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Everything posted by Egg_McMuffin

  1. Yeah...I agree the math doesn't really add up here. Even if you do FM, be prepared for delayed gratification, including income-wise. I don't know how strong this 'what if' feeling is and sometimes you can't rationalize yourself out of that stuff, so I'll just speak on the financial goals: So pick up a side gig. You were vague about your role, but is it possible to start some kind of consulting side hustle with your current skills? Move up into a managerial role? If not with your current skills, then do a masters part-time in 4-5 years while working full-time? You'll be investing lots of time outside of your FT work to get your application ready, then in med school and residency it'll be like a 1.25-1.5+ FTE time commitment-wise, with more stress than your current job. If you invested ALL that extra time on a side gig, you could potentially make more money without investing the ~420K that 1D7 calculated and without losing your pension. Also, if your partner is in the trades, then he should have no problem picking up a side gig to increase your joint income? Also, I've heard some grumblings from BC family docs about how they are significantly underpaid compared to other provinces. Maybe someone who knows the system better than I can comment more on the income potential of a rural BC doc.
  2. I started med school at 28, my bf grew up in a blue-collared family and is working a blue-collared job. We started dating after I started med school though, so my situation is different in that he knew what he was getting into. I drafted this response with his input: More more info would be helpful here: what do you mean "he is a bit intimidated by what it would take and his partner being a physician"? As in he doesn't feel great about being burdened financial and household responsibilities while you're studying and working? Or that he's not comfortable with the idea of you being the main breadwinner? Is the idea of you going to med school something that's just brought up recently or has he known about it since the beginning? If he's reluctant about the idea and you both are aware of the multiple facets of this situation, no amount of tactful conversation will make him feel better about it or not feel resentful down the road. It's fair if he's more focused on just moving on to the milestones, especially if making the sacrifices you stated is not what he signed up for in the beginning of the relationship. On the flip side, if being a physician is so important to you and he sees that, and he's invested in the relationship enough to want to buy a home and start a family with you, it wouldn't be unreasonable for him to take the back seat for the next few years so you can fulfill your life goals. Of course, you'd also have to be willing to make sacrifices. e.g. are you okay with perhaps going to FM to shorten your training time? (that's the first one that came to mind, I'm sure there are other ways). Also, yes you will have to delay some life plans but in the end, if you are smart about making business-minded decisions for your MD career (i.e. not train for years and years to be an academic sub-specialist that might be under-employed and not paid well), with his support you can can both build a more comfortable and stable life than what you have now. Those would be good things to discuss so that both of you are on the same page about what your future might look like.
  3. I think you go to Queen's. In second year we learn ECG interpretation from this website and I see that they have ultrasound tutorials as well. https://www.teachingmedicine.com/Modules.aspx?mid=1068 We also got a clinical skills session in second year on POCUS.
  4. I worked as a pharmacy assistant before med school, doing refills, inputting prescriptions, restocking, etc. basically everything in the day to day operation of the pharmacy aside from checking that meds are inputted/filled properly and counseling. I learned names of the most common meds and what they're for, different payment assistance options (ODB vs Trillium etc.). During down time I got to chat with the pharmacist about the medications if I wanted to learn more about(or just looked at the online database). And you overhear them counsel patients about certain things to watch for with certain meds which I guess would be helpful for a med student. It was a steep learning curve though because there were lots of things to remember, even though I came into the job with tons of fast-paced customer service experience. I was sweaty and got yelled at by someone on many days- so I guess in that sense it was good prep for clerkship. Because of how long it'll take to train you and for you to be good and quick, I don't know if they'll necessarily want to hire someone who'll be there for the summer only? Try it out if you want to, but I don't think it'll make or break you as a med student. I do appreciate what I've gained from the experience though. p.s. expect to be paid near minimum wage.
  5. Thanks so much for coming back here to update us, Beef. I remember chatting with you way back when I was starting my dietetics degree- you've always been super helpful. Just to clarify, you did not do a +1 in EM--so what you've achieved is possible for any FM doc in your area, correct? Did you keep your RD license or got to use it in any way as a MD? Also, how did you learn about real estate investment?
  6. Hey guys, came across this article. Curious to hear your thoughts: Analysis of factors affecting Canadian medical students’ success in the residency match: https://journalhosting.ucalgary.ca/index.php/cmej/article/view/68981/53998?fbclid=IwAR1PZih64I_ce-8Kj55we6lKIIZHyrqxS0TvZo4BDtIQBZv1OxNX_B3ZqDg Main takeaways: - there's significant geographical variance in likelihood of successfully matching - number of research or volunteer activities does not significantly affect matching - also the average carms applicant has 8-9 research publications??!
  7. Uh, if you never get into med school what are you planning to do with your degree in English? I'm not saying you shouldn't do it or that you'll have no options, but do your future self a favour and think about this long and hard first. Is there another route that you can take that will scratch your itch/you can do well in but is more employable right out of undergrad? I'm bringing this up because not only do you NOT want to be sitting on $30,000 of debt making minimum wage in four years (worst case scenario), but you also want to have access to jobs/opportunities that will look more "interesting/impressive" to admissions committees if you have to reapply after undergrad.
  8. Has anyone done a fly in fly out locum at a remote community? Wondering what your experience is like. How do you know you are ready to do that sort of work, with little resources and no backup (I imagine)? How common is it for docs to do that right out of residency?
  9. You can start moonlighting as a family doc after you finish the family med portion of your residency, while you're doing your public health rotations (typically last couple years of residency)-- and you will have time to do that because you won't be working 80 hour weeks like other specialty residents. You get a master's out of it too while paid as a resident which is nice.
  10. I'm just a MS2 but I joined the facebook group Physician Financial Independence (Canada) and it's been really informative. Lots of stuff are too high level for it's good for passively absorbing some high level stuff at my stage of training.
  11. Hi guys, long shot but wondering if there's any data base that provides info on number of seats a particular residency program at a site may have, even better how many applicants they get. Just trying to gather info on competitiveness of specific programs. Thanks!
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. The salary is low but pension is pretty sweet. Apparently you start accumulating pensionable years during training too.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. About 1-2 k less in total. 2k more in loans
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. Interesting. How many spots in total are they offering this year?
  25. 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
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