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    ChemPetE got a reaction from LostLamb in Current CaRMS Competitiveness - Schools and Specialties   
    GO RAD ONC!
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    ChemPetE reacted to LostLamb in Current CaRMS Competitiveness - Schools and Specialties   
    GO PSYCH!
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    ChemPetE reacted to LostLamb in what are you guys doing during winter break?   
    Looking at the luxury car thread, thinking about luxury cars, and then instead playing animal crossing on the Nintendo switch!
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    ChemPetE got a reaction from LostLamb in How to communicate with Medical Residents in Canada   
    National specialty specific sites often have job board advertisements too, but this is less primary care relevant. For specialty spots, try speaking with the chair of the dept and they can often point you in the right direction.
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    ChemPetE got a reaction from bellejolie in Students who bought luxury cars during clerkship, how do you feel about them now?   
    Joining this topic late, but it is a fun one.
    1) I leased a brz during residency. LOVED that car. Not too much more than a civic, was as good on gas. Put a smile on my face every time I stepped into it haha. But moved away to a land with more snow and crappier roads, so ended up getting a gas 5th gen rav4. Much more practical, also puts a smile on my face, but in a different way. My dad has the hybrid - loves it (minus the fact that much less driving gets done during covid). Between civic and rav? Had essentially a civic pre brz, and also was fine. My mom also has a civic turbo and it is very nice and comfortable to drive as well (the new ones are great; just have to beware the ones from a few years ago where there was leaking oil into the engine in cold climates, now fixed).  AWD is a nice to have (not must), and the extra practicality the suv has is nice too, although I had family around and could borrow a friend’s truck if need be (hence the brz haha). But on my own, well SUVs are popular for a reason. 
    Technical issues with the rav - Toyota’s hybrid system is TOP notch. Expected to have VERY good reliability. Price is definitely a concern, but also nothing wrong with picking up a gen 4 rav used; I have a family doc friend that had a gen 3 that kicked the bucket, and has since replaced it with a gen 4. Ravs in general are very practical vehicles.
    Another point, more related to certain specialties that cover multiple sites on call - I have heard that one specialty in particular racks up fuel bills that are comparable to call stipends. Depending on your rotation/if you’re doing home call (probably not for fam med in this circumstance), a hybrid might be nice. But also beware that it is a classic story of post call driving home that someone gets a fender bender, or scratches their car on a parking post or something. I know SO many people that have damaged (lightly at least) their vehicles in some aspect in this way (including myself at some point ) . So just... be mindful it is a common story =/
    2) I have the pokemon special edition switch I picked up in residency. The yellow colors are fun. Riiiiiight before COVID hit, my girlfriend ended up finding a ACNH switch for her to play AC on. But it was the town over. So literally the day or two before lockdown she ended up driving 1-2 hours to pick it up, then back. Then lockdown. But she loves it - and I agree that the colors are fun. It’s a great game for sure haha, though I haven’t logged in myself for a while... LL I should grab your friend code at sometime too haha! Lately it’s been ring fit adventure since gyms are closed, and it’s ok... but island visits can still be fun
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    ChemPetE reacted to shikimate in Controversy over new FM Structured LOR Rubric   
    A standardized form would have been good choice if you are hiring a large number of relatively uniform, low to medium skill workers (eg. warehouse employees, cleaning crew, laborer) as it reduces burden on HR and can screen for people with relatively uniform basic level of traits and skills. Also these types of jobs are mobile and a worker is typically not expected to stay with the company, or even the job/field, forever.
    To hire a FMD who will likely be practicing for the next 30 years and who will likely have significantly higher individual impact than the aforementioned jobs, a narrative LOR would provide more nuanced response. If someone is not willing to make the effort to write a narrative LOR (rather than take 2 min to make checkmarks on this list), then probably he/she doesn't trust the candidate as much as you think. 
    So a checklist would have been good as a screening tool to immediately flag candidates, say for lack of clinical or procedural skills. But some other aspects such as how to handle an emotionally charged encounter also requires a narrative approach.
