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  1. Hello fellow older non trads! You can also PM me if you wanna talk.
  2. No. I mean, would it be in my best interest to keep it broad, or specify a particular stream (urban/regional/rural) or a particular site (like Sinai vs Sunnybrook vs Barrie) to highlight my interest in choosing the program?
  3. Would you specify the stream you will be applying to when answering the question of "why do you want to come here"? I want to err on the side of caution and keep it broad, but I don't want to give them less than their expectations...
  4. Wait, what about specialty tailored letters? I thought people ask for a general letter and a specialty tailored one? Or is it too much to ask?
  5. Bumping an old thread. I was not planning on anything more than a plain passport-ish photo. People in my class seem to take the approach of hiring a photographer and going on photoshoots. And https://www.carms.ca/match/r-1-main-residency-match/applicant/application-process-documents-r1/documents-r1/ says "A professional head shot should be used wherever possible." What's the norm nowadays?
  6. Not OT, but I've been keeping my license for sentimental reasons and nothing else. It makes no sense. I know I will someday stop renewing it.
  7. I hear your pain. Would it help to shift your focus slightly differently -- admission to medical school is not the end goal, and ultimately practicing medicine and being a damn good doctor for your patients is? I know the former is a prerequisite to the latter, but think of all that life experience you are having right now. It may not seem much right now, but among other things, you are learning humility and empathy and the fact that there is a much bigger world out there, one that patients live in. Try not to compare yourself with others. I wish you good luck.
  8. My take: do what makes you happy. I'm not referring to a specific job title but the things in life that give you the most joy. Then decide whether you can put up with the things you hate in that field x 30-40 years. I really enjoy getting to know patients and digging deep into their lives. I like the concepts behind procedures, but I find the actual procedures more or less tedious. I value having time of my own, and being able to spend it with people I love. I like job market flexibility, and cannot tolerate the nebulous promise of a FT position 3 years after I'm done. Then based on my experiences in clerkship, I was able to narrow my selection down. My point is, don’t stress out too much trying to fit into a certain specialty because of the pressure to decide on day 1. I think some dissatisfaction comes from the incongruence between expectations and reality and it is made worse by getting pigeonholed too early. It is important to go out and experience as much as you can, but try to get a feel for yourself, instead of relying on second hand information or biased opinions.
  9. Has anyone used Family Medicine Notes? https://familymedicinenotes.com Worth the money? What other resource would you recommend?
  10. I actually think it's very healthy. Because the "I will be a doctor or I will die" dogma is not true. This is the reason why I would suggest you to put the MCAT on hold. If you write the MCAT and get a great score, you are still stuck in your conundrum, but the MCAT score makes it even harder to decide against medicine. Next thing you know, you are staring down the barrel of long years of training and a career you are at the very least unsure about. I say, go explore a little, and if you in the future decide that medicine interests you, go for it.
  11. OP, recognize that your perceived introversion is not a hindrance. I know that you are referring to not fitting in and feeling alone as a pre clerk - the day to day "which group do I sit with" or "what social event is coming up next". Find 1 or 2 people whom you can gel with a bit more and start there. You are already doing what you are supposed to do by being cordial and friendly and open. Keep that up. There is nothing wrong with you. I've felt the same way -- clerkship is such a breath of fresh air. It is your ability to connect with patients and the people you work with in a professional setting that matters. In life, you aren't going to form tight bonds with everyone, and that's ok. Do find supports in or out of the faculty. Reach out to your family and friends back home. Seek out interests outside of medicine. You are going to be a great doctor.
  12. OP I was in a similar situation. PM me if you want. Your chances/options would become more clear once you have done your MCAT. I think that is the first thing that you need to do.
  13. Thank you to everyone for your responses. The more I think about it, the more I think I am suitable for family. I like the patient population. I like the longitudinal relationship you build with patients. I like the undifferentiated (and mostly low acuity) problems. Prestige has never been a factor of consideration. I'm nontrad. I've done this enough times to not give a damn what people think about me. My reaction over the weekend as I hummed and hawed was from a place of cARMs/job market/career outlook uncertainty and anxiety. My two cents is instead of lamenting over a supposed lack of prestige, we should be thinking about how we can grow as a field and attract more dedicated candidates. Be hard to replace, and let the actions speak for themselves. Thanks again.
  14. At the end of a surgery rotation, my preceptor said the above. This was in the context of me answering pimp questions and then later at my eval. I just laughed it off, but it bummed me out a bit, so forgive me now that I feel a little weak. It was meant as a compliment (?) and I want to take it as such. I'm sure that it happens ALL THE TIME to other people. How do you handle it (externally and internally)? I eventually replied that I want to go into FM because of its flexibility and scope of practice. He said the flexibility in practice location is overblown for FM, and new grads have trouble finding FHO/FHTs in their desired locations and a lot resort to locums. How true is that? Earlier on in the year, I've been back and forth between many other specialties, but since I have been enjoying all of my rotations as a M3, and I like the relationship you form with patients, I thought FM is a logical choice. I still think so, but now I feel like I have an uneasy feeling I can't shake.
  15. I'm not sure your viewpoints contradict each other. You felt supported by your school's administration (which is wonderful). From my understanding, NLengr's point is about how in the future when it is expedient, what someone previously disclosed can be used against them. Not the same thing. OP - I'd also be careful with what you say and who you say it to. I went to health services on campus (who told me that on campus counselling resources are limited and I'm better off going off campus, which didn't help because our insurance covered very little of it, but that's another story).
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