First Year Seminars
Once you hit your final years at McGill there's tons of things relating to courses, profs, majors, etc. that you wished you knew and now have come back to haunt you as you're preparing your med school applications.
Why did I choose this major? What was I thinking when I decided to take 6 courses a semester? Why did I take this gpa-killercourse?
These are hard-earned experiences, lessons, and advice that we've collected over the years...things that we WISHED we knew in first year.
We've invited experienced students in a variety of disciplines to give you this coveted insiders knowledge! All our speakers are bright students and many are successful med school applicants - ask them!
In addition to dispelling common myths and controversies about med school requirements, we will provide you with useful information that will guide you in your decision-making process.
Some topics will include:
1. Course selection
2. List of admission requirements for U.S. schools
3. Myths you may run into during U0...such as:
4. Other things you should plan early
Shubham Sindhwani's Presentation (Download presentation slides)
Marnie Wilson's Presentation (Download presentation slides)
Kelita Singh's Presentation (Download presentation slides)
Hatef Motagghi's Presentation (Download presentation slides)
International Medical Schools
Studying Medicine Abroad: November 5th, 2008
The world is your playground.
Medspecs proudly presented the first, all inclusive, up-to-date information session on International medical schools. Expert career advisors from McGill Medical Sciences discussed the general application process, advantages and disadvantages of medical schools abroad, and the versatility of foreign degrees along with other relevant topics.
Ross University Information Session: November 3rd, 2010
An information seminar from a Ross University School of Medicine representative.
The University is located in Dominica and celebrated its 30th anniversary in the 2008-2009 academic year. Since its founding, its School of Medicine has graduated over 7,700 physicians practicing in Canada, the United States, and Puerto Rico.
St. Georges University Info Session: March 14th, 2011
MEDSPECS proudly presented the St. George's Medical School Information seminar. Located in Grenada, British West Indies and founded in 1977, St. George's offers an MD degree, as well as DVM, MD/Msc AND MORE that are recognised worldwide. Today, nearly 8,000 graduates have gained registration with medical licensing authorities and are practising medicine in over 30 countries.
When talking about campus life on the True Blue campus, one has to remember that the campus’ backyard is the Caribbean Sea. With a serene landscape, a culture diverse and WARMTH, St. George's stands out as the place to study medicine in the Caribbean.
Careers In Health Care
Discover: Careers in Health Care
MedSpecs was proud to invite a wide array of health care professionals to unveil the diverse branches of health and give advice and insight to students who needed to get ahead in life. Here was the line-up of amazing professionals who gave us insight into their professions!
Part 1: Nov. 9, 2010
Part 2: Nov. 17, 2010
Part 3: Nov. 19, 2010
MCAT Strategy Session - Genius Not Required: March 17th, 2009
How to study on your own and score HIGH!
Does the name MCAT evoke feelings of fear and pain? Well it should. It is a very tough exam, so you might as well do it only once. But what if your pockets aren’t deep enough for those expensive prep courses? Enter Sameer Apte, one of our beloved exec team members, who scored high on his MCAT by studying all by himself. What was his secret? Find out by checking out his presentation notes.
Life As A Physician
Balancing Life with Profession: March 12th, 2009
From a medical resident’s perspective
Four McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) residents from varying specialties (Radiology, Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Anaesthesiology & Surgery) debunked the myths about being a resident, such as, being on-call 24/7 and running around all day with hardly any sleep for four year. For myths that were true, they provided us with some great survival tips. It is fair to say that it was a HUGE privilege having them to ourselves for 2 hours, given their hectic schedules.
Dispelling the Glamour of Medicine: October 30th, 2008
Beyond the Stethoscope: March 30th, 2010
Are you undecided about whether you want to pursue medicine, academic research, or business? Interested in healthcare but not sure whether you want to practice in a clinical setting? Come and discover the multiple and varied fields of medicine by listening to what it is really like to pursue an MD, MD/PhD, and MD/MBA degrees from the people who have been there. MedSpecs is proud to invite the following doctors, med students, and experts to help you decide which MD degree is right for you!
Dr. Patrick Willemot
Patrick Williams (MD/PHD student)
Professor Vedat Verter (Co-director of the McGill MD/MBA program)
Anna Khananian (MD/MBA student)
MEDical SPECialities: January 21st, 2010
Getting into and surviving medical school is a long and arduous task which demands hard work and dedication. But what comes after? Learn from the experiences of those who have survived the med school admission process and have successfully received their MDs in a variety of different fields.
In our first event of 2010, MedSpecs is proud to invite the following resident doctors to help you get an idea of what your future could be like:
RADIOLOGY: Dr. Bojan Kovacina (Download presentation slides)
Exam De-stresser: December 15th, 2008
'Cause we all love food and Grey’s Anatomy
Need we say more? Love of getting there can sometimes make you go crazy, so we organised a chill event where you’d basically eat food and have fun and eat more food! We all need to de-stress sometimes...right? RIGHT???!!!
Extreme Measures: September 24th, 2009
On Thursday, Sept 24th at 6:30pm, Otto Mass 217 Medspecs was proud to present the movie Extreme Measures (1996), staring, the oh-so-charming yet so vibrant, Hugh Grant, along with the powerful Gene Hackman and Sarah Jessica Parker, in this exciting medical thriller you won’t wanna miss!
