PRE-PA • MCMASTER UNIVERSITY • WITH SAIF

McMaster PA Supplementary Application

Anne’s Note: McMaster’s PA Supplementary Application has taken on different formats over the years. In previous years it was a written supplementary application (requiring written responses to different questions, similar to the Uoft PA Supp App). In the past they used CASPer test, and most recently they’ve used a timed written and verbal supplementary questions.

Always check McMaster’s PA Supplementary Application website.

Snippet from Saif’s interview where he shares tips about McMaster’s PA Supplementary Application

Format of McMaster’s PA Supp App

The McMaster PA Supplemental Application is a video/written interview that you do online at home, in the year that I applied. It consists of two video questions and two written questions. You watch a video of someone asking a question, and then you record a video of yourself answering that question within a time limit.

In the two written questions, you read each question and then type your answer out within a time limit.

In McMaster’s PA Program, the first step is to send in your transcript. McMaster does not require a reference letter or CV. Then if you make the 3.0 GPA out of 4.0 cut off, then you’re provided the email with a link to the supplementary application.

Tips to Practice

Practice Questions: My advice is to practice methods and ideas of answering supplementary application or interview style, MMI style questions or CASPer which is something that people write for medical and nursing admissions.

Learning about medical ethics and the four pillars of medical ethics is important – such as autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, and justice.

Also, practice talking. Just practice speaking out loud to a camera because that’s a very unnatural thing, even though I’m doing right now, but it’s something you have to get used to, something you have to get comfortable with. And when you’re comfortable, you come across as confident, and you can be in any situation and not falter because as much as the supplementary application is looking at what you say, they’re looking at how you say it.

So, if you are really uncomfortable or if you stammering or stuttering or saying “ums or ahs” or have a “deer in the headlights reaction” then that’s not a good sign.

Record yourself and watch the playback – I think recording yourself, watching for those little things in your demeanour and your posture and your facial expression, and then teasing those things out. Taking “umms, and ahh’s” out of your vocabulary, which is one of the hardest things to do, it’s something to work on, especially because it’s a video interview and you’re not talking to a human – you’re literally talking to a camera and that feels very different than talking to a person.