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Interview Bootcamp! Free Event!

Hey everyone!

Interview season is in full swing! Coupled with the holidays, it makes for an exciting (aka anxious) time for prospective medical students and their families.

Preparing for medical school interviews is stressful – it’s difficult to know (a) how to prepare and (b) what a good answer sounds like.  It’s also difficult for all students to find physicians or medical students who are familiar with the newer models of interviewing such as Modified Personal Interview (MPI), the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) or Panel Interviews.

We here at the Medical School Crash Course have planned a 1 day Medical School Interview Bootcamp in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on Sunday January 24, 2016.  The one day event will feature medical students from the University of Toronto and physicians who have collectively interviewed over 1500+ medical school candidates.  The day will include interview strategies and techniques, as well as an opportunity to work with the medical students in a panel and break-out sessions.

As an added bonus – for those who can’t attend – the strategies and panel sessions will be available via webcast.  To participate in the small-group break-out session, attendance will be required.

There are prep companies who charge (crazy prices) for a similar session BUT we recognize you’re students and therefore embody the statement “great minds, with great debts”.  We’re proud to offer the Medical School Crash Course: Interview Bootcamp for FREE to those who register in advance – CLICK ME! 

Space is extremely limited and is expected to be in high demand for this unique opportunity.  ALL students are welcome to attend – irrespective of their School and/or Year or study; however, registration preference will be given on a “first come, first served” basis and to 3rd and 4th year students. Students interested in viewing the webcast will need to register in advance to be given access to the link.

Date: Sunday January 24, 2016

Location: University of Toronto; Room – TBD

Time: 10:00am – 3:00 pm

Cost: Free

Pre-Registration (required):  HERE

 

 

 

 

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The Next Two Medical School Crash Courses! Saskatoon and Halifax!

We’ve had tremendous success visiting universities across campus, talking about medical school and the different steps to success! The next round of events is coming up soon…Saskatoon and Halifax, I’m looking at you!

Register here: CLICK ME TO REGISTER!!

Saskatoon will be on Thursday November 19 in the ARTS 241 building from 6- 9pm.  This will be an exciting event that includes speakers from the University of Saskatoon School of Medicine.  As well as The Princeton Review and St. George’s University.  Special thanks to the UofS pre-med society for coordinating this event!

The Halifax Edition will be on Tuesday November 24 in Loyola 179 from 7-9pm.  We’ll have the same 4 components of any medical school application presentation that has been seen across Canada, as well as our friends at The Princeton Review and St. George’s University in attendance.

Stay tuned for an exclusive medical school interview workshop announcement in the near future! One of the best opportunities to prepare for an upcoming round of interviews!

Look forward to seeing you out there!

First Stop – Ryerson University!

Hey Ryerson, I’m looking at you!

After some strong work by the Ryerson Pre-Med Executive, the kick-off destination for this fall’s Coast2Coast Tour is Ryerson University on Thursday Sept 17 at 6:30pm at the Thomas Lounge.  We’re brining along Princeton Review and St. George’s University for an informative 2 hour presentation about getting into medical school, the MCAT and alternative options!

Register for the event here – CLICK ME to REGISTER

Brock University! We’re coming to You!

One of the first stops on this fall’s Coast – 2 – Coast Tour!

We’re bringing a 2 hour slimmed down version of the Medical School Crash Course to you with our friends at the Brock U Pre-Med Club.  In the two hours we’ll talk about the 4 key components to any medical school application, we’ll run through the recent admission numbers and then we’ll hand it off to Princeton Review to talk about the new MCAT and how to ace it.  Finally, the new Associate Director of Canadian Admissions – Dr. Ben Robinson will be there to discuss your options of going abroad. All in 2 hours and all totally free! 

Pre – register ahead of time at the following link: CLICK ME!

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2015 Toronto Medical School Crash Course

We’re happy to announce the 2015 Toronto Medical School Crash Course on Saturday May 30, 2015.

The Medical School Crash Course is a FREE, 1- day event that will cover all topics related to medical school admission. Sessions include:

– The 4 Crucial Components on Any Medical Application

– How to Maximize Your Extra-Curricular Activities

– Current Medical Student & Physician Panel

– The New MCAT

– Going Abroad For Medical School and Returning to Canada Afterwards

The Medical School Crash Course has been in Toronto for over a decade helping students achieve their goals. There will be current medical students and physicians on hand to answer questions and advise you on how to maximize your application.

Date: Saturday May 30, 2015

Location: Medical Science Building- Room 3153, University of Toronto, 1 King’s College Circle, Toronto, ON.

Time: 10 am – 4pm

Parents and students from any institution are welcome to attend!

Please visit the link below to register: http://goo.gl/forms/r26iGRkIY6

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The Medical School Crash Course — LECTURE SERIES !

Hello all!

