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About Sarah Maritan, Joan Miguel Romero and Mark Sorin

Sarah Maritan is a first-year student in McGill University’s MD-PhD program. She received her bachelor of science degree in life sciences and her master of science degree in pathology and molecular medicine from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Her research focuses on the cellular signaling mechanisms regulating cancer progression, particularly the pathways underlying tumor cell movement and metastatic growth.

Joan Miguel Romero is a first-year MD-PhD student at McGill University. He completed his honors bachelor of science degree in pathobiology and immunology and his master of science degree in laboratory medicine and pathobiology at the University of Toronto. His research is aimed at understanding the antitumor immune mechanisms involved in pancreatic cancer.

Mark Sorin is a first-year MD-PhD student at McGill University. He graduated with a bachelor of science in pharmacology from McGill University, where he studied the immune pathways underlying the pathogenesis of asthma. He is currently conducting research in the fields of lung cancer and immunotherapies.


A rite of passage for generations of physicians past, the MCAT represents the first standardized exam of your future medical career. The majority of medical schools in Canada and the United States use this exam as a screening threshold for medical school applications. As such, it is important that you are familiar with the exam, study well, and get a competitive score. In this chapter, we will outline what this exam entails and provide studying resource suggestions that we used when we studied for the exam. We then conclude the chapter with what to expect the day of the exam and afterward.


  • The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is an exam administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

  • It is a computerized exam used in the medical admissions process, testing your basic knowledge of biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, and analysis and reasoning skills.

  • When you should take the MCAT depends on your academic stage, your preparedness, and other considerations, including time you can dedicate for studying.

  • Studying for this exam includes dedicated courses, study guides, and online resources, including practice exams.

  • Preparing for the MCAT will give you a glimpse of the dedication and perseverance required to study for the first of many standardized medical exams.

Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

What is the MCAT?

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a standardized, multiple-choice exam administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and is a required component of applications to many medical schools in the United States and Canada. The test is designed to assess your knowledge and critical-thinking skills in a variety of areas. It is divided into four sections: (1) Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems, (2) Critical Analysis and Reasoning ...

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