Medical School Application Workshop no. 3

The third educational workshop covered the application for scholarships in our step by step guide for medical school application.

The monthly free workshop took place on August 23, 2012 at 5:15 in room 2173, at University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine, 1 King’s College Circle (main intersection College and University ). The 2 hours workshop featured a step by step guide to obtaining scholarships for medical school application, an information sessions from the University of Medicine and Health Sciences, St. Kitts presented by VP Enrollment Manager Michelle Perez and 3 Canadian students attending UMHS, a discussion with Dr. Tom Lu, PhD recently admitted to University of Toronto Medical School, and an information session on a Career in Homeopathic Medicine presented by the Dean of the Ontario College of Homeopathic Medicine” – Dr. Luba Plotkin The workshop provided ample opportunities for Q&A.

Disease Models and Mechanisms Journal

Disease Models and Mechanism Journal is one of the journals published by The Company of Biology along with

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With an impact factor of 4.94, DMM Journal is the most comprehensive journal addressing models of diseases and mechanisms. Many members and collaborators of our Models of Human Diseases Consortium published excellent papers in this journal such as one of the speakers from the Second Annual International Conference on Models of Human Diseases, Dr. Cindy Morshead
Piccin D, Morshead CM. Potential and pitfalls of stem cell therapy in old age. Dis Model Mech. 2010 Jul-Aug;3(7-8):421-5. Epub 2010 May 26. PMID:20504968
or Dr. Edyta Marcon
Bahadorani S, Bahadorani P, Marcon E, Walker DW, Hilliker AJ.
A Drosophila model of Menkes disease reveals a role for DmATP7 in copper absorption and neurodevelopment. Dis Model Mech. 2010 Jan-Feb;3(1-2):84-91. Epub 2009 Dec 28. PMID: 20038716

    • Disease Models & Mechanisms (DMM) is a biomedical research journal committed to presenting highly significant research providing insight into disease mechanisms, diagnostics and treatment. The journal aspires to promote the development of new ideas, projects and collaborations among basic researchers, translational researchers, and clinicians. DMM also provides expert reviews and commentaries on key findings in the field, as well as clinical perspectives and challenges. As with other journals published by the Company of Biologists – Development, Journal of Cell Science and The Journal of Experimental Biology – DMM aims to provide strong support for our authors and great quality and breadth of published content to our readers. From 2011, all articles will be OPEN ACCESS: available immediately upon publication with unrestricted online access, published under a Creative Commons licence and deposited in PubMed Central for immediate release. 2011 Impact Factor: 4.937
      Disease Models & Mechanisms will publish 6 issues in 2012.

Medical School Application workshop 2

Our second workshop “How can I get in Medical School this year?- Letters of reference and Ideal CV” was held on July 25, 2012. Attended by more than 80 students interested in applying for medical school, the free workshop started with Dr. Lorelei Silverman’ s presentation entitled “How to get the best letters of references for medical school or for scholarship applications: a step by step guide and practical resources”. The coaching session sparked numerous qustions from the audience related to how to choose the referees and obtain the best letters of reference. Next, our invited speaker, Dr. Roeland Thomas, Dean of  St. Martinus University Faculty of Medicine provided insights about the admission and selection process from the medical
education provider perspective and gave an overview of his Medical School Program, stressing the low tuition fee, OSAP, the research program, and patents obtained. For more information visit  Throughout the workshop Dr. Thomas contributed enormously to the discussions, answered questions, and offered advice. It was obvious that he has a passion for educating the next generation of physicians and he stressed the fact that medicine is a vocation and not a job: a rewarding career, but also a difficult one. Next Mrs. Maureen Mcllveen from City CPR course presented an introduction to CPR course. The extremely informative presentation engaged the audience and showed the importance of being trained for saving lives and taking the course especially for those interested in a medical school application and career.
“How I got in med school” featured Nardeen Kodous, a second year medical student from University of Western Ontario Medical School and a successful past participant in the program and a member of Models of Human Diseases group.  The presentation gave the opportunity to the audience to follow her successful journey, share tips, and advice for resoucefulness, resilience, interview skills and determination. Mima Markicevis, our Science Engagement student and member of Models of human Diseases briefly presented her decision  to attend an of-shore Medical School.
Dr. Rosalind Silverman presented a comprehensive overview of the application requirements as well as “The ideal CV software” for personalized resume screening for medical school application and offered guidance in creating individual strategical plans designed to maximize the success rate of candidates.  The Ideal Medical School Application Software is a novel tool that assesses resumes, indicates weakness and missing activities, as well as offer opportunities to improve it for a successful application. Students benefited from practical information about how to implement various strategies to improve their resume, interview skills and application and determine the best medical schools to apply based on candidate credentials.  The workshop was followed by ample opportunities to ask questions and share experiences during Q and A discussion which extended for more than 3 hours.  Technical and organizatorical assistance from premed student Hasan Bilal aand taping of the worksop (available for viewing in the near future) by premed student Robin Vigoreaux, both members of the Models of Human Diseases, are warmly acknowledged. Cookies and refreshments  provided by St. Martinus University Faculty of Medicine and giveaways were distributed. Three lucky participants won three 1 hour yoga classes coupons handed out by Dr. Roeland Thomas, Dean of  St. Martinus University Faculty of Medicine, based on the correct answer to calculating the speed of sneezing: ).