I’m super excited to announce the start of the “Medical School Crash Course Lecture Series”.  This will be a series of lectures covering the various facets of the medical school application process, from ‘how to make yourself the ideal applicant’ to ‘preparing for your interview’.  The lectures will be 1 hour long and take place at the University of Toronto.

The first lecture is entitled “The Four Core Components of Any Medical School Application”.  It will provide a broad overview of the medical school application process as it applies to Canada, the United States and abroad.  We will delve into the practical aspects of the application – timelines, costs and application cycles.  We’ll also cover the 4 key components that underlie any medical school application.

This lecture and all future lectures are free!

Date: Thursday January 22, 2015

Location: Sidney Smith Hall; Room – 2110

Time: 5:00pm  – 6:00pm EST

Future lecture topics include:

-“Maximizing Your Time Outside of Class”

-“Personal Statements: Reducing your Life to One Page”

-“The Art of the Interview”

-“Going Abroad and Getting Back”

-“The MCAT and the World of Standardized Exams”

Have something that you would like discussed? Comment below or contact us!

The lecture series is brought to you in partnership with the Human Biology Students’ Union at The University of Toronto and The Princeton Review. 

 

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Am I Ready to Study Medicine Abroad?

Thanks to Michelle for reminding me to finish writing this post.

A common source of despair for many pre-medical students, especially the ones who are relatively competitive applicants, is when do you cash in your chips and take your chances abroad? There’s unfortunately no “one size fits all” answer to this question but I’ll borrow from the stages of change behavioral theory and give you 6 phases – one of which you may find yourself in currently.

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Phase 1 – Pre-contemplation

The highlights of this phase are denial and ignoring the problem. Usually you’ll be in high school through second year undergraduate when in this phase. At that time, you still believe that even your wildest dreams are attainable (and they might be). Personally, I think if you’re set on a career in medicine at a young age then you should be in this phase and working your hardest to reach your goals.

 

Phase 2 – Contemplation

This feels like the classic stage that most people get caught in – irrespective of career: a period of ambivalence and constantly conflicted emotions. I believe you will reach this stage at numerous points in your life. In medicine you’ll have first had this when you’re thinking about what career, then where to go to school, what specialty, subspecialty, scope of practice, etc.

Typically this will be a second year undergraduate student to as far as a Masters or PhD graduate student; even on occasion someone who has finished school, had a job and now is thinking about changing careers. At this stage, students need to have a high degree of introspection to critically evaluate themselves and their competitiveness.   In evaluating their competitiveness, students will be need to assess the likelihood of them (a) having the admission requirements and (b) probability of obtaining a spot in a regional medical school. When evaluating themselves, students need identify (a) if they really want to be a doctor and (b) what sacrifices are they willing to make. Often helpful is a pros and cons list of medicine vs not medicine and MD vs DO vs Foreign MD programs (I’ll try to help you out with that one in a future post).

 

Phase 3 – Preparation

The preparation stage is very exciting, at this point you’ve become open to other ideas – whether in medicine or otherwise. Hallmarks of this stage will be exploring all of your options and collecting information. This is where you start to notice the flyer for the foreign school on the wall of your biology building, which you just never saw before or you’ll start Google searching for non-traditional routes to a medical degree. This can really happen at any stage in your academic career – commonly in the third year of undergraduate studies. The best advice I can offer is to make a list of your goals and build a roadmap for how you’ll obtain them. It’s always helpful to seek out the advice of others who have been in a similar situation – believe me, with medicine, there are. Ask questions, take in as much as you can and don’t immediately dismiss any option.

 

Phase 4 – Action

Time to execute! Now you’ve attended the information sessions, you’ve weighed the advantages and disadvantages and you’ve by laid out your plan. At this point, you have full acceptance of going abroad. There is recognition of being unable to obtain a position in a regional medical school and you’re ok with it – because you’ve found another option that you believe is viable.

It’s important to recognize that you may not get accepted to whatever program abroad that you’ve applied to – that’s ok. Hopefully, you have a plan B and if not, you can revert back to Phase 3 and figure out how to better improve your application.

 

Phase 5 – Maintenance

Congratulations! You’re in! Stick to your plan and remember residency applications are up next. You get to repeat the whole process again – what specialty, how to be competitive, which residency, etc.

 

Phase 6 – Relapse

There will be days of doubt, days when you will hesitate and wonder if leaving home in pursuit of your dream was the right decision – everyone has these. Keep going, talk to others about how you feel and know that you’re not alone.

You may also experience this if part of your plan doesn’t work out – like not getting into the residency of your choice. Persistence is key; chances are if you’re willing to go abroad for medical school, you’re persistent at heart. Finally, others will often question your decision – hold your head high, don’t be ashamed, International Medical Graduates have proudly contributed and will continue to contribute to the health of others; embrace joining their ranks.