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Admissions Presentation - Shared screen with speaker view
Evan Anderson
09:39
Just a heads up, you aren't muted automatically when you join this meeting
Helen Chang
12:28
Welcome everyone to the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine!
Kevin
12:29
is the recording of this meeting going to be available to view somewhere after?
Sherrill Bueckert
14:22
Yes it will be posted to the Admissions Website next week.
Abdu E.
25:24
https://docs.google.com/forms/u/3/d/1QI6ITNLU7qIxVCxOPm_f_AN5FUtHn7QqetilyibRhUs/edit?usp=forms_home&ths=true
Helen Chang
25:49
Thanks URegina & USask students!🌸
Jodh Ghuman
26:10
great intro!
Abdelrahman Salem
26:42
yep
Helen Chang
41:58
Thanks Val!🌺
Helen Chang
48:19
Please feel free to put questions in the chat and we can watch for these to answer later!
Kiyanaw Bird
48:56
When should we typically start applying? I'm not quite done my degree and I'm wondering if I should be applying during the third or fourth year?
Megan McConenll
50:11
in the third year, is it mandatory to move to the other campuses (estevan, pa, etc) or is it your choice?
Sherrill Bueckert
50:25
Great question! You need to have completed a 4-year degree prior to entering Medicine. Most applicants will apply during the final year of their degree.
Nisha Mainra
51:04
I briefly missed it, but what was the academic average for the past year of admissions?
Jodh Ghuman
51:19
Are there application essays for the med school application form?
Megan McConenll
51:23
I was wondering that too Nisha
Saadia Burki
51:27
Does the application process change for applicants that are two or three years out of university?
Iman
51:35
Which year do most applicants do their MCAT in?
Colton Kichula
51:39
I thought it was 88.8 but I may have missed it
reese
51:47
75%
Megan McConenll
52:15
i think 75 is the minimum requirement not the average of applicants averages
AA
52:27
The median UAA was just slightly above 88.2
AA
52:35
For 2021
Peyman Nemati
52:49
RE: UGPA calculation: I am completing my second bachelors this year, the application manual suggests that the at the time of application, for those with a second bachelors will have their most recent 120 credits used to calculate their GPA where as those with 1 degree will have their most recent 90 credits used. why the discrepancy as this puts some mature students such as myself at a disadvantage digging into myfirst degree completed 12 years ago. if you could expand on this and confirm whether my interpretation is correct. thank you for a great presentation!!
Ryan LaBossiere
53:48
Megan, you do not have to leave your home site for third year, other than a 4-week rural family med rotation. There are currently 8 LIC seats and 6 PA seats for third-year clerkship. Everyone else will do their rotations at their home site.
Jodh Ghuman
54:31
What the is the structure of the MMI's and how are students assessed?
Jynne Ashley Samboa
55:06
Is the UAA calculated from your first year to fourth year?
Helen Chang
55:13
Thanks Dr. Kraushaar!🌸
Safi Mian
55:23
If you take an extra class that doesn't count toward your degree, will the grade for that course be considered in the degree average when applying for medical school?
Sehjal Bhargava
56:06
@Jodh, there are no essays for med school application at U of S!
Jodh Ghuman
56:15
thanks!
autumn
58:26
geese haha
Saadia Burki
58:56
Does the application process change for applicants that are two or three years out of university?
Shayla Preston
01:10:51
Just to clarify if I apply in 2022 I can not use a 2021 MCAT score?
William Hauber
01:11:44
QUESTION: How long would your casper score be valid for the application process after completing the casper test?
Fahyad Khan
01:12:46
Question: In the supplemental items sections, when applying as a Saskatchewan resident (based on completing a undergraduate degree at USask), it says to provide a document for proof of saskatchewn residency. Would this be a copy of your unofficial transcript?
Sal
01:12:48
QUESTION: For DSAAP, are my siblings income also included to calculate the gross family income or just my parents?
Helen Chang
01:16:25
Thanks Sherrill!🌸
Helen Chang
01:18:35
Thanks Ryan!
Helen Chang
01:20:42
Thanks Hifsa!
Helen Chang
01:23:10
Thanks Gloria!
autumn
01:24:15
That's amazing and nice to hear the different route
Helen Chang
01:25:47
Thanks Dinesh! (😉❤️ Regina!)
Nisha Mainra
01:26:02
That was so helpful! Thanks Dinesh
Helen Chang
01:28:26
Thanks Eman! (😉❤️ Regina!)
