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  1. Hi Everyone. I've recently finished my neurology residency and fellowhsip and am very involved in neurology education in pre-clerkship/clerkship. If you're like me, you were very frustrated by the tomes of a text that you were expected to use to learn neuroanatomy (some of which, ironically, are the very same texts that neurology residents use when studying for the Royal College). A very, very long time ago, on this board I asked what makes a good neuroanatomy textbook. I remembered the replies and am pleased to introduce my own neuroanatomy text. It has over 25 localization problems, all with fully worked out solutions, designed exclusively for beginner studies in neuroanatomy. https://www.amazon.ca/Case-Closed-Neuroanatomy-Warren-Berger/dp/1498728529/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr= If anyone has any feedback about it, please feel free to pm me. I'm always looking to improve! Thanks!
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    Neurology!?

    Hi everyone - I recently returned to the Premed 101 forums, and I can't believe the thread that I started in 2011 is still going strong. I have now been a neurology attending for 6 months (private practice), so I thought I'd share some light. Neurology residency can be BUSY. It all depends on your program. At mine, the residents took stroke call and were the main tPaers. Thus when you were on call, you would likely be up all night (especially now as there is no stroke window). But I know that at a lot of other programs, stroke call is mostly done by fellows. Neurology is somewhat unique in the sense that depending on what field you subspecialize in (and there is no pressure to), you can have a very different career and do work that in no way resembles another neurologist (i.e. movement disorders bears very little resemblance to neuromuscular). I'm an MS specialist and really enjoy it and most of my colleagues would say the same - neurology is a fun field. If you don't work in a hospital it's all 9 - 5. Either in an academic or community hospital setting it can be very busy. In general, one's billing will range from $300,000 - $650,000 depending (for example some people choose to do all EMG all the time. Of course, that's near the 650k mark. Conversely if you are a cognitive neurologist, you'll be lucky if you clear 300k). And after expenses and income tax your take home will be about 60% of your gross billings. I hope that's helpful! As an aside, a VERY VERY long time ago here, I posted about the terrible selection of neurology/neuroanatomy books available. This frustration only grew as I went along in my career, and so I decided to write my own. You can find it here - I would really, really value anyone's/everyone's feedback if they happen to pick it up. https://www.amazon.ca/Case-Closed-Neuroanatomy-Warren-Berger/dp/1498728529/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
  3. Hi Everyone - sorry to be a bother. I am considering a fellowship in the US (Neuro-Oncology), since like 2 programs in Canada offer a fellowship in the area I'm interested in. To other residents/fellows in my shoes, how did you go about starting? I'm stuck even trying to figure out if I need the USMLE's. Some people have told me that is state dependent, and other people have told me it's actually program dependent. For example, some porgrams say you need your FRCPC, but then on the list of "requirements", it states to submit your USMLE score. Any help at all would be tremendously appreciated. Thanks!
  4. Hi All, I'm a neurology resident. I've been teaching small groups and realizing just how hard a time med students are having with neuroanatomy. I was thinking of offering some online tutoring +/- courses. I haven't worked out all the details yet, but maybe we could skype for an hour, or maybe I'll setup a website with exercises/problems you could pay to have access to. Would anyone be interested in this? What do you think is a reasonable price? I'm just trying to get a sense since it would be a fair amount of work to setup. Thanks!
  5. Hey all, as we know residency doesn't pay particularly well. I am trying to make some extra money, and I had thoughts about becoming a MCCQE/USMLE prep course tutor for private companies (I believe the companies are typically aimed at IMG students).......I did a quick google search but I'm not coming up with anything. Can anyone help me out? Does anyone know some names of companies/schools offering prep courses the top of their head? Thanks!
  6. Hey ACHQ - thanks for your reply. I actually thought Brain and Behaviour was the best "course" of preclerkship in terms of organization and presentation. Lots of other students I talked to said otherwise however......thanks for the tips re: neuroimaging; I'll give that lots of thought. e_is_hv
  7. Hi Everyone, It's been a while since I've posted, but I'm glad to be back. Just an update, I'm now a PGY 2 in Neurology at Western..........I was involved in teaching first year medical students last year (and will be again this year), and heard from them how poorly neurology is taught in general, and how there are really no good neurology textbooks for medical students. This echoed my own experience, even though I was at U of T (I thought it was just me!). I've decided to write my own book, focusing on neuroanatomy and how to localize specifically, since I'm not that far removed from being a med student, and really want to make it great for you guys. Something you can read in 2 weeks, learn from, and use (much like Dale Dubins, EKG book). So please tell me, why do you think neurology texts are bad, and what would you like in a book? Is there anything you like about the current texts? ALL comments are appreciated! Thanks so much guys, e_is_hv
  8. Hi Everyone, It's been a while since I've posted, but I'm glad to be back. Just an update, I'm now a PGY 2 in Neurology at Western..........I was involved in teaching first year medical students last year (and will be again this year), and heard from them how poorly neurology is taught in general, and how there are really no good neurology textbooks for medical students. This echoed my own experience, even though I was at U of T (I thought it was just me!). I've decided to write my own book, focusing on neuroanatomy and how to localize specifically, since I'm not that far removed from being a med student, and really want to make it great for you guys. Something you can read in 2 weeks, learn from, and use (much like Dale Dubins, EKG book). So please tell me, why do you think neurology texts are bad, and what would you like in a book? Is there anything you like about the current texts? ALL comments are appreciated! Thanks so much guys, e_is_hv
  9. Hi all; believe it or not my program already wants me to setup my schedule. The residents tell me its good to schedule an emerg block right before the MCCQE part II (this is the big OSCE right?). Can anyone tell me when most residents write this/ when it's offered?
  10. Hi All, If you are unfortunate enough this year to go completely unmatched (I'm sure none of us will!), when the 2013 match comes around, can you still enter the first iteration? Or are you banned from that and can only enter the second iteration? Many thanks!
  11. Hi all, just a quick question. If one goes into IM, and then does a fellowship, say nephrology, does that you have to write the IM licensing exam, and then an ADDITIONAL nephrology licensing exam at the end of PGY 5? Thanks! Really appreciate it
  12. Hi all As carms approaches I am just wondering if anyone has any idea how difficult it is to switch schools (maintain same program) at the end of PGY1? I'm talking about for internal medicine (ie a larger program). I've seen two residents who did it before but have no idea how hard it is. I ask for personal locating reasons with my spouse. Thanks all!
  13. Hi All, I'm just wondering if anyone can offer some advice/their experience on getting a mortgage/buying a home as a PGY 1. My wife is entering law school (not sure how that expense will affect getting a mortgage), and with any CARMS luck at all we will be living in London or Kingston (so not the most expensive places on Earth!). We're currently in Toronto - anyone know of banks to stay away from, or people specifically to see? thanks so much! Best of luck all.
  14. Hi All, I'm not sure if this is posted in the right forum or not, sorry. As CARMS winds down I begin looking to the next inevitable step - MCCQE. I'm at U of T, and we barely run any sort of prep so I know near nothing about the exam, except that it uses this bizarre "compensating" system that asks you harder questions as you get more right etc. Does anyone have general links/information on how to study for this exam. Most people just use TO notes? Or is there another book? And what about practice questions/exam bank? Thanks everyone, I REALLY REALLY appreciate it, e_is_hv
  15. Hey everybody, Hope everyone is doing well on the interview trail! Just wondering are many of you planning to send thank you emails post interview? Or is this more of an American thing? Would you send it to the program director or the person who interviewed you, or both? Many thanks and good luck!
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