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

Moe Karkada

Hey everyone!

My name is Moe Karkada and I am one of the Ask A Med Student (AAMS) reps from NS this year! First and foremost- Congratulations on getting your interview invite, this is a huge accomplishment, in and of itself! You have achieved a big step towards medical school and we are all excited to help you through the remaining part of the journey!

A little bit about me -  I grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia and completed my Bachelor’s degree in Medical Sciences at Dalhousie before starting at Dal Med. Having grown up in Halifax and studying here during my undergraduate I am quite familiar with the city and all it has to offer! I am sure you are going to love Halifax!

I remember being in your shoes just one year ago and how helpful it was to have AAMS reps who had been through the process a year before me! Dal Med is a very close knit community, and we want to help you as much as we can throughout this process, so please do not hesitate to reach out about any part of the application process, interviews or Dal Med. If we do not know the answer, we will do whatever we can to find the answer you are searching for.

Please feel free to contact us at askadalmedstudent@gmail.com and join our Facebook group: Ask a Med Student – Dalhousie, Class of 2024.

Best of luck in your preparation and I’m looking forward to meeting you all very soon!

Moe

Emily Burbidge

Hi everyone!

My name is Emily and I’m beyond excited to be one of your Ask A Med Student reps this year. I grew up in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia and recently completed my BSc in Biology at Mount Allison University. I know I speak for everyone here in the Dalhousie Med community when I say we are thrilled you have chosen to apply to Dal Med and can’t wait to show you what makes this program so great!

Take a moment to breathe, the journey you are all experiencing can be tough. Receiving your interview invite is a huge accomplishment and with it comes a rush of excitement but it is also can be nerve wracking. Every single one of you has taken a different path to get here so embrace those differences. Prepare, be yourself, and most importantly enjoy the MMI’s. While the interview can be stressful, it can actually be quite fun! It is a truly incredible experience and was my favorite part of the application process.

I’m sure you have a million questions, and this is completely normal. I myself took advantage of the Ask A Med Student Reps. It was great to be able to have my questions answered by someone who was in my shoes just a year earlier. Dal Med is truly a one of a kind community. You will be surrounded by amazing peers, incredible faculty, and great facilities. There is no other place like it. The hard work and long hours you are putting in are completely 100% worth it! We are here to answer any and all of your questions – so don’t hesitate to reach out J We can be reached at the AAMS rep email ( askadalmedstudent@gmail.com ) or on our Facebook page: Ask a Med Student – Dalhousie, Class of 2024

I look forward to meeting you all, and best of luck!

-Emily

Adrianna Broussard

Hello Everyone!

My name is Adrianna Broussard and I am one of your Halifax campus Ask A Med Student Reps. I am from Antigonish, Nova Scotia but have lived in Halifax for the past 7 years. I moved to the city for my undergrad and fell in love with this beautiful city.  I completed a Bachelor of Kinesiology at Dalhousie followed by a year off working as a senior caregiver. I then returned to Dalhousie to complete 2 of 3 years of the Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound program. In my free time I enjoy advocacy work with minorities, cooking, baking, and board games.

My path to medicine was not a traditional route and it took me a few tries to finally be where I am today. In my three attempts of getting into medical school the Ask A Med Student Reps were a godsend. I remember vividly the nerve-wracking process of receiving the interview invitation, figuring out how to prepare and the interview day. Thankfully the interviews are not as bad as they may seem and I actually enjoyed the process once I got a few stations under my belt. The interview guide and getting advice from first year medical students helped me to be successful. With all the help I received over the years I want to share the wisdom I gained with you. If you are ever wanting to chat or have questions do not hesitate to contact me at: askadalmedstudent@gmail.com and join our Facebook group “Ask A Med Student- Dalhousie, Class of 2024”

I look forward to meeting everyone at the big MMI weekend!

SAINT JOHN AAMS REPS

Sophie Starke

Hi everyone!

My name is Sophie Starke and I am super excited to be one of your Ask A Med Student Reps this year. I was born in Germany and moved to Canada in 2008. I completed my undergraduate degree in Science in Chemistry and Psychology at UNB in Fredericton.

Fredericton has been my home for the past eight years and I have come to love the people of New Brunswick. Being able to attend a Medical School in this amazing province is a dream come true. I could not be happier with studying medicine at DMNB. The Dalhousie staff is very welcoming, friendly and supportive and I have already found some amazing friends in my class.

The application process can be a long and intimidating process, but all the hard work you put in will be worth it in the end. Every applicant is unique and while we may not have all the answers, as your AAMS reps we will try our hardest to help you with anything you may need.

I cannot wait to meet everyone at the Interviews and tell you more about Dalhousie.  If you have any questions, please don’t be shy, I would love to hear from you. We can be reached on our Facebook page (Ask A Med Student – Dalhousie, Class of 2024) or by email (askadalmedstudent@gmail.com).

I look forward to hearing from you,

Sophie

Anna Scheidler

Hi, everyone!

I'm Anna, and I'm excited to be one of your AAMS reps this year. I am looking forward to meeting and corresponding with many of you over the coming months, and to having the opportunity to play a role in your journey as you navigate the admissions process and prepare for medical school. I hail from a small town in northwestern New Brunswick, and I completed a BA in psychology at St. Thomas University, with minors in music and Irish studies. I worked in education for a few years before applying to med school, and I'm delighted to now attend the DMNB campus and to be part the Dal Med family.

Applying to medical school is exciting, but also challenging, so please feel free to contact me and my fellow AAMS reps with any questions or concerns you may have. We have all very recently been where you are now, and are eager to share our experiences and help out however we can. I think you will discover that diversity in background, interests and experiences is encouraged and celebrated at Dal Med, so no matter what kind of path you took to medical school, there is a place for you here and a great deal for you to share with your future classmates.

I'd be glad to hear from you and to chat about applying, interviewing, or anything else to do with life as a Dalhousie medical student. Have fun with this process - I'm rooting for you!

Anna

Sam Rogers

Hello everyone!

My name is Sam and I am so excited to be one of the AAMS reps this year. I grew up in Moncton, NB and did my undergrad at Dal in the Medical Sciences program. Now, I’m very excited to be in my first year at the Dal Med campus in Saint John.

I remember the thrill of opening that interview invite and then the nervousness that ensued the next few weeks before the MMI. One thing I found really helpful was to ask a lot of questions and learn what to expect for interview weekend. That’s why I am so excited to answer any and all questions related to MMI preparation, interview weekend or anything related to Dal Med! I know the process can become overwhelming at times but you’re almost there! And the journey will be so worth it in the end.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here at DMNB so far and can’t wait to show you what makes our small campus so special. I am really looking forward to meeting some of you at interview weekend and want to help you as much as I can. Please reach out if you have any questions at all! Our email is askadalmedstudent@gmail.com.

Good luck!

Sam