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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.
  5. 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.
  6. Most of what I did in clerkship was scutwork, so I feel the pareto principle applies readily to me, namely that 80% of my learning came from 20% of what I actually did. So, I don't believe that a higher workload necessarily leads to a better educational experience (or that a lower workload necessarily leads to less learning), since it depends entirely on how you're actually using that time. It's possible to reduce burnout, but I don't think anything substantial is going to happen until there's a general shift in the entire medical culture. The increased social demand for wellness and improved work/life balance will eventually integrate itself in medical student environment, but like most things, it will take time.
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    Are there any normal non arrogant pre-meds?

    I can assure you that many of the most arrogant and conceited people you meet are actually the least skilled at what they do. This fact should be readily apparent if you do anything competitively, and even more so if you play Call of Duty. The lower echelons of any field tend to be more toxic than those higher up. As a general rule of thumb, amateurs behave worse than professionals. Your example of soccer players in the World Cup isn't a good one because most (if not all) of them are professionals, and individuals who make it that far usually have some maturity, and are held to a higher standard of conduct than the average person. The same generally holds for medicine. In a perfect world, performance would simply speak for itself, and people wouldn't feel the need to spend energy putting others down. However, keep in mind that most people aren't like this, and those who do behave poorly are just those you tend to notice more, so they stick out in your mind more. You definitely aren't alone in how you feel. Tune out the noise and stay positive.
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    Saba - Entry Requirements

    If you're worried about being barred from the island itself (because you're coming from a yellow fever endemic area and don't have proof of vaccination), then you need to contact the appropriate government agency on Saba and ask for their advice.
  9. IMGs play a larger role in the system than most people realize, and the figures given here aren't that surprising. In the US, they make up a similar proportion - about 26% of the total physician population. Today, just by numbers alone, it would be a bit unusual if a doctor didn't have any colleagues that are international grads.
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    This Is Insane

    1. Try not to compare yourself to other people. Easier said than done, but try anyways. 2. "First-author papers" is vague and can literally represent a collection of anything. It's nothing substantial 99% of the time. I could be wrong though, and this person might be the second coming of Tesla, but probably not. 3. Research is irrelevant if stats are otherwise uncompetitive. Don't stress about it. People worry too much about stuff they have no control over.
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    Advice on how to study?

    If you're sticking to a routine and getting burnt out, then there's something about your routine which isn't sustainable. The number one reason for burnout is a lack of sufficient sleep, so make sure you're getting enough. This shouldn't be a problem in undergrad unless you have additional responsibilities or commitments that are eating your time up.
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    Premed - Western vs McMaster

    1. The only people who can answer this question are those who did both programs. Even then their answer would be subjective and anecdotal. 2. Whether a specific program prepares students well or not is also entirely a matter of personal opinion. You don't even have to do a science program to feel ready. The formation of good study habits, discipline and effective test taking are independent of what you actually study. 3. The program itself doesn't matter for the purposes of admissions. Some will say that a large percentage of students from X program go to medical school, but those people were probably good enough and would have gotten in regardless of what program they actually did.
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    How to do well on clerkship?

    Do as you're told. Don't lie about anything. Don't get in the way. If you abide by these three rules then you shouldn't have any problems. People who get in trouble usually break one or more of the above.
  14. If you like everything, and you like people too, then consider Family Medicine. It's not too late to hang with the cool kids.
  15. You're applying to be a doctor, not a salesperson at Hot Topic.
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