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Everything posted by robclem21

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. This is how you burn out... Why ask a question if you're gonna ignore all the great advice everyone gave you to relax and do nothing.
  14. You should get references from people who can speak to your personal qualities and attributes that will make you a good medical student and physician in the future. Typically, someone who you have followed around for a few hours is not the best person to provide this type of reference letter (unless you have interacted with them in a way that they can speak to the important CANMEDS roles based on things you have done). I have seen them before and they are the weakest letters. There are no set number of hours for shadowing that are important for your application or for a reference letter. It's
  15. To be honest this problem sounds a bit immature and whiney.... Like others have said, unless this person was verbally abusive or blatantly targeting you during a small group session, you need to develop thicker skin and learn to work with people who you don't "click" with. That is part of being a mature professional (in any career). There are many times in medicine that we encounter preceptors, admin staff, patients we don't click with and you can't simply avoid these people and run to work somewhere else because it's slightly uncomfortable. Learn to work with them in a professional envir
  16. The short answer is, it probably doesn't matter. Both seem like good opportunities that will provide good personal experiences that could contribute to a well-rounded medical school application. What is more important is which option you are more passionate about and are more interested in doing. I have reviewed applications for medical schools and served on interview committees and to be completely honest, I have yet to be impressed by any single applicants research or clinical volunteering experience. Clinical volunteering and research are great to show your interest in the field of med
  17. In general, my experiences in dealing with junior learners has been very positive. As @Butterfly_ said above, I do find most to be very hardworking, polite, and respectful towards staff and residents. Obviously with anything there is variability in personalities, but overall I don't notice that they are less personable. I also think that whats equally important is the way that seniors and staff interact and treat this new generation of learners. There are many different ways to show respect and humility. If we treat junior medical students as equals (seems obvious but not always is in thi
  18. I would love to know where you are getting a house for less than the limit on a med student line of credit....
  19. all documents are reviewed pre-interview and constitute your pre-interview score. That is then combined with your interview score for final admission decisions. Referees aren't necessarily contacted for all applicants, but can be contacted at any time before offers of admission are sent out.
  20. I think maybe your expectations are also a little bit unreasonable here. I don't think anybody is "mastering" a skill in 4-5 minutes, regardless of what your classmates are telling you. Consider that it takes many residents and staff surgeons their entire residency and well into their career to master anything. Who cares if it takes you 15 more minutes to get good at something, when the grand scheme of things when you spend 80 hours a week in the hospital for 5+ years. That 15 minutes is a drop in the bucket. To answer your question, you master any skill in medicine by doing it over and over a
  21. You have no obligation to disclose this. Just apply for jobs and if you get in to medicine then quit. I am sure your employer would be understanding. If not, you don't owe them anything. If you have a job and a company decides they don't need you anymore, they wouldn't hesitate to let you go...
  22. As far as I can remember it's just regular registration requirements that you don't need to worry about until you are accepted: CPSO, CMPA, registration payment, etc. It will all be outlined by your program after match day.
  23. Exactly this. You are way too early to be stressing about what specialty is right for you. Especially with no experience in any of them other than speculating what you think they entail. The only thing you should consider at this point is if MEDICINE is right for you. Every specialty (that sees patients frequently) will have very sick patients to manage. That is part of the job. With exposure you may find that you get desensitized to it a bit. If not, there are specialty options with minimal patient contact.
  24. Not really a problem unless there are any red flags. Being quiet is not a red flag. "doesn't understand limitations", "poor work ethic", "challenging to work with", "doesn't take responsibility for patients". Those are red flags. Otherwise, most programs don't particularly care about comments from clerkship rotations (aside from the specialty maybe that you are applying for). 90% are the same generic comments. That being said, as a clerk you should always be trying to impress on all your rotations, regardless if you are interested or not. You never know who you may come across and who tal
  25. It depends on your individual schedule. On certain rotations like EM, you may have days off during the week, or certain days where there is teaching scheduled (and may leave your afternoon free). Post-call days would be any day after you finish working overnight and can fall on any day of the week.
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