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  1. The programs are doing an absolutely terrible job in my opinion, regardless of COVID. How far is your head in your own ass that you don't realize that a significant portion of students had already asked for early letters - something that CARMS emailed about in September. "oh now this form is mandatory." Ok, the student thinks, now that the portal is open and the instructions are clear, I will go ahead and ask my preceptor to disregard the previous letter and fill out the rubric. "JK, twitter is upset that uncontrolled tearfulness (who TF openly weeps with patients... definitely a red flag in
  2. It means you like to shoot-the-shit with the patients, are tolerant of uncertainty and willing to use time as a diagnostic and therapeutic tool.
  3. Hello everyone, I am a 4th year student hoping to get some collective insight. Does the specific score on the MCC part 1 significantly play a role in the +1 EM selection process? I am trying to pick a time and study strategy and am wondering if I should spend more time on (practical) learning for clinical practice (of EM) or maximize score, as these strategies necessarily differ in important ways.
  4. Being a medical student does not confer any insight or skills that are useful for anything besides residency. We don't have anything useful to offer with respect to startups.
  5. I recommend West's Respiratory physiology as well as his Pulmonary pathophysiology textbooks. Truly I say, he is the prophet of respiratory physiology
  6. Physical exams are more specific than they are sensitive: in other words, the point is to find pathology, not reassure yourself there is an absence of pathology. However, while the initial goal is to learn the maneuvers, as your skills improve, so will your sensitivity. The way I see it is that the lower level of training you have, the better your equipment should be to increase your sensitivity. This is also something a cardiologist told me when I self-effacingly admitted the having a cardiology IV. He also said that a better stetho really makes a difference. Finally, as a med student with t
  7. Update from UBC. There is s tentative plan to get us back on July 6th for the rest of our core rotation and then we will start electives in September. Electives will run from Sept to end of Jan. I'm really curious what is going on im the other schools and how the number/distribution of electives is changing for you
  8. I would just add that pediatric gen Surg is subspecialty, at least if that's all you want to do. Speaking to one of the ped-gen Surg attendings in BC, they said that a one job may come up every 5-7 years. For all of BC. If someone could correct me, my understanding is that you don't necessarily set your goal to be a subspecialty this early as the kind of fellowship you do (if you do one) will be dictated by factors such as demand, target location to practice as much as your interest and proficiency. Thus, to set your sights on Peds Gen Surg, you have to first go through gen-surg resisdency the
  9. In answer to your question, I would agree with french press and others that good, vivid examples are the best thing to put in to a reference letter
  10. Can we stop with this 'Candidate' non-sense and just admit that we're undergraduate medical students?
  11. I also go to UBC. While it was difficult at first, I found that trying to keep up added an extra depth to lectures. I had to integrate concepts during lecture just to keep up instead of passively listening (which I used to do). Also, to be fair, to really make it work I had to preview lectures (15 min per lecture) so that I had an idea of how to organize my notes ahead of time. Of course, everyone has their preferences and some of classmates were very effective with their laptops/tablets. I've always wondered what the actual difference is. Considering the ecological footprint of manufa
  12. I say old school pen and paper. You'll retain more and get better grades
  13. I take notes on a blank piece of paper. Looking back after first year, this was the best method. Although slow at first, it forces you to stay engaged and to integrate concepts as you try to shorten content into a few words, or better yet, a picture. I also started previewing notes before each class so that I had a structure for my notes in my mind. Overall, I think it gave me a big advantage over people who passively flipped through notes on their tablet/laptop)
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