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    Laptop/technology recommendations

    I just read the notes I took in my book. I wouldn't type them up or print off slides. I found it easy enough to cross reference my notes with slides on my computer if I need to see a diagram or something (would make a note regarding the slide and picture). I would date and title each new entry and keep track of the page numbers but in pre-clerkship it was easy enough just to read from start to finish for the exams as they came up. Honestly, even if you printed off all the slides it would probably still be cheaper than a top of the line tablet. At least at my school, there were printers with free printing so I knew people who just printed off entire sections of digital textbooks for home reference. During clerkship/residency I didn't see how I could carry around technology other than my phone while running around trying to do work. It's easier just to write stuff down when needed.
  2. It really depends on what you consider to be well compensated and what kind of lifestyle you want to lead. No one in medicine is going to be struggling financially unless they live irresponsible lifestyles. If you really enjoyed Peds you should 100% do it. All my friends in Peds love their jobs and love going to work despite "billing" less than some other specialties. They still live very comfortable lives even if they're not cruising around in a Ferrari.
  3. I would recommend a field where you enjoy doing the bread and butter cases and can see yourself doing for decades. My colleagues who chose fields just to chase money seem to be the ones most dissatisfied. We do well in medicine but it is not a career that is sustainable if you just look at what makes you the most money. I think that's a quick path to disappointment. Residency alone will be soul-crushing in many fields and staff life (while usually easier) is still a demanding job. Find something that motivates you to wake up every morning. I've seen too many doctors trapped in their jobs because they need to fund their lifestyle/debt when they really want to leave instead.
  4. blah1234

    MOTP

    I didn't do this program but my friends who did have left. There is a reason why retention is so poor despite decent incentives.
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    USMD or Ireland

    The US is the superior choice here. You'll have a better chance at matching in the US in case things don't work out in Canada which is a significant safety net. I wouldn't even consider other international schools if you have a US offer.
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    Laptop/technology recommendations

    I found the benefits of tablets to be overstated and I never used my Ipad once I realized how cumbersome it was. I found taking notes by pen and paper helped with retention and prevented the distraction that my laptop brought me (facebook, twitter, youtube, etc). By the time I rolled into clerkship/residency I was mostly pen and paper as it was easier to do during informal teaching or rounds in cramped offices.
  7. The Program Directors are looking to hire people that they can work with for the next couple of years. A candidate might be great on paper in terms of intellectual capability, technical skills, research publications but if the program sees a conflict with personality then they won't rank that candidate highly. You'll be working with this person for years so people want to ensure they can tolerate this person for that period of time.
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    Speciality Choices

    I would agree with this point. Medicine is a busy career and it becomes a large portion of our identity. However, not everyone equates life with working. I have many friends and colleagues that went into their fields for genuine passion and interest. However, they had to give up a lot in other aspects of their lives that is now causing them grief. I think a lot of people want it all (probably due to having worked so hard to get through this path) but I have to emphasize that the vast majority of people will have to make compromises in areas of their life and you may have to choose a field you are "okay" with to help balance out the other priorities in your life.
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    Speciality Choices

    I wouldn't say my friends in interventional cardiology have a good lifestyle. They are often up late at night to cover emergencies and the training can be brutal. From what I understand it's hard to find a full-time position in Canada as well.
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    Ottawa vs UBC for medical school

    The value of family and friends is priceless during stressful times. UBC.
  11. blah1234

    Speciality Choices

    I found shadowing easy enough at my medical school. As a staff I don't mind having learners shadow either. I think it is hard for students to gain a sense of what they like pre-clerkship. Pathologies that sound interesting on paper and in the classroom may not be that fun to deal with on a daily basis as your fulltime job. I think shadowing and asking residents/staff about what they like/dislike about their job might be a good starting point. Unfortunately, people do change as they grow older and their priorities shift. What you love as a medical student may not be what you love as a resident or as a staff physician. I would suggest keeping an open mind and finding a field where you would be okay with the bread and butter (80+ percent) of the job. It is also important to note that academic vs community practices can be very different and I think a lot of the exposure you get as a medical student is skewed towards academic practice which can inaccurately push you towards or away from a field.
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    IMG and CARMS residency

    I'm curious how hiring takes into account the backlog. I have to imagine that the reams of residents we train year after year that are forced to do locums or whatever for years are still in the running for desirable posts. Not sure if that improves the situation at all for new grads. I remember being told during medical school that the hiring situation for many specialties would improve when we finished and yet that was years ago and not much has changed.
  13. Very sad to hear that things are still looking bad for many specialties. Surprised at some parts as some of the quotes seem to go against what I have been hearing down the grapevine but I suppose this is a more comprehensive study across all of Canada.
  14. Even part-time physicians (and better yet a physician couple) should be financially fine with regards to income. The bigger component is probably your job requirements and expenditures (debt/mortgage/cost of living). 1) Depending on your specialty and the group you join you may have significant call requirements or hospital coverage requirements that cannot be avoided if you want the position. You could also be in a field where you just run your own little outpatient clinic and you are your own boss and can control your hours. However, even then you could be limited by needing to work to cover your overhead and staff expenses. 2) Depending on how much debt you take on and what kind of retirement you want to have will also dictate your working schedule. There is no free lunch and if you want to live extravagantly and pay for expensive toys you'll need to make the financials work somehow.
  15. I find that I'm doing long hours now because of coverage requirements. The staff billing isn't enough for me to take pages whenever they arise. If I can push it to the morning I will. I think the money is a nice change of pace compared to residency but I think the comfort I have juggling multiple sick patients while being exhausted was something I learned how to do during residency. If you threw staff billings at my resident self I'm sure it would've been nice but I'm not sure I would've made good medical decisions being fatigued and inexperienced. While residency is brutal because we are underpaid I think there is a huge component of being unskilled. I just wasn't as fast, knowledgeable, or steadfast back then compared to now. Even with all the scut and nonsense if I went back I could probably do all my rotations with way less effort.
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