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  1. Honestly, if medicine is what you want to practice, you will likely not be satisfied with anything else. Believe me, I've tried! I quit my $100K+ job, started a new degree and have just been accepted to medicine. It's been quite a journey. However....I am fortunate to have the support of my husband who earns a good salary, which makes all the difference. FYI - I am considerably older than you too Feel free to PM me if I can help in any way.
  2. I'd be inclined to comment to the receptionist about the amount of information she was passing on in a public setting.
  3. I've done a couple of courses with them and I've never known it to take 6 weeks. A week at most perhaps. I suppose it depends on the course though.
  4. I think it's a fantastic idea! If you have the energy to study and are willing to sacrifice the money, enjoy the journey! You never know unless you try, and the worst that can happen is that they say no...which is the answer to many twenty-somethings too. You might try contacting your local university and chat with an advisor to find our more about what it all entails. Best of luck! Tracy
  5. Hi Magari I tend to mind map just about everything - try X-Mind for free. It helps to identify patterns and find similarities between drugs at a glance. I find it easier to remember larger chunks of information using this approach. Best of luck Tracy
  6. There are of course inefficiencies and difficulties, just trying to suggest a balance exists. It's certainly not all bad. Lots of negativity on this thread hence my tongue-in-cheek response.
  7. Orcamute, if/when you have a kid one day, think about this discussion as you stare in disgust at the sheer imperfection of him/her I suppose it's a "glass half full/half empty" kind of discussion.
  8. Oops, forgot to add... I can't really understand how one can study the human body and not appreciate that there must have been some divine intervention. Agree with Stryke22 - it totally fits with my beliefs.
  9. God KNOWING when someone will die and God DETERMINING when someone will die are two different concepts. If God determines when we die, we essentially are victims of fate, which I, as a Christian, do not believe. We have free will. We are subject to the world we live in - much of which we had a hand in forming. Step out in front of a moving bus, and you'll suffer the consequences. I will say that I don't believe death is a big deal to God. Life on Earth to Christians is such a small part of the puzzle. Death is not the end.
  10. Totally agree with you TJM! I had holes in my walls from where my 6 year old son kicked them in. Not to mention the bruises on my shins... Thankfully, a different kid today!
  11. Is it definitely sinusitis? I have similar symptoms a few times a year - feels like really bad sinusitis, but it seems to be allergy related although really not sure. I should add that absolutely nothing helps it! It takes a few days to disappear. Particularly bad when I go running. Runner's rhinitis or something similar?
  12. Wow! You certainly have a lot to deal with right now! Life must seem very overwhelming. Deep breaths, this too shall pass. Look after yourself!
  13. I get the same thing, particularly if I go for a run! Seems better lately but was just awful there for a while. I've never had allergies either. It may not technically be an allergy, but still a real nuisance. Not much in the way of good news. No meds seem to help but I do find saline spray seems to clear it up a bit faster...and I never run in the mornings! Kills my day! Good luck!
  14. Satellite radio wedding songs, anyone?
  15. I would say that if you have been chasing this for a while, it's probably going to continue to haunt you until you do it. You have a great opportunity and nothing to lose. It's always a little nerve-wracking to start something new, so don't let that put you off. It makes you human...and humble. That's a good thing. I can tell you from personal experience that it doesn't matter how old you are, you'll still have those dreams and aspirations. I'm considerably older than you and repeatedly followed my career as (many) opportunities presented themselves, always knowing that medicine is where my heart is at. While I don't regret my choices, it's laughable now that I wondered if I was too old at 25, 26..., 32, 33 - you get the picture! Go and do this - start the process. If you don't like it, at least you will know, and not always wonder what might have been. You always have the option to re-enter your current career later, even if you lose a little ground. Your experience is never lost. Best of luck! Enjoy the journey
  16. Technically you could take 4 with U of C but take 5. That's what they advised me to do. You could certainly call and get their opinion.
  17. http://www.cmaj.ca/site/earlyreleases/16may12_saskatchewan-medical-school-mulls-overhaul.xhtml
  18. I've taken a General Chemistry course and a second year Psych course through Athabasca. The chemistry course included a lab component - the lab kit was sent to my house. Assignments were submitted to my tutor. Both chem and psych exams were held at an exam centre and were not open book. I did find them very well organized. Hope this helps! Tracy
  19. I can only speak for myself of course, but will say that I successfully completed my MBA with a more than full time job in management and two kids under three - one of which was born in the middle of it all. Definitely sleep deprived, but did just fine. I'd say that if the work is monotonous then certainly it would be difficult to stay focused but that's probably true of everyone. Nothing like Adderal to help with that though
  20. Difficulty focusing on studies, yes. Poor judgement, no. Not sure why you think they are sleep deprived - unless medication is taken late in the day which may cause this. Actually, people with ADHD are often excellent multi talkers and work best under a great deal of pressure. They are often able to "see the big picture" where others may not. I've had a phenomenal career to date because of my ability to do these things. Can't say I'd be doing well in school had it not been for the Meds I take. I wouldn't be able to sit for 4 hours straight to study. I'd also make my career choice in medicine accordingly and will make sure I choose a speciality that offers variety and a high pressured environment to balance my personality. I think there are lots of misconceptions about ADHD out there.
  21. He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much; who has enjoyed the trust of pure women, the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who has left the world better than he found it whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who has never lacked appreciation of Earth's beauty or failed to express it; who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had; whose life was an inspiration; whose memory a benediction. (Author: Stanley or Emerson - some debate)
  22. Saw that on the news yesterday. I believe it's not the first time but they did manage to sort it out before, so am sure they'll sort it out again. I'm sure the province will step in if they can't get it resolved. Thinking external consultants et al. I can't imagine Saskatchewan will want to lose their medical school!
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