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  1. Rad Onc isn't popular for a reason though. We had 3 people transfer from Queen's Rad Onc to Family, including 2 PGY4s(!). People are stuck doing fellowship after fellowship with no end in sight and the pay when you do get a job, which is likely going to be a small regional center, is oftentimes worse than family med from what those residents told me. Something to consider...
  2. I've used healthscreen too--hate it. At Queen's we switched to OSCAR--open source from McMaster and basically free but it has an awful interface. It mostly works, and you get used to it, but it definitely has shortcomings. My favorite so far is Practice Solutions from the CMA. It has these automated stamps that you can customize so things like referral letters can be made with all of the Meds, PMHx, Allergies, etc. within seconds--it's all pulled from the appropriate boxes. The only thing is that it goes down a lot and it gets really frustrating. No perfect EMR exists, from the sound of it.
  3. You don't need to buy any radiology specific books at this point except a couple of really good anatomy books. Anatomy is absolutely the foundation of radiology. Knowing all of the most obscure signs in the world means nothing if you can't even recognize normal anatomy. I second the learningradiology.com site, and also suggest http://www.wikiradiography.com/ and radiologymasterclass.co.uk Good beginner resources. learningradiology and radiology masterclass have some very good tutorials.
  4. Departmental policies vary, but for general surgery you can always call the hospital switchboard, introduce yourself and ask for the office numbers to their general surgeons on staff. At that point, you can directly call their offices and their secretaries will be able to tell you if their surgeons are willing to take an observer. Once you get your observership set up with a specific attending, the departments usually have no problems. With the ED, there will probably be some sort of educational coordinator/secretary that handles this stuff and the hospital operator may have the contact info. I wouldn't get your hopes up though. Emergency is very popular and and busy and they usually don't take anybody unless they're in clerkship or residency. Have a back up. Good luck! Rock*, MD newly minted CCFP(!)
  5. Hey guys, having finished med school this year, I'm moving out of province for residency so I've got a bunch of things to sell. I'm conveniently located only 10min from the school so moving the stuff should be pretty fast and easy, especially if you are also moving to a location close to the school. Here's what I have: 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier with 115,000kms. Brand new tires and front brake pads. Ran flawlessly throughout clerkship. $4800 obo. Believe me, you NEED a car for that year. Taking a bus to the Peter Lougheed Center at 5:30am for 2 months during a surgery rotation is NOT fun Samsung Syncmaster 210T 21.3" LCD monitor $85 IKEA Malm 4-Drawer Dresser $65 IKEA Klippan Loveseat with black slipcover (white underneath) $90 for both L-shaped computer desk $65 5-shelf bookshelf $15 You can email me at mingyu17@yahoo.com if interested.
  6. Wait until clerkship. If I'm occasionally scrubbed into the OR just to stare at the backs of 2 attendings, 2 fellows, 2 residents, a scrub nurse and an anesthetist work on a patient with a class size of 125-135, I shudder to think what it would be like when there's up to an extra 50% more clinical clerks wandering around the hospital. The scary thing is that despite all the class time available to you in the first two years of med school, clerkship is when you do the real learning and retention.
  7. I don't know who you're directing the post to, but I think it's the wrong approach. You may think you know enough to start grading people on how good of a future doctor they may become, but until you've been in the trenches, dealt with dying patients in the middle of the night, been flooded with consults yet still getting paged every 30min for simple ward issues at 3am, and had to talk to a patient's grieving families after they die, you have NO idea. Stop judging everyone based on your own limited experience of how physicians should function. It's frankly insulting. These people can't help feeling anxious or panicked. Hell, I suffered a lot when I was on the wait list 3 years ago. This IS worse. Also, the med students are just pointing out facts--they may not fully remember their application period, but everything they say about reduced quality of learning is true. Once you get in, you'll also have the same concerns. I still think that letting this all rest until the big day is the best way forward.
  8. As a 3rd year U of C student who is 2 weeks away from finishing clerkship, I just wanted to chime in. Our class is about 135. This makes us the most similar class size-wise to the incoming class. It was tough to get in, and I know how frustrating it is to be waitlisted--especially when the government pulls a bait-and-switch like this at the last minute. The smaller class will have its benefits. If you do make it in, your education will be more personalized and flexible (believe me, even at 135, there were too many of us at times). You'll get more first-hand learning in clerkship, and most importantly, you will likely have better chances on the CaRMS match--the second wave of anxiety inducing finger twiddling near the end of your med school journey. The reality for all of you anxious pre-meds is that you've done everything you can. The apps are in. The essays and documents are in. You got an interview and did your best. Great job for getting this far. Do yourself a favor and IGNORE THIS CHATTER. DISTRACT YOURSELF. Complaining, speculating or displaying attitude will only serve to fuel your frustration and anxiety.
  9. 4 hours left to go! Anyone else having difficulty sleeping? Good luck to everybody in a couple of hours :-)
  10. U of S interview offer today. Really excited! Hopefully there'll be more to come or else I risk going unmatched
  11. Having just come off a week of working just shy of 100 hours in surgery yet getting paid only $2.50 for 40 "official" hours and getting a quarter of that amount deducted in parking fees, I cannot agree with you more.
  12. 1) 6 weeks of electives in the summer of first year, divided however you wish 2) 6 weeks of electives at the beginning of clerkship for everybody 3) 4 weeks of electives anywhere in your clerkship year, depending on which schedule "track" you're on, including possibly after CARMS 4) All rotations end in mid-April but everything after Christmas is pretty much post CARMS submissions, interviews, match results. 5) Licensing exams at the end of April and in early May
  13. Not really. You'll be fine taking manual blood pressures with nursing quality stethoscopes up until you need to learn about heart and lung sounds and then you'll have to splurge on a real stethoscope. I learned what the real difference was after losing my stethoscope last month and tried listening to a few patients with a few borrowed nursing stethoscopes while on my OBS/GYN rotation. If you're auscultating for breath sounds or heart sounds, you can pretty much hear better placing your ear directly on their chests (eew) than with nursing stethoscopes. My suggestion is to wait until school starts. The bookstore always has discounts for med students entering around Aug. I'm waiting for then to replace my lost Cardiology III
  14. Jesus Christ! That's like the worst reason to go for med
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