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  1. Agree with above, that co-authorship on manuscripts is not viewed negatively, but definitely not viewed as favourably as being the 1st or senior author on a publication. The reason 1st author is viewed in much stronger light than co-authorship is because the primary author generally has a larger role in the project and has taken responsibility for most of the main milestones including project conception, design, conduct, analysis, manuscript writing, etc. It isn't uncommon in large research groups for many co-authors to pop-up on a manuscript without having contributed much or anything to
  2. You should become involved in something, but more for your own sanity than for residency applications. Studying non-stop as your only form of "doing stuff" isn't particularly good for your own mental health and self-care.
  3. First off, one month in you should not be stressing about CaRMS. As much as it seems like all your colleagues have everything figured out, I can promise you that they don't. Not everybody has these "connections", and there is nothing stopping from all these people from changing their minds about what specialty they want. In fact, most will. it is not common for people to end up in the specialty they wanted when they first started medical school. You have a lot of time to figure out residency matching down the road. Second, I agree with the above poster. Your role now is to explore differe
  4. As others have said, I'm not going to get into a long argument with you here, but in short, you are taking a very over-simplified approach to a very complex problem and a very complex field in immuno-histochemistry (such as ignoring the biomolecular details of how these antigens are processed and presented to the immune system, the many different subtypes of MHC and their location and role in developing immune response, and the complex mechanisms of T-cell response *hint, it isn't a single schematic like your first year biology textbook would have you believe* ). Often this approach lead
  5. To be honest, most bachelors degrees aren't worth the paper they are printed on. Undergraduate biology courses provide such a rudimentary understanding (like the one you tried to explain above and those of cartoon drawings meant to explain things to the public) of the field that you really don't know enough to do draw your own conclusions or suggest those with PhDs, MDs, multiple fellowships, and other advanced degrees who know much more than you do are wrong. So yes, what you are writing here is incredibly ignorant. I don't pretend to understand every bit of science that goes into the vaccine
  6. Not a surgical resident, but as a clerk it would be more beneficial to know more complete management of surgical cases, rather than specific details about the operation. From time to time, you may get pimped on some anatomy in the OR, but what would impress residents and staff more would be how to take an effective history and physical, a good differential for the surgical presentations (for e.g. knowing the difference between cholelithiasis, choledocholithiasis, acute cholecysitis, or cholangitis) and how to work-up and manage these patients. That would be more high yield than the step by ste
  7. Don't worry. Once you start you will be inundated with information and opportunities for all of the above. Everyone is in the same boat.
  8. I've noticed a very disturbing trend on this forum of medical students (or even pre-meds for that matter) who post a question, and then proceed to disregard/argue with all of the advice given by those with more experience (residents, staff, etc.). It seems like the true purpose of most of these threads is to seek reassurance of their pre-conceived opinions rather than actually have an open mind to the views of others and gain insight into their questions. Then, when they don't get it, it turns into an unrelated argument about billing and how much money each specialty can make. Just how OP
  9. I think this a very personal decision and the rationale for pursuing a particular specialty is unique to each individual. There is no doubt that what you have said is accurate with regards to residency and fellowship training being a grind. Medical students should always consider the downside to any speciality training in addition to what they love and make an informed choice. That being said, training time is only one factor to consider and the fact of the matter is, it often is not enough of a deterrent to stop someone from pursuing a career they love. At the end of the day, 3-4 years of ext
  10. I wasn't debating the impact that those roles can have on a macro level. I was questioning the added value (if any) provided solely by an MD degree without any additional residency, research, or niche training. At the end of the day, medical school provides only the very basics of medicine with the main focus being basic pathophysiology, basic pharmacology, basic anatomy (if any), and with little to no training in research, basic science, clinical relevance or practice, or public health. I think the value of an MD alone with no additional training does not provide the knowledge to make an
  11. If you are going to go this route, why bother pursuing an MD at all. It's an ineffective utilization of time, tuition money, and limited spots for people interested in clinical work. Going this route, you would be better getting a PhD and at least becoming an expert in something that you will be able to meaningfully contribute to a role/company. Frankly, with only a 4 year MD degree and no residency, you have essentially no practical medical knowledge, and no area of expertise that would make you an asset in any medically centred role. At least in Canada, an MD without residency training
  12. Why not do 2 years of FM and apply to the FPA (+1 anesthesia) programs. You may not be able to practice anesthesia in a big academic centre, but there are certainly lots of employment opportunities outside the city where you can do prob 80%+ anesthesia and still do some other stuff on the side.
  13. 1. In pre-clerkship, study just enough to pass exams. There is no difference between the MD who gets 100% on all their exams, and those who just barely pass. There is no way to learn all the material in medical school (it's just too much volume) so focus on whats important for each of your exams and move on. The important information will become clear in clerkship. 2. Everyone studies different. What worked for you in undergrad may or may not work for you in medical school because of the volume. Be open to adjusting how you learn. 3. Explore all specialties. Most new medical students
  14. I agree that you would think among a group of smart, keen medical students, that everybody would display those qualities, but no, everybody does not do that at all. I think being a strong clerk is 80-90% attitude and 10-20% knowing your stuff. I can't say its 100% attitude because honestly, you should know some medicine and be able to talk about the content of your rotation, but attitude certainly makes up the bulk of what residents/staff are looking to work with. Show up early, work hard and complete your assigned tasks, take interest in what you're doing and take responsibility for
  15. This would be the definition of ignoring. I know its strange to back off of doing stuff after spending so many year working hard to get into medical school, but the next 6-10 years of your life will be an absolute grind and its important to take any time you can get off to pursue personal interests and give your mind and body a chance to reset. It doesn't really matter what you can or can't imagine. This is advice from people who have gone through it. I can comfortably tell you 100% of people who don't study the summer before medical school have no regret.
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