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  1. 15 hours ago, booradley83 said:

    Why would income go up relatively compared to the mortgage? If anything; the mortgage rates are at historic lows; the mortgage might go up................and the incomes might actually come DOWN with this stupid government..........

    Inflation. This is why in the low interest world we lived in over the last 10 years, it makes a lot of sense to go with a longer mortgage. Halfway through your career, you will notice your mortgage payments are easy as pie to make.

    Also amazed that anyone can spend $2K per month discretionary with the budget you've presented.

  2. On 9/8/2018 at 12:44 AM, A_K.Daniel said:

    I know some people suggest preparing your notes and have them with you in the Casper exam. I was just wondering if this might be considered cheating?  Is it possible to flip through your notes during the exam? Don't they use the camera to detect any suspicious action?  

    It is a horrible exam because you have no time whatever to type your thoughts and nuances. Only professional typists would win here.
    Maybe a few outlines terms from Doing Right? But you would already have these memorized.

    Just surrender yourself to the surreal process that is casper.

  3. Hello all, just wondering if anyone has opinions (or general ranting) on best balance for price vs long term usefulness with dermatoscopes as a full service GP? I am taking the M1 dermoscopy CME at St. Pauls this year and need to finally pony up and buy one.

    I am thinking about the dermlite 3 carbon because it will do contact and non-contact. The DL1 looks a little small and chintzy, though it would be nice to hook up to a phone for photos. 

  4. Anatomical Pathology: Pathology: Memorial, Ottawa, Queens, McGill, Calgary (Gen & AP), Manitoba, Dalhousie, Western, Toronto, Alberta (Gen Path & AP), UBC, McMaster (Gen & AP)
    Anesthesiology: NOSM, Ottawa, USask, Calgary, Western, Queen's, UBC, McMaster, Dalhousie, MUN, Manitoba, Toronto, Alberta, UdeMontréal, McGill, ULaval
    Cardiac Surgery: McGill
    Dermatology: Alberta, Calgary, Toronto, McMaster, Ottawa, McGill, UBC, Dalhousie, Laval, Montréal, Sherbrooke
    Diagnostic Radiology: McGill, Queen's, Calgary, MUN, Dalhousie, UBC, Manitoba, Western, Alberta, Toronto, McMaster, Saskatchewan, Montreal, McGill, Ottawa
    Emergency Medicine: Queen's, Sask, Laval, Manitoba, Toronto, UBC, Dalhousie, Western, McMaster, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton, McGill, Ottawa
    Family Medicine: Laval, Sherbrooke, Montreal, Toronto, McGill (Montreal urban, Gatineau), Western, Queen's, Alberta (Urban and Rural), NOSM, MUN, UBC, McMaster, Saskatchewan (Moose Jaw, North Battleford, Prince Albert, Saskatoon, Swift Current, Regina, La Ronge), Calgary (Urban and Rural), Dalhousie, Ottawa, Manitoba
    General Surgery: Manitoba, McGill, McMaster (Niagara), Dalhousie, Sherbrooke, Ottawa, UBC, Toronto, Alberta, McMaster (Hamilton), MUN, Western, Queen's, MontrealNOSM, Saskatchewan, Laval, Calgary 
    Internal Medicine: Sherbrooke, Laval, McGill, Toronto, McMaster , Western, Ottawa, Calgary, Alberta, Manitoba, Dalhousie, NOSM, MUN, UBC, Saskatchewan, Queen's, Montréal
    Laboratory Medicine:
    Medical Biochemistry:
    Medical Genetics: Montreal, McGill, Toronto, Ottawa, UBC, Calgary
    Neurology: Manitoba, UBC, Calgary, Memorial, Alberta, Dalhousie, McGill, Western, McMaster, Ottawa, Toronto, Saskatchewan, Laval, Queen's, Sherbrooke
    Neurology-Pediatric: Calgary, UBC, Alberta, McMaster, McGill, Ottawa, Toronto
    Neurosurgery: UBC, Manitoba, Ottawa, Western, Alberta, Calgary, Dalhousie, Toronto, Mcmaster
    Nuclear Medicine: Sherbrooke, Dalhousie, Montreal, McGill
    Obstetrics and Gynecology: Memorial, Manitoba, Calgary, Ottawa, McMaster, UBC, Dalhousie, Toronto, Saskatchewan (Regina and Saskatoon), Queens, Montreal, Alberta, Western, McGill
    Ophthalmology: McGill, Manitoba, Dalhousie, UdeLaval, Western, Alberta, Saskatchewan, UBC, McMaster, Queen's, Toronto, Sherbrooke, Ottawa, Calgary
    Orthopedic Surgery: Alberta, Dalhousie, Calgary, UBC, Memorial, McGill, Saskatchewan, McMaster, Ottawa, Toronto, NOSM, Queen's, Western, Sherbrooke, Winnipeg, Laval
    Otolaryngology: Calgary, McMaster, Alberta, Manitoba, Ottawa, Western, Toronto, Dalhousie, McGill, UBC, Laval
    Pediatrics: UBC, Alberta, Dalhousie, McMaster, Western, Ottawa, Manitoba, Memorial, Toronto, McGill, Sherbrooke, NOSM, Saskatchewan, Calgary, Queens
    PHPM: UBC, Alberta
    Plastic Surgery: McMaster, Manitoba, McGill, Laval, Alberta, Montréal, Western, UBC, Toronto, Dalhousie, Ottawa, Calgary
    PM&R: Western, USask, Alberta, UBC, Manitoba, Dal, Toronto, McMaster, Calgary, Queen's, Ottawa, Laval, Montreal
    Psychiatry: McMaster, McMaster (Waterloo), Memorial, Sherbrooke, Western, McGill, Calgary, Manitoba, UBC, Dalhousie, Ottawa, Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, Regina), Queens, Montreal, Alberta, Laval, Toronto
    Radiation Oncology: Calgary, McMaster, UBC, Western, Toronto, Dalhousie, Manitoba, McGill, Ottawa, Queens
    Urology: Ottawa, McMaster, Alberta, UBC, Western, Winnipeg, McGill
    Vascular Surgery: Western, McMaster, Calgary, UBC, McGill, Ottawa, Toronto