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    ChemPetE reacted to LostLamb in So, how’s the job hunt going for other specialties?   
    Looking forward to seeing you around again here—if that means you are coming back west
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    ChemPetE got a reaction from LostLamb in So, how’s the job hunt going for other specialties?   
    Thanks LL. I was locuming for the summer, and  something lined up to start back where I trained in Sept. But also noticed things were slow, so was curious to see if it was still slow for others or if things had picked up. COVID has been a curveball for many things.
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    ChemPetE reacted to LostLamb in So, how’s the job hunt going for other specialties?   
    Thankfully, everything lined up and I had work right off the bat on July 1...paperwork and other formalities took a lot longer this year because of the pandemic.
    Most people joining the ranks in my specialty are not doing one single thing at one single location. I work outpatients and am not located within a major hospital site fortunately so overall covid risks are less. I do participate in an ER on call roster, though.
    I am grateful to every preceptor, mentor, senior resident, experienced physician colleague and random nice person who advised me to start slow and build my practice up rather than taking on every opportunity available. transition to staffhood is always tricky but doing it in a pandemic and suddenly doing work virtually adds some complexity.
    New opportunities have popped up since I've been an attending that I did not anticipate and I am glad to be able to jump on them immediately and build the kind of practice I want--variety and different levels of complexity. 
    I hope you get what you need and opportunities are cropping up for you
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    ChemPetE reacted to Snowmen in FMRQ requesting changes to licensing requirements   
    http://fmrq.qc.ca/publications/view/id:374/lang:eng
    Unfortunately, I don't have an english translation to link but the Quebec resident association is basically (accurately) blaming the CMC for the current MCCQE 1/2 debacle and requesting that the CMQ/government of Quebec reconsider the requirements to obtain a license as a practicing physician.
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    ChemPetE reacted to cotecc in Medicine...   
    you guys are spending 125k to get your MD???
    ---Quebec resident here, I'm paying about 2k per semester
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    ChemPetE reacted to rmorelan in -   
    general pattern here - it is getting to the point where it is easier to ask "what doesn't need a fellowship...." when dealing with any of the 5 or 5+ year specialties. 
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    ChemPetE got a reaction from LostLamb in -   
    Rad onc - I only know one person who for very specific circumstances needed 2 years of fellowship in my grad class. Some went straight to work without fellowship as well. I would slot it in the 6 years at this point.
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    ChemPetE reacted to Redpill in B.C. Election 2020: NDP pledges second medical school at Surrey SFU campus   
    https://vancouversun.com/news/b-c-election-2020-ndp-pledges-second-medical-school-at-surrey-sfu-campus
    Looks like BC might be getting a new medical school...
    Was a bit surprised about this as I thought the plan was to create a distributed site at SFU from the UBC program, like the UVic, UBCO, and UNBC sites. The NDP seem favoured to win so this has a good chance of becoming a reality.
    Personally I think BC could save a bunch of money by just increasing residencies and poaching trainees from Alberta...
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    ChemPetE got a reaction from conditional knockout in Is passion necessary to be a doctor?   
    Theres a lot of psychology evidence to show that passion is developed and cultivated, and not just born.
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    ChemPetE reacted to bruh in Spending LOC on fun   
    Just wanted to update y’all that I got myself a brand new V8 sports car. Won’t disclose what exactly but It’s fast and loud 
    Thank you all for the input. I’m so happy with the decision I made. I’m going to be conservative with rent and other expenses in med, but I just had to get this whip.
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    ChemPetE reacted to Weltschmerz in Signing up for CMA Membership   
    Our 2020 AMA application states the following: "Please note, the AMA membership fee automatically includes CMA membership at no additional cost to you. While we strongly
    recommend maintaining membership in both Associations, CMA membership is voluntary."
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    ChemPetE reacted to Arztin in Stereotypical Hobbies & Interests Per Specialty   
    Seriously, just enjoy your own hobbies.
     
