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  1. I believe that this job involves: health policy reform, public health, health promotion, disaster/outbreak management, epidemiology etc. Please correct me if I'm wrong. Also, I understand that Public Health and Preventative Medicine residency programs train people to become MOH. However, I've also heard that family medicine grads who do a Masters of Public Health (MPH) or even MDs with no residency training who decided to get an MPH can become MOHs... is this true? If so, then what's the point of doing a 5 year Public Health/Preventative med residency? Anyone have insights into the job market for MOHs?
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    Health care workers and hand hygiene

    Hand hygiene is very important, and I would not hesitate to remind a physician to sanitize before touching me or others. I find it odd that there is so much emphasis on the '4 moments of hand hygiene', but virtually none of cleaning your stethoscope between patients. Pretty much none of the staff or residents I've worked with clean their stethoscopes after seeing patients. Even when the patient is on contact precautions, they often don't bother to clean the scopes. Kind of defeats the purpose of hand hygiene if you're just contaminating patients with dirty scopes. You draw blood as a resident? So far, after going through most of my clerkship, I've barely done any routine procedures since the nurses do all of them. If someone asked me to take blood I'd be pretty uncomfortable. Hopefully they don't except new residents to do this on a regular basis lol
  3. You clearly want to have a good relationship with an attractive lady (as anyone would, unless they have schizoid personality disorder or something). Your problem seems to be that you can't actually attract women (because of lack of looks, poor personality, poor confidence, lack of "game" and charisma, poor social skills, serious anxiety issues, or medical issues or a combination of the aforementioned). As result of your long-standing virgin status, you probably contract a severe case of "one-itus" when any attractive lady gives you the time of day, which never leads to a good outcome (as you alluded to above). So you've developed a defense mechanism to deal with these negative emotions - you've given up hope on being able to get that hot chick, and you're trying to rationalize this with faulty "logic." Of course, deep down you know that you'll never be truly happy without a meaningful relationship and sex-life. I don't think you should give up. Looks aren't everything (as long as you're not hideous or disfigured). You're going to be doctor (which is a huge plus). And you can improve other aspects in order to make yourself more attractive to women. Not wanting to have kids (especially at the very start of your residency) is perfectly normal. You shouldn't let your parents force you to do something you don't want to do. Not wanting to get married is normal as well. I think people should experiment with many different partners before "settling down." I cringe at people who marry the first person they date or have sex with. Ultimately 50% of marriages end in divorce. In fact getting married as a future physician is generally an unwise thing to do (unless you're marrying someone with equal or greater income than you and/or you sign a good pre-nup). Again, this is not to say you shouldn't try to play the field. Who knows, maybe you'll eventually fall in love and want kids some day when you're in your mid 40s or something.
  4. I've been looking further into pathology as a possible specialty, but it seems like all the residents I talk to (whether in Ontario or outside Ontario) express that the job prospects are really poor for pathology. They generally suggest doing general pathology (rather than anatomic) because apparently it has better job prospects. That said, you won't be working in an academic centre as a gen path, instead you'd likely be working in private labs. One other thing to consider regarding pathology is the tedious scut work (aka "grossing"). If you're interested in pure diagnostics, then the large amount of grossing you'll be doing during residency will likely be an awful experience. This would be yet another advantage of rads over path.
  5. I'd say that generally the best students probably gravitate to derm and rads because these are both very competitive specialties with excellent lifestyles and pay. Of course this isn't an absolute rule; ie some great students may not be interested in the aforementioned or may be more willing to sacrifice their lives to their jobs (ie surgical specialties), but I think it probably holds true on average.
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    Med and dating

    I acknowledge that I can't speak from personal experience when discussing dating others much different from me. Indeed much of what I've been saying is theoretical and based on intuition, reasoning and inference. However, that doesn't mean that I'm wrong. Look I'm not saying that dating people with many differences is a guaranteed amazing relationship. Of course both you AND the partner need to be flexible, adaptable and open-minded (among other things) enough to make it work. And I'm sure you probably have to go through a few bumpy relationships before you find one that fits. That being said, I do still believe that this type of relationship has more potential to lead to the best relationships. This is my personal opinion and conclusions at the moment. I've dated people that I have a lot in common with, and I can tell you that I got very bored of the relationships very quickly and had to break it off with some other wise nice (and attractive) people. This is never fun, but it had to be done. I didn't feel like these relationships were challenging me to try new things, self-reflect on my own views and preferences,see the world under lenses etc. So I stay resolved to date only people who are much different that me. I'm confident I'll find a great match some day even if it means some extra effort.
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    Med and dating

    I responded to this in my response before the one to your post. No I haven't been in such a relationship, but I know people that are in such relationships, and they are the happiest, most interesting people I know. On the other hand I know of many people who date or marry people they have "so much in common with", but are constantly fighting or end up getting cheated on or divorced.
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    Med and dating

