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  1. I expect that's the majority of it.
  2. Probably very program dependent. I can honestly say in the 5 years I spent selecting residents for the most popular program in the country for a highly competetive surgical specialty, I can't recall once discussing research or EC's that were done during med school. We always managed to sort people out based on the three things I listed above. Again, my experience only.
  3. We bought. We worked out the costs for the house we needed (3 year old small townhouse in the burbs) vs. renting over 5 years. For us, it worked out to basically the same price (mind you, we had part of the downpayment "gifted" to us by family). Renting had less costs at the end (didn't have to sell the house) but was more per month. The biggest thing for us was we wanted a house with a yard because we knew we were planning on having kids soon after residency started. We also did not want to have to move during residency because thelandlord of the place we rented decided to sell the property (my wife rented a lot as a child and that happened a few times). It really depends what your priorities are in residency.
  4. If you are a staff surgeon (or staff anything) and you are yelling at med students, you are a pathetic loser. I feel bad that you have to push around the students to make up for your small penis. Just saying.....
  5. Yeah I should have specified that. Don't ask questions when bad shit is happening or the surgeon is concentrating on something. Also some people just hate talking during the OR. Make sure you judge when is a good time to ask questions. I'm the type of surgeon who doesn't mind questions. But some people aren't like me.
  6. Work harder than hard. Offer to see consults that come up. Offer to stay late if the residents are busy and also working late. At the same time don't be too keen. If the residents tell to go home or that you don't need to see a consult, they mean it. You can ask if they are sure, but don't force yourself into doing work if they tell you not to. Offer to write notes on rounds. Offer to fill out paperwork. When you see a consult and you go to present it to the residents or staff, have a plan for what you want to do, even if you aren't 100% sure its correct. Nothing is worse than when you ask a clerk what they want to do with a patient and the clerk gives you a blank look and shrug. Read around the major presentations you see so you have some knowledge to fall back on (for example on gen surg, make sure you read up on appendicitis, on Ortho: hip #, on urology: stones). A little extra knowledge from a clerk is very impressive sometimes. Pay attention in the OR. Don't daydream and be out in space. Ask an occasional question sometimes (ex. Why do you close the fascia with that type suture?). Don't be a douchebag. Hahaha
  7. ECs count very very little. Research might help a bit but is generally not cared about in non competative settings or just a check box in most competative programs. Elective performance trumps everything. In my experience what mattered was: 1. Work ethic 2. Likeability or how well the person fit into the program 3. Knowledge
  8. NLengr

    Income and Lifestyle

    And on top of that once you finish you're fellowship (or your second fellowship and your masters/PhD) you need to find a job, which is easier said than done. At least family you have flexibility. With many specialties (especially surgery) the jobs are few and far between. And what exists is usually a shit job, shit location or both. Or the USA. /Typed in a dying rural shit town by an overworked specialist with a fellowship. There are lots of days I wish I had picked FM solely so I could leave this place easily.
  9. Engineering co-ops are mostly private industry competing to get the best students. They hope they can idendify and recruit good permanent employees via this method. Private industry is willing to spend money to do this. They hope this will let them make more money in the future. The governments in Canada are cheap. They have no profit motive. They know you will still be working in the public system for whatever they decide the fee schedule is when you are done. They don't need to pay you and as a result, they don't. Same goes for teachers. It sucks, but unfortunately that is the reality.
  10. Same for surgueies. It takes me about 25-50% of the time to do a case as a staff in the community vs the academic guys. That's because I operate all the time. I don't have trainees doing 75% or more of the case.
  11. Clerks slow you down as a staff. I don't mind having one around occasionally to have someone to talk to but I know they will slow down my day.
  12. Isn't ENT on the Royal College's list of specialties with a lack of jobs? Maybe things have changed over the last couple years?
  13. I'd say. I had a spouse who was only substitute teaching during med school. Then we moved partway across the country for my 5 year residency, she did a masters and we had kids. She stayed home with the kids till I was done fellowship. Even I looked at it and figured it was more than I needed. I also agree that rising interest rates make this even more worrisome than it would have been 4 years ago.
  14. I fell asleep before the end of that sentence. Hahaha
  15. Hahaha. That's how the entire medical community feels.