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  1. Everytime I'm on peds, I think I won't be one of those suckers that get sick.. but everytime, I get the worst viral URTI that last like 3-6weeks. Starts as rhinorrhea, then pharyngitis, then laryngitis with almost complete loss of voice, then residual cough for 2 weeks.. horrible. Haven't gotten gastros yet though.
  2. F508

    Unhappy in medicine?

    managing uncertainty to minimize diagnostic error and minimize overdiagnosis/overtreatment
  3. As evidenced by the above posts, basically it depends. It varies depending on your undergrad experience, it varies depending on teaching style at your medical school, it depends on the person.. Everyone experiences things differently
  4. I think SCOPE/SCORE will be a fun experience: getting to meet medical students from around the world, exploring a new city, etc. In terms of clinical learning or research productivity, I don't think IFMSA is the best option. If you're gunning for a specialty, the SCOPE/SCORE experience won't be of much value
  5. NICU is "shift work". If I recall correctly, the staff I worked with told me they worked 28 weeks in a year on the NICU wards. They did 1 week stretches at a time.
  6. F508

    Applying to FM last minute

    I would apply if you would rather be in family medicine than be no match. In all scenarios, your highest chances of getting into family medicine will be in first round. In second round, your chances will be way less as you're competing with other desperate candidates and IMGs.
  7. F508

    Income and Lifestyle

    ridiculous thread I hope your preoccupation for money won't result in patient mismanagement for monetary gain
  8. F508

    US Residencies and CaRMS

    What is considered a competitive score for USMLEs?
  9. Why would academic ERs pay less? Because cases are more complex? Because learners slow you down?
  10. Maybe they pulled funding for these residents? Anyways they control the contracts that the residents signed. There’s probably a clause that says the contact can change at any time without warning
  11. Did the Saudi residents get sent back to their home country already? Or they’re just not allowed to work as residents for the time being?
  12. I personally did not find UWorld or Canadaqbanks representative of the MCCQE1. The questions/clinical scenarios of the MCCQE are much more vague vs the question banks.. So in that case, the best question bank is the question bank that'll get you to study. I abandoned Canada qbanks pretty quickly.. only did a few questions. I didn't like this one because the scenarios were super long to read. Also I've heard that they have errors in their answers. I mainly used UWorld. The answers to each question have succinct review/summaries of relevant diseases. The best way to get a feel for the MCCQE1 is to do the sample tests that they sell online. Pretty expensive though.. Not entirely helpful for studying, because they don't tell you the right answers for multiple choice questions. You do see the answers for clinical making decision questions though, so that's more helpful. Best "studying" is the knowledge you've accumulated through med school.. hard to study for such a broad exam I find. I only had 1 month to prepare. Not sure to what point studying changed my score.
  13. I don't agree that more tests/interventions = better care You need to use clinical judgement. Indiscriminate brain imaging causes unnecessary irradiation. Tests can lead to false-positives (esp when pre-test probability is low, PPV) which lead to more invasive testing. History and physical are important parts of the evaluation to orient your investigations. I agree with the above. Use more open-ended questions instead of asking yes-no questions.
  14. chest pain can be from a lot of things.. if your patient comes to you in your office, you need to do an eval. You don't just indiscriminately send all CP to ER. It could be musculoskeletal, 2e chronic coughing, etc
  15. I scored 295 on the exam. Don't remember what I got on practice exams, around 80% on both I think. I agree with Organomegaly. Studying throughout clerkship is the most helpful (doesn't need to be excessive). There's only so much you can review during the 1 month pre-exam. Much easier to retain things you see during rotations. Although to be honest, not sure if the 1 month I studied before the exam was that useful. I wonder how much I would've scored without studying vs with studying. I feel like with time/clinical exposure, even if you don't know the answer to the question, you can eliminate multiple choice options with your gut feeling.