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Location: Ottawa, Ontario

Language Preference: English

Area of Expertise: MMI + panel interview coaching and CV + personal statement editing for both medical school entrance and CaRMS.

A bit about me: 

– What school you are in now, what you love to do in life?
  • PGY1 in Family Medicine at the University of Ottawa.
  • My career interests lie primarily in (integrative) mental health, but I also enjoy rare disorders, dysmorphology, and health care reform.
– Why do you want to coach?
  • I have a strong background in education and coaching. I have always enjoyed sharing my knowledge with others and helping them to achieve their academic and non-academic goals.
  • I am pleased to state that I have helped several students achieve success in being accepted into medical school.
– Hobbies/extra curriculars now and when you were applying.
  • Now: Weightlifting, exercising outdoors, reading, writing, volunteering
  • When applying: Same as above
Application experience: I applied only to NOSM and got in on my first try. I have a bachelor of arts in psychology and CELTA certification.
 
I have been through the CaRMS process twice; I transferred from pathology to family medicine in 2019.

23 thoughts on “Allyson – NOSM, Med

  1. Dana says:

    Allyson was friendly, helpful, professional, and well-prepared. I would definitely recommend her as a coach.

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  2. Cassandra says:

    Allyson was very friendly upon first meeting her and really helped me target the skills I wanted to improve for MMI training. She was professional, gave great feedback with the variety of question types she asked, and helped me boost my confidence before my interview. I am happy I booked a few sessions with her, and would recommend her to anyone looking for excellent interview help.

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  3. John says:

    Friendly, well-prepared, and had a number of very useful tips, comments, and critiques. I would definitely recommend her as a coach

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  4. egbinigie says:

    Allyson is a very friendly and helpful coach. She also comes well prepared to each session, and I would recommend her as a coach.

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  5. amaniya says:

    Allyson was very professional, friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating. She is also very encouraging. Incorporating her feedback into my practice was an effective way to polish up my responses. I had a few very productive sessions with Allyson and she definitely is a tremendous coach!

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  6. Emma Elizabeth says:

    Allyson has been extremely helpful with my interview preparation for NOSM. She provides constructive criticism which has really helped me in developing the necessary skills for MMI interview styles. I am extremely happy with her as my coach.

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  7. Justinkon says:

    Allyson was very professional and provided the opportunity for self-evaluation following each question. She provided appropriate feedback, which was relevant to the school I was applying to. Would recommend Allyson to anyone who is looking for assistance with MMi style interviewing! Overall, excellent coach!

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  8. Haley says:

    Allyson was a fantastic MMI coach. She was beyond professional, and was really able to help me target the areas I felt needed the most improvement. However, even outside of those areas, she provided insightful, thoughtful comments that I feel took my answers to the next level. Even though I was not applying to NOSM, she was knowledgeable about what topics would be important to know for the school I was interviewing for, which I appreciated. Allyson also helped me to establish a method of structuring my answers, but also went over more “superficial” aspects including introducing myself, eye contact, and speech patterns (such as saying “umm”). I felt very comfortable and confident going into my interview, and I attribute this completely to the help I received from Allyson. Honestly, I cannot recommend Allyson enough!

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  9. Christy says:

    I am so glad I booked coaching sessions with Allyson to prep for my MMI. She really helped me polish my answers and gain confidence going into my interviews. She was always prepared, willing to answer any questions I had, and just generally easy to talk to. I would recommend Allyson to anyone looking to get honest and constructive feedback on their MMI performance. Thanks so much for all of your help Allyson!

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  10. courtney-langlois says:

    Allyson was great! She is very professional and gives fantastic feedback. She was also very accommodating as she was able to put aside 2 hours so that my friend, who also has an interview at NOSM, and I could both practice MMI questions together. We will definitely be booking more sessions before the interview. Thank you again so much Allyson!

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  11. Adam says:

    Fantastic to work with. Very supportive, gives very helpful advice in a positive manner. Great at preparing you but also making you feel prepared for your interview after a few short sessions. Very friendly and kind, would recommend to anyone 10/10.

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  12. wara6373 says:

    Allyson was very friendly and professional! She came prepared with questions, was very accommodating, and helped me make effective use of the time. I highly recommend her as an MMI coach!

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  13. db1903 says:

    Allyson was friendly, helpful and very accommodating. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking to apply to medical school!

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  14. vachon.jen says:

    Allyson is awesome! She used the time we had together to give constructive feedback on mock MMI answers to help my friend and I formulate strong answers by making them relevant, personable, and concise. I would absolutely recommend her. Thanks for your help, Allyson!

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  15. Kim M. S. says:

    Allyson’s goal right from the very start is to get you to start doing stations with her ASAP so that you can get as much practice & feedback on the MMI as you possibly can. Her stations are unique— she creates them herself and barely uses common ones that you can find on the internet. Her feedback is always constructive and encouraging —you will feel motivated & great after doing stations with her rather than feeling down. She 100% deserves a 5 star review.

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  16. Beth says:

    Allyson is very good at what she does! She works with you to take your answers to the next level. Her feedback is constructive and she makes you feel prepared and good about yourself after even just one quick session. Highly recommend Allyson if you are looking to gain good experience polishing your MMI!

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  17. diegoab says:

    Allyson was the very first person I practiced with last year. She was helped me build my confidence and use my personal experiences to my advantage. Her sessions were well organized and I felt at ease. I was accepted to McGill this year and she certainly contributed to my success! I highly recommend her to anyone!

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  18. Dani says:

    I have absolutely nothing negative to say about Allyson. She was always very professional and provided great feedback. She helped me with confidence and really lessened my nerves.

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  19. Nat says:

    Allyson is seriously the BEST coach anyone could ask for. She provided honest and encouraging feedback that really helped me feel so much more confident going into the interview. She also shares her experiences as a medical student and physician to help you learn more about the medical profession and the medical school program, so that you actually know what you’re talking about and are more insightful with your answers. Allyson was also really amazing at recalling all of the activities and experiences that I told her about, so that she can discuss with me how to incorporate them into my answers and stand out in an interview. One of the things that also really impressed me about Allyson is that she doesn’t use those conventional questions available online. She sometimes creates her own questions based on her experiences, and I was happy with the parallels between her questions and a couple of the ones I had to answer for my interview. Can’t say enough good things about Allyson, would 100% recommend her to anyone in a heartbeat!

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  20. C.S. says:

    I highly recommend Allyson for interview prep at any school! Her practice questions are excellent and she gives very helpful feedback on how to make an answer stand out. She is very knowledgeable on the admissions process and was a pleasure to work with.

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  21. Sam says:

    Allyson is an excellent coach! Her experience and insight into the interview process and the field of medicine was invaluable in helping me build my confidence for the MMI. She really helped me to polish my answers and think about the Northern Ontario connection whenever possible. I looked forward to every practice session I had with her. All of Allyson’s questions were unique and thought-provoking. She was truly great to work with!

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  22. Sophie says:

    Allyson was an exceptional coach! She always came extremely prepared to the sessions with excellent practice questions. She also took a genuine interest in me as a person, remembering all of my experiences or activities. This was very helpful as she helped me incorporate these into practice questions. My favorite part about sessions with Allyson is that I always came away feeling confident and encouraged. I appreciate Allyson’s positivity and encouragement! I would recommend Allyson any day!

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  23. JJ says:

    Fantastic coach! Allyson makes you feel ready and confident for your NOSM interviews. There’s nothing better than having someone who successfully went through the process to help you out.

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