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    Fresh fry got a reaction from mdjdot in What To Wear On Interview Day?   
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    Fresh fry got a reaction from Richard33 in -   
    Absolutely interviewers will push on you, and in this case they are trying to get you to say the wrong thing which in this scenario is anything along the lines of the husband finds out. This whole scenario is designed for you to withstand the pressure and stick to what is right which is 1) respecting your patient's individual privacy 2) safeguarding your patient's private information even in marriage 3) knowing what your role is.
     
    This is designed to trip you up in exactly that way, they want you to get hung up on "he is going to find out anyway". Doesn't matter! There is no "practical" argument to me made here. There is your legal and binding duties to maintain this patient's secret, even from her husband.
     
    You can't even tell the real father either because he may not even know about the kid's existence. 
     
    If I am marking this station and any combination of words you make results in you 1) pressuring the mom to "come clean" 2) tell the real father 3) tell the husband he isn't the father, you fail. And I will make you uncomfortable, and I will say things like "he is going to find out anyway he isn't dumb, he can just google it". You need to know your professional obligations and your legal boundaries and you need some guts to know when you are right.
     
    I remember an OSCE where the scenario was giving someone antibiotics for an URTI, it was 8 minutes of an actress pleading and she was really good. She got mad, threw things. You failed the second you caved.
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    Fresh fry got a reaction from anon5678 in Mmi Without Suit Jacket ?   
    spend some money, get a jacket. One less thing you will have to worry about after. Promise you, you will feel under dressed and more uncomfortable without it.
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    Fresh fry got a reaction from Richard33 in Major Healthcare Issues In Ontario?   
    They don't have triplicate pads and have way higher rates of narcotic abuse than anywhere else in the country. Surrogate pregnancies for money are huge in Kingston. Kingston has salaried specialist physicians versus fee for service which is an interesting situation.
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    Fresh fry got a reaction from Butterfly_ in Why U Of A Med?   
    I don't want to get into a whole thing here suffice it to say that the kind of people who can pull off a 4.0 while volunteering and engaging in multiple ECs have certain personality traits that sometimes don't correlate well to turning off the competition switch even when there is no incentive (not everyone of course but stereotypes exist for a reason).
     
    The pass/fail system is great and definitely makes med school palatable but there is still tons of competition. At the U of A the community clerkship spots are highly coveted because of the hands on opportunities (and subsequently the quality of the reference letters that can be obtained) provided. There are only 20 spots and usually 40 serious applicants. There is competition for club leadership (CV building) and sometimes it can be down right cut-throat. The year I was applying for leadership of the emergency medicine club there were 20 people interested in 3 positions. Then there is just the ordinary everyday run of the mill social status and class politics that permeates everything. Medical school is like a repeat of high school with the same playground prison complex, the nonstop fashion show, and the relentless competition to determine who is the smartest person in the room. I personally hated high school the first time around, having to repeat it with a collection of some of the most socially inept and emotionally stunted helicopter parented children has been soul crushing. Can't recall which class it is, either the 2017s or 2018s, but they were pushing the professionalism button (anonymous electronic professionalism complaint)  on each other so much the faculty seriously considered scrapping the whole thing. They were ratting each other out for the most minor of offences. 4 years is a long time to have to play nice with the gestapo; seriously its like a never ending north korean birthday party.
     
    U of C on the other hand has an average age of 26-27, has a pile of PhD and masters peeps, and is known as a laid back group with some variation from year to year.  
     
    You would think that none of this matters and that you are only there for the education, and yes social involvement is on a sliding scale but it cannot be avoided altogether. You still end up spending 6-8 hours a day with your class preclerk and significantly more time with a select group during clerkship.
     
    The pass/fail thing only matters for preclerk as well. As soon as clerkship starts its back to game on. Then the amount you engage (and are engaged) in competition comes down to what residency you want and how vocal you are about getting it. I know of many people who wanted competitive specialties who kept it quiet until the CaRMS tour because they didn't want the target on their back. Two people who got emerge last year surprised everyone because they kept it to themselves so well to avoid the emerge war. If you want general pathology and no one considers you much of a threat then this is all moot but if you are an optho or anesthesia gunner and look good on paper then you are standing in between someone and their dreams. Determined and driven people usually get want they want. Determined, driven, and amoral never fail.
     
