Just What the Doctor Ordered

The Insider’s Guide to Getting into Medical School in Canada

Ebook

Just What the Doctor Ordered

Take the inside track to medical school with expert advice from a specialist.

Getting into medical school in Canada isn’t easy—you need to stand out among a field of highly motivated and accomplished applicants. In fact, most applicants aren’t successful the first time they apply. Christine Fader was an application reviewer and interviewer at a Canadian medical school for eight years and has worked as a career counsellor at Queen’s University and in private practice for 20 years. After helping thousands of students through the medical-school application and interview process, she has a wealth of insight about what helps to elevate an applicant’s chances and what doesn’t. In Just What the Doctor Ordered, she shares her secrets, including:

- Starting to prepare for future medical school applications while still in high school can set you up for success—and needn’t be stressful.

- Good grades aren’t enough! Learn what experience you need—and how to describe it—to gain an edge.

- Take a smart approach to the MCAT and CASPer by knowing the keys to preparation.
Make your application shine with examples and tips on the essay and short-answer sections.

- Ace your interview with strategies to help you prepare for the types of questions interviewers ask. Learn from stories about other applicants, just like you!

Whether you’re a high school student laying the groundwork for a career in medicine or a university student working on med school applications now, Christine shows you how to maximize your chances of getting accepted to a Canadian medical school. Includes help for parents, too!

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Just What the Doctor Ordered 1
Introduction 4
PART I GETTING READY 9
1 How do you become a doctor? 10
2 Why is it so hard to get in? 20
3 Why do you want to be a doctor? 27
4 The application process in Canada 37
5 Finances 48
PART II APPLICATION ELEMENTS AND HOW TO SHINE 55
6 Application elements in context 56
7 Grade point average 73
8 Medical College Admission Test 79
9 Autobiographical sketch, curriculum vitae, or resume 87
10 Personal essays and short answers 104
11 Computer based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics 113
12 References 121
13 Interviews 130
14 Special category applicants 146
PART III ADDITIONAL STRATEGIES AND SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES 151
15 Strategies for high school students 152
16 You didn’t get in Now what? 162
17 How parents and other supporters can help 174
18 Frequently asked questions 182
19 Applying outside Canada 188
20 How to be happy with your outcomes 193
About the Author 198