Melissa Lopez-Martinez | Report
A variety of of people enrolled in the kinesiology and psychology programs at Guelph-Humber are working towards creating a society for university students interested in going to medical school.
Hannah Derue, a fourth year psychology student, says her and second year kinesiology student Jessica-Dominique Lecques came up with the idea after discussing their interests in going into medical school after graduating.
The majority of Canadian medical schools require students to pass the Medical College Admission Test.
This exam tests students on a variety of sections includes chemistry, biology, physics, critical analysis and reasoning skills and psychological and social determinants of behaviours. It takes over six hours to complete.
Ms. Derue said this potential society would be focused on providing support to students applying for medical school by “providing social support and access to shared resources among group members.”
As she prepares her own paperwork to apply for medical school, Derue believes there needs to be more social support for students applying from Guelph-Humber, including sharing access to tools such as practice tests, notes and guest lectures.
“We can help piece together a network and not have people scrambling for the same practice test. Applying for medical school can also be very expensive so having a support team is important,” said Derue.
“Before we even get society access, I think we can do more,” the fourth year, and former Guelph senator candidate, said.
Derue said that she would like the society-to-be to hold a town hall to hear what would best serve the needs of students applying to medical school, to make sure the society would function the way students need and bolster the application to Student Life.
There are currently 10 students interested in creating this society, however, before they submit their application they must choose a faculty advisor from Guelph-Humber as part of the requirements.
The pre-med society later followed up on Wednesday to say that they have an interested party for the faculty advisor role.
Derue also added there may be an opportunity for a collaboration with the Princeton Review, a tutoring service that also provides textbooks and other supports that can assist students in applying to medical school.
Derue said if any students or faculty members are interested in joining they can be contacted through email.
Derue has been active on campus as a member of Psi Chi, a fourth-year rep of the Psych Society, and an on-campus activist.