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5.0 x 7.0 (1.97" x 2.76")

Application/Interview Experience:

University of Alberta (U of A)

University of Calgary (U of C)

Coach Bio

Hi! I’m Elena. I worked as an engineer for over 9 years before I was accepted to medical school, as a mature, non-traditional graduate. I competed my BSc in Mechanical engineering from Queen’s University and my MSc from Imperial College in London, England. I was a synchronized swimmer and have been coaching athletes for over 10 years. I enjoy learning from my athletes and watching them succeed.

Being a non-traditional student, I understand how overwhelming the process of getting into medical school may be, as well as the importance of marketing your best self. I know the whole system can at time be discouraging, but I want to help you navigate it and encourage you to keep going if you feel this is something in your heart you need to follow.

I believe my strong interview skills, CASPER prep and my thoughtfully reviewed application were what got me noticed by the admissions committee and I m hoping that I can help you to be noticed and succeed too.

12 thoughts on “Elena – UofA

  1. Anonymous says:

    Elena was exceptionally helpful in our conversation and was a great help to me. She was well spoken, professional and went above and beyond when giving me helpful resources and answering my questions. I would highly recommend Elena.

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  2. granola says:

    Elena gave me a LOT of resources to help me with prep. She is an insightful coach who has a lot of perspectives to offer. I really enjoyed listening to her advice and will put it in action.

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  3. KD1 says:

    Elena was so incredibly helpful and gave me some amazing tools to help me prepare. She was insightful, encouraging, and had amazing constructive feedback. I took so much away from just one session and can’t wait to start implementing some of the suggestions she had for me!

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  4. SF says:

    I’ve only completed one session with Elena so far, but she provided a lot of resources for me to prep, as well as tailor and adapt the questions towards my program. Elena gave me very good constructive feedback, as well as tips, and things to work on. She was very resourceful and encouraging. I am looking forward to my next sessions with her. I would highly recommend her!

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  5. Kim Tworek says:

    Elena was helpful and gave great advice. I really enjoyed her sessions and will certainly take this with me to the interviews!

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  6. petitmonstre111 says:

    Elena was prepared and communicated effectively prior to the session to let me know what to expect, and how to best prepare. This ensured I would be getting the best value out of my 1 hour session. She was professional and provided resources.

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  7. icarus.96 says:

    Elena was a great help for my interview session. In my 1 hour session, we did mock interview questions and discussed ways I could improve my answers. She also took some time to give me resources (ie: more questions to read and think about) which tailored to the type of interview I was trying to practice for. She assisted me in the 1-hour session, but then also helped me outside of the hours (through email and text) if I had any questions – which really gave me an indication that she really cares about the students she is trying to help. I highly recommend Elena as a coach!

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  8. NS says:

    Thank you Elena! Appreciate the help for the time we had together plus all the resources you sent me before and after our session.

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  9. FT says:

    I’d definitely recommend Elena for interview practice. She’s very efficient and organized to maximize the use of the session and she provides helpful written and verbal feedback. She also shared very helpful resources prior to our meeting. Great coach overall!

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  10. Z.S. says:

    As a fellow non-trad, Elena gave tailored and detailed feedback. She customizes the sessions to your needs and makes sure you get the most out of the 1 hour. Also, she is very flexible, being able to answer both MMI and panel questions. Nothing but great things to say!

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  11. AN says:

    I highly recommend Elena for your interview journey! I found the reviews on this page truly reflective of my experience with Elena as a coach. Elena provides tailored and constructive feedback, while also providing techniques for you to improve. Time in the session is used effectively and great resources are provided.

    I personally struggle a lot with confidence in interviewing. Elena picked up on it immediately and coached me through ways to overcoming it. By practicing with Elena I’ve come out a little more confident and feel I’ve gained more tools and insight to succeed and make the most of my MMI preparation journey.

    Seriously awesome!! Thank you, Elena!

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  12. Anonymous says:

    I really felt her feedback was tailored to me. It helped because she identified my areas of strength and those requiring improvement, which I could later implement. She was also very forthcoming with the questions I had, and made me feel satisfied with my experience

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