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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.

18 thoughts on “Cathy – UWO

  1. Vlad says:

    Casper Crash Course: The explanations and tips were great. It would be good to speak a bit louder.

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  2. Sabrina says:

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

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  3. Deeba Hafizi says:

    Cathy was very kind, patient, and helpful! She allowed time for feedback and was really open to answering questions about the interview process.

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  4. AY says:

    Cathy was helpful in providing MMI guidance. She clarified many of my questions and provided valuable advice. I would definitely recommend her services to others!

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  5. CW says:

    It was a pleasure to practice with Cathy and talk about my confusion regarding MMI. Cathy was really nice and gave instructive feedback. I can see Cathy’s trying to be really warm and encouraging which made me feel much more comfortable during the mock scenarios.

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  6. ac21 says:

    Cathy was very kind and was open to discuss a lot of questions about the school and the interview style with me!

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  7. Z.S. says:

    Cathy was a great help, and the practice MMI scenarios helped me prepare for what we might see in the actual interview. She goes the extra mile, and it is great to hear her constructive criticism. She works with you to identify points you can work on, and is super friendly and approachable! Nothing but great things to say!

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  8. Sara says:

    Cathy is extremely kind and helpful. During interview preparation she will help you to identify weak points while also emphasizing and encouraging things you do well. She was very helpful with my panel interview prep. and I would absolutely recommend her services!

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  9. Tara Tabatabaei says:

    Cathy was great – very professional and knowledgeable. She gave insightful advice regarding many of the things I was unsure about. She was great at really listening to my concerns and patiently attending to each one of them. She came up with a great list of panel questions to ask me and took the time to go through each of one, making sure to tell me both what I did well and what I did not so well. Anyone who is unsure of their interviewing abilities should book a session with her!

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  10. Katie says:

    Cathy was very knowledgeable about the MMI and the kinds of things assessors look for. The coaching session was well-organized and she was prepared with a presentation and a variety of practice questions. Her criticisms were constructive and she had lots of great suggestions for ways to improve my answers and additional things I could talk about during the interview, but as well as suggesting ways to improve, she made sure to emphasize the things that I did well, which made me feel much more confident and comfortable during my MMI. I would recommend Cathy as a coach!

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  11. a_m1 says:

    Cathy was very helpful, kind, and encouraging during our mock MMI sessions. She always went the extra mile to give me constructive criticism. Such an amazing coach to work with. I highly recommend Cathy!

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  12. MW says:

    I booked multiple sessions with Cathy during one interview season and I have nothing but good things to say. She is very kind, but also honest. She lets you know of mistakes you’ve made or things you can improve, but in an uplifting way so you are not discouraged. She is easy to feel comfortable around so you can make the most of your session. She is also very prepared for anything you need. I switched back and forth from MMI to panel prep and she always had new and challenging questions to ask me. She pays good attention to detail, if you are trying to work on something you can be sure she will watch for it and catch you when you do it! I would absolutely recommend Cathy as a coach!

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  13. CN says:

    Cathy was extremely knowledgeable and personable interview coach! She gave really honest and detailed feedback, and is really kind and encouraging. I felt a lot more comfortable with the panel-style interview after our session. I would highly recommend Cathy as a coach!

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  14. CC says:

    Cathy was very helpful in helping me prep for both MMI and panel interviews! She was very knowledgeable about the structure of both interviews, what schools are looking for, and gave great advice about how to improve my answers. She was very organized & prepared, and gave me lots of confidence going into my interviews. I would definitely recommend Cathy as a coach!

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  15. Poo Se says:

    Cathy gave me a mock interview similar to UWO style and I really liked it. It also boosted my confidence.

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  16. ss67 says:

    Cathy was a great, sincere interview coach. She came prepared for every session and did a great job of emulating an interview environment. Going through mock interviews with her and receiving detailed feedback really helped me feel prepared for my interview. She did a great job of outlining exactly what it is that interviewers are looking for. I would highly recommend Cathy as a coach!

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  17. anh.vu2 says:

    Cathy was an amazing and kind coach. She helped me navigate through some aspects of a school-specific interview style and provided me with personalized feedback. I really appreciated the different perspectives that I could have considered in my answer. Definitely recommend her as a coach!

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  18. JamesB says:

    Cathy was an extremely kind and positive coach.

    We had a lovely discussion about her current medical school experiences and engaged in a mock panel interview. Her questions were realistic and included many different types. This experience was similar to what I faced on interview day.

    Following this mock panel, she was very constructive with her feedback and allowed me to leave the session feeling much more confident. You won’t be disappointed!

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