canadian Medical School, served as Interviewers for the Canadian Medical Association's CARMS Prep Program and mentored numerous undergraduate and medical students on a volunteer basis assisting them with application review, interview preparation and ultimately helping them achieve their goal of matching to medical school/residency. Most importantly, we have the knowledge and experience of a resident physician and can offer insight on how to approach these questions from the perspective of a physician. With these experiences, we feel we have all of the skills to provide you with the best chance of success in the admissions process. Registering for this course will include the following: 1) A 4 hour MMI Prep Session featuring how to approach different MMI Questions, how to structure a strong response, high yield MMI Topics and interactive breakout rooms where we run through answers for common challenging MMI Questions. 2) A 1 hour one on one private coaching session with one of our Resident Physician Interview Coaches. Additional private coaching for $75/hour based on availability. 3) Immediate access to our MD Prep Interview Preparation Presentation (200 slides), a registry of 100 unique practice questions created by our team and our Master List of over 200 free online MMI Questions. 4) Ongoing mentorship and answering of questions via email leading up to your MMI interview. Dates: Friday, February 4, 2022: 4 PM - 8 PM Saturday Feb 5, 2022 8 AM -12PM Saturday, February 5, 2022: 1 PM - 5 PM Cost: Early Bird Registration EXTENDED to January 28, 2022: $250 Register after Jan 28, 2022: $275 Registration deadline Feb 3, 2022 Capacity: Each session will be limited to a maximum of 10 people, registration will be provided on a first come, first serve basis. Registration: Please send an email to Mdinterviewprep1@gmail.com to register. You will receive access to our MMI Prep Resources and Powerpoint once your registration is complete. Best of luck in the 2022 Interview Process!
  7. 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
  8. Congrats on your journey to medicine! My name is Victoria and I am a current UBC medical student. I was accepted to 5 Canadian medical schools: UBC (OOP applicant), U of T, McMaster, Western and Queens. The interview was my strong point- I was accepted to every school I interviewed at. I would love to pass on my knowledge to eager applicants, whether you have interviews coming up this year or if you just want to get a head start. I am familiar with panel, MMI, and mixed format interviews. I am asking $60/hr for any interview content of your choosing (mock interviews, practice questions, general tips, etc). I am only looking to work with a small group of applicants as I am a busy student myself. Please PM me if interested Edit: Thank you for all the interest! I am currently booking 1-2 weeks in advance. *all prep will be done virtually this year via Zoom
  9. I'm a first time applicant, applied to McMaster, U of T, and Queen's. Recently finished my CASPer and am now feeling nervous about my next step. Haven't seen my cGPA on OMSAS yet and always feel like something is missing in my application, so I have checked OMSAS portal again and again just to make sure that my application is complete (this may have become my new obsession). I heard from elsewhere in this forum that interview invitations usually come in the spring (February-ish, I'm assuming?), so I'm wondering if anyone (who is also applying this cycle) wants to form a group so we can discuss our feelings and prepare for interviews together when the date draws near.
  10. Hi! I applied to mcgill this cycle and would like to start a small group for MMI practise. Ideally 3 people ish and we can alternate to be the interviewee, the interviewer, and the observer and give each other feedback. Frequency will be once a week ish over zoom. Hit me up if you are interested! #MMI
  11. Can anyone recommend a service that helps prep for Dal's MMI or essay? I know the essay is different this year, but I'm still looking to improve my weak points from my last application. Thanks!
  12. Hello everyone! Would anyone like to practice for McGill's MMI? The interviews will be held in April, but it would be nice to prepare early. Both French and English are fine.
  13. Hi, I attend University of Saskatchewan, and I am looking for a MMI Practice Group. I would be perfectly okay to meeting online through WebEx or Zoom, due to COVID. I am applying to UBC/USask/UofT/Ottawa/Queens! Please shoot me a message so we can set something up Thanks!
  14. Hi, I was wondering if any current Mcgill MD student is willing to help with MMI prep. I will pay for your time. Send me a message if interested.
