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  • lalook

  • Application cycles: 10/14/2009
  • Demographics: Male, 37
  • Home state: Alberta
  • Last Active: 06/10/2010
  • Brief Profile: 1) Couple of publications
    2) 3 undergraduate scholarships
    3) ~1.5 years of volulnteering in the hospital
    4) Teaching experience
    5) Blah blah blah...
  • // Applications //

    Application Cycle One: 10/14/2009

    • Undergraduate college: University of Alberta
    • Undergraduate Area of study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Institution: Alberta
    • Area of Study: Biological/Life Sciences
    • Degree Obtained: Masters
    • Total MCAT SCORE: 511
    • MCAT Section Scores: B/B 130, C/P 129, CARS 122  
    • Overall GPA: 3.71
    • Science GPA: 3.64

    Summary of Application Experience

    Graduate School GPA = 4.0

    If not accepted to U-of-C, will apply to a broader range of schools for the next year... Will also include American schools in the list...

    I\\\'d appreciate your input...

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    The interview at U-of-Calgary went well but other applicants were also very competent... So I cannot say weather I\\\'ll get a spot or not. In any case, I am going to provide you with the interview and on-site essay questions... Something I didn\\\'t have for my own interview!

    multiple mini interview (MMI) questions:

    Station 1: You are provided with a photograph: \\\"workers digging different areas in a basement and dumping the soil into bags\\\"

    What are these people doing? What other information do you need to better explain the situation?
    Then the interviewer will provide you with a second photo: \\\"workers handing bags to each other into an open area where bags are piled in a row. there is a lake in the background\\\"
    what do you think they are doing now? How does the second photo change/support your opinion about the first photo?

    Station 2: For this station, there is no \\\"2-minutes\\\" waiting. you walk into the room right away and they will play a short video clip for you: \\\"a patient has recently had a successful liver transplant and she is very excited about the results. However, she also has a lung tumor but she doesn\\\'t know about it. Her physician seems not to care about her emotions...\\\"

    How will you deal with this situation? If the patient asks you about her x-ray results, what will you tell her?

    Station 3: You are working for a fund-raising company. Your company is running short of money. How will you deal with this situation?

    Station 4: You and 12 other medical students are rating different attributes of a hospital. Some of your ratings are similar and some are different from other students. How do you interpret these results?

    Station 5: You are shadowing a family physician. A mother and a daughter walk into the clinic and it is obvious that they have serious problems with each other. The daughter is annoyed with her mom and ask her to leave the room. You talk to the daughter in private and she tells you that she is smoking a pack of cigarette every day. Then you also leave the room to talk to the mom, where you mistakenly reveal the daughter\\\'s smoking problem. After they leave, the family physician seeks your opinion about the case. What will you tell him? Will you tell him about your mistake of revealing smoking problem to the mom?

    Station 6: You and your friend are in an african country. Your friend is scantily dressed and is being chased by a mob. you try to refuge to a mosque but they turn you away. You are desparate to get away, so you get a cab and return to your hotel. You still have 10 more days to stay in that country. What will you tell your friend? Do you think that the mob was doing a right thing? Why do you think they were chasing you? can such situation arise in Canada?

    Station 7: you are in your last year of residency and have an apartment in a busy area of the city. Recently your neighbors informed you that a new institution for treatment of alcoholics is getting opened in the area. They are annoyed by this news as this may lower the price of the apartments. They also complain that they may have difficulty renting their rooms/apartments and there will be glass shards on every corner. They ask you, as a medical professional, to write a letter and oppose the opening of this institution in the area. How will you respond? As a professional, what do you think about the situation?

    Station 8: You are working as a cook in a restaurant, but hadn\\\'t had enough training. Recently one of the customers had food poisoning and he believes it happened in your restaurant. The manager wants to have a meeting with every member. How would you respond to the manager? Should the meeting be in private or with every restaurant member?

    Station 9: You are working in an elementary school. One of your students, Sophie, complains that her friends/classmates are teasing her a lot. She tells you that she complained to her parents but they told her to grow up and not to act like a little girl. She also doesn\\\'t want you to intervene in case she loses her friends and is left alone. What will you do in this situation? Will you talk to the parents? What potential impacts can this experience have on Sophie?

    And here comes the essay questions. Note that the computer spell checks your essay for you. So no need to worry about spelling errors. You have a total of 1 hour to write 2 essays, spend it any way you like (i.e. 35 minutes on one essay and 25 minutes on the other one).

    Essay #1: explain the following statement: \\\"with every civil right also comes a civil responsibility\\\"

    Essay #2: You are provided with 2 articles. The first article was this: \\\"Safety and efficacy of nontherapeutic male circumcision: a systematic review.by Perera CL, Bridgewater FH, Thavaneswaran P, Maddern GJ\\\"

    Then you are provided with a second article from globe and mail, discussing the article above.
    Explain your opinion about these two articles. Why out of so many articles getting published every day, globe and mail chose this specific one?

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    Hope this information helps you with your interview preparation... you owe me a lunch for providing you such invaluable questions :-)

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    All right, got rejected... I thought I did well on the interview but my scores tell otherwise... oh well, life goes on...

    Score Value Weight
    Academic Score 42/50
    MCAT 9/15

    I did pretty well on pre-MMI but the Interview and Written essays were scored around 50%

    Pre-MMI score - 74.8%
    Final score (after interview and essays) - 55.4%

    No applications have been submitted yet during this cycle.

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