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Everything posted by ploughboy

  1. It's the ABCs - airway, breathing, circulation, sling...
  2. Congratulations on you acceptance. I see you're getting a head-start on developing some "imposter syndrome" Relax, you'll be fine. If you're actually that inept at working with your hands (unlikely), there are lots of non-procedural specialties.
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    Admitted but never kissed a girl

    Same pattern on the table, same clock on the wall...
  4. Scotia red. Forever and ever and ever and ever...
  5. Read the Case Files book for whatever your first rotation is. And sleep in, because you're going to miss that for the rest of your life...
  6. Your numbers and assumptions are off. Why can't you commute for M1 and M2? You've also drawn the boundaries of your system in the wrong place -- will a divorce cost you more or less than $70,000?
  7. 1) Your family won't have a freakin' clue what you do, nor will they understand the odds you've overcome and the competition you've beaten to get to where you are. 2) Accept this with grace. 3) Never take your eyes off cash-flow. 4) Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.
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    What Were the 7 things CARMS looks for?

    I don't remember them, but if you Google "CanMeds Roles" you will likely find them..
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    TD Student Line of Credit Amazon Offer

    Wow, that's a big line of credit.
  10. Might be technically possible, but don't spread yourself too thin. Why not do it as part of your residency, when you will have a salary, might have funding etc.
  11. Q: Who programs EKG readers? A: Malpractice lawyers.
  12. I'm not an internist, but I've heard this is a good course. (full disclosure: I know the course developer) https://internalmedicinereview.ca/ Edit - Oh. Your exam is next week. Good luck with that. Nothing can save you now. Seriously, at this point you shouldn't be doing new questions or looking at new material. I'd encourage you to study *less* in the last few days before the exam, so that you're fresh and rested.
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    mature med school students in 40s?

    Doing junior call when you're not in your 20s sucks. You just don't bounce back the way you did when you were younger. But it's do-able.
  14. I can't speak about Dal. I can offer an informed opinion about Sunnybrook: you will see a large volume of really sick patients, and get great teaching from world class experts.
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    Baby shower gift

    A baby shower at a banquet hall? What a great world we live in! You're a student? $50.
  16. Early clerkship sucks. You have no idea what the heck is going on, who everybody is and what their role is, you're at the bottom of the totem pole, and you don't speak the language/jargon of the service that you're on. And once you've been on-service for a few weeks and are just getting the hang of who's who, what's what and figuring out some of the medical stuff, you move to a different service and start all over again. Lather, rinse, repeat for a full year of feeling constantly off balance without any control over your life. Don't make any irrevocable and life-altering decisions based on feeling crappy in early clerkship. Suck it up, get through it, match to something, get yourself a CCFP or FRC. Then at least you've got the ability to generate income from clinical work while you figure out if you really want to bail on medicine as a career. You've also got a metric tonne more credibility for your future non-medical employer. You're probably in the weakest position of your career right now. Even if you do make a hard right turn into something non-clinical, make that move from a relatively stronger position. Don't do it right now.
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    Are all Bachelor of Science Degrees Equal?

    Oddly enough, I was just going to (half-jokingly) suggest that to you in your DVM thread. If the whole "professional school" thing doesn't work out for you, based on you stated interests it might not be a terrible fall-back plan for you to find somebody to work for for a few years, save up some cash and then try running some livestock of your own.
  18. Definitely not baby-boomers. That increase is the cohort who entered medical school in the first decade of this century, when there was a big increase in medical school seats in Ontario. That increase was a response to the relative physician undersupply and consequent waitlists, lack of access and public outcry. All of that mess came as a result of the cutbacks of the 1990s, when the Barer-Stoddart report was simplistically interpreted as: "physicans are a significant expense in the health care system, so to cut health care costs we will cut medical school enrolment". The Barer-Stoddart report, in turn, had its roots in the overall context of a crummy economy, inflation and rapidly rising government expenditures of the early 1980s. I've clearly over-simplified, but the take-home point is that the system's time constants are incredibly long (on the order of decades), while the folks trying to drive the system behave as if the time constants are only years.
  19. Sask was also pretty aggressive about recruiting South African docs. Not sure if that's still the case or not.
  20. Med school? I can't even remember what I had for breakfast...
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    Rad Onc + Internal Med

    Med onc. Way more mobile, and can practice GIM if need be. And when you reply "I'm going to strictly be an academic oncologist and don't need a GIM ticket", I'm going to say "things change, sometimes suddenly and unexpectedly, and this is a good hedge against future uncertainty". Cheers.
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    Summer Break Pre-CaRMS Electives

    Ah, got it. I was picturing an actual summer. I think we got two weeks, and I think I spent most of it sleeping. Can't imagine doing yet-another-elective in that time.
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    Summer Break Pre-CaRMS Electives

    You have a summer before M4?