    Your perceptions are way off. Wanting a partner who differs from you in many aspects doesn't mean you're in for drama-filled, unstable relationship. As long as you're the type of person who is open-minded and adaptable enough, such a relationship would foster consensual personal growth, a plethora of great experiences, and a long-lasting, fulfilling relationship.
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    Med and dating

    I agree that some key character-based common ground is necessary; ie you wouldn't want to date a psychopath... In my post I was referring to differences in careers, hobbies, interests philosophies/some world-views, talents etc. I think that generally the best relationships would be those where the partners deviate the most in the aforementioned. I think that long-distance relationships, especially for people in their twenties is terrible. It puts the partners under undue stress from being away from their loved ones, and makes them feel obligated to not go out and meet other people because they're "dating" someone that they rarely even see. Inevitably most relationships end anyway, so effectively these poor saps probably pissed away plenty of possible opportunities to meet people who may have actually been better partners. I'm sure that many med students have different interests outside of medicine, but the grind of medical school and the field of medicine shapes you and your life a certain way ... you get up, work like a dog, come home and study, become very "scientific-minded" etc... medicine to a large extent consumes much of your life. The last thing I'd want is to be in a relationship with someone who life and identity essentially revolves around the same thing as mine does. Yea psychology does say that the "opposites attract" thing isn't actually accurate because people prefer to date their similars.... but that's because people in general are boring... they generally don't like stepping outside the box (or their own box)... but then, after many years of being in relationship with someone they "have so much in common with", they get bored and depressed. This is a big reason why over 50% of marriages end in divorce. And no I haven't dated my "opposite"... largely because, as you know, people like to date others they have a lot in common with. My resolve to find a partner that is as different from me as possible is probably why I'm single at the moment. Oh well, time to fap.
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    Med and dating

    I have no idea why anyone would want to date a fellow med student... -if you do end up falling in love, there's a very real possibility that you'll end up matched in different locations, which would screw everything up - med students are often a bit insufferable and/or boring - you'd see them waay too frequently - your partner would be so similar to you - same interests, same career etc... which would make for a boring relationship. I really believe that people should date their opposite rather than an alternate-gendered version of themselves. The whole "finding stuff in common" is BS. My ideal partner would have to be significantly different from me. This kind of relationship would force the partners to step outside of their own comfort zones, explore different perspectives, activities, interests etc, which would make the relationship, and life in general, much more interesting.
  11. The poor job prospects of pathology seem to be generally accepted amongst residents I've worked with and the attendings in Path that I talked to previously. Also just visit the pathology subforum on SDN and you'll see numerous threads of path grads unable to find jobs. In regards to more specific sources, the CMA profiles shed some light: http://www.cma.ca/multimedia/CMA/Content_Images/Inside_cma/Membership/profiles/Diagnostic-Radiology_en.pdf "Results produced from Ontario’s Population Needs-Based Physician Simulation Model indicate that there currently is and there will continue to be a significant shortage of diagnostic radiologists to meet the province’s needs. Please note that this projection is for Ontario only. Similar projections for the rest of Canada are not available." http://www.cma.ca/multimedia/CMA/Content_Images/Inside_cma/Membership/profiles/Anatomical-Pathology_en.pdf "Results produced from Ontario’s Population Needs-Based Physician Simulation Model indicate that there are enough anatomical pathologists to meet the province’s needs, now and in the future. Please note that this projection is for Ontario only. Similar projections for the rest of Canada are not available" The needs=based report can be found here: https://www.healthforceontario.ca/UserFiles/file/PolicymakersResearchers/needs-based-model-report-oct-2010-en.pdf I'm guessing that most of the radiology jobs don't get posted on the HFO job search for some reason?
  12. Pathology apparently has a dismal job market across North America, which is going to get even worse. Radiology, on the other hand, is apparently really in-demand according to Health Force Ontario (in fact one of the most in-demand specialties out there). I'd pick rads for that reason alone if I was debating between the two.
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    The pre-med attitude is the worst one to have

    Sorry to break it to you OP but this attitude becomes even more prevalent and necessary as you go through med school, try to get into residency, try to get subspecialties/fellowships/jobs etc..... it's just the nature of the game, and you have to play it right if you want to succeed see bolded below for responses...
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    I think that most people are disinterested in rheum because they find MSK/joint medicine boring.... you don't see a lot of acute medicine in rheum so you won't really be 'saving lives' ... you also don't really do procedures (except joint taps and injections). Overall it's probably one of the least 'sexy' specialties in medicine with one of lowest salaries as well. I think even family doctors make more than rheums on average.
  15. Also, I've heard that if you choose to subspecialize, you can still do GIM even if your subspecialty was in something else (ie nephro, endo etc). Is this true? So that means that if someone couldn't get a job as a cardiologist, they could just do some GIM? Along similar lines, how practical would it be for someone to have their own private practice specialty clinic (ie endocrinology) in the community and then do some GIM on the side at a community (or academic) hospital a few days a week?