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  1. Hi guys! I'm pretty set on pursuing FM. Other than a few, but not an overkill amount of FM electives, which electives would you recommend for learning stuff that family docs will see more of? I've heard derm is a good one. Any others? PM&R? Psychiatry? Thanks in advance
  2. Dunno how old you're looking for but I was 28 with two undergrads when I entered. But boyyyy do I feel older than that. Feel free to PM.
  3. I posted about the pros and cons of being an RD a while ago and pretty much addressed your questions. Feel free to take a look at my post history. I can answer any other questions you have.
  4. Definitely apply for free money. Beyond that I wouldn't recommend doing something just to make some money, because you'll be making many times more as an attending. Use your free time to build solid habits for preserving some semblance of wellness- carve out time to cook, sleep enough, have physical activity, continue hobbies, and spend time with friends and family. It only gets harder to find balance from here. Your clerkship and residency self will thank you.
  5. Are you open to potentially moving to the USA? Would you enjoy the work environment and pace more for CS or pharmacy? What kind of a career path do you see yourself pursuing in both fields? How much stability do you want? Do you care these two careers have different cielings in income and advancement? Which path will likely lead to a lifestyle that's more congruent with what you want? These are all things to think about.
  6. The salary is low but pension is pretty sweet. Apparently you start accumulating pensionable years during training too.
  7. Omg I spend half of my time at school making self-deprecating geriatric jokes. Excited to see fellow non-trads join Queen's next year!!! Feel free to PM about Kingston, being old in med school, or anything related.
  8. I think you got a lot of work to do on yourself and your insecurities. Unless you choose to date directionless bimbos your entire life, there might be plenty of times when your partner is more "successful"/makes more/got it more together/doing life better than you (even if you're both in medicine!), either temporarily or more long-term. Even if this girl decides to date you now and doesn't see it as a problem, your insecurities can facilitate a lot of tension and problems down the line. Also, please please don't put her on a pedestal just because she's on her way to med school and you're a little behind.
  9. About 1-2 k less in total. 2k more in loans
  10. from a re-applicant: I wish I listened to my gut feelings about not using someone as a reference, regardless of their professional title/how well-known they are. If you don't think your best interest is high on their priority list, then look elsewhere. On the opposite end of the spectrum, if they have a heart of gold but you don't think they 'get' what writing a strong reference letter involves (even after your coaching), politely look elsewhere.
  11. If I had that option I'd pick something that helps me grow as a person and most importantly as un-related to medicine as possible. Once you get in you'll see how valuable that time away from the premed and med bubble is.
  12. Because until all of those terrible things happen, you're going to be living anyway. Might as well spend it doing something that fills you with purpose and something to look forward to.
  13. Interesting. How many spots in total are they offering this year?
  14. Hi guys, I'm trying to collect some info on the amount of nutrition teaching there is in the curricula of med schools across the country. It will only take 5 min of your time- please fill out this excel sheet. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_m2bOFiWXKxo1m9iIOJfQp3ONEFAyZOSsoW4rPVNpeU/edit?usp=sharing Thank you so much! Your help is much appreciated
  15. Sorry to hear you've been having a rough time, OP. As you can see from others' replies, your situation is not unique. I can definitely see where you're coming from, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with having no one that you feel close to in med school. Our ability to form deep connections with people is based on our social environment, the people who create that environment, and the effort we put in (could there be a another person in the class who feels the same way you do and who in fact could get along great with you? Maybe. But it's quite hard for two very introverted people who are both not into the usual socialization settings to spend an amount of time significant enough to facilitate a deep connection). I'm afraid I have nothing new to offer, except to echo others' advice of remaining connected the friends you already have/who are not in medicine. I honestly think the idea that you're supposed to form deep long-lasting connections with people in med school is over-rated-- so perhaps a bit of expectation management is needed here. As someone who never hang out with premeds (pretty sure I wasn't perceived as smart or hard working enough even if I wanted to LOL, then did school with people who just wanted to be RDs, then went out to the real world, where surprise- most of my colleagues are decades older and have vastly different life experiences and priorities), I think it's actually really really really beneficial to hang out with people outside of medicine. As you mentioned, coming from priviledged backgrounds is a factor (as someone who paid my way through school, I too have had some off-putting experiences). There can also be quite a bit of external validation seeking, insecurity, and er, not chill behaviours in general. I dunno about you but the less of those things I surround myself with the better. Not trying to stereotype or bash anyone, just saying there are definitely positives to not having close friends in medicine and you're not missing out on much.
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