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  1. I was doing more of a comparison to jobs in engineering, finance, law where the majority of your work is done in front of a computer - whereas in medicine it's a necessary chore that takes a couple of hours (at least this is my perspective at this point in time, I could be off base here).
  2. As a clerk I haven't had much experience with the bureaucracy and issues with the system like the staff/residents on these forums have, but I've had my fair share of bad/difficult days. With that said, I've had several times more wonderful days. It's a job that forces you to get to know people and form relationships with them. You get to listen to people at their lowest points and contribute something meaningful to their road to recovery. I honestly couldn't have imagined myself working at a desk or in front of a computer as is expected in most other professional careers these days. I think what helps with my mindset is that I don't see medicine as my passion or calling, it's a job just like anything else. Would I rather be spending my time at the beach instead of the clinic? Sure. Would I rather be at home spending time with my family? Definitely. But at the same time, it's something that has a meaningful impact on people, makes good money, and I have a lot of fun doing it. I think that's what people should be seeking in their career, whether it's in medicine or otherwise. Just don't go in thinking that medicine will necessarily be the thing that will give your life purpose and meaning.
  3. Yes definitely fight this, this "fail" is not your fault and should be excused/elaborated on your transcript. I'd say you still have a good chance at your specialty if you get the transcript edited to explain that you had an injury, and that you explain your gap in training on your personal letters when CaRMS rolls around.
  4. Splitting surgical specialties generally isn't a good idea from what I've heard. I'd try to do as many ortho electives as possible, but try to reach out to ortho residents see what they think.
  5. I'll go against the general advice here and I'm sorry if it's a bit harsh but I honestly wouldn't go for it. I've talked with numerous program directors for a variety programs and one of the things they unanimously say is that all of their applicants have straight passes on their transcripts. More likely than not you'll be screened based on your transcript alone. If I were in your position I'd prepare for family medicine or pathology or something and apply broadly.
  6. At least the attitude at my institution is that research matters far less than how you are clinically. If you have research in a surgical specialty and the general surgeons/residents liked you while you were rotating with them I'm sure you'll do just fine in gen surg.
  7. Hey everyone, I started my clerkship back in September and I've been having trouble appraising my progress. I feel like at a baseline every med student gets positive feedback and I feel like everyone works hard, shows up on time, etc. I've always done what I was told and always try my best with it. I'll read around cases the night before, read up on things that I didn't know throughout the day, never be late etc. My feedback has largely been positive (e.g. "very good student", "hardworking", "thorough hx/px", etc) and occasionally I'll get something constructive (e.g. "work on having a more targeted history", "present cases more efficiently", etc). I feel like the only way I've been able to tell myself apart from my peers is by the display of knowledge and I'd probably guess I'm somewhere in the middle of the pack or a bit above average in this respect. I'm considering a competitive non-surgical specialty vs family medicine so I'm not sure if any of this matters.
  8. Hi everyone, I was doing a bit of calculation of my finances and the amount of debt I have is worrying me a little bit. Going at my current rate it would be realistic for me to end up with $150k+ debt by the end of medical school. This is a lot of money and I was wondering if this is typical for a medical student. I worked every summer in undergrad but for neither summer in med school. For current residents did you have similar amounts of debt. Did you find it manageable to pay off? Thanks a lot.
  9. Hi everyone, I'm reaching the end of my first year in med school and I thinking I'm starting to hone in on my interests. Until recently I thought that I could be interested in internal medicine but I found that it's a bit of a mixed bag. I honestly enjoy it and want to spend more time with it (I'll be doing research this summer and more observerships). For those of you who decided to pursue a competitive residency, at what stage in your education did you make that decision? Did you find that there was stress associated with pursuing something competitive? Do things ultimately turn out "fine" regardless of whether you match or not? This post was a bit rambly but I wanted to hear some thoughts from people in a similar boat. Thanks.
  10. No, just relax. It's one of your last few summers (and one where you have absolutely no responsibility to anything). You won't even be allowed to shadow any doctors until you formally start medical school. Do some observerships when first year starts and explore the breadth of medicine before committing yourself into something.
  11. Any word on whether derm was more/equal/less competitive than last year?
  12. Hi everyone Is anyone aware of summer research grants in dermatology? I couldn't find anything for medical students on the CDF website and I'm not aware of anyone else who might be giving similar awards. Thanks in advance!
  13. Okay thanks everyone! I'll go along with the research
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