    This is all my own personal opinion, and comes after 5 years (sickness not failure, this is not a vendetta just run of the mill jadedness) of slogging through this so don't take it as fact. The U of A is a great school in many respects but so is the U of C and so is Queens and almost everywhere in Canada. If I could offer any advice on how I would chose it would be with an eye on what and where you want to do residency because then it matters. If you want to do urology then U of C is not for you. They have no program of their own and only match usually 1 person a year. If you want cardiac surgery then U of A is great because they have a program and it's notoriously brutal meaning that no want wants it, meaning you could slide into with home field advantage. If you just want family medicine then go to Queens, they have an excellent family program and a nice small cohesive class. Calgary's family medicine program on the other hand is probably the worst in the country or fighting hard for the honor. Just my two cents. GL
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    Fresh fry got a reaction from trimethoprim in -   
    Absolutely interviewers will push on you, and in this case they are trying to get you to say the wrong thing which in this scenario is anything along the lines of the husband finds out. This whole scenario is designed for you to withstand the pressure and stick to what is right which is 1) respecting your patient's individual privacy 2) safeguarding your patient's private information even in marriage 3) knowing what your role is.
     
    This is designed to trip you up in exactly that way, they want you to get hung up on "he is going to find out anyway". Doesn't matter! There is no "practical" argument to me made here. There is your legal and binding duties to maintain this patient's secret, even from her husband.
     
    You can't even tell the real father either because he may not even know about the kid's existence. 
     
    If I am marking this station and any combination of words you make results in you 1) pressuring the mom to "come clean" 2) tell the real father 3) tell the husband he isn't the father, you fail. And I will make you uncomfortable, and I will say things like "he is going to find out anyway he isn't dumb, he can just google it". You need to know your professional obligations and your legal boundaries and you need some guts to know when you are right.
     
    I remember an OSCE where the scenario was giving someone antibiotics for an URTI, it was 8 minutes of an actress pleading and she was really good. She got mad, threw things. You failed the second you caved.
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    Fresh fry got a reaction from LittleDaisy in Having A Family Member In The Department - Conflict Of Interest   
    No stupid questions friendo.
     
    Me personally, just my humble opinion, two cents, etc: I wouldn't bring it up. I would just be the best candidate you can be, do the regular elective/shadowing stuff. No matter what you say it won't change how things go down when it comes time to ranking. It is not an ideal situation but as a pragmatist you ave no ability to change it in your current capacity and only the ability to look like someone who will cause trouble.
     
    If I am the program director and I have a potential candidate who is dropping hints that they think our hiring process is unfair i am not going to rush to bring them in deeper where it will be harder to justify it when they don't get picked. If I see a fight coming I would act early to avoid it.
     
    Sorry man, dem's da breaks. It happens all the time, just most people aren't aware of it. I was reading an article last night that said up to 13% of millenials hired in last 5 years believe that a family member had a direct influence in their getting hired. That's not medicine but even in our North American culture it is widely pervasive.  
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    Fresh fry got a reaction from Arztin in Advice For Non Medical Student   
    Everything Robclem said is great advice. Just want to emphasize a few points.
     
    1) If you are planning on applying to medical school at any point, part time studies does not count towards your GPA with one or two very fringe exceptions. You can do all the part time courses you want and it will never bring your GPA up for a medical school ap. The only way to change your GPA is to be enrolled and taking full time credits towards a degree.
     
    2) Look at the after degree in nursing. It has very specific requirements that you may be able to work towards part time but will cut your overall time in school down because you already have a BA.
     
    3) Careful with part time studies. As mentioned you need to keep a good study routine and habits because the last ting you want to do is have a bunch of incomplete (or worse Fs) on your transcripts no matter what you are applying for. As someone who worked and did courses part time (for prerequisites) I will tell you that this can be easier said than done sometimes.
     