  5. How would plastics be important for med fam?

    The thinking was -probably only for trauma or minor procedures done in an urgent care or rural ED. In retrospect, a lot of the techniques could be learned on my own anyways.


    In talking to my advisor, I'm told having this many 'lifestyle' specialty elective looks suspicious for some applying family, so I'll probably spend more time on family and internal electives.

  6. Track leaders are first year med students and they are instructed to report any unprofessional behaviors and yup, swearing in the hospital while you're here for a professional interview is considered unprofessional 

    Absolutely no 'multi-red-flags'. The person asked if THEY would get a red flag for someone else's behavior. Even if the wrong person was identified, it would be handled with the weight and context of it being a large group of people. I.e. it would get thrown out as a red flag unless the applicant had other serious red flags during interviews.



  7. Which small session tables are you talking about? The ones in the seminar rooms in ECHA?


    I don't think 15 inch screens are too "obnoxious"... maybe I'm trying to convince myself because I'm about to go buy it right now haha

    I'm thinking of the small groups rooms where you have 10 people around tables. I guess I didn't really mean obnoxious, but I suppose I was thinking of something ridiculous like a widescreen movie-viewing laptop - might just be annoying to lug around or position out of the way when you're doing small group stuff. (Although tons of dota players, so maybe you DO want a gaming laptop ;) ) I wouldn't worry too much about your choice - probably the biggest thing will be getting a good software setup so you can efficiently write over pdfs and ppts, or somehow encapsulate all the notes you'll be summarizing... I like OneNote, others use a word doc, quite a few type notes directly onto their ppts...

  8. So the desks in Katz and ECHA won't be a huge deal for a 15 inch?

     You'll almost exclusively be in a lecture hall that has long, continuous desks or else you'll be at small session tables. The tables are where an obnoxiously large computer might be annoying to lug around.


    I had a laptop for all of my academic career, and actually stopped using laptops for notes entirely in my first year med. I would suggest buying after your first few weeks of school so you have an idea of your needs given the context. Most people hadn't sorted out SP3s vs. paper vs. MacBooks until October.

  9. Have faith! I didn't think I had a steamin' poop's chance last year :) Hope to see you in September - until then, forget about all this stressful mess and enjoy the beginning of your summer!

    As for the 480 - have to have overbooking to the nines to cover all the people who turn down spots (and red flagged folks, etc). Dr. Walker talked about this issue a lot with Calgary's policy of interview spots/invites/waitlist... good reading if you have the chance!

  10.  which the mother said made her feel unwelcomed and like an outsider in the hospital.

     Yep, I read this too. What a sad case where cultural literacy and sensitivity might have helped avoid this whole schmozzle. 


    Not that I agree with the mother's decision, but all HCWs need to be on board with being consultants to patients. The more people feel respected, the more likely we are to have good decision-making and outcomes.

  11. This is normal. No one really learns things well the first, second, fifth or even the tenth time... There's so much to learn in medicine that you cram and forget, and relearn and restudy, and eventually it sticks.


    Yep, echoing that, some of our colleagues have described it as like painting a house - try to get an ok coat the first time around, but don't worry, you're going to have to put a few more coats on again (related lectures throughout pre-clinical, clinicals, OSCE, standardized pts, LMCC study, specialty-specific residency stuff) before you're in practice.

  12. Hey guys,


    To prepare for the bio section I heard it's recommended to read bio studies online that have graphs and complicated terminology/concepts. Are there any sites you guys recommend to use? I tried PubMed and a few others.



     I don't think "complicated" would be appropriate. It's important to be able to identify main concepts and that sort of thing, but you aren't going to have to know how to calculate an ANOVA by hand or something like that.


    Basic stats applied to biology papers should be fine - not supertechnical biochem journals either.

  13. The needles are soooo expensive!

     I've found lots on ebay (expired) for less than a buck each. There was also website like "expiredsutures" or something like that that sold them for cheap cheap :)


    I don't know about you eastern folks, but our clubs put on tons of suturing sessions in 1/2 year, so it's nearly unnecessary to buy any suture or kits...

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