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ellorie last won the day on July 1 2018

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  1. Every one I’ve ever been to has done it. It’s annoying and I can never get it right
  2. Seriously don’t worry. Every single time I’ve taken CPR (and I’ve done it like five times) I fail at the sling etc. Medical school is totally different. I don’t particularly enjoy doing procedures which is part of how I ended up in psychiatry and I wouldn’t say I’m great with my hands (things like speculum exams and blood draws took me a long time to learn) but I was fine in medical school. Just needed to practice and get some help.
  3. You are probably not going to find many people willing to discuss this openly. The problem the profession is stuck in is that to decrease stigma, people have to stand up and talk about these things, but nobody will talk for fear of stigma. Which is understandable. Once you’ve experienced retaliation/stigmatization, as I have, you get very hesitant to speak in any detail. And learners are the most vulnerable with respect to this. I’ve chatted with many people by PM over the years but mostly people won’t want to share openly.
  4. I finished with about 150k total - no debt from undergrad and living quite frugally (never travelled, no car, paid about 700/month in rent). Didn’t apply super broadly for CaRMS (only went to one out of province elective and one out of province interview). Bursaries help but it definitely adds up and 100k without any family support (financial or practical) would be very very difficult to achieve.
  5. There have been multiple topics about this in the past. Ultimately, everyone will have a different opinion and it is almost impossible to say how your specific file reviewers/interviewers will view it on the day they review your application. Some will view it as a positive as you say, and see how it can enrich your contributions as a physician. Some will think that it’s an over disclosure and feel uncomfortable. Some will likely think it makes you less suited to be in medicine. In your case since you do have a gap, it may do your application more good than harm since you’d have to address the gap anyway, and so not saying anything isn’t a neutral strategy - something clearly happened. But really it comes down to your own personal comfort level with taking the risk. Personally I elected not to go there in my applications because I just didn’t feel comfortable and I knew if I didn’t get in I’d always wonder if that was why. And my experiences in residency have further solidified my sense that there is still a strong stigma around mental illness in our profession. But I know that not everybody has had the experiences that I have had. And I also didn’t have a gap to explain. It’s a tough call. Ultimately, either decision is workable and defensible - it’s sort of a “pick your poison” scenario
  6. Yeah it’s pretty unbelievable. The difference between a child psychiatry consult and an adult psychiatry consult is unreal. It took me about five minutes on service to definitively rule out that career path. And don’t even get me started on call. None of them understand the concept of a focused emerg assessment because god forbid you didn’t ask the suicidal fourteen year old about what age they were toilet trained.
  7. ellorie

    Where are you at underprivileged population?

    Was asked to post this in this topic by one of the authors, who doesn’t want to reveal her PM101 username https://healthydebate.ca/2019/06/topic/low-ses-medical-students
  8. ellorie

    Speciality Choices

    Given how much of your early career you will spend working at ridiculous hours of the night seeing bread and butter stuff, pick something with bread and butter stuff that you don’t hate seeing at 3 am. It’s easy to fall in love with the “cool” aspects of whatever specialty and miss the reality of what the other 95% of the job is like. In psychiatry we do all kinds of cool stuff in practice but on call we see a lot of run of the mill depression/anxiety, substance intoxication, acute psychosis. The management is very routine but I don’t hate it. Whereas the classic GIM and surgical consults make me want to stab my eyes out with a fork. So pick the thing you can stand to get out of bed for, is the best advice I ever got.
  9. Oh god yes. Take every day of vacation you are entitled to, and all your conference time or anything else you get. And take it on the shittiest rotations. My last few years I took a week about every 2-3 months but PGY1 I definitely took it during the crappiest blocks.
  10. ellorie

    Doug Ford to cap OHIP-covered psychotherapy

    I disagree that it is reasonable to globally cap. There is a subset of patients (typically with complex trauma and personality disorders) who it is well known tend to not fully respond to 12-16 sessions of psychotherapy and need more. These patients are often high users of inpatient and emergency settings and present with a great deal of disability. It is not right or okay to prevent these people from accessing the treatments that are most useful to them (medications typically help these folks minimally if at all) simply because some patients could be better treated in short term modalities. Long term dynamic therapy has a role in psychiatry. I have seen it work for people who would never have responded to a brief course of CBT and in fact have had that and not made gains.
  11. Yeah not going to lie, that is an INCREDIBLY raw deal.
  12. I don’t have a particularly “fun” or outgoing personality and it’s not a big deal. People enjoy working with me for other reasons. The networking thing is more a learned skill than anything. Even if you’re shy or feel anxious, you can learn how to network with potential contacts even if it doesn’t come naturally to you. That’s what I did.
  13. Really? What PGME do you interact with? Because I can 100% see it.
  14. Well for one thing, if you are in a small specialty that depends on residents for service, losing one resident can knock out, e.g., a substantial chunk of the call pool, so they may not want to release you for that reason.
  15. I agree that people's experiences in London are mixed, but it's very different from somewhere like Toronto. When I lived in London, almost any time I mentioned my sexual orientation, even among residents, the conversation would grind to a halt with a long awkward silence. I don't think I met a single allied health provider who was queer, or at least nobody talked about it. When I asked my patients questions about sexual orientation, they not infrequently acted horrified that I might think they could be anything other than straight. I went on almost no dates and felt totally disconnected from my community. Then I moved to Toronto and it was totally different - people mention their same-sex partners and there is literally no discernible reaction most of the time. I get to work with queer nurses and social workers and doctors, there are people to date, and there's a community and events and places to go. It's genuinely night and day compared to London. Of course, many people hate big cities and wouldn't ever want to live in Toronto, which comes with its own issues, and those people should do some electives in places like London and see if they can imagine living there.