Interview Preparation

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Current events
News You Missed in 2020 (Part 2)
5

News From Every Country in the World

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50 minutes
Not yet available
Test your understanding
Health care issues
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
18

When Breath Becomes Air is a non-fiction autobiographical book written by American Neurosurgeon Dr. Paul Kalanithi. It is a memoir about his life and illness, battling stage IV metastatic lung cancer.

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12 hours
3 hours
Test your understanding
Self-reflection
MMI Manual 2017/2018 (McMaster University)
8

This manual is prepared for all Interviewers/Assessors taking part in the MMI for the McMaster Undergraduate Medical Program.

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2 hours
45 minutes
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Health care issues
Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ)
4

Stay up to date with national medical news from the Canadian Medical Association.

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1 hour
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Health care issues
Canada's Policy and Programs for Employment and Social Development
3

Many MMI stations will call upon the applicant to propose a health policy that would improve the country. Knowing more about government initiatives to reduce health inequities will always be beneficial, especially with regards to high-yield topics like Indigenous health, rural health, and homelessness. I would recommend checking out all of the links under the "Social development" heading. My personal favourite is the "Housing First" approach under the Reaching Home: Canada's Homelessness Strategy link; it's a radical but convincing way to end homelessness in Canada while improving social capital and resources for people experiencing homelessness.

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2 hours
Test your understanding
Health care issues
Indigenous Health - Jordan's Principle
6

Jordan's Principle makes sure all First Nations children living in Canada can access the products, services and supports they need, when they need them. Familiarize and apply this important concept.

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1 hour
20 minutes
Test your understanding
Self-reflection
CanMEDS Framework
28

Familiarize and get comfortable with what the qualities of Canadian physicians and how you can become one. Medical Expert (integrating role), Communicator, Collaborator, Leader, Health Advocate, Scholar, Professional

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2 hours
45 minutes
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Webpage
Social Determinants of Health (Health Canada)
4

Social Determinants of Health (Health Canada): All applicants should be thoroughly familiar with the social determinants of health (SDOH). Understanding the SDOH is especially important when it comes to discussing public health issues.

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1 hour
30 minutes
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Bioethics
Principles of Bioethics (University of Washington)
6

This is an education medical ethics site by the Department of Bioethics & Humanities at the University of Washington School of Medicine. It focuses on topics, cases, and principles focused on bioethics. This is the best free resource online recommended by all our staff. We believe it is superior to Doing Right by Hebert.

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1 hour
30 minutes
Test your understanding
Self-reflection
CanMEDS Worksheet
24

Custom videoath worksheet to personalize your responses with examples. Completion of the CanMEDS worksheet is an important part of introspection and the interview preparation.

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15 minutes
15 minutes
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Current events
CBC News
6

Use local, provincial, national categories to conjure examples and discuss current events.

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30 minutes
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Current events
Reddit - /r/worldnews
38

Subreddit for world news with comments for discussion.

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15 minutes
Not yet available
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Health care issues
CBC News - Health
8

Health Section of CBC News that is municipal, provincial, and national in scope.

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30 minutes
Not yet available
Test your understanding
Health care issues
Better Now: Six Big Ideas to Improve Health by Dr. Danielle Martin
15

Dr. Danielle Martin tells the story of her grandfather, Jacques Elie Shilton, a hard-working Egyptian immigrant who, months after arriving in Montreal with 10 family members, suffered a devastating heart attack.

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12 hours
3 hours
Test your understanding
Bioethics
Doing Right by Philip C. Hébert
16

Canadian book with clinical cases of bioethics. This book provides a solid introduction to moral principles and ethical reasoning, but we consider it to be low-yield and rather difficult to read. It requires some basic clinical understanding to best understand the resource. We recommend starting with the University of Washington Bioethics site.

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3 hours
Not yet available
Test your understanding
Self-reflection
Canadian Guide to Med School (Made by volunteer medical students)
5

The Canadian Guide to Med School is an incredible resource. Written by 70+ medical students studying at all 17 Canadian medical schools, it provides advice and resources for every stage of interview preparation. There are several full-length MMI circuits, loads of MMI questions with follow-ups, and other helpful documents.

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3 hours
Test your understanding
Health care issues
Indigenous Health Calls to Action
4

Recent developments in the search for the children of residential schools have shown that there is much work to be done in terms of truth and reconciliation. Medical schools are similarly placing a higher emphasis on justice for indigenous communities. It's crucial that all applicants understand the Calls to Action, the disparities that indigenous communities face, and how to improve the healthcare system for indigenous peoples.

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1 hour
Test your understanding
Health care issues
Atul Gawande (Author of many medical books)
11

Any of the Atul Gawande books will help provide perspectives of physicians. His current books include: Being Mortal (2014), The Checklist Manifesto (2009), Better (2007), and Complications (2002).

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12 hours
3 hours
Test your understanding
Health care issues
Healthy Debate
7

Healthy Debate publishes journalism about health care in Canada by the people whose lives it touches the most, from physicians, patients and caregivers to health journalists, academics, and advocates.

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30 minutes
Not yet available
Test your understanding
Current events
NPR News
11

Podcast for NPR news covering topics from the USA and worldwide.

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15 minutes
Not yet available
Test your understanding
Current events
News You Missed in 2020 (Part 1)
8

News From Every Country in the World

Open link
50 minutes
Not yet available
Test your understanding
Health care issues
White Coat Black Art - Podcast (CBC)
9

Dr. Brian Goldman takes you on both sides of the gurney, from the perspective of the patient and clinician, in this excellent medical podcast. Learn the varied perspectives of healthcare providers on relevant healthcare issues. The podcast features many guest speakers, ranging from other physicians to members of the community, to provide an insider perspective.

