Ask a Med Student

We are a group of six 1st year medical students who are here to help with questions about Dalhousie University Medical School and the MMI weekend. Adrianna, Manolhas and Emily attend the Halifax campus and Samantha, Sophie and Anna attend Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick (DMNB).

HALIFAX AAMS REPS

Sean Wang

Hey everyone!

My name is Sean Wang, and I am one of three Ask A Med Student (AAMS) representatives for the 2020-2021 application cycle from the Dalhousie Medicine Nova Scotia campus. I was born in Madrid, Spain (cue my overused icebreaker) and raised in Halifax since elementary school. I spent my undergraduate years at Dalhousie University, completing my BSc in the Medical Sciences program. Now, I'm planning on spending my next four years in this beautiful city studying medicine and I couldn't be happier!

First and foremost, congratulations to you all on a successful interview invite! On behalf of the Dalhousie Medicine family,we are thrilled to have you interview with us and can't wait to show you what a wonderful place Halifax truly is.

Being in your shoes just a year ago, I can imagine that there are a plethora of thoughts, emotions, and questions jumbled in your head. While getting an interview invite can be exciting news, it can also be daunting. These feelings are normal. Take a deep breath and think back on your journey to the present. Reflect on your experiences and embrace them when preparing for your interviews. Doing this for me made the interview weekend the most enjoyable part of the application process!

Whether it is getting helpful tips about the interview, learning more about Nova Scotia or New Brunswick, or just chatting with some first-year medical students, we're here for you. Even after the first few months studying at Dalhousie, I know I have met my second family. We are a close-knit community, and we welcome all questions and inquiries! Please find us via. our Facebook Page: Ask a Med Student – Dalhousie, Class of 2025 and via. our email: askadalmedstudent@gmail.com.Good luck - I can't wait to meet you all soon!

 Sean

Prathiksha Nalan

Hi everyone!

My name is Prathiksha Nalan and I am one of your Ask A Med Student reps this year! A little bit about myself: I grew up on the East Coast, moving around quite a bit through the maritime provinces, before my family settled in lovely Nova Scotia. I’ve spent the last 6 years in Ontario completing my undergraduate degree in Biology and Business at Western University/Ivey Business School before working in a completely different industry to medicine, in Toronto. Today I find myself excited to spend the next 4 years studying medicine and enjoying everything Halifax has to offer!

Congratulations to each of you on receiving an interview invite! An invite is an incredible feat in itself and you should all be very proud of yourselves! I remember being both thrilled and extremely anxious when receiving the invite. I found it helpful to speak with friends, family, and students that had already been through this process – it helped me normalize the feelings I was feeling and ensure that I was calm and prepared for the big day. Knowing this, myself and the other first-year medical students are here to support you! Please reach out with any of your questions and concerns, we’re happy to help in any way that we can!

Find us on our Facebook Page: Ask a Med Student – Dalhousie, Class of 2025
Email: askadalmedstudent@gmail.com

Good luck and we are so excited to meet you!

Kirsten Murray

Hello, and congratulations on receiving an interview invitation for Dalhousie Medical School! Whether or not this is your first time attending an MMI style interview, you probably have at least a few questions. Your Ask A Med Student representatives are here for you. Our goal is to answer any queries you might have on how to present the best version of yourself on interview day. 

I came to medical school through a non-traditional path; I worked in research for several years, completed an M.Sc., and then worked for both the federal and provincial governments. I completed a B.Sc. not that long ago in 2008 in Behavioural Neuroscience at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario. Then, I spent a decade in Montreal, Quebec (where I completed an M.Sc. in Psychiatry at McGill). I came to Halifax in 2018 to be closer to family, and decided it was time for a major career change! I couldn't be happier to have chosen (and been chosen by) Dalhousie Medical School. The student body is wonderful and diverse in terms of age, experience, and education - all factors that contribute to an excellent learning environment, fortuitously situated in beautiful Halifax.