Yusuf Abdulhadi
01:28:31
Wow! Great advice 👍🏼
Helen Chang
01:31:54
Thanks Ryan! 😀SLIC
Helen Chang
01:31:58
https://medicine.usask.ca/news/2018/medical-students-chart-new-learning-path.php
Jynne Ashley Samboa
01:35:27
What UAA is considered to be competitive
Helen Chang
01:36:45
Thanks Sehjal! (😉❤️ Regina!)
Helen Chang
01:38:12
😀❤️ Saskatchewan!
Hassan Saleemi
01:38:35
Is the UAA calculated based of all 4 years?
Hassan Saleemi
01:38:53
For your university GPA
Hifsa Noor
01:39:08
Unfortunately at this time I will have to leave due to a prior commitment, but it was great to see such a great turn out. I hope you all consider applying to the college of medicine in the future. As you may have heard thus far, it really is a great place to be!
Sundus Zia
01:39:31
How long did you end up studying for the MCAT? I'm asking as someone who is taking a non-med related degree so I need to study entirely on my own
Nisha Mainra
01:40:03
I studied for 3 months! I have a kinesiology background though so it helped
Sundus Zia
01:40:28
Thanks! Would that be more than an hour or two per day?
Sehjal Bhargava
01:40:29
I studied for 3 months in the summer as well, and had a degree that did not allow me to take all courses recommended for the MCAT so self taught myself a chunk of the material!
Sal
01:40:29
QUESTION: What are good resources to prepare for MCAT?
Elizabeth Bago
01:40:32
QUESTION: Is it absolutely necessary to complete the 4-year undergrad degree in 4 years or is it alright to extend to another year?
Samy
01:41:10
Are you required to take a full course load for all 4 years of undergrad to be eligible for Med in Saskatchewan?
Sehjal Bhargava
01:41:59
Not to scare you off (and personally!!) but I studied like it was a full time job for the summer, so about 8 hours a day and some weekends. I also worked part time while studying
Sundus Zia
01:42:17
Sounds good!
Maya Berscheid
01:42:37
As a person who has lived in Saskatchewan their whole life...what is the best/easiest way to provide proof of residency?
Sehjal Bhargava
01:42:48
I used Kaplan books. Would recommend a set of textbooks specifically for the MCAT!
Sehjal Bhargava
01:43:03
Prep courses are nice if you’re someone who likes more structure but definitely not necessary
Iman
01:43:17
Thank you so much!
Ryan Krochak
01:43:23
In addition to the Kaplan books, I would recommend the UWorld question sets and the AAMC practice material.
Gloria Sun
01:43:36
Khan Academy used to have really good free videos that I relied on a lot, im not sure if they are still available though
Ryan Krochak
01:43:45
They're probably the most similar to the actual MCAT.
Tanish Patel
01:44:20
QUESTION: I have lived in Saskatchewan for 11 years... What is the method that I should follow for the proof of residence In the supplementary documentation section? Is an official transcript for my last 3 years of study enough or do I need to provide additional documents?
Ryan LaBossiere
01:44:35
I made a habit of practicing CARS everyday and that really helped! Also, get used to focussing for such a long time because it is exhausting
Peyman Nemati
01:44:38
but its really hard to find out where i stand and I've read the manual so many times its very difficult to guage where one stands
Sehjal Bhargava
01:44:39
You can purchase full length MCAT’s for practice from Kaplan, AAMC, and others… I think I did about 6 full length practice exams prior to writing the real one
Jodh Ghuman
01:46:06
Thanks!
Jynne Ashley Samboa
01:47:04
I might’ve missed this but how long are your MCAT scores valid for? Like If you take it in your second year of undergrad is it still going to be valid during your application on your fourth year?
Gloria Sun
01:47:35
I understand the MCAT is something you feel like you can have a lot of control over and it’s a big exam, but also I wanted to gently remind everyone to not let it completely take over your life/don’t break the bank paying for test prep! The application here is very holistic :)
Sehjal Bhargava
01:47:49
^ very true!!!
autumn
01:48:32
Do you apply in the fourth year or after you graduate
Sal
01:48:42
Does having a disability such as ADHD affect acceptance to this program?
Rabie
01:49:02
Hello, there! I am a first-year undergrad student at U of S. What are the required documents for proof of residency besides the official transcript? Thanks!
