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Arztin last won the day on March 22

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  1. Arztin

    Cap in number of Electives

    I think it's great. At McGill, in our class year, we had up to 20 weeks of electives, and 24 for students who went to Gatineau. The problem was that if you all in, you are pretty much screwed if you back up with anything, including fam med. However, if you do electives in many fields, you will be seen as not serious to the eyes of some programs. I know people who got asked bluntly if they wanted that specialty because they didn't all in on that specialty. At a time where match rates are brutal, where this catch 22 exists, I think it's great. It will help students who didn't match to have a viable option when it comes to backing up. Also, it sucks to only have 8 weeks, but then everyone would only have 8 weeks.
  2. I know him. He was my classmate. Cool dude. He went through the French school system, so basically finished things 1 year earlier and somehow managed to skip another year. He told me about it, I forgot. Then did med-p at McGill. If he went to Sherbrooke, He'd be R2 now.
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  4. I finished med school very salty and cynical, way more than I expected. Now as a resident, I'm definitely better in this regard. I think it depends a lot on our personality and our experiences.
  5. I just can't imagine how McGill is going to function if the saudi folks leave. Staff physicians will have to come round early and show up during their calls. Look at this program for example: https://www.mcgill.ca/orthopaedics/residency-program/current-residents Neurosurg must be similar. I hope residents won't get bullied even more to stay during post call days, or to do longer calls.
  6. Suppose they pull these residents back so suddenly. What will then happen to them? Before finding a new training program, it will most likely take a few month, if not an entire year before they can resume their training. I'm not sure the residents themselves would be too happy to know they need to go back so suddenly, when they had conditional jobs offers back in their home country upon the successful completion of a residency program in Canada.
  7. Arztin

    Will I ever be ready

    Relax Focus on getting in first. Think about CARMS after. You'll have plenty of opportunity to strengthen your application for CARMS once in med school. The process is indeed kind of unpredictable.
  8. Again that's just me. It probably doesn't bother many people.
  9. Being interested is fine. Helping out is fine. Asking if you can help is fine. However, overly keen, IMO, is more like: - saying stuff like ''oh wow so cool. oh wow amazing'' to everything - constantly fake smiling - asking too many questions - being such a gunner that you are pushing other students around - trying way too hard to impress
  10. Actually, I do percuss teeth for certain dental conditions, and I do percuss sinuses for acute rhinosinusitis. And @samy, yeah when it's blatantly obvious, it's easy to see. Otherwise on a regular patient, I was never able to see it, and I don't bother looking for it. Something that is very important though, is history taking. That is actually very important.
  11. Seriously, if given the chance to go home, GO HOME. Trust me.
  12. Don`t worry. You`ll learn and practice more than enough when you are in clerkship. Many of the physical examinations they teach are pretty much useless. examples: thyroid bruits (more of an urban legend than anything else), renal bruits, lung percussion etc... when you have ultrasound, liver size scratch test, spleen castel sign or whatever that is You`ll realize that often, doing an exam doesn`t change the management anyways. e.g. A patient comes with pneumonia. You don`t hear the lung bases. You suspect a pleural effusion. You can do your different physical exam manoeuvers, but you`ll ask the x-ray anyways or see it with ultrasound if you have one. Therefore, doing low sensitivity and specificity physical exams at a time when we have technology is truly a waste of time. BTW I don`t ever percuss anything nor check for the JVP. In fact, I was never able to see the JVP on physical exam. Learn that kind of stuff for exams/OSCEs and old staff who will pimp you on that kind of stuff, but keep in mind that many of the physical exams taught are basically obsolete or useless.
  13. With these patients, after just a few questions, if I have that kind of feeling, I add a lot of contrary questions or mesically not sound questions to confuse them if I felt like they were trying to embellish or lie. That way, you'll see right away they all of a sudden slow down and think before answering you, they are more likely to be actively trying to fake symptoms/lie/embellish. E.g. Headache - was it so bad you lost consciousness? - oh did you have a LoC for more than a minute? - did you also lose memory for a few minutes after the headache? - did your headache make you feel very short of breath all of a sudden? I find that mixing real ones with these kind of random odd ones helped me differentiating the truthful patients from the liars in these situations. Don't get me wrong, I still give them the benefit of the doubt and do my workup properly.
  14. The SOR includes a total score, the pass score and final result (e.g. pass, fail). The total score is reported on a scale ranging from 100 to 400 with a mean of 250 and a standard deviation of 30 based on all spring 2018 results. The current pass score is 226 and was established by a panel of physician experts from across the country following a rigorous standard setting exercise in June 2018. https://mcc.ca/research-and-development/score-interpretation/