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  1. Sorry for the bump, but are there electives/rotations that people wished they had done/had more exposure to in FM residency? I have an elective coming up soon after residency starts, and I'm not really sure what to expect at this point. I have no interest in a +1 at this point. Thanks.
  2. YMMV, but I don't think volunteering in a hospital is high yield. You bring up a good point - we talk about admitting people who are interested in medicine etc., but I think it's not easy for the average applicant to really learn about it before any commitment unless there is some type of personal or professional experience with health care. It is easy to get sucked into it when you are in premed circles, and everything you choose to do after that reinforces the very idea of going into medicine. As a nontrad, things are a little different. There are a lot of videos on youtube on residency life etc. You may want to check them out. A Canadian one is violinMD - she's in internal medicine I think. As a non trad, my advice to get started is this (assuming you haven't come across this yet): Medicine is a vast field. In it, you will find all sorts of personalties and working models and settings to suit you. If you haven't already, I'd start by thinking about how you want to live your future personal and professional life, and compare it to the (very comfortable albeit sedentary) life you have now. i.e. How important are predictable hours to you? Shift work? 9-5? Call? How open are you with moving to the other side of the country? Dealing with the public? A desk job? I think that may also help you narrow things down. FWIW, I never did any shadowing or volunteering at a hospital or the like but I did come from a somewhat related background.
  3. This isn't about any specialty in particular, but I wonder if some physicians see their investment portfolio crumble and opt to work longer past their intended retirement age/harder to make up for the loss of income.
  4. Did you find somebody else to read it? My skin is the same way. It blows up when anything touches it.
  5. It doesn't. But at least the negative Quantiferon will mean that the TST is a false positive and I'm not labelled as latent TB and scare the tech when they read the CXR requisition "hx of TB". My PGME doesn't recognize the Quantiferon and will only go by the TST results. So I'm getting yearly radiation because of a result that I know is a false positive? Makes no sense to me but I'll worry about that next year.
  6. It's negative! Thank you both! For future reference for anyone else, there's a 90 something fee at Lifelabs, and turnaround time is 7-10 days. I'd been living with the label of a positive TST for years and I hated it. Yes, I'm well aware. Hence the post. But how it was taught even at my school was that it is presumed latent TB if TST is positive, and a history of the BCG vaccine can be ignored in the interpretation. That's what I learned in class, and also what has been told to me by multiple physicians over the years. What I got was "yeah well you had 20mm+ so it's very positive" and "Sure if you really want, you can get the Quantiferon but it's not covered. But it's more likely that you picked it up somewhere." I was told that it was 500 bucks at one point, and I could not shell out that money every year.
  7. Under section g) Medical Conditions, (viii) states "Do you now have a communicable disease or are you a carrier, whether asymptomatic or otherwise of an infectious agent of a communicable disease (ie. TB, hepatitis, etc)?" Had the BCG vaccine. My TB skin test is positive. CXR normal. I know that makes it latent TB, so the answer to this question is a yes? Obviously I'm not going to omit anything, but what would that mean to my license or to other things like insurance? Thanks.
  8. Does anyone have any advice for the incoming R1s? It's stressful enough to start residency/move/get adjusted to more responsibilities and new locations/faces in any other year. Maybe the peak is over by the time we start (or not), but we will probably be dealing with this in the months ahead.
  9. Do you see telemedicine getting incorporated into FM practice after COVID-19 is behind us?
  10. I am baffled by the administrative cost of $1390. What kind of administrative work does that entail to cost that much? OP: where did you see that petition?
  11. I wonder how much of it is due to FOMO? Having said that, OP or anybody else, I hope it gets better. I think whatever the reasons may be, transitioning to residency is a challenging time for most if not all of us. It's a big change for a lot of people -- it could be their first time away from friends/family/loved ones, especially more people are coupled up during med school. Transitioning to med school might have been less of a hurdle given how many people knew one another from undergrad, and given how preclerkship might have been more similar to undergrad. So it is completely understandable that it is an anxiety inducing time. If they can't vent on an anonymous forum to other people perhaps in the same boat, where else are they going to go?
  12. I have an elective coming up later this month in downtown Toronto (post CaRMS, thankfully). Where did you get this? I looked on AFMC portal and their info page doesn't have any updates so far.
  13. Do programs eventually find out how we ranked them after the match? Or is that locked and sealed and never to be seen again?
  14. I'm sorry that it's been hard. There is good kind of feedback, and then there is the bad kind. You will see plenty of both. Let yourself feel those emotions - for me, they were feeling exposed, embarrassed, defeated etc , but then regroup and decide if there is an ounce of truth to what they said and take it as an opportunity to learn. That's the whole point - you want to get better. Nobody can take that away from you. You have the power to decide how to react. Also remember that feeling so you know what not to do when you are giving feedback one day. Be constructive and specific. Perceived character flaws are neither.
  15. I was under the impression that rad onc in Canada also doesn't have a great job market. Did something change in the last few years?
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