Category Archives: Medical School

LMCC MCCQE Part I Scores

I usually don’t like sharing my exam results but I thought my MCCQE Part I results were really interesting and worth sharing. To understand how the Medical Council of Canada scores Part I, you should take a look at their Scoring FAQ. Overall, I am very happy with my results.

The Successful Match – Book Review

I finally had the time to review The Successful Match – 200 Rules to Succeed in the Residency Match by Dr. Samir P. Desai and Dr. Rajani Katta. One of the biggest stressors of medical school is deciding on a specialty and matching to a residency. If you thought the

Graduation

I’m sitting here in an empty room searching for words to describe the last four years of my life in medical school. My bags are packed, my goodbyes have been said and I’m heading to a new place once again. I didn’t realize how happy and sad I would be

Three Year vs Four Year Medical School Programs

A friend recently asked me for some input regarding 3 year vs 4 year medical school programs. She was fortunate enough to have received several medical school acceptances and wanted to know the differences between the lengths of schooling. Currently in Canada, most medical schools are four year programs. Only McMaster

The Case for Digital Notes

Officially done medical school! And if studying for the LMCC last week taught me anything, it’s the importance if having a learning system in place. I’m now doing my big academic purge in preparation for residency. I almost feel guilty for throwing out so much stuff. There are binders and binders full

The LMCC Study Plan

I’m on my final stretch of medical school with only the LMCC exam to write. For those that are unfamiliar with the certification process, when you graduate from medical school in Canada, you are required to write the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part I (MCCQE Part I). Part

Thinking About Admission Biases

I have been recently reading Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahnmen, the only psychologist to have ever won the Nobel prize in economics for his work in decision making and behavioral economics. Based on over three decades work on cognitive psychology, Thinking Fast and Slow delves into how our

Learning Smarter and Better in Medical School

To study the phenomenon of disease without books is to sail an uncharted sea, while to study books without patients is not to go to sea at all – William Osler Medical School – One Last Exam Fourth year is flying by fast and I’m in the final stretch before

Medical Student Personalities and Performance

You may have seen this comic strip on the 12 types of Med students by Michelle Au. There are all sorts of personalities in medicine and they often correlate with a medical specialty too! Research on Medical Student Personalities A recent research article titled Associations of Medical Student Personality and

Your Attention is More Important Than Your Time

May I have your attention please! In a world abundant of information and distractions, time is no longer your most precious resource, your attention is. How we manage our time and attention is something I have put a lot of thought into. As students, we have a finite amount of