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NutritionRunner last won the day on June 12 2016

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  1. NutritionRunner

    How to do well on clerkship?

    Thank you for emphasizing the importance of respecting your allied health care staff. I can’t tell you how many residents (not clerks, residents) I’ve worked with who think they know more about nutrition than a master’s-trained registered dietitian. They don’t. Guess what? Allied health have a “say” in your final evaluation, so treat us, and our expertise, with the respect it deserves!
  2. This. As a dietetic intern, in one position, I essentially spent 3 months seeing clients independently, meaning that the dietitians I was working with weren’t in the room with me, and while they had to co-sign my notes, they didn’t have any direct contact with the clients I saw. I wasn’t paid anything for that work, and didn’t receive any stipend (in fact, I was paying for the ‘priviledge’ of working as an entry-level dietitian). There were even two clients I saw completely through the nutrition care process, from assessment through to discharge, with no direct involvement of the dietitians I was working with. Sure, the dietitians were there as backup if I had questions, was unsure as to how to proceed (and they certainly were there when I had clients who I didn’t feel I was able to properly provide care for), etc., but in many cases I was working as a novice dietitian, without any compensation (and I was paying to do this work, instead of being paid or even receiving a stipend. Granted, I was only working 40 hours/week, but it was still uncompensated work).
  3. NutritionRunner

    Saudi Arabia to relocate students from Canada

    There are most certainly other jobs where you are expected to work as much as they need you to, without any additional pay. Army officers, for instance, sometimes are on duty for weeks at a time, with no overtime pay, and maybe 3-5 hours of sleep a night when in the field or deployed. When my husband was DCO (Deputy Commanding Officer) of a regiment, he worked 6:30AM to sometime between 8PM and 10PM weekdays, and at least one weekend day for at least 8 hours. Didn’t earn anything extra beyond his regular salary. The only time he earns extra money is when he deploys overseas. Otherwise, he is expected to work as long as the army needs him to, no overtime or extra pay.
  4. You clearly don’t understand the metabolic changes that occur when on a very low calorie diet. It is very well established that it is neither possible nor healthy to remain on a very low calorie diet for an extended period of time, and that once calories return to normal, healthy levels, weight gain is going to occur.
  5. It’s an extremely low calorie diet, and most of the people who go through with the programon regain the weight. Since we know yo-yo dieting is more harmful than being overweight, it appears quite sketchy to me. I’ve seen a number of clients who went to a Dr. Bernstein clinic, lost weight, but then regained it all plus extra weight. So it seems totally sketchy to me.
  6. NutritionRunner

    What's On Your Mind?

    I have a completely different success story from most here. I’ve just been accepted to a PhD program in Aging and Health! I will be a very different kind of doctor from most posters here, should I make it through the program, but I am determined to do so. There is actually a shortage of RD PhDs, so programs that train dietitians are having a hard time filling the faculty positions that are required for them to remain accredited (a certain number of faculty members need to have both the PhD and the RD in order for the program to remain accredited to teach future RDs). I’m SO happy and delighted! I can’t wait to start my program this fall!
  7. NutritionRunner

    Any 1 year masters programs?

    Human Health and Nutritional Sciences at Guelph has a one-year master’s (but it’s not online).
  8. Even in urban centres (outside of GTA) there is a huge need for family physicians. When we moved, I was not able to find a family physician for over a year, despite major efforts to secure a family physician. In the end, it is only because my partner is a member of the Canadian Armed Forces that I was able to find a family physician, through one of their family programs. This is despite living in an urban centre that is home to a medical school. There simply aren’t enough family physicians out there for every Canadian. Especially when you are forced to move every 3-4 years, which is the case if your partner is a member of the CAF (which is why these access programs exist for CAF dependents exist, even if they don’t solve the problem - I know CAF dependents who still don’t have a family physician, despite being on a wait list for 5+ years, simply because there are no family physicians taking new patients in their area).
  9. I did my graduate studies at UofT. UofT is great for grad studies. For undergrad... not so much. HUGE class sizes (very little opportunity to get to know your instructors), lots of classes taught by grad students or adjuncts/sesssionals. Not a lot of chances to set yourself apart from the crowd. I did my undergraduate studies at Guelph, and while I loved doing my grad studies at UofT, I would have been miserable there as an undergraduate. No where near as many supports for undergrads as at Guelph, too many large classes, especially in first and second year, and too much isolation. For graduate studies, the resources at UofT can’t be beat, but those aren’t readily available for undergraduates. It’s better to go to a university where you will receive more and better supports for undergraduate studies.
  10. Yes, the career managers take into account the member’s desires for a posting location, but when it comes right down to it, especially early in your career, you are sent where you are needed. For example, if the vast majority of physicians are requesting postings to Toronto, Ottawa, or Vancouver, they obviously won’t all be accommodated. There will still be a need for doctors in Gagetown, Petawawa, Cold Lake, Wainwright, and other places like that - you could easily end up posted there if that’s where the military decides you are needed, even if you request a posting elsewhere. The benefits and pension are certainly nice. Lots of vacation time too. Also, the vast majority of the time (I.e. in Canada)., physicians will be seeing mostly young, healthy, fit patients. Some of the older individuals serving might have musculoskeletal issues from years of deployments and things like being paratroopers or combat divers, but they’ll still mostly be fit and healthy. That can be appealing to certain individuals. Having PT (i.e. time for exercise) built into your work day (i.e. you are expected to exercise on work time) is a nice perq for some people too. Of course, there are also nice OUTCAN postings available, especially when you have a few years in. Places like Germany, where the CAF Europe support base is, which has a need of military physicians and other health care professionals. Career managers do try to take into account members’ preferences, but in the end, the military will send people where they are needed.
  11. Well, on base they just hire civilians, and since Afghanistan, we haven’t had any major deployments, so having more civilian vs military doctors hasn’t been a big problem. Now that the government has decided to deploy medical personnel on peacekeeping missions again, they are in need of more military physicians, since obviously civilians don’t deploy. The CAF is chronically short in many MOCs. For example, they are always short of engineering officers. Engineers can earn more on civvie street, and not everyone wants a military lifestyle. It’s also why a lot of military engineering officers get out after their 20 years (even though they don’t have a full pension at that point, they do have a small pension) and then get hired by civilian companies. Their new civilian salary plus their small military pension makes for a very nice income.
  12. NutritionRunner