UPDATE: Not only will you have the chance to catch a quality film, but Medspecs will be inviting two guest speakers to talk about the film's important themes:
-Dr. NingZi Sun the Cheif Resident of Internal Medicine of Royal Victoria Hospital
Doctors and all healthcare providers are faced with moral and psychological dilemmas every day. They have to make tough calls that will impact the lives of others, and their professional careers. Do you denounce your colleague who has been misdiagnosing a life-threatening condition of your patient for 5 years, or do you lie to your patient and tell them it is not the doctor’s fault? Do you hide teenage pregnancy from the parents, or do you reveal the teenager’s secret, which he/she already regrets? Even worse, facing a genocide, who do you treat first? The men or the women? The weak or the strong? Triage or equal opportunity? And most importantly, how do you justify your decisions professionally?
This is the subject of the medical thriller Extreme Measures, staring Hugh Grant, who is a British doctor with a deadly mystery on his hands. If he reveals it, he may kill many lives. If he keeps it to himself, he may kill many lives. In the meanwhile, his own life is also on the line. What will he do? What would you do, if you were faced with a situation such as this?
This is not fiction. This is life. This is what you will be facing, if you are up for the challenge of becoming a doctor. It is extreme, but these are measures you can’t take for granted. It is your call.
For more information about the plot and rating of the movie, see the details
MedSpecs Social: October 4th, 2010
Meet the MedSpecs execs, socialize with others with similar interests, and at the same time enjoy some free pizza and a movie! Find out what MedSpecs is all about, and grab this opportunity to relax before the midterms season hits! ** We will also be raffling off a shadowing opportunity**
General Information Symposiums
MedSpecs & Princeton Review Present the 2nd Annual Medical School Symposium - November 3rd, 2011
MedSpecs and Princeton Review brought a panel of 4 McGill medical students to answer ALL questions related to the admissions process and life as a medical student! We also had Linda Cicuta (a CaPS advisor) give a presentation on the application process and resources available to help in that process, Armen Forget (a Princeton Review MCAT instructor) who gave tips on tackling the most dreaded exam, and Chad DuMond (Australian Medical Schools rep) give a presentation on studying medicine in Australia for those students considering options out of Canada!
So You Want to Be a Doctor? - October 13th, 2011
So you want to be a Doctor? Students joined MedSpecs for presentations by 3 highly involved McGill undergraduate students, SAMA (Student Association for Medical Aid), and 1 McGill medical student to get all the tips and tricks related to....
Medical School Symposium: November 16th, 2010
McGill medical students and a CaPS career advisor will give YOU advice on how to apply to and prepare for medical school. This event will also feature a Q&A session with a panel of current medical students. Princeton Review will also give a short MCAT strategy session!
Here are some topics that were covered:
The Medical School Admissions Process: March 31st, 2009
Get information and personal thoughts from a successful McGill medical student on:
- Admission requirements – Not just the usual GPA, courses, etc.
Glimpse of Medical School: November 12th, 2008
Be a Med Student for a Day!
Get a glimpse into the life of a med student in this special luncheon with the McGill Medical Students’ Society. Ask/nag your partner about the application process and the fears/excitements of being a med student and then attend your average Physicianship calss (how cool is that?).
Get Your Research Position: January 26th, 2012
Looking for a research position this summer? Not sure whether a lab position or clinical research would be more interesting? How important is research for MED SCHOOL? MedSpecs successfully organized its first research seminar for undergraduate students interested getting involved with research - GET YOUR RESEARCH POSITION!
We featured presentations by undergraduate research officer Victor Chisholm and a panel of SIX experienced students to help you get the research position you've always wanted and to answer any questions you have about the undergraduate research experience! Get information on the NSERC, 396 research courses offered at McGill, and more opportunities!
MedTreks: March 25th, 2010
MedTreks – A summer program like no other!
Are you looking for the experience of a lifetime? How does trekking the Himalayas while providing MEDICAL CARE in NEPAL sound to you?
This is an opportunity that can change your life and better yet, it’s an AFFORDABLE volunteer experience abroad. Start packing and get ready to gain an experience in international medicine, provide aid for those in Third World Countries, trek in the highest and most beautiful mountains in the world and most importantly: save lives!
Surely, this has sparked your interest, so on behalf of MedTreks, we invite you to join us for a short info session on this trip of a lifetime.
Speaker: Nathaniel Lesperance
Summer Medical Projects Info Session: October 1st, 2008
Have you ever thought about volunteering abroad during the summer? It's a great opportunity to learn more about the medical needs of impoverished areas in the world, gain hands on experience with medicine, and not to mention an excellent way to jazz up that CV of yours. :)
We've invited the following undergraduate students/recent grads who have recently completed medical related volunteer projects in various countries to talk about their experiences with you and answer your questions.
Jenny Tiberio and Jenn Pors - Uganda
Jenny Tiberio - Panama
Joseph Liu - Phillipines
Fei Li - China
This event features Student Association for Medical Aid (SAMA). SAMA is an affiliate of Medspecs, and has a mission of providing medical and humanitarian aid across the world. Currently, they run summer projects in Armenia, Panama, Chile, Uganda and China.
Sounds cool? Check out their website: sama.sus.mcgill.ca