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    Baby shower gift

    Unless they're naming the baby after you I wouldn't spend $200.
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    Study tips?

    I skimmed over CardiacArrhythmia's tips and think they're pretty good. The foundation of effective studying is discipline and spaced repetition, and holds true whether you're in undergrad, med school, or residency. However, it's important to make sure what you're doing actually works, and that you're not simply going through the motions. If you've been taught new material just a few days before the test, then the approach differs depending on who you are. For some people, material taught that recently doesn't require extensive revision since it's so fresh in their minds. Personally though, if a lecture was taught on Thursday and being tested Monday, then I would still make sure to have gone through it at least 3 times (therefore once daily) beforehand. It's the same amount of effort as other lectures, but all upfront. Some things simply need to be brute forced when there's so little time. The other thing is to clarify questions you have asap, because complex material still needs to be understood.
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    Voice your opinion about the LMCCII

    I haven't heard of any successful recounts, and I don't suggest paying to have it done. Score rechecks are almost always fruitless, because scores that are borderline failures are already given greater scrutiny prior to results being released.
  4. Many people who backup with FM tend to overestimate how much they would actually enjoy doing it. There is an argument about being legit interested in more than one area of medicine, but practically-speaking the second choice is usually a distant one compared to the first. Some will disagree with that notion, but it's nevertheless accurate if people were truly being honest with themselves. Even this particular forum has had several who matched to their FM backup only to regret it immediately and look for ways out, thus wasting their time and others. Screening out applicants who clearly wanted a speciality first is doing at least some of them a favor.
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    Summer Break Pre-CaRMS Electives

    I don't know what this is, but it sounds like a lot of time, expense, and burnout.
  6. Before any thoughts of med school, it's important that you get an idea of your true potential, and by that I mean seeing what your grades are like after a focused, distraction-free semester. If you're still not doing well, then the issue may not just be a lack of discipline, but also how you study. This needs to be figured out first. It's a new year, and it's time for some personal growth. If you're serious about professional school, then you need to mature quickly and start treating your studies like a job.
  7. I'm pretty sure he just selectively went through each section for a quick review. It's not possible to read 700 pages, in depth, in two hours. The Rapid Review section in the back is only 20 pages though, and can be done pretty quick. Of course, we're both assuming it's First Aid for the USMLE, and not the First Aid Manual.
  8. You already seem to have good insight into your own performance, so I assume what you're really asking here is for tips on how to distinguish yourself from your peers. If that's the case, then you can impress with a surprise $4 box of Timbits for those around you. This low-key gesture will win you friends, and is not to be underestimated.
  9. It might be helpful to assume that whoever reads your personal statement has no other information about you. Is your personal statement compelling enough that someone would want to interview you based on that alone? If the answer is yes, then that's a good start regardless of what you're applying to.
  10. Went my entire peds rotation in residency during winter without getting sick. The secret is Purell, Vitamin C, and delegating as much work as possible to other people.
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    Demoralization in the Process of Medicine?

    Demoralization is highly individual, as everyone perceives and reacts to stress differently. There are some things that can't be taught, but are nonetheless important to have, like motivation, mental toughness and a good attitude. Some people will shrink in the face of their difficulties, but others will keep smiling regardless of what's thrown at them. For this poster, there seems to have been a large disconnect between their expectations of training, and the reality of what it actually was. The negative interactions with their attending seem particularly problematic for them. I did my clerkships in the United States, but completed residency training in Canada. During this time, I have rarely been treated poorly, or had the degree of burnout commonly expressed by many learners. I fully acknowledge that my experience may not be typical of others though. Having been in both countries, I can say that in Canada (or at least where I was), there was a bit more interest expressed in my personal well-being, but otherwise it was similar. It's worth noting that I did my residency in family medicine, so I'm going to make the not-unreasonable assumption that my attendings on average had slightly nicer/smoother demeanors than what might be found in other specialties, which I'm sure certainly helped. My advice to anyone starting medical school is to remember that this training process is what you make of it. There is something to be learned from every experience, good or bad. You can learn important things from bad instructors, even if the only thing is how not to behave later on. Medical training is long, but it's also finite. Your problems didn't come to stay, they came to pass. My advice to preceptors and instructors is to keep in mind the difference between being on hard on someone for constructive reasons, and being hard for the sake of being abusive, and to make sure it's not the latter. Treating learners well is also an extension of civility; a concept making its resurgence from an unspoken to explicit requirement for being a truly competent medical professional. There is a Golden Rule. Please follow it.
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    Biology vs. BioMedical vs. Health Sciences

    I'm going to sidebar here and talk a bit about interest and motivation. An average student will do better in courses they like, and noticeably worse in ones they don't like. The hallmark of a truly strong student is the ability to do consistently well regardless of interest level, because they're able to maintain the same good discipline and study habits from one course to another. It helps to be interested in what you're studying, but ideally it shouldn't matter, and won't always be the case anyways, especially in a terminal degree simply meant to be a stepping stone to something else. I did a Biology degree. It sounds general and boring, and a lot of it certainly was. That being said, boring is highly underrated. When it comes to getting high grades, I'll take boring and predictable any day. The more routine and streamlined your process is, the better. Much like in medicine, when stuff gets exciting, then something's probably going wrong. Of course though, individual opinions will vary. At the end of the day, only you know your abilities and the circumstances you need to do well. Just follow whatever that is.
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    Ophtho and FM+EM Backup

    If you have no real interest in general practice, then I don't recommend you back up with it. At the end of the day, you do you, but don't regret your choice, because there have been more than a few around here who did.
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    Does Undergraduate school matter?

    GPA considerations are one thing, but I always feel compelled to remind people to choose a place they'll enjoy being at. This is still four years of your life.
  15. I wasted a lot of time throughout undergrad, medical school, and residency making schedules only to abandon them after a few days (or in some cases just a few hours later). When I say a lot of time, I mean a comically large amount of time, and nothing less. The most important thing is to have clear priorities of what you need to accomplish, and to be adaptable, because it's not possible to schedule every little thing that comes into your life. TL;DR: I don't need a plan, just a goal, the rest will take care of itself.