    Rise in competition last 5 years

    It’s not a dumb argument. Plenty of people in allied health are very happy with their careers and never considered medicine at all (obviously some of them did consider medicine, but either didn’t get in or changed their minds). I’m one of those people who changed their minds, mainly due to three factors: 1. Suffering not one, but three severe concussions, and no longer able to handle sleep deprivation well at all. 2. Talking to attending physicians, residents, and clerks, and realizing that I would not actually enjoy either the training process nor the uncertainty of where I would end up for training and then my first job after training (geographically limited due to family commitments). 3. Finding an allied health career that I was passionate about, and paid plenty enough to keep me living very comfortably, living debt-free, being able to afford my hobbies, and being able to take vacation twice a year. You don’t need $200,000 year to live very comfortably in many places in Canada. $60-80,000 per year is more than enough, especially if you are married to someone who makes just as much (or more) and if you don’t have children. Now, if you have children, that’s another matter, as raising kids can be very expensive, depending on where you live. But not everyone wants or has children either. A DINK (double income no kids) couple, each making $80,000 per year, can live very comfortably in smaller cities (i.e. not the GTA or Vancouver, but somewhere like Kingston, Kitchener, London, Halifax, etc.) Oh, and some of us actually prefer smaller cities. I could never live in a place like Toronto or Vancouver - too large, too many people, too much noise, too crowded, etc. Even Ottawa is getting too big for my tastes! Not everyone wants the same things out of life, and not everyone in allied health was gunning for medicine.
  13. NutritionRunner

    Online physiology

    BIOM 2000 at Guelph is “baby physiology” as we called it - not very in-depth, and not suitable for health professional programs. For example, in the dietetics program, we had to take BIOM 3200 which was much more in-depth and covered two semesters’ worth of material. If you only need a surface understanding of physiology, then BIOM 2000 at Guelph is a good course - the people I knew in the Adult Development or Child, Youth & Family programs (who just needed a basic understanding of physiology, not an in-depth one), found the course quite fair. Lots of memorization, of course, but that will be the case with any physiology course. If you need a more in-depth understanding of physiology, BIOM 3200 is the way to go at Guelph - just be prepared for a lot of work, as it’s a two-semester course compressed into one semester. Oh, and you need to have a biochemistry credit to take it (none needed for BIOM 2000, so that tells you one of the differences between them right now). It was a very fair course when I took it, though (BIOM 3200) - I ended up with an A+ in the course.
  14. NutritionRunner

    Challenges of Family Medicine

    The family physicians at our clinic don‘t do a lot of diabetes counselling themselves, because they have me (the dietitian) and the Certified Diabetes Educator RN who do all of the diabetes education, and we have medical directives to do basal insulin starts and A1c blood work, and the RN CDE can also start bolus insulin and adjust basal and bolus insulin. The family physicians, do, of course, prescribe and adjust medications, but they just don‘t have the time to do serious lifestyle intervention counselling. Either the RN CDE or myself also do the glucometre education and advise patients when and how often to test - again, the family physicians simply don‘t have time to go through all of that. We consult with each other, of course, especially if there are any questions or if glucose control is extremely poor, but the bulk of the diabetes education is left to the RD and the RN CDE.
  15. NutritionRunner

    Challenges of Family Medicine

    You also have to realize that in some places, waiting lists for the patient to get in to see a dermatologist can be quite long. In our clinic, our physicians do the simple skin biopsies, not only because it is easier for the patient, but also because the waiting list for dermatology is considerable (this despite being in a city that is home to a medical school). We do have patients see a dermatologist via OTN (video-medicine facilitated by a nurse), but obviously the dermatologist can‘t take a biopsy via videoconference. It‘s the same with numerous other specialities, including endocrinology and neurology - we use OTN not only because its more convenient and facilitates access for our patients, but also because waiting lists can be of considerable length.