  15. Hi everyone. I'm Julia, a med 3 student, and I helped develop the CanMEDS roles introspection worksheet. It's a way to start thinking about what they mean to you and how your personal examples demonstrate that you have these qualities to become a great doc. I was in your shoes a few years ago and hated how everything was so closed off to those without family or mentors in med. Give it a try and let us know what you think. All our resources under the Community section are free. We also have some user submitted questions on our Community Hub and those will always be free. The only thing we ask is to consider contributing some questions on your own to pay it forward for the community. If there's anything else you'd like to see, we have a small passionate team who take feedback and create more resources for everyone to benefit. Best of luck and keep practicing a little bit everyday!
  16. 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)
  17. I've been looking around for some ways to practice the MMI after being waitlisted last year. i really wasn't used to the webcamming so was just browsing around for online practice solutions. Came across some consulting companies but they were so... outdated? And it didn't really feel like a real MMI either. It's hard to explain. This MMI question was shared on some MMI practice groups and thought I'd share with PM101! https://www.videoath.com/promos/sample-mmi-question
  18. IP / OOP / International Result: Invite / Reject / Waitlist for Interview cGPA: sGPA: DAT (PAT and MDT): ECs: Year: UG (what year), Masters, PhD
  19. 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!*
  20. Part 3: General Advice for the Interview What should you always avoid during the interview? 1. Vague answers: When standing behind the door and waiting for the interviewer to call your name, you have approximately two minutes to prepare an answer. In that time, you should be thinking of points to make and ordering them in order of importance. 2. Filler words: Too many “likes” and “ums” convey nervousness and will likely translate to a “choppy” answer. To prevent this from happening to you, bear in mind that practice makes perfect. Practice answering prompts and record yourself while doing so. Then, catch yourself whenever you insert filler words into your responses. Is it when you are talking too quickly? Now that you know this, repeat your response and slow down this time. Find the source of the challenge and address it. That is what practice is for. For example, here is how you should not answer a question: Question: Why did you choose to apply to our school? Answer: Well, you know, (filler words convey a lack of confidence) it is close to home so it is where I want to go. The hospitals here are great and are what I am looking for. Feedback: The first words that the interviewee uttered are filler words that convey uncertainty and detract from the flow of his answer. Not only that, but his points were poorly organized. Being close to home is not the main reason for wanting to join a program. A better answer would provide an example of a strong point of the school that the applicant finds alluring. For example, let’s say that McMaster has a history of accepting a culturally diverse range of students in hopes of turning out doctors who can relate to all types of populations, socioeconomic statuses, and beliefs. You can mention how you read through the school’s website and have asked current medical students and they have all confirmed this fact. You can go above and beyond and mention a relevant experience with your own life. What could a relevant experience be? As long as it does not sound forced, any experience involving diversity could be incorporated well into your answer. For example, have you worked or volunteered with children from low socioeconomic statuses? Voice how important you believe acceptance and diversity are and how it matches with your beliefs. A real life example is engaging for the interviewer and truly demonstrates your desire to be a part of their culture. There are a handful of helpful YouTube videos that cover the main points for what an interviewer is looking for during the interview. To get you started, here is one that covers most of the key points: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLxz4pCBXKo . I should also emphasize the fact that practice makes perfect. This is why you should answer as many prompts as possible with yourself and/or a partner. Some excellent source of prompts with ideal answers can be found here: Practice MMI Interview Questions as well as a handful of Canadian universities with sample question (see McMaster's manual found here). Conclusion Ultimately, the key to success in the MMI is practice and knowing yourself inside and out. Make a habit of reviewing a few prompts a week with a partner. Grade yourself on the days where you do not see your partner. Never forget that practice makes perfect. I wish you the best of luck in your journey. Let me know if you have any questions.
  21. Hello! My name is Herbert and I have a MMI coming up for March 7th for Dental Hygiene at the U of A and I am looking for some new people to practice with! Thanks!
  22. Would anyone like to start/join a Calgary based MMI practice group for the 2020 interview cycle?
  23. Hello Everyone, congratulations on the invites!! I am starting a MMI prep group in Calgary for those who will be interviewing at uAlberta or elsewhere. The vast majority of people who received invites for U of C will be done practicing in February, so I thought of putting a group together with the intention of prepping until March 14th. We can meet at Foothills, Downtown Library or other central locations a few times a week. Please drop a comment below or DM me if you are interested in joining.
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