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Everything posted by brady23

  1. Woah - are anesthesiologist's call really 80 hours per month? :/
  2. What about anesthesia's job market? They need OR time too, but not sure if it's as poor compared to the surgery job market. Any insights?
  3. For example, with the new 8 week cap on electives coming up: one may do 8 weeks in a desired specialty (ex: Emergency Medicine) But what about the other 8 weeks? Let's say you want to back up with Internal or Family Medicine. If you do the other 8 weeks in Family Medicine, does that make you look "undecided" to both Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine? If you did 6 weeks in Family, and 2 weeks in a random specialty, wouldn't FM know you are "backing up"? Or would they just be happy you did 6 weeks with them?
  4. Is there a difference between a research award (ex: NSERC) which explicitly lists the $ amount of the award vs. a studentship? A studentship I am interested in applying for is competitive and is funded. However, I know NSERC explicitly lists the $ amount of the award, while a studentship doesn't (even though you will be paid full time for 12 weeks - which is $6750). I know when listing awards, sometimes it requires you to list a $ value to them - so I am not sure how to go about this.
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    Feeling alone in med school

    Really sorry you're feeling like this OP. Med school can sometimes be a very isolating environment, and it can definitely be hard to connect with your classmates especially if their upbringing and personalities are different than yours. But just realize this is temporary what you are feeling and keep focusing on you.
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    too late to even consider derm?

    How do derm applicants back up? Ex: do they do 12 weeks of electives in derm, and then 4 weeks in FM or 4 weeks in IM? Do IM or FM programs care that you are "backing up" with them?
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    Funded Studentship vs. NSERC

    I am not applying for an NSERC, I was using it as an example of an award with an explicit dollar amount
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    Funded Studentship vs. NSERC

    Thank you both - yeah I was just wondering for the purposes of CARMS and listing it on the CARMS CV! I wasn't sure if it was appropriate to list a $ amount even though the studentship funds you for the summer.
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    How Do You Guys Manage Fitness With School?

    Even in clerkship you found it easy to exercise regularly?
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    8 week cap announcement

    How does this benefit parallel planning? For example, if you do 8 weeks in specialty #1, and 8 weeks in specialty #2 - doesn't that make you look undecided vs. doing 8 weeks in specialty #1 and the other 8 weeks spread across 2 different specialties? Or if you were interested in surgery, doing 8 weeks in General Surgery and 8 weeks in Urology would look better than doing 8 weeks in Surgery and 8 weeks in Internal Medicine? Doesn't look like they thought this one out. The only potential solution I see is that specialties only see the electives you did in their discipline (but there's a con as well - because doing other electives in related specialties could enhance your candidacy)
  11. I've been crunching some numbers just for fun based on OHIP: A typical 15-minute appointment is usually billed as an A007 ($33.70). A family doc who sees ~25 patients per day for 5 days per week would make 25 x 33.70 x 5 x 52 = ~$220,000 per year After overhead, this becomes: $220,000 x 0.7 = $154,000, and post-tax, this would be $102,000. Are my numbers right? I know this is just an estimation (as there are other billing codes), but for some reason, that seems awfully low - the hourly rate for an FP is ~$135, with no vacation!
  12. I picture FM being the new "EM" in 20 years (EM wasn't competitive 20 years ago but now it's a totally different story) The flexibility and lifestyle of FM is so underrated
  13. Wow that's so unfortunate. I do think they should've given you a heads up and even a check in if they were "so concerned", so this is pretty unprofessional behaviour from them. And extremely unfair to place that much emphasis on knowledge, I get it's an elective, but soft skills should be way more important. I'd take it up with your faculty office, hopefully there's a hidden flag to never do an elective there for future clerks.
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    Preparing meals in med school

    Do you mean in clerkship and residency? Like having a 4 day week instead of 5 day week clerkship? Or lower frequency call?
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    Preparing meals in med school

    How do you think they could improve this? I agree - the resillience and self-care lectures are practically useless (ex: Get in a group of 3 and talk to each other about what you do when you're stressed for 10 minutes lol)
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    "Female trainees receive feedback that focuses on personality traits rather than demonstrable skills." Isn't this a good thing? Most program directors and residents I've talked to mention being a good person is more important than being skilled because you can teach anyone. Also, what about racial minorities? I don't think stats related to that get collected, but I'm sure there could be eye opening information related to that as well.
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    Preparing meals in med school

    Anybody have any favourite websites for recipes? I'm trying to improve my cooking skills.
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    Cap in number of Electives

    Good points. I do think the elective cap is a good idea though - there's so many specialties where there's this hidden expectation that you do almost all your electives in that specialty to show interest, which closes you off to other specialties. Now it's possible to target your top 2 specialties, and not be scrutinized for it. I see the flaws in this as well, for example if your top 2 specialties are unrelated, splitting your electives may do more harm than good. However, I do think it's a step in the right direction, because it's just too risky to go all in for a specialty.
  19. Yes definitely feel like this is a huge change for them. As someone who did struggle in CARS, I do feel for those who've retaken the MCAT multiple times to get that 130 in CARS, and thinking they had a guaranteed interview at Western (after all, it's been like that for years) - it is really draining tackling that beast of a test. I mean - they haven't even included Psych in their MCAT scores even though there was always talk about it, I feel like the ABS could've been a post-interview factor as there is some subjectivity to it like the interview, but that's just me.
  20. Wow - they did a complete 180 with their invites. An ABS is so subjective so to go from it being 0% weight to 100% weight is crazy to me. I'm assuming there are multiple blinded reviewers as well, which makes it even more subjective. I really do feel for the applicants who strived to meet their ridiculous MCAT cutoffs in the past, only for them to throw this curveball.
  21. Probably about 5-10% of them. You definitely have to be hard working but it's possible.
  22. messing up consults how? like not being able to take a complete history or forgetting to ask important questions?
  23. Sorry to hear that :( It's a little disheartening to know that referees will write bad letters - if you can't write a strong reference letter/ don't believe in the candidate's capabilities, don't accept their request of a being referee. I know it's rare, but these kinds of things put so much jeopardy to the candidate's application, and CARMS is enough of a beast as it is. Another unfortunate part is that sometimes it depends on the referee's writing skills. They can have good intentions but if their letter is just lukewarm and they can't translate their feelings well onto paper, then the applicant did everything right and just got dealt a bad hand.
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    OHIP Billing

    What is the difference b/w A005 (Consultation) - $77.20 vs. A007 (Intermediate Assessment) - $33.70 for Family Doctors?
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    What do you think about this blog?

    Anyone know what the job market is like for CHC salaried physicians? And most of the jobs would be clustered around downtown Toronto I'm assuming?