Catherine - McGill
My name is Catherine Korman and I am a student in the MDCM program at McGill (Year 1). I have also recently completed my Med-P Preparatory Year at McGill University (2021-2022.) For those of you who are unfamiliar with what Med-P is or for those of you who are not from Québec, Med-P is a program opened to Québec CÉGEP students, which allows them to apply to medical school without having to complete a university bachelor’s degree. Therefore, after having completed my five-year high school program and my two-year CÉGEP program at Dawson College in Health Sciences, I began my process of applying to all of the four Québec medical schools. I was admitted to all four and so it is my goal to offer my insight to as many future students as possible, at any point during their process. As a Med-P student, I had one year of general sciences to complete, and now I have four years of medical school. I am eager to commence this medical journey and cannot wait to meet my future colleagues!
The process of applying to medical schools although exciting can be quite stressful and time consuming. Having a coach is on a need to basis. I leaned on my amazing coach to help me tackle my medical school applications and concerns. Be it to look over my CV or my answers to CASPer questions, practise the MMI acting stations or simply acknowledge that I was on the right track, my coach was always available to provide me with the resources, and moral support that I needed. She inspired me to become a coach and to help others as much as she has helped me. When I was pacing around my house at midnight trying to figure out answers to questions like “Tell me about yourself” or “Describe a time when you felt stressed”, my coach was there to help me cope and remind me to stay true to myself. Therefore, I aspire to provide my mentees with as many resources or moral support as is needed.
I have experience interviewing with McGill University. Due to the unprecedented circumstances, Université de Montréal, Université de Sherbrooke and Université Laval did not hold interview sessions last year. However, I did write the CASPer test for all four universities. I am perfectly bilingual and would love to assist my mentees in their applications to English and French schools. I was also required to write a CV for McGill and would be available to guide my mentees in writing theirs.
Outside of medical school, I am someone who loves eating Mexican food and jumping up and down at music festivals. I also enjoy giving back to my community. Therefore, I am involved in projects whose purpose is to develop mental health awareness among high-school students by hosting various talks on topics such as depression, anxiety disorders, anorexia, and bulimia. I am also involved in initiatives whose purpose is to provide psychosocial support to young children and their families by animating activities for young children, giving parents a much-needed rest and lending a sympathetic ear.
I am currently involved in two paediatric research projects as paediatrics is something that is of great interest to me. I plan to be part of the Medical Students’ Society at McGill as I am someone who particularly enjoys leadership positions. Having always had compassion for individuals faced with adversity, empowering those in need provides me with a great sense of personal fulfilment.
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