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Cathy – UWO

4.88/5 (2)


Accepted from: a year working in a non-medical career, after completing my BSc

Application experience: UBC, Alberta, Calgary, Saskatchewan, Ottawa, Queens, McMaster, Toronto, Western

Interview experience: Saskatchewan, Ottawa, McMaster, Western


Coach Bio

Focus: MMI and panel interview coaching, CASPer feedback, application review

My name is Cathy, and I’m a student in the MD program at Western University. Prior to medical school, I completed my undergraduate degree focused on physiology and microbiology at UBC, and spent a year working as an academic advisor in the UBC Faculty of Science. I joined MedCoach because my journey to medical school wasn’t a straightforward one, and I hope I can help others navigate this complicated process.


During my undergraduate degree, although I was a good student, nothing on paper set me apart from my peers, and I struggled to find ways to showcase who I was beyond just my transcript. In the my 4th year, I sent out many applications and was lucky enough to receive 1 interview invitation. I found myself tongue tied and thrown off balance during the MMI, and left the interview frustrated with my inability to organize my thoughts and clearly express what I wanted to say.


I finished my undergraduate degree and found myself in a position many students fear – a premed student who had put all their hopes into medical school, but hadn’t gotten in. I found a career in a field that was unrelated to healthcare, but allowed me to explore my communication style and reframe my strengths. I rewrote my applications, focusing on things I was passionate about rather than just traditionally “premed extracurriculars”, and applied again. This time, I prepared myself as best I could for both panel and MMI style interviews, and was successfully accepted. 


Whether you find yourself in the position I was once in, or are doing your best to avoid it, I’d be happy to talk. I hope that my experience can help showcase the real you in your applications and interviews!


If you have any questions, interview related or not, please feel free to contact me.

This Post Has 2 Comments
  1. Casper Crash Course: The explanations and tips were great. It would be good to speak a bit louder.






  2. CASPer Crash Course: This coach was very clear and well spoken. She gave the best feedback of the three!






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