    4) GL
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    Fresh fry got a reaction from distressedpremed in Having Some Second Thoughts About Medicine Due To "better" Options Elsewhere?   
    This will sound cliched but it is something I have found to be absolutely true: if there is something you love as much, or more, than medicine (and especially surgery) -> do that. The only way to get through this is the knowledge that there is nothing else. No word of a lie I have thought about bailing on this every single day for things like being a janitor or collecting bottles, i couldn't imagine if there was something else I was talented at that paid reasonably that I could switch too. Most of the times these are just passing thoughts, other times they are seriously alluring. This isn't a "job" it is not  a"career" it is something much more (not to pump it up and sound all douchy) and at 0300 in the morning on your 7th night on call in 3 weeks when you have to go see the whiny hernia lady who's husband is an obnoxious prick and insists that you reassure him that she isn't in adrenal fatigue, you may just walk out the door and head home if this isn't the only thing you want to do.
     
    GL   
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    Fresh fry got a reaction from ftronic in Having Some Second Thoughts About Medicine Due To "better" Options Elsewhere?   
    This will sound cliched but it is something I have found to be absolutely true: if there is something you love as much, or more, than medicine (and especially surgery) -> do that. The only way to get through this is the knowledge that there is nothing else. No word of a lie I have thought about bailing on this every single day for things like being a janitor or collecting bottles, i couldn't imagine if there was something else I was talented at that paid reasonably that I could switch too. Most of the times these are just passing thoughts, other times they are seriously alluring. This isn't a "job" it is not  a"career" it is something much more (not to pump it up and sound all douchy) and at 0300 in the morning on your 7th night on call in 3 weeks when you have to go see the whiny hernia lady who's husband is an obnoxious prick and insists that you reassure him that she isn't in adrenal fatigue, you may just walk out the door and head home if this isn't the only thing you want to do.
     
    GL   
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    Fresh fry got a reaction from LittleDaisy in Quality Of Calgary Fm Training?   
    A lot of people don't like the way they split their program into half days versus blocks. So instead of being on 1 or 2 blocks of surgery and 1 block of obs and 6 of fm all at once they split it up and you do half days spread throughout the residency. The services they rotate don't particularly like it either as it causes all sorts of coverage and continuity issues and so they feel that the fm residents are more of a burden than anything.
     
    I am not an fm resident but have friends in both years of that program and elsewhere in Alberta. Anyone who i know who chose it, chose it for location.
     
    I would agree to what was said above that yes there are lots of open spots in lots of programs but Calgary is particularly under-subscribed.  
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    Fresh fry got a reaction from helicase in Major Healthcare Issues In Ontario?   
    They don't have triplicate pads and have way higher rates of narcotic abuse than anywhere else in the country. Surrogate pregnancies for money are huge in Kingston. Kingston has salaried specialist physicians versus fee for service which is an interesting situation.
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    Fresh fry got a reaction from NutritionRunner in High School Regrets/your Experience   
    First off: deep breath, everything is ok.
     
    Now, take another.
     
    You are fine. first myth: you can't use high school stuff on an application. Lie. I used my high school volunteering and it happened 10 years before I had applied (I was an older applicant). High school grades don't count for anything towards med, where they matter is in getting you into university and getting you scholarships. If ever you could slip up on a course high school is the time. No med school asks for high school grades. Your extracurriculars are great, keep at it and stay engaged in things that you love to do and get meaning from and enjoy. 
     
    The next step is obviously choosing an undergraduate program you can do well in and doing your best full time. Your undergrad grades make up the majority of your application so this is where your focus should be on, extracurriculars are important but take a back seat. been on this forum for many many years and the one mistake people make is sacrificing their GPA for an EC. Your GPA comes first and foremost and it is better to have a high GPA and no ECs than the other way around by far. It is easiest to make up for a lack of ECs than it is to play catch up on GPA. This is the most important thing you can know about the med process. YOUR GRADES ARE CRUCIAL AND NOT EASILY REPAIRED, ECS ARE THE EASY PART.
     
    Emergency medicine: don't get focused on specialty yet. Not only is it very far off but you have a 90% chance you will change your mind. I changed my mind about emerge (not that you are me) but saying that you don't have all the pieces of the story just yet. Keep working towards it by all means but know that it is the final piece of the puzzle so to say.
     
