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  1. MarsRover


    I was offered electives at both western and mcmaster, anyone have any input on which is best to accept?
  2. I am applying to anesthesia, and decided a bit late. So my initial electives are community based. As it stands now I have one ER elective, a Pain Medicine elective, and then 7 anesthesia. Two of which are after references are due, and 4 weeks a community rotation. I am just wondering if I should move to be a bit more diverse say 5 anesthesia electives, 1 pain med, 1 icu, and 2 emerg ?
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    Speciality Choices

    Tl:dr clinic based specialties = better hours per week, less flexibility with time off especially in blocks. Shift based specialties = more hours per week, more time off in blocks. IE radiology 10 weeks off a year, hospitalist 2 weeks on 2 weeks off . . .
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    Speciality Choices

    Depends what you define as lifestyle is the simple answer. For example, Family medicine, psychiatry, endo, rheum, community peds, perhaps derm (IDK i never cared to look into it) . You are largely in chill clinics, and you can chose your hours. IE aside from perhaps a call requirement you could take 3 day weekends constantly. Psychiatry at least where I am you'd have a waitlist for about a year or two just upon opening your clinic it seems. The downside, is you have patients that you take care of and are expected to follow up on. So you can't get as much time off, particularly in blocks. Alternatively, you have radiology, anesthesia, CCM, hospitalist. These people tend to play harder, as in more hours a week. However, radiology and anesthesia at least can then get a pretty decent amount of time off in blocks. Radiology can be around 10-12 weeks - theoretically more if you were willing to be paid less. Anesthesia you can work locums and time off between. CCM and hospitalists have 2 weeks on 2 weeks off gigs. Although CCM is harder to get into. Hospitalists can also suck the life out of you - so you need to do all this stuff to know if you like it in clerkship. Then there is ER, which can be both. You could work full time at ~13 shifts a month but then likely 3 overnights a month, and 50% of the weekends a month. With some places having a 30 hours a week requirement you may be doing 3-4 shifts a week. Sounds not bad but if they are randomly distributed you may then have time off but not time you can use with anyone. Although there are a lot of 75% FTE positions available. Taking block time off at least in my centre seems easy enough. Downside is ER is usually packed to the gills. UP side it is a lot of fun if you have the right personality, like procedures and interesting stories. As you may be able to tell lifestyle is very important to me too. So there is nothing wrong with prioritizing how you want your lifestyle to look. Some people will say you can do that with any specialty. I say don't believe that advice. Look at what the average preceptor in that specialty does and then go with that. IE it may be possible to work only say part time as a cardiologist, but then there can also be a fair amount of resentment toward someone who isn't carrying their load. Actual word of advice as I said lifestyle is important to me, but what I have noticed in medical school is how inefficient most people are with their time. If you want time for hobbies and life, make that time now. You have the time. Med 1 and 2 aren't easy for sure. However, just blocking time off for activities you want is possible. Study early, actually study when you study (many med students are notorious for "studying" for 4-5 hours with their group of friends and getting about 1 hour of solo studying done). Clerkship is much the same, busier, but still possible to make time the key is stay organized.
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    NP vs. FP

    The scope of what a NP gets to do is quite limited compared to a family MD. I have seen NPs in my clinical rotations as patients, or in peds with their children. There are presentations of things that a CC4 would know, that they did not. That's not to say anything about them personally. More that they do 4 years nursing, work as a nurse, then 2 years on diagnostic training. A family MD gets 6 minimum assuming they don't do a plus 1. Plus we do rotations throughout different specialties to increase our knowledge and comfortability with presentations of different conditions. NP role is increasing. Still nothing compared to what a family doc can do, and nor should it be close - that would without trying to sound sensationalist be quite dangerous.
  6. I find not having a lot of hobbies describes most medical students, residents, and doctors tbh. I find it hard to relate to some preceptors because of the fact that I do have hobbies and many interests outside medicine.
  7. Honestly, I think introverts are better at interpersonal and teams. If you use the definition that they just need alone time to recharge. I have found often in groups through medical school that introverts are more to the point in communicating their roles and discussing a project. They are still pleasant and nice, but certainly more to the point. Extroverts have a much larger propensity to get off topic, discuss things outside the project, or just enjoy the process of talking and therefore less efficient. I think though that both are obviously well suited for medicine.
  8. I am just wondering if there are any programs that are noted to provide good preparation for +1 in ER. I see from the carms data that UBC tends to match really well. Specifically upon looking it seems like prince george and kamloops are tailored for ER, similarly abbotsford. Just wondering if any of the streams in vancouver are known to be successful for matching to +1ER or any other programs in general.
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    Elective location diversity?

    Fair enough. I am based on the east coast now, and would be going to do a 4 week elective and a 2 week elective. I am applying for family medicine, and they seem to have a lot of 4 week electives. Mainly I plan to be there because there is a 4 week elective in a location I want to explore, as well as one in vancouver. My issue has been that I will very likely match to the variety of family medicine programs at my school. However, I will likely add an elective from another school on the east coast. Although it sounds like you may feel its good to still just do more in the West in general to show interest in going west?
  10. I was wondering if anyone has any input on how much location diversity a person should have with their electives. I am happy to stay at my own school for residency, but would much prefer to go to UBC. But my preferences are definitely UBC, then my home school before any other school. So my plan was to do 2 electives (6 weeks) at UBC and the rest at my home school. Is this bad? Should I do electives at more locations even if I don't plan to attend those schools? I will be pursuing FM.
  11. I am confused when looking at UBCs AFMC portal. On the checklist for submitting an application it says " Ensure you have completed and turned in your mandatory educational licensing application package for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC (see more information in the "Licensing Requirements" tab below." but on that tab it says "To obtain a license students must complete the CPSBC Application Package (Access to this document is provided when students are confirmed; the password will be included in an email)." Also under required documents it says "A recent and clear photo of yourself (Registrant Account) Quebec Schools and Ottawa U: English Language Proficiency Scoresheet (McGill and OttawaU Anglophile stream excluded) AFMC Student Portal Immunization and Testing Form Additional Immunization Document/s Professional Standards Acknowledgment Form" So I am just confused if I should be filling out the CPSBC application form or not. As its not a small amount of work and requires making a CV, scanning government documents, getting the school to sign it etc.
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    Struggling in Med School ...

    Interest groups are essentially useless on your resume. I am convinced the giant jump to join lots and be involved. Is just putting that residual pre-med energy of joining things and resume padding to use. Because the reality is pre-clerkship you could do absolutely nothing and just enjoy your life and still land in a competitive specialty
  13. Stupid question. But if a faculty has multiple streams do you interview multiple times or just for the program?