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Update for Interviewees

February 5th, 2017 by Dr Ian Walker

You can expect to receive something from me the week after next, but while you wait, a few teasers.

The MMI this year will consist of 10 seven minute stations, with two minutes between stations.  There will also be a 20 minute group activity station prior to the beginning of the circuit which will be scored in much the same way as the other MMI stations.  So, all told, there will be 11 assessments of each applicant.

MMI stations will adopt a number of different formats.  At the end of the day, these stations are meant to assess different skills, and we therefore attempt to do that in different ways.  While there will certainly be the hypothetical “what would you do and why” stations that have come to be viewed as typical of MMIs, they are not the only tool we use.

If you are wondering about practice, I would suggest that you make sure you are comfortable with the format (rapid changes, moving from one topic to another) and that you concentrate on practicing thinking on your feet.  I would encourage you to resist the temptation to practice rehearsed sound-bites.  You likely will not get a chance to use them, and if you do they will sound like, well, rehearsed sound-bites, and this not impressive to anyone.

The start time you have signed up for is the start time we need you to arrive for registration, not the actual start time for the circuit.  There is no need to arrive an hour early as some people invariably do every year.  10-15 minutes to make sure you are not late or running and stressed is fine.  anything more than that and you will  find yourself standing around a bit awkwardly.

There will be lots of medical students around during the interviews, both in official and unofficial capacities.  Make sure you come  with your questions about the program.  They will give you the straight goods, both positive and negative.

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  • Hi Dr. Walker, these questions are unrelated to your interviewee blog post, but regardless, I have some questions regarding an academic year with poor performance, and have been unable to reach admissions for questions via email.

    1. While Fs are used in the calculation of GPA provided they are part of a full-time year, if that particular full-time year consisted of 24 credits taken, but only 21 credits received due to the failure, does this still count as a year to be included in the intake GPA calculation?

    2. While repeated courses are indicated to be included in GPA calculation, does a repeated course still count towards the 24 credits necessary for a “full-time year” to be included in the calculation? As in the previous example, if 24 credits were attempted, but one course was a failure and another course was a repeat (ie. 24 credits attempted, 3 of those credits were from a repeated course, and only 21 credits were successful in that year), would that year still be included in the intake GPA calculation? I ask because the UofC veterinary medicine website explicitly states that “repeat attempts on a course MAY NOT be used to meet the full-time requirement”. There is no statement like this on the UofC medicine website, so I am seeking clarification as to whether or not this statement would apply to UofC medicine as well?

    3. If this particular bad year was a result of a serious medical illness that has since been resolved and good standing has since been achieved, is it possible to have that year dropped from the intake GPA calculation if it can be proven that the poor performance was due to a long-term illness that interfered with my studies? For my particular example, I have completed 4 “full-time” years of post-secondary education and now have my degree. My first year GPA was an abysmal 1.7, followed by another bad year in my 2nd year with a 1.7 as well. My 3rd year was a 3.3 and my 4th year was a 3.7. The diagnosis of the illness that contributed to my poor performance was made at the end of my 2nd year which was the year described in the previous examples. after this diagnosis, I received treatment and my grades improved. Even with the first year removed from the GPA calculation, my average GPA over the three years used for calculation is still not sufficient to apply without further study. Is there any way that, provided adequate documentation were supplied, I could appeal the use of my 2nd year in the GPA intake calculation as the poor grades were a result of illness that has since been resolved (provided that it would still be used even with the fail and the repeat) so that I would be able to be considered for application?
    My sincerest thanks for taking the time to read this lengthly comment/list of questions.

    • So, three answers.
      Yes, if you fail a course that still counts towards the 24 credits.
      Yes, if you repeat a course that still counts towards the 24 credits.
      You can apply for accommodation on the basis of a medical illness. The process is described in the applicant manual, and is administered centrally through the U of C’s Student Accessibility Services. Note that applying for accommodations is a separate process and has its own deadlines.

      • Is it possible to apply for accommodation PRIOR to application, though, for the purposes of review of GPA to utilize the two years post-illness with deletion of the two years pre-illness?

        • My apologies,please disregard the last question. I have read over that section of the manual several times but apparently had failed to notice that the answer was right there in front of me. Thank you for your prompt reply!

  • Hi Dr Walker, how many IP were interviewed out of the 537 total interview offers? Thank you

  • Hello Dr. Walker,

    From what I understand, announcements will be made at certain time intervals, but are there any clocks or timers within the interview rooms to allow us to have a sense of how we are doing for time? If not, can we just wear and refer to our own watches?

    Thank you.

  • Hi Dr. Walker, As I understand it this year we will get 2 minutes to read the prompt outside of the room and have 7 minutes inside of the room (As opposed to last year where it was 2 +8)? And there will be 10 individual MMI stations and 1 group station (As opposed to last year where it was 9 +1)?
    Thanks

  • Thanks so much for your update, Dr. Walker! I was just wondering if we will be provided with a sheet of paper to jot down our points/thoughts during the MMI?