What do you think is special about Mac's campus life?
McMaster campus is absolutely wonderful. Out of all the campuses I went to visit, this one made me feel most at home before even attending the school itself. You’ll find that the school is in one enclosed area, which makes it like a little community, making you feel like one big happy family!
How would you describe the workload and work-life balance?
What is some advice you would give high school students when applying to your program?
As you are applying for medical radiation sciences, I highly recommend that you try your best to maintain a high average. There is a cut off average for acceptance but that changes every year based on the applicants so you shouldn’t rely on the previous year’s numbers. The program is highly competitive and doesn’t accept a lot of students compared to other science programs at McMaster University. Before applying to this program, I also recommend that you take a chance to go for a tour of the IAHS building to view the labs where you will be spending your time learning the practical aspects of the program. It is a good idea to place yourself in that environment as it’ll motivate you to work hard for your goals during the remainder of your high school year.
For a Mac Med Rad Student...
Why did you choose your program? What makes it unique to you?
Medical radiation sciences stood out to me the first time I came across it. I always knew that I loved the medical field, but I didn’t know what exactly I wanted to peruse within it. I wanted something that I needed to work hard for but that wasn’t too long as most medical paths are, something efficient yet also challenging. This is exactly what the medical
Since Medical Radiation Sciences is a 4-year program that leads to an almost guaranteed job upon graduation, they teach you a lot! I will not lie to you and tell you it is easy, it is challenging. You will have multiple midterms in the same week, many projects and quizzes but you will get through it. Everyone In the program is very helpful and studying together really helps, so maybe try and find a couple buddies and quiz each other! If you come up with an organized workplan, and don’t procrastinate then I
guarantee you that you’ll have a very good work-life balance! It’s all about priorities and
organization, you’ll get the hang of it as soon as you start.
Is there lots of collaborative work or group presentations?
Group work is a very integrated aspect in this program. Since our roles as imaging technologists in the work field revolve around teamwork, the program will teach you how to work as a part of a collaborative team. It helps build many skills that will not only be used in the workplace but also in other life activities. On average, every course taken starting second year will have some sort of group project to be completed. The projects aren’t difficult, they are targeted to help build trust, collaboration, leadership and
communication skills. The instructors are very helpful and keep very good communication with students making sure they know to reach out at all times.
radiation sciences program offers. A 4-year program, with practical opportunities where students will be working in hospitals to get hands-on experiences while interact with staff and patients. This program is very unique because it teaches you what you actually need to know for the job and prepares you for the real world.
The beautiful fields, trees, flowers, statues and historic buildings makes for a very aesthetic environment which helped me stay motivated and love my school. It offers a wide range of foods as well, it is not always easy to find halal, vegan, or gluten free options these days, but the school provides these, staying very inclusive and mindful of all. One of my favorite things are the people! Everyone is highly encouraging, kind and will help you with no questions asked! Definitely the type of school you would want to spend the next 4 years at.
A very special thank you to our interviewee...
Hello! I am a 4th-year medical radiation sciences student. I have specialized in radiography and am going to be doing my clinical placement at McMaster Children's hospital this fall. I am very enthusiastic about working with kids and it is my dream one day to work at the Sick Kids hospital in Toronto. I am a part of the Middle eastern student association and always promote our fun events! (Check out my insta for more!)
Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions, or just to add me on social media to stay connected!