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.
The MCAT is one of the most dreaded components of the application requirements. As a cumulative exam covering a wide range of topics from chemistry and physics to psychology and sociology, many premedical students spend months preparing for this long 7 hour exam! Mentor Mallika Suresh reflects on her experience writing the MCAT and provides a host of suggestions based on what she wishes she knew prior to taking this exam. Check out her article here to find out how you can best prep for this exam and be as stress free on exam day.
Once your applications are in, the next final hurdle to getting that medical school admission is the interview! While it may seem scary to think about given it’s unpredictability, our mentor Georgia Besant breaks down her top 10 tips for interview prep that will leave you confident and well prepared for interview day. Check out her article here to find out some strategies you can employ to take your interviewing skills to the next level.
If you're looking for a new way to take your notes to the next step, check out this video by our mentor Katie van Kampen illustrating how she uses the Notion Application to organize her notes and make them great studying resources. If you've been searching for a way to elevate your notes, keep them organized and easily accessibly, this is the video for you!
As a premedical student, you often get exposed to many organizations offering the opportunity for students to travel abroad and perform some sort of volunteer work in more impoverished communities. Mentor Jocelyn Adundo takes us through her thought process of whether an abroad volunteer trip is necessary, advantageous or harmful to a medical school application. Check out her article here for some important things to consider before you make that decision!
"Thank you for your application, we regret to inform you that you have not been selected for an interview" is a sentence no premedical student wants to receive after they've worked tirelessly in their medical school applications and want to move on to the next step of interviews. Mentor Ana Sepulveda shares her experience of receiving medical school rejections and how in hindsight she's learned a lot from this experience. Rejection is an inevitable part of life and although disappointing, it's an opportunity for growth and learning. Check out her article here to find out how a seemingly negative experience like this can be turned into something positive in your life!
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!
With the COVID-19 pandemic, life has been turned upside down for many of us and the experience of medical students during this time has certainly had its changes as well. Mentor Sarah Keyes gives our community an inside look into what medical school has been like for her as a first year student at the University of British Columbia. Check out the article here to learn more about how medical schools have adapted their teaching to suit the current climate.
While many premedical students have always known that they would like to go to medical school, some come to this realization years after their initial degrees. Here on the MMC, we're supportive of all medical students, whether your path to medical school was traditional or whether you took a bit of an unconventional route to get here. Our mentor Lauren Lee, who was a nurse prior to starting medical school at the University of Calgary, shares her experience of applying to medical school as a "non-traditional" applicant. Check out her article here to gain insight into how your unconventional route to medicine may work to your advantage in many ways!
While everyone wishes there was a simple A + B + C formula that would guarantee them admission into medical school, there's unfortunately not one that exists. Mentor Jessica Pelley recalls her experience of thinking that there was a recipe for the perfect medical school applicant and that as long as she was able to do that particular research project or that specific volunteer experience, she would be a shoo-in. Check out her article here to learn about how there is no "perfect medical student applicant" that you should strive to be.
In this empowering piece, mentor Lyna Siafa discusses the challenges experienced by BIPOC medical school applicants and how we as both premedical and medical students each have an important role to play during this critical time of change. She aims to bring awareness to the systemic racism that exists, prompting readers to think about their roles and how they can positively contribute to this cause. Check out the article here to gain a deeper understanding of the experiences of many BIPOC applicants.
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!
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!