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30 minutes
Not yet available
Test your understanding
Bioethics
Canadian Medical Association Journal - Ethics Section
6

Provides an in-depth exploration of ethical and topical issues in Canadian medicine.

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2 hours
Not yet available
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Canadian Guide to Med School (Made by volunteer medical students)
Self-reflection

The Canadian Guide to Med School is an incredible resource. Written by 70+ medical students studying at all 17 Canadian medical schools, it provides advice and resources for every stage of interview preparation. There are several full-length MMI circuits, loads of MMI questions with follow-ups, and other helpful documents.

Open link
Indigenous Health Calls to Action
Health care issues

Recent developments in the search for the children of residential schools have shown that there is much work to be done in terms of truth and reconciliation. Medical schools are similarly placing a higher emphasis on justice for indigenous communities. It's crucial that all applicants understand the Calls to Action, the disparities that indigenous communities face, and how to improve the healthcare system for indigenous peoples.

Open link
Canada's Policy and Programs for Employment and Social Development
Health care issues

Many MMI stations will call upon the applicant to propose a health policy that would improve the country. Knowing more about government initiatives to reduce health inequities will always be beneficial, especially with regards to high-yield topics like Indigenous health, rural health, and homelessness. I would recommend checking out all of the links under the "Social development" heading. My personal favourite is the "Housing First" approach under the Reaching Home: Canada's Homelessness Strategy link; it's a radical but convincing way to end homelessness in Canada while improving social capital and resources for people experiencing homelessness.

Open link
White Coat Black Art - Podcast (CBC)
Health care issues

Dr. Brian Goldman takes you on both sides of the gurney, from the perspective of the patient and clinician, in this excellent medical podcast. Learn the varied perspectives of healthcare providers on relevant healthcare issues. The podcast features many guest speakers, ranging from other physicians to members of the community, to provide an insider perspective.

Open link
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Health care issues

When Breath Becomes Air is a non-fiction autobiographical book written by American Neurosurgeon Dr. Paul Kalanithi. It is a memoir about his life and illness, battling stage IV metastatic lung cancer.

Open link
Social Determinants of Health (Health Canada)
Webpage

Social Determinants of Health (Health Canada): All applicants should be thoroughly familiar with the social determinants of health (SDOH). Understanding the SDOH is especially important when it comes to discussing public health issues.

Open link
Reddit - /r/worldnews
Current events

Subreddit for world news with comments for discussion.

Open link
Principles of Bioethics (University of Washington)
Bioethics

This is an education medical ethics site by the Department of Bioethics & Humanities at the University of Washington School of Medicine. It focuses on topics, cases, and principles focused on bioethics. This is the best free resource online recommended by all our staff. We believe it is superior to Doing Right by Hebert.

Open link
NPR News
Current events

Podcast for NPR news covering topics from the USA and worldwide.

Open link
News You Missed in 2020 (Part 2)
Current events

News From Every Country in the World

Open link
News You Missed in 2020 (Part 1)
Current events

News From Every Country in the World

Open link
MMI Manual 2017/2018 (McMaster University)
Self-reflection

This manual is prepared for all Interviewers/Assessors taking part in the MMI for the McMaster Undergraduate Medical Program.

Open link
Indigenous Health - Jordan's Principle
Health care issues

Jordan's Principle makes sure all First Nations children living in Canada can access the products, services and supports they need, when they need them. Familiarize and apply this important concept.

Open link
Healthy Debate
Health care issues

Healthy Debate publishes journalism about health care in Canada by the people whose lives it touches the most, from physicians, patients and caregivers to health journalists, academics, and advocates.

Open link
Doing Right by Philip C. Hébert
Bioethics

Canadian book with clinical cases of bioethics. This book provides a solid introduction to moral principles and ethical reasoning, but we consider it to be low-yield and rather difficult to read. It requires some basic clinical understanding to best understand the resource. We recommend starting with the University of Washington Bioethics site.

Open link
CBC News - Health
Health care issues

Health Section of CBC News that is municipal, provincial, and national in scope.

Open link
CBC News
Current events

Use local, provincial, national categories to conjure examples and discuss current events.

Open link
CanMEDS Worksheet
Self-reflection

Custom videoath worksheet to personalize your responses with examples. Completion of the CanMEDS worksheet is an important part of introspection and the interview preparation.

Open link
CanMEDS Framework
Self-reflection

Familiarize and get comfortable with what the qualities of Canadian physicians and how you can become one. Medical Expert (integrating role), Communicator, Collaborator, Leader, Health Advocate, Scholar, Professional

Open link
Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ)
Health care issues

Stay up to date with national medical news from the Canadian Medical Association.

Open link
Canadian Medical Association Journal - Ethics Section
Bioethics

Provides an in-depth exploration of ethical and topical issues in Canadian medicine.

Open link
Better Now: Six Big Ideas to Improve Health by Dr. Danielle Martin
Health care issues

Dr. Danielle Martin tells the story of her grandfather, Jacques Elie Shilton, a hard-working Egyptian immigrant who, months after arriving in Montreal with 10 family members, suffered a devastating heart attack.

Open link
Atul Gawande (Author of many medical books)
Health care issues

Any of the Atul Gawande books will help provide perspectives of physicians. His current books include: Being Mortal (2014), The Checklist Manifesto (2009), Better (2007), and Complications (2002).

Open link
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