Winning Silver

So, I spent a little more than 2 weeks thinking about how to make this post.  Two weeks that, in many ways for many reasons, most good and some bad, felt much much longer.  I’ve talked here before about how I love OB/GYN, and that was the residency I was hoping to match to. I…

Pay no attention to the (wo)man behind the curtain

So, everyone has seen this movie right? Apologies for getting that song stuck in your head. If you haven’t, that’s the Wizard of Oz, where, through an interdimensional/incredibly hallucinatory tornado, Dorothy (and her little dog too!) find themselves in the magical land of Oz.  They meet up with a cast of obvious metaphors, and all…

“In it for the money” and a mini rant therein

So, there’s something that’s happening in Ontario right now that has been appearing on my Facebook feed that’s made me consider – and rant a bit – at this concept that doctors are only into medicine because they’re “in it for the money.” The Ontario provincial government is cutting the fees that doctors can charge…

Welcome to the game of loans

So, I might have mentioned here that I made an interview video for MUN Med.  I also might have hinted that it was a Game of Thrones parody. This might is be it 🙂 Tada! Please feel free to give it a watch – no money is being made off this post, and no copyright infringement…

Exam three, interviews and the magic of faculty mandated extensions

So, this was a busy, busy, busy past 48 hours for the little lowly denizens of MUN med.  Friday morning saw exam 3, friday afternoon was all about inter-professional presentations, friday evening was mandated interviewer training, 11:30 saw my friend coming in for the interview arrive, Saturday morning saw a 6am wake-up to make 7:30 for…

Interviews (dun dun duuunnn…)

So, as the newly elected Admissions Interview Video Coordinator (I get to plan the video, write the script, film it, and also coordinate the student greeters and tours for the two interview blocks of the day) for the MUN Interview Nov 15th, I guess the time has come to talk about the interview process. The…

A few post acceptance tips

So, as orientation is just around the corner, I thought I’d give a few tips/ideas on what happens after you get accepted to medical school.  Now, of course I only have experience with MUN for this, but from what I’ve gathered, most of these things are pretty general to Canadian medical schools. 1) Immunization records:…

So, why do you want to be a doctor?

So, this is a question that, at some point in your app, interview or assorted med quest you are going to get asked. Why do you want to be a doctor? Now, anyone will tell you there is a very specific way you should answer this question, so as not to come off an unfavourable…

Some MCAT study survival tips

So, I was at Starbucks yesterday enjoying a post “getting my line of credit approved” celebratory frap (with soy – my new lactose intolerance sucks in the most subtle of ways) when I noticed that the person at the table next to me taking notes was doing so from a very familiar book. MCAT Prep…

My pre-med feelings…as told by a video by University of Alberta

So, the thing you’ll notice when you go to an medical interview (especially one in Canada) is that after the MMI, they’ll have you watch a video made by the current Med1 and Med2’s trying to get you to pick their university.  This video always seemed rather pointless to me – I’d go ANYWHERE, really,…