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  1. It means you like to shoot-the-shit with the patients, are tolerant of uncertainty and willing to use time as a diagnostic and therapeutic tool.
  2. Hello everyone, I am a 4th year student hoping to get some collective insight. Does the specific score on the MCC part 1 significantly play a role in the +1 EM selection process? I am trying to pick a time and study strategy and am wondering if I should spend more time on (practical) learning for clinical practice (of EM) or maximize score, as these strategies necessarily differ in important ways.
  3. Being a medical student does not confer any insight or skills that are useful for anything besides residency. We don't have anything useful to offer with respect to startups.
  4. I recommend West's Respiratory physiology as well as his Pulmonary pathophysiology textbooks. Truly I say, he is the prophet of respiratory physiology
  5. Physical exams are more specific than they are sensitive: in other words, the point is to find pathology, not reassure yourself there is an absence of pathology. However, while the initial goal is to learn the maneuvers, as your skills improve, so will your sensitivity. The way I see it is that the lower level of training you have, the better your equipment should be to increase your sensitivity. This is also something a cardiologist told me when I self-effacingly admitted the having a cardiology IV. He also said that a better stetho really makes a difference. Finally, as a med student with the cardio IV, I have picked up subtle murmers that others have missed - and one turned out the be pathological. We spend 80 000 on our tuition but try and cut a few hundred on our equipement (get a proper Queens square reflex hammer!).
  6. Update from UBC. There is s tentative plan to get us back on July 6th for the rest of our core rotation and then we will start electives in September. Electives will run from Sept to end of Jan. I'm really curious what is going on im the other schools and how the number/distribution of electives is changing for you
  7. I would just add that pediatric gen Surg is subspecialty, at least if that's all you want to do. Speaking to one of the ped-gen Surg attendings in BC, they said that a one job may come up every 5-7 years. For all of BC. If someone could correct me, my understanding is that you don't necessarily set your goal to be a subspecialty this early as the kind of fellowship you do (if you do one) will be dictated by factors such as demand, target location to practice as much as your interest and proficiency. Thus, to set your sights on Peds Gen Surg, you have to first go through gen-surg resisdency then a fellowship and then hope for an opening. Granted you said you were interested in gen Surg anyway so it might not be a big deal to end up doing just that. I would say that if 'working with kids' is a driving factor (doesn't seem like it is) then do Peds and only then do a procedural subspecialty (Peds GI) but I imagine still super competitive.
  8. In answer to your question, I would agree with french press and others that good, vivid examples are the best thing to put in to a reference letter
  9. Can we stop with this 'Candidate' non-sense and just admit that we're undergraduate medical students?
  10. I also go to UBC. While it was difficult at first, I found that trying to keep up added an extra depth to lectures. I had to integrate concepts during lecture just to keep up instead of passively listening (which I used to do). Also, to be fair, to really make it work I had to preview lectures (15 min per lecture) so that I had an idea of how to organize my notes ahead of time. Of course, everyone has their preferences and some of classmates were very effective with their laptops/tablets. I've always wondered what the actual difference is. Considering the ecological footprint of manufacturing a tablet/laptop, which includes everything from rare earth metals to shipping to actual operation, compared to using paper (can even go partly recycled). Also, considering that most people upgrade there tablets within five years (and the associated burden of recycling etc.), paper might actually be the more 'environmentally friendly' option. I don't print slides and only went through two or 3 packs of printer paper (600 sheets)
  11. I say old school pen and paper. You'll retain more and get better grades
  12. I take notes on a blank piece of paper. Looking back after first year, this was the best method. Although slow at first, it forces you to stay engaged and to integrate concepts as you try to shorten content into a few words, or better yet, a picture. I also started previewing notes before each class so that I had a structure for my notes in my mind. Overall, I think it gave me a big advantage over people who passively flipped through notes on their tablet/laptop)
  13. Regret IP. Fourth year of school but I took a term off and then transferred schools so im doing an extra year. AQ 25 NAQ 14 Avg of 82 credits before this year was 85.4 MCAT was 10/10/11vr Most dissapointed with NAQ as ive always considered myself a well rounded person. I suppose it is that I havent done a single EC for a prolonged period of time
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