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  1. Hello, I am wondering what lifestyle looks like for family medicine students through medical school and residency. Up until recently, I thought the 80-hour/week, nights-on-call lifestyle was during residency only and that clerkship (3rd and 4th year) consisted of more "normal" hours hahah! I now realize this is a misconception and it sounds like at most Canadian med schools, 80 hours a week and night shifts start in 3rd year. Does this mean 4 years of sleep deprivation and excessive hours even for students going into family medicine? More people seem to be choosing the FM route because they want a more flexible schedule and a better work-life balance, but I am wondering how long it takes to actually achieve that. Two years of residency didn't seem so bad, but 4 years seems a little horrible. Unless it's not as bad as it sounds! Do you just "get used to it"? Is it possible to maintain a relationship or is it to the extent that you would only be seeing/socializing with family members 1 day a week? From Year 3 to PG2 do you get any weekends off and are there any extended periods of time or rotations with no call? I am specifically interested in UBC and how the work schedule, workload, and work-life balance is there. Thanks! (And I know there are already many threads asking similar questions).
  2. Hello, I am wondering about the factors that were involved in deciding medicine was the right path for you. How did you know before getting into medicine that you would be able to handle the sadness factor - dealing with people passing away and patients with terminal illnesses? Did you have any worries about being a strong enough person or how you would deal with the career emotionally? What were the pros that outweighed the cons of long hours, being near communicable diseases, being in relatively unpleasant (long hours, fluorescent lighting, noise, overcrowding) hospital environments etc?
  3. Hello, I am wondering how much choice students have at UBC in terms of the location of their clerkship. During 3rd and 4th year, for students in the Vancouver medical program, are there rotations you have to travel to outside of Vancouver aside from the rural medicine rotation and any electives you choose? If you do travel, how necessary is it to do rotations in various different locations? For example, is it realistic to expect to spend 90% of time within Vancouver for 3rd and 4th year and then be able to secure a Family Medicine residency also in Vancouver or are the odds of that extremely low? Thanks!
  4. Hey thanks for the help. Those Leah4Sci MCAT math videos are really good. The reason I was asking was because in my Kaplan 2015 prep book there is a fill in the blank question (General Chem, p. 347) where they give you a pOH, for example 5.19 and you are supposed to find the [OH-]. Usually in the book it says when approximating something is necessary (i.e. earlier on it says the quadratic formula doesn't need to be used on the MCAT) but in this case in the answers they have the table completely filled out with specific values, such as the [OH-] for a pOH of 5.19 is "6.46x10^-6". I was wondering how you would arrive at that answer just by approximating. I guessed that the [OH-] would be approximately 10^-5 but they have a much more specific value. I guess according to the Leah4Sci video I could estimate the number will be between 10^-5 and 10^-6, and then use a memorized range where .1=8*10^-..., .3=5*10^-..., .5=3*10^... so then I know it is some number between 8*10 and 5*10, and if I choose for example 6*10^-6 I would get a pOH of 6-0.6 = 5.4 which is close enough to the given pOH of 5.19. But if I use 6*10^-5 I get a pOH of 5-0.6 = 4.4 which undershoots th given pOH. So I go with [OH-]= 6*10^-6. Is that the trick everyone else is using? The memorized range of .1 = 8*10^-x, .3 = 5*10^-x, .5 = 3*10^-x, .7 = 2*10^-x? And does the same range work for positive logs or not? Thanks!!
  5. Hoping someone can help me understand logarithm rules better when it comes to acid-base chemistry. I understand how to approximate pH, pOH, pKa and pKB given a concentration or a Ka/Kb. For example: [H3O+]= 8.89 x 10^(-4) so pH = 4-0.9, pH = 3.1 I don't understand how to do the reverse and approximate [H3O+] or [OH-] from a given pOH or pH. For example, how do I find [OH-] given a pH of 3.1? Or how would I find [H3O+] given a pH of 8.2?? Thanks so much for your help, this is really bugging me!
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