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1 Medical Direction presents: The Fall Medical School Symposium Come learn more about the MCAT, prerequisites, reference letters, and the application process from med school students! Date: Thursday, September 19 th @ 6pm Location: Leacock 132

2 Who is Medical Direction? www.md.sus.mcgill.ca

3 Presentation Overview Undergraduate Timeline Prerequisites & MCAT Research & Extracurriculars GMT/Shadowing Applications & Reference Letters Guest Speakers: – Joshua Chin – Andrew Rabinovitch – Noir Khatib – Jeffrey Weiskopf

4 Undergraduate Timeline How to stay on track

5 U0U1U2U3 -take first year science courses (prereqs) -explore your interests in clubs and activities on campus -conduct summer research; volunteer; get a job; take summer courses; travel -have fun, make friends -pick your major; take remaining prereqs (Org Chem, English) -run for a leadership role? (e.g. club exec) -conduct summer research; volunteer; get a job; take summer courses; travel -consider taking an MCAT class or self-studying and to the MCAT this summer -get to know your supervisors, profs, TAs -work hard and keep your marks up -stay involved on campus, preferably in a leadership role -conduct summer research; volunteer; get a job; take summer courses; travel -write (or rewrite, if need be) the MCAT; contact your references, begin your applications -get closer with your supervisors; perhaps conduct research with a professor during the year -work hard and keep your marks up -stay involved on campus, preferably in a leadership role -travel and relax for the summer -interviews -ACCEPTANCE!

6 Prerequisites The courses you must take before starting medical school

7 Required (by some schools) Full year of Physics (with lab) – PHYS 101, 102 OR PHYS 131,142 Full year of Bio (with lab) – BIOL 111, 112 Full year of General Chem (with lab) – Chem 110, 120 Half to Full year of Organic Chem (with lab) – CHEM 212, 222

8 Recommended Math Courses (stats/calculus) Upper level life sciences courses (biochemistry, physiology, anatomy, etc.) English Humanities

9 Things to check Does the school accept prerequisite courses taken over the summer? (some DO NOT) Does the school accept Pass/Fail prerequisites? (most DO NOT) Does the school accept transfer credits as prerequisites (e.g. CÉGEP, French Bacc, IB, AP)

10 MCAT The infamous test

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12 What the MCAT Tests Critical thinking rather than knowledge Start studying early! Some sources say study at least 400 hours! STUDY VERBAL REASONING! – Challenging for students with purely science background – 101 Passages MCAT Verbal Reasoning

13 MCAT Grading Scheme Every section is out of 15 Aim for double digits in every section

14 The MCAT is Changing in 2015 No more writing section New “Natural Sciences” and “Behavioral Sciences” sections New “Critical Analysis and Reasoning” section Must be taken by those entering Medical school in Fall 2016 visit www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/mcat 2015/ for more information

15 Research Why you should do it

16 How to Get Involved – Choose a field based on your interests – Search for labs Hospital websites McGill Office for Undergraduate Research (http://www.mcgill.ca/science/research/ours) Google – Look at: publications project descriptions

17 How to Get Involved (cont.) Email principal investigator or lab manager – Be familiar with the research – Be willing to volunteer – Have enthusiasm about the topic, and show it – Do not send generalized mass emails Types of work – Own project – Work with PhD/Masters student – Review article

18 How to Get Involved (cont.) Not so great: Hey Dr. Smith! My name is John and I am a McGill undergraduate student. Your lab looks very interesting to me and I am looking to do research because it will look good on my medical school applications. Please let me know if you have any positions available. Much better: Hi Dr. Smith, My name is John and I am a second year McGill student studying biology. I’m interested in molecular biology, and after reading some of your papers on cytoskeletal dynamics, I have become enthusiastic about working in a lab like yours. Do you think we could arrange a meeting to discuss the potential of becoming involved with your research?

19 What Medical Schools Look For Level & type of involvement Time commitment Self-directed Results

20 Extracurriculars The Bare Essentials

21 Doing something you love Get involved! Join clubs, compete in athletics, volunteer for NGOs, anything Try to lead Try to do something health related – not because it “looks good”, but so you can get discover whether the field is truly for you

22 Hospital Volunteering Gain experience in a hospital setting Possible options – Royal Victoria Hospital – Montreal General – Montreal Chest – Montreal Children’s – Montreal Neurological – Shriners – St. Mary’s Look around – Don’t give up

23 Shadowing

24 Shadowing Program md.sus.mcgill.ca/shadowing.php Shadow in a clinical or operating room (OR) setting Many different specialties including radiology, surgery and psychiatry Several clinical and non-clinical researchers also available to discuss their research and the field in general

25 Application process Immunization Form – Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis, Polio, Varicella, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Hepatitis B, Tuberculin, Influenza, Meningococcus – Required to shadow in the OR, required by some doctors for clinical shadowing as well Application Form CV Letter of Intent Short 5-10 minute informal interview/meeting

26 Questions Philippe Hwang, Shadowing Director Md.shadowing@gmail.com

27 Global Medical Training Trip

28 The trip gives you the opportunity to… Actively participate in medical assessments and treatment of patients Provide healthcare to patients with scarce economic resources in Latin America Work with medical professionals in clinics Learn by doing

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32 How does a trip like this help my application? You gain way more from a trip like GMT than a one-line entry on your CV… Shows that you explore your interests Shows that you have an idea of what the medical field/environment is like Exposes you to patients and teaches you how to interact with them Stories, inspiration

33 Applications OMSAS and other Canadian schools

34 Timeline for applying (for application during final year) May-June before final year – speak to references – decide what schools to apply to – begin (and complete) AMCAS July-Aug before final year – begin OMSAS Oct-Nov of final year – OMSAS and AMCAS due Dec-Mar of final year – Interviews! (Feb-Apr for OMSAS)

35 Components Biographical information Inputting grades – Have to manually input grades Letters of Reference – Only allows you to upload three letters of reference – The referees must fill out the Confidential Assessment Form and send in your letter by mail

36 Sketch Enter in all academic, non academic, work and research experience Need to put in verifiers – Someone who can confirm your activities – You will need their address and phone number

37 Fees Base fee - $210 McMaster - $105 Northern - $75 Ottawa - $75 Queen’s - $75 Toronto - $85 Western - $85

38 Reference Letters

39 For most schools, you will need… 2 academic references – Professors, Lab supervisors (PIs), Academic Advisors, Teaching Assistants – anyone who can attest to your abilities in school or research 1 non-academic reference – Swim coach, Violin teacher, Clinical or Volunteer Supervisor – A “character reference”

40 How to ask for a reference 1.Start early. Give your references a lot of time to write your letters. 2.Choose someone you have a personal relationship with and who knows you well. 3.Ask them, preferably in person, if they would be willing to write a positive reference letter for your applications. 4.Prepare a package of information for them (next slide). 5.Follow up before the deadline.

41 What to give your reference The more information your reference has about you, the better. Things to include: cover letter explaining what the letter is for (i.e. med school), what must be included (any special information), and when it is due – NOTE: do NOT lie about the due date a copy of your CV a copy of your transcript (official or unofficial) required forms (e.g OMSAS confidential assessment) any other relevant documents (e.g. proof of awards, details about your academic program, website urls, etc.) (a pre-addressed envelope with a stamp) This is not the time to be modest.

42 Questions


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