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.
When browsing through the various medical school's applications, you may have noticed that Western University is unlike the rest as it requires what they term the "Abbreviated Autobiographical Sketch" or AABS. Mentor Montana Hackett, a medical student at Western University, provides premedical students with advice on writing their AABS and how you can use it to your advantage to showcase more of who you are as a person! Check out his piece here to learn about how you can highlight your accomplishments through your AABS!
The premedical and medical journeys are both incredibly fulfilling, but can also certainly have a toll on individuals and their wellbeing and mental health. It's inevitable to have stressful situations in ones life, and because they're unavoidable, we have to develop strategies to help cope when these situations present. Mentor Gary Liao has developed some strategies along his premedical and medical journey that help ease his anxiety when things get touch. Check out his article here to see if you can implement some of his suggestions to help ease your burden!
The CASPer exam, now required by some medical schools for their applications, is an online exam that most premedical students are not familiar with. Mentor Clara Sawires understands how daunting this exam can be and has taken the time to share her top 5 tips for completing this exam with flying colours. Check out her article here to learn more about how you can best prep for this online exam!
Whether you are a premedical student, medical student or resident, your life is busy one way or another and to be your best, you have to make your wellness a priority. Our mentor, Jennifer Payandeh, has collected her recipes for making healthy and easy study snacks to help you feel your best so you can accomplish all the things on your to-do list. Check out these recipes here - you can thank us later when you're munching on these goodies!
With so many components to building a medical school application, the process can be very daunting for many applicants. Mentor Joelle Soriano breaks down one of the most important parts of the application - the Autobiographical Sketch. Check out her piece here to find out what 7 recommendations she has to making your ABS a wonderful representation of all of your achievements and hard work over the years!
If we're all being honest as much as we tell ourselves that we'll get our work, whether that be for projects or studying for exams, done well in advance of our deadlines, that isn't always how things turn out. Mentor Richard Ngo shares this sentiment in his piece and offers some tips into how he's learned to overcome procrastination over the years. Check out the article here for some strategies that might make your studying and work more efficient!
This unique piece created by one of our MMC mentors, Murphy Walker, takes you through a conversation that Murphy has with a medical school colleague and friend about how being in medicine can shape the outlook that you have on other aspects of your life. Check out the piece here to learn about the importance of taking a step back from our established view points to consider other perspectives and how this reflection can potentially change the people that we are for the better!
Here on the MMC, we’re all about providing that support to our premed!. Our community, made up of over 100 medical student and resident mentors, has collectively gone through a LARGE amount of experiences and we’re all about sharing what we’ve learned over the years. Our mentor Allison Chown shares with us her personal tips that she used in her undergraduate years that she believes have made her successful and now a NOSM medical student! Check out her article here to learn about those words of wisdom that she has to offer!
In this wonderfully vulnerable piece, our mentor Feroze Nooruddin details her reflection after her first year of medical school. For a lot of the individuals in our community, medical school has been the ultimate goal for many years and although it is an incredibly wonderful experience, it certainly comes with its challenges. Here on the MMC we not only want to support premedical students, but want to provide an authentic look into what the medical school experience is life. Check out Feroze’s article here to gain a deeper perspective into some of the less talked about experiences that exist in medicine!
The MMI is an interview format that is being adopted by professional schools across the world. It is designed to measure competencies including oral communication, social/non verbal skills, team work skills, and assess a future healthcare practitioner’s ability to interact with patients. The MMI has become a big component of most medical schools’ interview process and can be a very stressful part of the interview process for premeds. Our mentor Samveg Shah breaks down his approach to preparing for the MMI in this article, giving insight into his approach in tackling this non-traditional interview format!
The road to medical school is a long and difficult one and it’s one of the MMC’s goals to support students in this journey. One of our mentors, Richard Ngo, has compiled a list of 6 tips that he wishes he knew in his undergraduate years. Check out the article here to learn about some tricks that you can apply to both your academic and personal life to get you through these tough years!
Podcasts are one of the best ways to learn while on the go and who better to benefit from them than the ambitious and hard-working pre-med on the go (YOU)? Check out the podcasts in the article here by mentor Simran Aggarwal to prepare for your medical school applications and interviews or to satisfy your curiosity about all things med related!
The CASPer exam, an online test that various medical schools are now requiring as part of their admission requirements, can be a daunting experience for many students. It has a combination of both personal and situation-based questions requiring applicants to be able to think quickly on their feet. Mentor Samveg Shah provides students with an overview of this exam in his article, which can be found here, in order to help elucidate the components of this exam and make the experience overall more pleasant for applicants!
During undergrad years, many people develop individualized methods of studying that allow them to succeed and although a lot of these strategies can continue to help students in medical school, developing new study strategies can be incredibly beneficial to suit the new style of learning that’s expected. Mentor Richard Ngo takes us through his guide to using the Anki platform which has helped him stay on top of his medical school studies! Check it out here and see if Anki is the boost you need in your studies!
From maintaining a good GPA to writing your MCAT and getting those letters of recommendation, there’s a lot involved in the process for applying to med school. Our mentor, Montana Hackett, breaks down the various components of the medical school application process to make sure that you don’t miss a step! Check out the article here to get a better sense about how you can work towards achieving all the necessary components.
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!