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  1. Lactic Folly

    Elective Location - Surgery

    Is this surgical subspecialty typically more competitive than gen surg?
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    Electives for FM

    3 electives in different fields at your home school makes sense, no need to spend extra to go away for diversification. But 3 electives in the same city in the same field might cast doubt as to the level of interest in other programs.
  3. Cool, thanks for the rec. Have added it to my "For Later" shelf. I listened to Robert Holden's Be Happy recently and it is on my "re-read" shelf as well.
  4. Yes, I would mention the family ties. It helps make your interest more convincing/sincere and programs would like to know that you have a personal support system. Your personal reasons will be noted as long as you have mentioned them in your personal statement/interview, and I wouldn't emphasize them to the detriment of other factors - you want to avoid making it sound like your outside commitments might interfere with your availability to the program.
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    Interview Haircut Predicament

    I agree there's nothing overtly untoward about a neat ponytail, but I've been trying to think of any male physician that I know with long hair, and just can't come up with any examples. Medium (to jaw line), yes.
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    Interview Haircut Predicament

    I like the second option. Just my opinion.
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    Third Year Clinical Experience

    Thanks for the answer - agree communication and paying attention to patient perspective are paramount. I think medicine is a bit more formalized in routinely getting signed informed consent for procedures, including detailing (1 out of xxxxx) worst-case scenarios. None of my visits to the general dentist, endodontist, or oral surgeon have been quite so explicit and usually focus more on what one might expect after the procedure. I think I'd remember if someone told me they might cut my tongue...?
  8. I plan to reread 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, a classic for good reason.
  9. Do you mean applying to CaRMS, or applying to medical school? If the former, assuming they already like you as a strong candidate (if they don't, it won't help much), I would suggest indicating your strong interest in the program, ideally based on the program factors/strengths that make it an excellent fit for you, as well as your personal desire to live in that city/location. Programs may take generalized declarations of interest with a grain of salt (especially when a candidate hasn't attended all their interviews yet), so it's helpful to provide solid reasons to support why you feel their program is an ideal fit (therefore the advantage of having done an elective there so you can speak from personal experience). From the program's viewpoint, this gives them the added security of ranking someone who is motivated to thrive there. If the latter, I don't think it matters.
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    U of T medical student convicted of rape

    Even in medical school, our social committee was reluctant to organize alcohol-free events, stating that they might not be popular.
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    Third Year Clinical Experience

    Concur, procedural mishaps certainly happen in medicine as well despite our best intentions. That being said, dentistry is more a private practice environment, so I'm curious how you approached the situation with patients and how they reacted? Presumably patients won't expect everything will go perfectly smoothly if they're attending a student clinic, but what about those in a regular office?
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    Ontario FM more competitive this cycle?

    Yeah, programs may have had prior bad experiences and decide it's better to leave a spot unfilled than take someone who isn't a good fit and could lead to problems down the road. ETA: can't speak specifically to FM. Just following up on the statement above.
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    FM Interview Social Attire

    Agree I've never seen a SO at an interview social. I wouldn't ask to bring them, if it's not stated in the invitation that they are welcome. They'd be invited to events once you're in the program as LL said.
  14. Numbers aside, I'd encourage you to think about your long-term goals and how each position might set you up accordingly. Would you want to take the opportunity to locum first and learn about the business side of medicine, and then move into a salaried, or another type of position if you want? It's often valuable to gain experience working in a number of different settings, unless an ideal position is currently available.
  15. Define "things".. Essentially all areas could allow you to design new programs, processes (think creativity in quality improvement), protocols (problem solving to address needs with limited resources), communication materials for education, etc.
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    Radiology as a backup...?

    Ok, this all sounds good in theory. However, say you are at one of the academic hospitals you have trained at. You wish to request a CT or MR on an inpatient. How does this work? A handwritten paper request is faxed to the radiology department. These faxed sheets are collected in a folder. To keep track of the requests and their priority, the staff keep a handwritten list of all the patient names on a sheet of paper. They update the queue as necessary by writing a new list of patient names on a new sheet of paper, by hand. It is currently 2019. What does this imply about diffusion of technology, given how long computers have been in existence? And as rmorelan said, image reading is only one part of the role. A good portion of the day can be on the phone/email or away from the workstation doing procedures, dealing with tech/nurse/patient concerns, protocolling, interacting with referring physicians/presenting at rounds/teaching as applicable.
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    Radiology as a backup...?

    Also differ with this. By the same reasoning, AI could also equally replace other fields of medicine (input patient symptoms/physical exam/labwork for a diagnosis). We have had computer-assisted detection in mammography for many years now, and most of the findings flagged by the computer are dismissed upon human review (the technology helps as a second reader for increased sensitivity, but if everything flagged was pursued, this would lead to a huge number of workups and anxiety). Contrary to common perception of pattern recognition (appearance x = diagnosis y), much of image interpretation is far from black and white, and it may be necessary to decide whether a finding is even real or could be within the range of normal, using one's knowledge of additional patient factors / history and value system to help decide how to word the final report and recommendations. The other question of course is who will shoulder responsibility if the machine gets it wrong, so it is likely that technology will continue to serve as an aid to human physicians as tere said.
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    Radiology as a backup...?

    What would be your first choice? From the rest of your question, it seems that you are really asking whether radiology is decreased in competitiveness enough to use as a backup, but to answer the question (as worded) of whether it's a good idea, you'd have to consider whether you could make your application competitive enough for both fields, and weigh the risk that you appear uncommitted to both.
  19. Sounds like you're well-liked with no red flags. I don't think that all medical students get positive feedback as a baseline - they do have to earn it, which most do, as they are motivated people who work hard, like yourself.
  20. Yes, agree, I forgot to mention that a strong personal letter should include some specific reasons as to why the program/location is a good fit for you. This can help set applicants apart when a program is trying to decide among candidates they have no prior knowledge of.
  21. Examples: Something that shows you don't have a realistic understanding of the specialty you're applying for. Stating your passion for field X when you're applying to field Y.
  22. It depends on the program and reviewer. I don't know if there tends to be great variation in the content that people write, outside of their particular backgrounds. You'd want to avoid any statements leading to a raised eyebrow, of course. Similarly, the impact of a typo would depend on who is reading it. Some people might not even notice it, or if they do it, brush it off as insignificant. Others might hold the view if that this program was really a top pick, you would place importance on submitting the best application you could, and proofread it carefully before submitting.
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    Importance Of Mspr

    The company is supposed to monitor for people who are rating too quickly.
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    Importance Of Mspr

    Practice depends on the school. Some definitely do include the evaluations/grades for clerkship rotations in their entirety. If garlic is getting meets expectations while many classmates are getting distinction, it seems there is some room for improvement and I'd encourage them to get constructive feedback as to what they could do specifically to get that higher grade. It probably matters less if going for a noncompetitive residency, but still nice to be considered a strong candidate for one's choice of location...
  25. Sorry to hear your referees aren't as supportive as you'd hoped. Although they might not have been successful, they could certainly have tried to lobby for you upon hearing you didn't receive an interview. In any case, wishing you the best of luck with your family med interview. At the least you'll be able to say with 100% conviction it's your first choice.