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  1. mononoke

    Feeling alone in med school

    I didn't have that many friends in medicine either as I'm introverted, but I made friends outside of medicine in the above fields as well as in teaching and arts. I do agree a lot of med school conversations can be narrow in scope due to how much doctors work. Don't worry too much about not making a lot of friends in med school, there's a benefit to not being in the 'med school bubble'...in a way you'd be less likely to turn into the case described above
  2. mononoke

    Feeling alone in med school

    Wow I can't believe the others laughed - really makes me wonder how that person's going to treat the majority of patients - many of whom are low SES
  3. When I was a clerk on IM, early on I tried to spend more time talking to patients. Because of this, one time I forgot to write down the CBC+lytes values on my sheet (even though I checked) so that when we were doing afternoon rounds, I realized I didn't have it available in front of me and we had to waste 5 min pulling up the pt's labs on the screen. I got told that it was 'unprofessional' that I didn't 'come prepared' to the rounds. After that, I spent more time looking at a screen and documenting lab values than speaking to the patient because that provided me with more 'valuable' information. What I liked doing was talking to patients, but what got me 'ahead' was detecting minute changes to their lab values...smh
  4. Hi OP, it's good that you posted this because I was in a similar situation when I started medical school and found out someone who had bullied me in elementary and junior high school would be in the same class. As Lactic Folly has said, don't decline your offer - you worked hard for it, go to class and channel your experience into being a better, more relatable doctor. You will see lots of patients on peds, psych, and family med who experience lots of bullying themselves. Even if the class is small, for the most part people are friendly and you will find your own group. The medical programs tend to take harassment from peers seriously and because of the fear of getting a 'red flag', students tend to be outwardly professional for the most part. People mature, and so have you - let go of the past and focus not on what others think of you but on how you can be the better person.
  5. mononoke

    Working in med school..?

    I did a few night shift work here and there, paid enough to cover my rent living in downtown toronto each month. Sure I was sleep deprived and it's not considered good 'self care' by some people's definitions but sometimes I skipped classes to sleep during the day and just watched the lectures at 2x speed later. Other classmates worked as tutors for $20-30/hr on weekends, others did lab research (they were previously lab assistants) or pharmacist, optometrist work during the day and watched lectures at night. Some worked for those med consulting companies for premeds - not sure what the payment for this would be, perhaps someone else can share how much they earn? Wouldn't recommend it in clerkship though especially during internal and surgery, nearly failed a rotation because I was working too much
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    I would also not recommend this service. I was recruited in first year med along with some colleagues to run a clinical skills seminar for premeds. I joined because it seemed like a good way to refresh my clinical skills and they also offered you $200 for your time over a weekend. I should have known but it wasn't until I saw a website ad from them but they were charging hundreds from these premeds just to learn how to use a stethoscope, how to take vitals, etc from us MS1s (we weren't even that qualified at that stuff yet). Also since knowing that stuff was pretty useless to a premed, I also offered them my contact info and gave them application tips, though that wasn't in my job description. In the end, none of us actually got paid and when I emailed the organizer twice on behalf of my colleagues, I was told by him that he'll talk to the accountant about it, but this never materialized. To give the organizer (Ian Plener) the benefit of the doubt, he's a doctor himself who runs this website as a side business so he may be busy and forgot and since we're busy med students we never ended up always emailing to follow up...but I was reminded of this incident when I saw this thread again There are equivalent resources on Premed 101 all for free and lots of people willing to help you if you just message or post a thread. If you look, you will find it.
  7. This happened to 1 guy I know and they emailed all the programs they did electives at expressing interest in interviewing. No red flags and nice person too. They ended up getting interviews and matched to their program of choice.
  8. I think this is the first year some FM programs said they wouldn't interview everyone who applied
  9. mononoke

    Struggling in Med School ...

    Depending on the medical school you're at, some schools (like UofT) will pair you with a staff supervisor who you can contact for shadowing and research ...etc if you come from a first in university background. See if your school has a program like this Sometimes your profs will leave emails for students on their slides after they present, often if you talk to them, they're happy to let you shadow
  10. Was wondering what people's thoughts were on this program - is it worth it if you know you'll likely be in ontario for 5 years? http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/rlirp/faq.aspx
  11. mononoke

    Working during CCFP-EM fellowship

    I heard it was b/c they didn't complete the required quality improvement project to get a passing grade for their residency requirements, so maybe their license was restricted...but the not passing the boards makes sense too.
  12. What is the difference between doing addictions from family med or psych? For example, is there a big difference in billings or scope of practice? How big of an issue are no-shows when it comes to this patient population?
  13. mononoke

    Working during CCFP-EM fellowship

    I've seen a FM doc 1 yr out of residency have restricted license - is this usually the case or is that an exception? They are not in any +1 program