I am happy to answer any questions you may have, particularly those pertaining to non-traditional applicants! Please find us via our Facebook Page: Ask a Med Student – Dalhousie, Class of 2025 and via our email: askadalmedstudent@gmail.com

 

SAINT JOHN AAMS REPS

Daniel Hanscom

Hey everyone! My name’s Daniel Hanscom (you can call me Dan), and I’m excited to call myself one of the Ask a Med Student (AAMS) Reps from the New Brunswick campus! I was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, and completed my Bachelor of Science in Biology at UNB Fredericton. Some of the things that I’m passionate about in life include guitar, exercise, coffee, and John Mayer!

Congratulations to each of you on your interview invites! Being able to apply to medical school, let alone interview, is such a privilege. It takes a significant amount of work to make it here, and you should all be proud of yourselves! I hope I get a chance to speak with you all soon, and when the time comes, greet you in person as you begin this exciting journey.

One of the most exciting moments of my life was receiving an interview invite. One of the most anxiety-provoking moments of my life, was also receiving an interview. If your experience is anything like mine, it’s important to remind yourself you are here for a reason! Keep this in mind from now until the day of your MMI, and fill your mind with thoughts of “I can, and I will” rather than thoughts of “I can’t, and I won’t”.

Throughout every part of this process, my fellow reps and I are here to help. Whether it’s a question about interviews, the application process, or if you’d like to hear about our experiences, we’re here for you! You can contact us via our Facebook page (Ask a Med Student – Dalhousie, Class of 2025), or via email (askadalmedstudent@gmail.com).

Best of luck, and I’m sure we’ll be meeting each other soon!

Dan

Sweta Jayachandran

Hi everyone!

My name is Sweta Jayachandran and I am one of the Ask a Med Student (AAMS) reps from NB this year! I was born in London, Ontario but have lived in Fredericton, NB for the past sixteen years and am now living in Saint John while attending DMNB! I just completed my BSc in Biology with Honours in May from the University of New Brunswick – Fredericton campus.

A big congratulations to all of you for making it to the interview stage! Getting to this point is not an easy feat and you all deserve a huge pat on the back! You all received an interview invite because you deserve it!

You’re no doubt feeling a mix of emotions right now as that ever-looming interview date inches closer and closer. Coupled with everything going on in the world right now, this is not an easy time for any applicant. During my application process, I personally relied heavily on my peers to help me through this arduous, and let’s be honest, mysterious part of the admission process that is the MMI. Having the support of those who had been through this process already was a source of comfort for me, and hopefully we can provide you with the same!

I think I speak on behalf of all us AAMS reps, and the larger Dalhousie Medicine community when I say that we are here to support you in any way that we can. Whether it be for personal anecdotes, helpful tips, or just someone to vent to, we are here for YOU!

Feel free to reach out to us at any time via our email: askadalmedstudent@gmail.com and/or on our Facebook page: Ask a Med Student – Dalhousie, Class of 2025.

Stay safe and good luck to all of you!

Sweta J

Rachael Martin

Hello friends!

Congratulations for receiving an interview invite- you did it! I know from experience this time is equally exciting and nerve wracking.

I’m one of the Ask A Med Student representatives for Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick for the 2020-2021 application cycle. I was born and raised in Fredericton.  I headed to Wolfville, Nova Scotia to attend Acadia University where I completed by BSc in Nutrition and Dietetics.  Right now, I am in my first year of studying medicine at Dalhousie in Saint John, New Brunswick.

My path to studying medicine was non-traditional. After my undergraduate degree, I worked as a Registered Dietitian for a few years before deciding to apply to study medicine.  I have worked in different settings: hospital, long term care facilities, private clinics, home care, a diabetes education, and within a family health team. After working in healthcare, it can be a big step to change paths and return to school.  Please reach out if you have any questions about applying later in life or after working for a while!

We are here to support you through this application process, as students who have been in your shoes just a year ago! Reach out with any questions you might have- about interviews, studying at Dal med, Saint John, etc. 

Best of luck! We cannot wait to help you through this process!  

Rachael