    This is a marathon not a sprint. 1) get into university 2) get good grades 3) write the MCAT in year 1 or 2 4) stay engaged in ECs you enjoy but are balanced with your studies 5) Apply to med 6) start looking at specialties.
     
    GL, welcome to the forum, don't forget to tip your waiter.
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    Fresh fry got a reaction from MDtingz in Knowledge On Canadian (And Other) Health Care Systems For Interviews   
    I recall having the same concern as you and as far as I remember it has never come up during med or residency interviews. I would invest more time in Canmeds roles. Beyond knowing that we have a mostly public system where the provinces and federal government split the cost I don't think there is much else to know. Certainly no one expects you to understand referral systems or billing methods. Know that most physicians provide services on a fee for service basis but there are some who are salaried mostly at academic and smaller centers.
     
    I wouldn't rush out and take a course comparing different international systems or anything to prepare for interviews.
     
    GL
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    Fresh fry got a reaction from Intermediate in 24 Yrs Old, Continue 2Nd Ug Or Work?   
    I am a resident. I started undergrad at age 28, med at 31 and I have thrown everything I have at this, sacrificed my family's happiness, and have many more years to go before I am anywhere near a stable staff job.
     
    On most days I would trade this for 70 grand a year and no debt in a stable 9-5 provided I didn't treated like complete crap and I got to use my brain for at least 15 minutes a day. Every now and then though I see or do something that no other person on the planet gets to do and I am filled with awe and would gladly sacrifice it all all over again.
     
    I can't tell you it will be ok if it doesn't work out because i don't know the answer myself. What I do know, or rather the reason I don't quit on those days when everything totally sucks is because as cliched as this sounds; you only get one turn at this game and for some people not aiming for the top spot is the ultimate betrayal to oneself.    
     
    I think if you are asking strangers on a website what will make you happy you have someone you need to get better acquainted with and I would do that before i made any life decisions. 
     
    GL
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    Fresh fry got a reaction from Lifeisawesome in 24 Yrs Old, Continue 2Nd Ug Or Work?   
    I am a resident. I started undergrad at age 28, med at 31 and I have thrown everything I have at this, sacrificed my family's happiness, and have many more years to go before I am anywhere near a stable staff job.
     
    On most days I would trade this for 70 grand a year and no debt in a stable 9-5 provided I didn't treated like complete crap and I got to use my brain for at least 15 minutes a day. Every now and then though I see or do something that no other person on the planet gets to do and I am filled with awe and would gladly sacrifice it all all over again.
     
    I can't tell you it will be ok if it doesn't work out because i don't know the answer myself. What I do know, or rather the reason I don't quit on those days when everything totally sucks is because as cliched as this sounds; you only get one turn at this game and for some people not aiming for the top spot is the ultimate betrayal to oneself.    
     
    I think if you are asking strangers on a website what will make you happy you have someone you need to get better acquainted with and I would do that before i made any life decisions. 
     
    GL
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    Fresh fry got a reaction from coffeeisthebest in 24 Yrs Old, Continue 2Nd Ug Or Work?   
    I am a resident. I started undergrad at age 28, med at 31 and I have thrown everything I have at this, sacrificed my family's happiness, and have many more years to go before I am anywhere near a stable staff job.
     
    On most days I would trade this for 70 grand a year and no debt in a stable 9-5 provided I didn't treated like complete crap and I got to use my brain for at least 15 minutes a day. Every now and then though I see or do something that no other person on the planet gets to do and I am filled with awe and would gladly sacrifice it all all over again.
     
    I can't tell you it will be ok if it doesn't work out because i don't know the answer myself. What I do know, or rather the reason I don't quit on those days when everything totally sucks is because as cliched as this sounds; you only get one turn at this game and for some people not aiming for the top spot is the ultimate betrayal to oneself.    
     
    I think if you are asking strangers on a website what will make you happy you have someone you need to get better acquainted with and I would do that before i made any life decisions. 
     
    GL
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