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  1. Arztin

    Med School Backpacks

    The 2013 orange was much much worse than the 2014 green IMO haha
  2. It's pretty obvious that most MDs make a very good living, and there aren't so many professions that would allow you to make as much as a physician or surgeon. Financially, I'm pretty much sure it is worth if for majority of people who pursue medicine. However, money shouldn't be the main reason IMO for the following reasons (just a few reasons I can think of right now, but there are many more): - your youth devoted to studying. UG +/- something else, then med school, then residency (2-6 years) +/- fellowship +/- advanced degree depending where you can/want to work. I've heard of cardiologists doing 2 fellowships + advanced degree for a job. (4 years of UG, 4 for MD, 3 for IM, 3 for cardio, 4 years of fellowship, 1-3 for advanced degree). You do the math. Time is not something you get back with money. - It's pretty hard to do something you hate your entire life with such a long training. There are people who stop after med school and move on to other things in life. Then, there are people who carry on with residency for whatever reason (feeling stuck? feeling like they can't go back? too much debt?) but I sometimes wonder why they are in medicine. Fortunately, they tend to be rare. A friend of mine told me she worked with an anesthesiologist who hated his job, so did everything super fast because he just hated his job, but still does it for the money. I mean, 400k of continuous cashflow vs restarting in something else with a much lower wage. I can understand his decision. - while your non medical friends will have moved on, you will be leading a much more busy and irregular life. E.G. some of my friends are accountants. They work pretty hard, like 50-60 hours. But when they go home, they are done. I'm in my late 20s, and I'm a junior resident. I have to work close to that amount if terms of hours + calls + study time. You get tired after a while. In surgery, the hours are worse. Once residency is done, staff physicians obviously still do calls. The surgeon on call will have to do the 3 AM emergent case even if they haven't slept much the night before. The ICU staff will have to go in at 3 AM to take over the unstable patient. Most jobs won't require you to do this. - it's a long process from which you'll a lot from, but everyone in the medical field loses a bit of their humanity with time - for some, only a bit, for some, they lose it entirely. You'll see a lot of things that happen, but shouldn't have happened that way, ethically speaking, or sometimes clinically speaking. With time, you start to get more more numb because you can't do anything, and it wouldn't really change anything. I've seen physicians so burnt out and/or completely cynical. They were probably once upon a time wide-eyed empathetic and curious premeds/med students - kinda hard to imagine... - the intense stress and disappointment/futility sometimes. The first time a patient and coded right in front of my eyes while I was rounding... Having to call the code, and lead the code until someone more senior arrives.... That took 3-4 minutes during which I felt extremely awful, but you can imagine these 3-4 minutes felt like hours for me. The patient died later that day. It was my second patient who died that day, and there was another patient I suggested palliative care the same day. That day felt pretty shitty. My friends doing other things don't have to deal with this kind of stuff. - the babysitting: as someone who held other jobs before, I feel like it is a common theme in many Canadian schools to think that med students (and sometimes residents) cannot think on their own and are kind of thought of as babies. My older peers really hated that also - going from a full grown adult in the 30s doing their jobs independently and now being treated like a kiddo. Now as a resident, it's not as bad, but still, especially as a junior, I'm still working in a setting of lesser power differential, where I have to do some of the work, smile, not stir shit up, make sure I'm appreciated. Anyways, your question is absolutely legit. So here is my answer. Do know that IT ABSOLUTELY IS A REWARDING CAREER IN MANY MANY WAYS. The money for sure is decent when everything is done, but if you hate medicine and you mainly do medicine for the money, you can probably still finish med school and residency and work as a MD, but pretty sure that would be a horrible decision leaving to a life of regrets. cheers
  3. Arztin

    Using "I" and "My" in the CV??

    I did use my and I a few years ago. So it's fine. Don't overthink it.
  4. This thread is getting nowhere. I find it a bit too inflammatory. Therefore, I will lock it. Good luck in your future endeavors canuck!
  5. Yup. Totally agreed. This part of medicine truly sucks.
  6. Seriously yeah.... It's truly a loser behavior to belittle more junior trainees. Talking about which, I just got yelled at by a staff recently for no good reason. That staff is known to have wild mood swings changing by the fraction of a second, so I didn't really care. As a junior resident, I still get amazed every now and then by some people in the medical profession (negatively speaking in this case).
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. banned. ads in the ads section only.

  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Again that's just me. It probably doesn't bother many people.
  15. 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
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