4 CASPer Tips
Looking for advice on how to approach a CASPer? Annie Lamei, a 1st year medical student from Hamilton, has put together some of her key tips from her experiences.
Overview of a MMI
Wondering what happens the day of an MMI? Kristen Hall, a 2nd year medical student from Saskatoon, has written an article that outlines what to expect.
Scrap the Formula
Do you find yourself trying to check the boxes of a medical school application? Check out this article by Kerry Walker, one of the first-year residents from Vancouver.
In the pre-med and medical journey, we place a large emphasis on all the things that we “need” to do, often neglecting the sacrifices that we make that impact our wellness along the way. Ariana knows all about the stress that comes with being a premed and has learned the importance of valuing both her physical and mental health. Check our her article here, where she offers a few tips that have worked well for her on how you can take care of your wellness and make it a priority!
This article will also serve as an introductory piece to a NEW ongoing series put out by the MMC about wellness. We know that students come from various backgrounds and that along the way we all develop our own strategies for prioritizing our wellness. We want to encourage you to share your wellness strategies! We hope to compile these wellness- related articles into a mini booklet to empower students to take care of their health by providing information and advice. If you have your own strategies for an aspect of physical/mental wellness, let us know by filling in the following form https://forms.gle/ttfDMC3RYfF34yjx9. We can’t wait to hear form you!
new piece: 1 illness, 2 experiences
This week we have a very special piece from one of our premeds in the community, Lisa Lavelle. In her poster, Lisa delves into the detrimental effect that social determinants of health, such as language spoken, geographic location and cultural heritage, can have on perpetuating health inequities. As future physicians, we each have a role to play in not only recognizing that these determinants exist, but in applying this knowledge to our own patients in order to better understand what potentially has contributed to their presentations and how we must tailor our treatments on an individual basis. This also sets the framework for all the work that still needs to be done in order to ensure true equal access to healthcare! Give it a read and let us know what thoughts this piece has stirred up in you!
Many premeds may share the same end goal of attending medical school, but how one gets to the decision that medicine is their calling can vary greatly from one person to the next. One of the premeds in our community, Cynthia Ventrella, shares with us her personal journey that led her to pursue medicine. Her journey wasn’t always the easiest or most clear, but it provided her with a great deal of learning opportunities along the way that she graciously shares with us. Check out her piece here to get an inside look into another premed’s journey and see how her story may be similar or different to yours!
new article: grad school choices
After completing their undergraduate degrees, many students consider the possibility of further education in the form of a masters degree, but how do you decide if that’s the right choice for you. One of our premedical students in the community, Lisa Lavelle, gives an overview of some important things to consider when trying to come to this decision. Check out her article here to give you an outline for all the possible perspectives to think about prior to choosing your next step.
new article: my journey to med
All of our previous posts have been created by medical school student mentors and resident mentors from our community, but the MMC is made of up of so much more than our mentors. It's our mentees that give life to this vibrant and supportive community. Our mentee Al Arheam shares his personal journey to discovering that being a physician is the job that's right for him. Check out his candid piece here to gain a deeper understanding that no matter how difficult this journey to medical school may be, you are not alone and your fellow mentees on the community have been in your shoes in one way or another!
The members of the MMC community write articles that outline their experiences with medicine and advice for their younger selves. Popular events and mentor spotlights are also highlighted here. Check out their insights below!