Sehjal Bhargava
01:49:07
You should apply while you are in fourth year to enter medical school the subsequent academic year!
Ryan Krochak
01:49:46
That's a great point, Gloria. I think it's really important for people to not tie their self-worth into their med school application. It's a very competitive process and getting to this point is an achievement by itself.
Panna Ghosh
01:50:44
Is it acceptable to ask the supervisor for reference, who you've worked with more than 3 or 4 years ago
hamim
01:50:51
Question: if I apply in my 4th year but might have to take a spring class to complete my bachelors degree, will my application be cancelled since acceptance letters are sent out around may
Helen Chang
01:50:51
We can all learn from our mistakes🌸
Jodh Ghuman
01:50:55
Rabie, It is on the application information book
Kiyanaw Bird
01:51:50
Where can we get the recording?
Gloria Sun
01:52:23
I have another meeting right away so I also have to take off, but thanks for having me and thanks everyone for showing interest in our school! Hope to see you next year in the class of 2026 ☺️
Ramisa Reazuddin
01:52:50
What are some possible ways of getting clinical experience or any sort of medical related opportunities especially during covid 19?
A
01:53:31
Did you guys use a test prep course?
Ryan Krochak
01:53:54
I did not. They are very expensive and enjoyed the flexibility of self studying.
Sehjal Bhargava
01:54:00
I did, but regretted it and in hindsight did not find it necessary
Ryan LaBossiere
01:54:09
I did not
Kiyanaw Bird
01:54:20
Do you have any tips for working through the MCAT by yourself?
Kiyanaw Bird
01:54:44
Sometimes all the information seems daunting
Ryan LaBossiere
01:55:06
Thank you everyone! I need to run to my shift in emerge tonight. Good luck!
Yehia El Karsh
01:55:11
Can a student who started residing in Saskatchewan May 2020 apply for entrance August 2023?
Ryan Krochak
01:55:13
Identify your strength and weaknesses. You can prioritize what you need to dedicate more time to. Use lots of practice questions to reinforce concepts.
Sehjal Bhargava
01:55:32
It is daunting. Make sure you allow yourself enough time to prep and pick a reasonable goal for day to day! (For example, I think I did 3-5 chapters per day)
Tanish Patel
01:56:38
Thank you for the clarification!
Kiyanaw Bird
01:56:46
Thanks!
A
01:58:12
How did you structure studying for the mcat? For example, did you cycle through 1 hour of each subject every day? Or did you study one subject until completion (and then move to the next)?
Gloria Sun
01:58:18
I don’t think clinical experience is necessary prior to med school. I’m not sure this is what you were getting at but in terms of things like shadowing as a premed, I would argue it’s not super ethical to be part of a patient encounter (generally very private/should be thought of as a sacred relationship) unless you are there as part of training or otherwise a part of the healthcare team, just my 2 cents tho!
Sehjal Bhargava
01:58:46
I have to run to another meeting but thank you all for your questions and patience! All the best with applications :) Take care!
Helen Chang
02:00:08
(have to go) Thanks everyone for your interest & good luck with the application process! Take care & stay well!
A
02:00:32
Does doing an honours make you more competitive (compared to a regular 4-yr degree)?
Ryan Krochak
02:01:22
I personally worked through each Kaplan book one at a time. I enjoyed the continuity. When I bounced around different subjects, it felt disorganized and overwhelming.
Vishma Shamim
02:02:09
How long are MCAT scores valid for?
A
02:02:10
Thank you!!
Jodh
02:02:16
thanks!!
Abdu Abdellatif
02:04:13
What kind of volunteer opportunities are provided locally that look good during the interview portion of the application?
Ryan Krochak
02:05:32
I personally wouldn't target your volunteering towards something that you assume would look good on a resume. Find something that you are passionate about and that you're genuinely interested in. You'll get much more out of the experience.
Ryan Krochak
02:06:31
It can also be a good opportunity to push yourself outside of your comfort zone and grow as a person.
Jodh Ghuman
02:14:34
Thanks Ryan and Eman!
Jacqueline Kraushaar
02:15:14
Thanks everyone for the great questions! Hope you all have a wonderful evening :)
Eman Abdulhadi
02:15:24
Good luck to all the applicants!
Jodh Ghuman
02:15:39
Thanks!!!
Whitney Curtis
02:15:44
Thank you to the admissions team and the rest of the panel! Good night!
Ethan Minier
02:15:54
Thank you!