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!
About Christine Fader
Table of Contents
|Just What the Doctor Ordered||1|
|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|
|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|
|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|