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  1. Seems like a jerk move. I doubt there's anyone that has never said anything potentially offensive in private before including yourself. Screwing this person over is not going to get you into med. This is also probably why so many people on facebook suddenly changed their usernames prior something critical like the Carms match.
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    Physician political orientation

    One example would be something like the general teaching of addictions as being completely a disease and nothing to do with the individual's life choices etc. To disagree even slightly in class would likely have you shamed and ostracized right away. In a way, some of these issues were presented similar to climate science where you have to agree completely or you're labelled a denier. Another example would in relation to topics regarding women's health and abortion. I am totally prochoice on this issue but a couple of my Catholic friends felt judged and patronized for their assumed beliefs on this subject during small group PBL sessions.
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    Physician political orientation

    As someone recently in medical training and on the conservative side, it may seem like a lot of people are left leaning. Myself, I remember having to parrot leftist dogma to blend in and not rock the boat during small group sessions in PBL and especially the sessions on "social determinants of health". To say anything else would make you seem like a bigoted dinosaur. Once you are out in practice however, you will find a lot more people on the conservative bent.
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    I'm done

    Worse case scenario, you will still get family medicine if you put some effort into the remaining years. That itself is still a way better career than most other people. One fail will make it harder if you are going for a competitive specialty, but it's not impossible and you can still make up for it since you are so early on and I'm sure most residency directors care more about your personality/work ethic than a transcript.
  5. Dermatologist performing liposuctions kills patient Just an example of how your own shared videos of dancing during surgery can come back as evidence against you.
  6. Anything over 0% is too much and I can't think of any patient that deserves to be at risk of that.
  7. There are pretty much no effective treatments for antisocial and psychopathic behavior. Letting them back out, let alone practice medicine has time and time again shown to be a bad idea hence the creation of a dangerous offender registry because the chance for recidivism is so high. Besides, seeing how so many new grads have trouble finding permanent positions after residency, allowing someone with a criminal record to practice medicine seems to wrongly see the criminal as a victim and not society. The person that they assaulted or raped will forever be a affected long after the bad guy has served his time. The trust the public puts in physicians is delicate and this is no time to be nice and ruin it for the overwhelming majority of the normal doctors.
  8. Sorry for the personal attack, I did not mean it that way. I have strong feelings for this subject as I am in anesthesia and having spoken to colleagues that work in the US, encroachment by midlevels is a serious problem. The issue started from some well-meaning folks that are initially tried to fix a shortage of anesthesiologists by having nurses provide anesthetic care in the military and rural areas. Afterwards, greedier anesthesiologists started utilizing them to increase their income and reduce their workload since they could bill for multiple rooms while just supervising the nurses. After a while, eventually the nurses will not see the need for physicians to supervise them and that is what's happening today with some states granting independent practice to nurses. In the end, more patients will be cared for by less well-trained professionals and cost savings will not be that drastic either. The specialty of anesthesia in the US has also suffered and it is definitely not a choice for the most competitive graduates anymore. I hope that your idea of having more NPs not harming family medicine is correct, but if they were to become even more prevalent, it's likely you will see the percentages of grads choosing family medicine drop even more. The proper solution to a lack of primary care is not to marginalize physicians and bring in cheaper personnel as replacement since just introduces a race to the bottom. Properly funding family physicians to make it a financially viable to run full-service clinics would be much better in the long run.
  9. I really hope Ralk isn't on any positions of significant authority because family doctors with his/her attitude are helping to undermine their own specialty.
  10. As with all midlevels, first they are happy being supervised but after a while they will push for more autonomy. After a while, they may even become your boss Meet the NP that hires family docs to run her clinic .
  11. Based on the fact that the process to enter medicine is much more difficult than nursing school. I don't think it's even debatable to say the average physician has proven they can learn and adapt better than the average RN (again outliers exist in both).
  12. As someone who chose not to do Family Medicine partially related to discussions like this, I think that these sentiments devalue the work of our Family Physician colleagues. If someone was a medical student, knowing that NPs were encroaching on Family Medicine territory would make it seem much less attractive. Why bother going through so many years of training if NPs are advertised as equivalent care. One might as well specialize so that you're not just doing what a nurse can be allowed to do. Hiring more NPs will not improve the lack of family physicians. Promotion of midlevels just provides lower quality care. There are great NPs out there and horrible Family physicians, but the I am sure the distribution of quality is different.
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    No one to ask for references :(

    I got mine by being a year-long voluntary teaching assistant for a professor in our undergraduate program.
  14. They could screen people like with insurance to ensure you don't have a mental illness that would precipitate blowing it all on whim. However, that would probably violate some human rights legislation. This case could hurt the the thousands of other medical students who rely on loans if the banks were to clamp down.
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    What I Learned

    There are enough high GPA applicants that they can find people with both good AQ and NAQs. Why pick someone with only good NAQ when you can easily get both with the huge number of applicants?