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.  Julia, Neetin and Thomas attend the Halifax campus and Babar, Morgan and Luke attend Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick (DMNB).

From left to right: Babar, Morgan, Thomas, Julia, Neetin, and Luke

HALIFAX AAMS REPS

Julia Morrison

Hi there!

I’m Julia, and I’m super excited to be here for you guys as one of the Halifax campus Ask A Med Student reps! I grew up here in Halifax, and did my undergraduate degree in microbiology and music at Dalhousie. So, at this point, I’m pretty familiar with the city and with Dal, and can attest to it being one of the BEST places to be (I know, I'm biased).

Having been through the medical school application/interview process (twice!) before, I know how much there is to keep track of and to prepare for — and while I was on that journey, I definitely took advantage of the two former years of AAMS reps. It was very valuable to be able to reach out to students who had been in my place just one year before, which is why I want to do that for you! There is an incredible amount of support in the Dalhousie community, and we encourage you to reach out with any questions you have, no matter how small.

With MMI weekend coming up, it’s normal to have hundreds of things running through your mind, and as your AAMS reps, we hope to be able to take a few of those off your plate. I’ll tell you right now — the MMI is actually pretty fun. While it can be a bit nerve-wracking at the start, once you get into the swing of it, it’s a really interesting and enjoyable experience. It was definitely my favourite part of the application process. So, my best advice is to have fun! And, in the meantime, let one of us know if you have any questions. We can be reached on Facebook or over email.  Our Facebook page is “Ask A Med Student - Dalhousie, Class of 2023” and you can reach us via email at askadalmedstudent@gmail.com.

I wish you the best of luck on this journey and look forward to meeting you in November!

Julia

Thomas Helson  

Hello everyone!

My name is Thomas and I'm excited to be one of the Ask A Med Student reps from the Halifax campus. I grew up in Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia (about 25 minutes outside of Halifax for you OOP applicants) and I completed my BSc in Psychology at Saint Mary's University. After graduating, I worked for 2 years before starting at Dalhousie Med.

Getting that interview invite email is both a blessing and a curse. While it's really exciting to be that much closer to getting in, the interview can be a nerve-wracking process that brings up a lot of questions. That's where we come in! As someone who took a few tries to get into med school, I'm eager to share what I've learned through my own trial-and-error and from other med students. When I was applying, I remember asking med students every question under the sun so it's only fair that I pay it forward by sharing what I've learned.

I love answering questions so feel free to reach out to me anytime, whether it's about the interview, the weekend, the application process, Dal Med, or Halifax in general.  I live for coffee so I'm always down to grab a cup and chat.  On behalf of myself and the class of 2022, we're really looking forward to the big weekend and we can't wait to meet you all!

- Thomas

Neetin Prabhu

Hey everyone!

My name is Neetin and I am one of the Ask A Med Student (AAMS) reps in Halifax this year! I grew up in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia and completed my Bachelor’s of Medical Sciences at Western University last year before coming to Dal Med. I am super excited to meet you guys at Interview Weekend and show you what makes this school so great.

The journey to medical school is tough, there’s no two ways about it. It can feel like a marathon and be incredibly draining. But, as AAMS reps we’re here to help you out and cheer you on as you complete this crazy MCAT, CASPer, MMI ridden race. All of us were in your shoes one year ago and we know what you’re going through. I remember how helpful the AAMS reps were during our year and I encourage each of you to reach out if you ever have any questions about the application, interviews, or Dal Med in general!

Between the stellar classmates, top notch facilities, and an administration that does everything they can to help you succeed, Dal is amazing. So know that all of that hard work you’re putting in now is beyond worth it!

Please feel free to contact us at askadalmedstudent@gmail.com and join our Facebook group: Ask a Med Student – Dalhousie, Class of 2023

I’m looking forward to meeting you all very soon!

Neetin

SAINT JOHN AAMS REPS

Morgan Burgoyne

Hi everyone!

My name is Morgan Burgoyne and I am really excited to be one of your Ask A Med Student (AAMS) reps this year. We are all so excited that you have chosen to apply to Dalhousie Medicine as the next step towards becoming a physician.

Before starting school at Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick (DMNB), I completed my BSc and MSc in Chemistry at UNB Fredericton, which is my hometown. Having the opportunity to attend medical school in my home province has been an amazing experience so far! It does not feel like a year has gone by since I was standing in your shoes, and I would be happy to share any advice or encouragement about this process to help relieve any stress that you may be feeling.

The Dalhousie Medicine community is a pleasure to be a part of, and especially the small cohort that we have in Saint John makes the experience even more special. Everyone, including staff and classmates, is extremely kind and welcoming. We can’t wait to show you our home at DMNB following your interview! The journey that you all have chosen to take through medical school applications is a long one, but you’re almost there and the outcome is worth it in the end!

I am really excited to meet everyone during the interview weekend. Believe in yourself and never lose sight of your goal. If you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to ask us because we want to help you as much as we can throughout this process. Email your questions to askadalmedstudent@gmail.com or join the Facebook page: Ask A Med Student – Dalhousie, Class 2023.

Good luck and we look forward to hearing from you,

- Morgan

Babar Faridi

Hello everyone!

My name is Babar and I am one of your AAMS reps in Saint John. I was born in Pakistan and grew up in Ireland. I spent the best part of fourteen years on the Emerald Isle before moving across the pond to New Brunswick. After getting over the fact that everyone here drives on the wrong side of road, I have definitely grown fond of the people, sights, and sounds of the Maritimes.

I completed my BSc in Biochemistry at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton and I feel truly blessed to now be studying medicine at DMNB. One of the best parts about the Saint John campus is the small class size. You get to know all of your classmates really well and this lends itself to creating a very collegial atmosphere at DMNB. The staff in both Halifax and Saint John are amazing and will provide lots of support to help you succeed. Regardless of where you end up, you will have an incredible experience!

Having gone through the application process three times, I know how stressful and tiring the admissions cycle can be. If you decide that this is something you really want to do, I encourage you to persevere and continue moving towards your goal. I promise it will be worth it! If you ever have any questions about med school, the application process, or you just want to chat about how this year the Raptors definitely WILL make it to the finals, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line.

Babar

Luke MacLeod

Hey everyone!

My name is Luke MacLeod and I am one of the Ask a Med Student (AAMS) reps for this year.  I grew up in Fredericton, New Brunswick and completed an undergraduate degree in Science in Kinesiology at the University of New Brunswick before entering medical school at Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick (DMNB).

Applying to medical school is a daunting task, but it is not one that you have to face alone!  If you are interested in pursuing a degree in medicine and have questions about the application process, interviews, or Dalhousie’s program, you have six knowledgeable AAMS reps of unique backgrounds and experiences who are here to field them.  I found the advice from current med students to be extremely helpful when I was going through the application process, and I would be more than happy to pay it forward.

One of the great things about Dalhousie Medicine is the diversity of the student body. In our class there are people who have graduate degrees, people who are right out of their undergrads, and everything in between. A significant proportion of our curriculum is rooted in small, case-based-learning so you really benefit from the varied expertise and experience of your peers. Our class also consists of people with a variety of interests, meaning that there plenty of different activities and interest groups to get involved.  No matter your background, there’s a place for you at Dal if you’re up to it!  

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to send us an email at askadalmedstudent@gmail.com

Luke MacLeod