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    ChemPetE reacted to LostLamb in Changes to the health professions act in Alberta   
    People are actively looking for ways to jump ship sooner rather than later because of these nonsense proposals. 
     
    don’t fool yourself into thinking that other provinces won’t try to make changes if they successfully get pushed through here. 
     
    sad times for this previous “have” province. 
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    ChemPetE got a reaction from LostLamb in Spending LOC on fun   
    I had a brz for residency I leased in my second year. Put a smile on my face every day I saw it and drove it. Was it responsible? Not the most responsible car, but also good on gas. Med school I knew a few people that bought beaters, one that had a bmw. I would not get something extravagant, but if you’re in the market, probably would focus on something to last you through to the end of residency at least. Which means that should be reliable and good in the snow for when you’re on call (the dodges now have awd I think? Mind you I say this coming from a rwd car. Lol). 20k dodge isn’t going to break the bank; it’s not a Lexus. 
     
    Two points - as I understand, with the pandemic, dealer inventory is low and used car prices are at a market high, so unless you can find some dealer incentives on a new purchase, then it may make sense to wait out the current shortage. Maybe. Also be aware that there are often 500-1000 off offers to new grads through the manufacturer that you could take advantage of.
    Second point - keep in mind future income is not guaranteed at all. You may decide to pursue primary care and have a take home after tax/overhead income of 150k, in which case you may want to be more choosy or practical with your purchase. But you gotta live your life.
    I helped an out of province friend find a cheap Yaris in M1. Reliable, cheap cost of ownership, great shape, financially prudent and responsible. I don’t think he preferred the bare bones econobox nature of the car in time though.
    Give it some thought, don’t rush into things, and good luck.
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    ChemPetE reacted to Redpill in Situation in Alberta?   
    New development: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/shandro-directs-doctors-regulatory-college-to-stop-doctors-from-leaving-practices-en-masse-1.5650940
    Honestly this is a bit terrifying. Alberta is probably at the bottom of my list for residencies now
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    ChemPetE reacted to Dr. Tenma in Spending LOC on fun   
    I know someone who bought a $50,000 Lexus with the LOC. If I didn't already have a sports car (Its a tuned/modified BRZ but its a legitimate sports car ok?), I'd probably do the same. I'm a car enthusiast who takes his car canyon carving at least once a week but its been almost everyday this summer. Cars are my life. But its kinda hard to justify two sports cars and I don't have the space and I feel guilty just thinking about it. The risk is pretty low and the interest rates are lower than most car loans anyways. Life is short, you never know when it will end and you only live once. Literally YOLO.
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    ChemPetE got a reaction from ATP in Spending LOC on fun   
    I had a brz for residency I leased in my second year. Put a smile on my face every day I saw it and drove it. Was it responsible? Not the most responsible car, but also good on gas. Med school I knew a few people that bought beaters, one that had a bmw. I would not get something extravagant, but if you’re in the market, probably would focus on something to last you through to the end of residency at least. Which means that should be reliable and good in the snow for when you’re on call (the dodges now have awd I think? Mind you I say this coming from a rwd car. Lol). 20k dodge isn’t going to break the bank; it’s not a Lexus. 
     
    Two points - as I understand, with the pandemic, dealer inventory is low and used car prices are at a market high, so unless you can find some dealer incentives on a new purchase, then it may make sense to wait out the current shortage. Maybe. Also be aware that there are often 500-1000 off offers to new grads through the manufacturer that you could take advantage of.
    Second point - keep in mind future income is not guaranteed at all. You may decide to pursue primary care and have a take home after tax/overhead income of 150k, in which case you may want to be more choosy or practical with your purchase. But you gotta live your life.
    I helped an out of province friend find a cheap Yaris in M1. Reliable, cheap cost of ownership, great shape, financially prudent and responsible. I don’t think he preferred the bare bones econobox nature of the car in time though.
    Give it some thought, don’t rush into things, and good luck.
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    ChemPetE got a reaction from ballsortahard in Spending LOC on fun   
    I had a brz for residency I leased in my second year. Put a smile on my face every day I saw it and drove it. Was it responsible? Not the most responsible car, but also good on gas. Med school I knew a few people that bought beaters, one that had a bmw. I would not get something extravagant, but if you’re in the market, probably would focus on something to last you through to the end of residency at least. Which means that should be reliable and good in the snow for when you’re on call (the dodges now have awd I think? Mind you I say this coming from a rwd car. Lol). 20k dodge isn’t going to break the bank; it’s not a Lexus. 
     
    Two points - as I understand, with the pandemic, dealer inventory is low and used car prices are at a market high, so unless you can find some dealer incentives on a new purchase, then it may make sense to wait out the current shortage. Maybe. Also be aware that there are often 500-1000 off offers to new grads through the manufacturer that you could take advantage of.
    Second point - keep in mind future income is not guaranteed at all. You may decide to pursue primary care and have a take home after tax/overhead income of 150k, in which case you may want to be more choosy or practical with your purchase. But you gotta live your life.
    I helped an out of province friend find a cheap Yaris in M1. Reliable, cheap cost of ownership, great shape, financially prudent and responsible. I don’t think he preferred the bare bones econobox nature of the car in time though.
    Give it some thought, don’t rush into things, and good luck.
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    ChemPetE reacted to JohnGrisham in Would you do research with another medical student when you are both applying to the same small competitive specialty?   
    A lot of medical students are awkward and don't realize that this sort of situation would be weird/uncomfortable for you. 
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