3 Weeks to Interview Ready

Jump into the 3-week mini course to start preparing for your medical school interview. See how far a weekly routine will take you.

Build the skills and confidence to succeed on interview day and as a clinician.
Dedicated to our health care community
We are proudly Canadian 🍁
Course Starts
Anytime
Begin at your convenience, work during the week when you have the time, and see the results.
Time commitment
2 hours/week
We recommend you practice for 2 hours per week to start feeling the confidence boost.
This class is for
Anyone
Whether you're feeling confident or need a booster, this prep course will help fill in the gaps.
this class is
Virtual and Asynchronous
Work on your own pace. Follow the guide below and you will be on your way to be interview-ready.

Easy weekly tasks to keep you on track

Improve your interview skills through practice questions, constant feedback, and in-depth resources.

Flexible

Follow the guide below and take as much time as you need. You can be interview ready in 3-weeks, but it never hurts to practice more! Practice whenever you want, in the comfort of your own home.

Comprehensive

Dive deep into medical resources, learn how to make small talk, conversation, and boost that confidence. The guide below covers every aspect of a good interview.

Community-based

Don’t do it alone! Why practice alone when there are others in the same position. Share the knowledge and level-up with your peers.

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Review Resources

Study up on these resources to help your answers stand out from the crowd

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Self-reflection
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CanMEDS Framework

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

15 minutes
Test your understanding
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Practice Interview Questions

We’ve sourced questions from the medical community and made them available to try here!

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Compare and contrast between public and private health care.
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What are your thoughts and feelings on reflecting your life during the COVID pandemic?
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Choose a health care debate and discuss both sides. Which side do you agree with most?
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If you were on the admissions committee, what would be the most important thing you look for in a candidate?
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Discuss your perspective on how social media is being used in the context of medicine.
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During your final exams week, your grandmother calls and tells you she feels lonely. What would you do?
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Most Canadians have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Why do you think some Canadians are choosing not to get the vaccine?
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Can you tell me why a physician must also be a good collaborator, and provide examples?
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You are an attending physician who works at a busy hospital. Patient X frequently ignores the medical advice given by you and seems to dislike being in the hospital. How would you go about handling such patient encounters?
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How would you go about convincing a parent who does not want to vaccinate their newborn?
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Medical schools across Canada continue to switch between in-person and online delivery of medical education. Discuss the impact of online medical education.
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What do you think health inequality means? What does health inequity mean? Have you ever felt treated unfairly in your own life?
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Some medical schools have a preference for selecting medical candidates from certain geographical locations. What are your thoughts about such selection policies?
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What are some difficulties faced by physicians during the pandemic?
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The government wants to track citizens across the country in order to maintain public safety in the face of a pandemic. How would you advise the government to do this?
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What role should privacy play in telemedicine and electronic health records?
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Pick a health topic that is relevant to today’s society and discuss your thoughts on it.
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You are a surgeon, and you discharge a patient. She becomes ill and dies not long after. The family asks why you discharged her. How do you respond?
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A proposed bill would require all individuals to vote in federal elections or face a $100 fine. What do you think about this bill?
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Tell me about the last time you were upset.
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Systemic issues exist in the provincial health care system. Discuss one of them and how you would address it.
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Tell me about the best day of your life.
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One of the patients hands you a basket of baked goods and wine for the holidays as a gift. What would you do?
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Why do you want to be a doctor?
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Have you considered other careers besides being a physician?
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Why do you wish to attend our medical school?
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You are a family physician. You notice bruises on your patient, a 10 year boy. What would you do?
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You are a doctor working ER intake during a particularly busy shift. What do you do?
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You started your clerkship rotations coincidently with your best friend. In your conversations, he often mentions patients by name and gives details on their conditions as well as their behaviour. What are some ethical issues that may arise in such a situation?
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You have two patients who have been admitted after a serious accident. Both require immediate attention in order to survive. One patient is 20 years old; the other is 60 years old. Which life would you save?
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What are your thoughts on universal basic income?
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Medical students are involved with many extracurricular activities. Choose one and talk about it.
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The Cannabis Act 2018 came into action across Canada. What are your thoughts on how this Act has affected Canadians?
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Social media platforms have been restricting content that is deemed discriminatory and offensive. What do you think about these practices?
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Bill-C7, which amended the Criminal Code to permit MAID for individuals whose natural death is not reasonably foreseeable, was recently passed in Canada. What impact do you think this will have?
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Physicians are using social media to grow their network, showcase their lifestyle, and share medical tips and tricks. What are some positives and negatives of this increased exposure of physicians on social media?
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Tell me about a time you handled interpersonal conflict.
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During COVID-19, the Maritimes created an "Atlantic Bubble". What do you think about this decision by public health?
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What is the Jordan principle? What are some long-term benefits of this principle to a child’s life?
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What health issue within our province are you most passionate about? Why?
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Why is confidentiality important for physicians? In what cases should physicians breach confidentiality? Have you ever had to break confidentiality in your life? Why or why not?
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A 16-year-old child wants to have a procedure done but their parents disagree with this. What would you do as the teenager’s physician? Do you have to listen to the patient or the parents?
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What are some ways to reduce healthcare inequalities in Canada?
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Aside from the Medical Expert role, select another CanMED role and discuss why you think it is the most important one for a physician.
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What are issues that people living with addiction face during a pandemic? What are some solutions to these problems?
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Your friend tells you that he wants to take an "Introduction to Spanish" course to boost his GPA even though he is a native Spanish speaker. Native speakers are not allowed to take the course. What do you tell your friend?
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What is your favourite quote and why?
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Do you think physicians should lie or withhold the truth from their patients, even if its for the patient’s own good? What are some benefits to telling the truth?
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What are the difficult parts of being a physician?
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Lord Byron stated “always laugh when you can, it is cheap medicine.” What does this quote mean to you in terms of how you will pursue your career in medicine?
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What is your opinion on medicine and research?
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What is your greatest strength and greatest weakness? Which one is more important to you?
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You are a family physician and another physician at the clinic is dating one of their patients. What would you do?
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What is your greatest weakness?
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You are a physician and you have been treating a patient in the hospital for several days. How would you handle this situation?
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Your little cousin needs to complete 40 hours of volunteering for his school. He thinks volunteering is useless and serves no purpose since you don't get paid for it. What would you say to convince him of the benefits of volunteering?
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During your shift, you notice your preceptor is intoxicated. What do you do?
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What do you think are the long-term benefits of the Jordan principle, for the indigenous community on a population level?
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Get Feedback

After you answer a few interview questions, be sure to send them out for feedback.
Watch Jessica answer this test question. What feedback would you give her?

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Practice Opening Questions

Apart from medical questions, it’s important to review some questions that are just to get to know you as a person.

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There's a saying that "everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about". What is the hardest thing you're currently going through? Does it affect the people around you too?
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Review Your Target Universities

It’s important to understand how your target universities will approach interviews. We keep this page up to date.

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University of Manitoba

Interview Format
MMI
Virtual or not?
Virtual
Historic Interview Date
Feb to Mar
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Made for Max Rady College of Medicine 💙🍁

McGill University

Interview Format
MMI
Virtual or not?
Virtual
Historic Interview Date
February
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Made for McGill Medicine 💙🍁

University of British Columbia

Interview Format
MMI
Virtual or not?
Likely virtual
Historic Interview Date
Feb
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Made for UBC Medicine 💙🍁