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Birdy

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  1. I'm fairly active across multiple platforms and it's generally been a very positive thing for me throughout my training. It has helped me set up electives and make connections with some fantastic docs. That said, I think Mac faculty in particular have a generally stronger social media presence than may be common at other schools which is part of why it has been such a positive thing. That said, if you are prone to saying unwise things online and are not prepared to be careful about what you say, professional social media may not be for you. It is by no means essential.
  2. Being average amongst a group of high achieving individuals is a good thing. Meeting expectations means you're meeting expectations. This is not something to be stressed about.
  3. My residency has 24 hour in house overnight call only on OB/Gyn. Otherwise your call is done at 11pm with no post-call day unless you get stuck at the hospital until at least 1am managing a sick patient. There are overnight shifts on emerg and evening (5pm- midnight) admissionist shifts, but nothing 24 hours. We do have home call when we're on FM blocks whenever our primary preceptor is on call, but it's generally pretty infrequent and it's very rare to get woken up at night. I actually did not know this about my program's call schedule until after I'd matched there and I have been
  4. Yup. I'm planning to do hopefully 6-8 emerg shifts a month and maybe practice share (eg. 1-2 days a week) a family practice and then do some sexual health clinic work regularly. Depends what/when I can sort those things out and what's available wherever I settle. I want one foot in the hospital and one in the clinic since I know full time clinic would burn me out.
  5. This was posted a couple months ago but I thought I'd chime in; Short answer: depends on the program. For *most* programs, if you finish between July and December, you can apply for a 'late start' but this isn't true of all of them. Some of the EM programs, for instance, specifically do not allow off-cycle starts whereas a couple do for July-Dec completions. I finish in March due to mat leave, so I'm just applying for the next year. I could have taken a shorter mat leave and finished in December then applied for an off-cycle start, but that actually would have limited the numb
  6. There is a re-entry process but it's really hard to get access to.
  7. I went through med school with a family (had 3 kids by the end of med school; have 4 now) and came out with $250k debt. Obviously my cost of living is significantly higher than a typical med trainee's would be.
  8. Who else is applying this year? And for what? I'm applying FM-EM, which is a decision I made all of four months ago so have not really developed the strongest application. Quite excited to get this part over and done with though! Curious who else is applying, and if perhaps we can all brainstorm answers to questions about the application because I feel like a final year med student again, agonizing over what goes where.
  9. Which can become incredibly amusing when people who didn’t think to add buttons, clips, or other personalization to their bags get mixed up.
  10. Honestly, that’s a big perk of the bags in general. You can identify your classmates easily from down the street and can see if a classmate is rotating in the hospital with you. And come CaRMS time it’s a good icebreaker in the airport (if we go back to in person interviews.) Though as a Mac grad, is and Calgary students were the only purple bags in the airports on our CaRMS cycle so the other med students thought we were on electives instead of interviews.
  11. Clusters of 2015 matriculants were called grapes because of our purple bags. You guys get to be busy bees! I think it’s nice. I’d have been happy with it. The colour is a dandelion yellow. Nice and rich. Dandelions thrive on any surface in any conditions no matter what you do to them. Maybe you guys can be like them.
  12. Nope and I’ve been asking around and contacting MCC. No one is saying anything new about when it’ll be. I graduate in March and would really like it to be over with before then. IMO they should just waive the requirement for this year but that’s probably not happening. I can hope though.
  13. As far as I know, once you pass, you pass.
  14. My family doc doesn’t teach med students or residents which was Important to me. We just found her through a list of family docs taking patients in the area. I did switch to her from a crappy one I had previously and I’m very happy with her care as she’s attentive, evidence-based, and treats me like a knowledgeable patient, but not a colleague. When she’s taking a history or talking to me about medical conditions she does speak to me at my level, but she also makes recommendations and suggests courses of treatment as she would with any patient. She’s careful to remind me that I am not my own d
  15. They haven’t missed half. They’ve missed 3.5 months out of 16. They’re returning next month, I believe. I don’t know what Mac is planning (I’m a resident, I don’t keep up on everything the med students do) but I’m pretty sure they have options to recover some of the time.
  16. I was a late comer to liking EM. Came into med school planning on FM with extra reproductive health. Detoured to OB/Gyn for a while. Did my emerg block and an elective and loved it. Decided on FM since I definitely wanted to continue with reproductive care as well. Currently planning to apply for +1 EM (will be doing part time emerg whether or not I get it) and will do part time emerg and have a primary care reproductive health focused clinic in addition. So even though I flip flopped in med school during my short three years (it’s really 2 until you’re doing carms) I am super happy with wher
  17. Mac students have the option of taking an additional year for research and some do additional electives. Not many do it, but it is possible. Lots of Mac grads do PM&R and Emerg. Everyone I knew who was gunning for those matched to them. I think people agonize more over finding a “perfect fit” specialty than is warranted, and I say this as someone who did precisely that. People do switch residency programs not infrequently, and there are alternate paths to many types of work.
  18. Read cases. Know common guidelines from the SOGC. Would be helpful to have an approach to initial assessment for as many of the following as possible BUT DON’T FEEL LIKE YOU MUST KNOW ALL OF THIS: - abnormal uterine bleeding + post-menopausal bleeding - amenorrhoea - dysmenorrhoea +/- chronic pelvic pain - menorrhagia - contraception counselling - bleeding/pain 1st/2ed/3rd trimesters - assessment of labour - postpartum assessment - STIs and Vulvovaginal complaints (discharge, itching, dysuria, dyspareunia, lumps and bumps, etc.) Thats the super common stuff
  19. I feel like Mac is known for trying really hard with MedEd; designed the MMI, PBL, and CAsPER. Tends to be cool with going against the grain in things. People joke about our non-traditional training but... enh. It’s working for us.
  20. I started med school older, poorer, and fatter than most students and have health issues and a bunch of kids. Did I fit in? Nope. Still had a blast, made some good friends, and I think my experiences have helped me become a good doc. Yours can very much do the same.
  21. Hey! PGY-2 FM. I have unfortunately fairly active rheumatoid arthritis, another connective tissue disorder, and was pregnant both during med school and residency. Both the RA (and immunosuppression associated with being on a biologic) and the pregnancies and breastfeeding involved accommodations. I also had a medical leave in med school due to postpartum depression. My med school was typically accommodating and reasonable to deal with. I encountered students who had other conditions (one comes to mind who had post concussion symptoms for an extended period) who were
  22. Just want to say thanks for posting this. I’m 9mos out from finishing FM and while my current attending is amazing at chatting numbers with me, so few are so it’s hard to make projections. Planning to do rural FM plus part time EM (applying for +1) so this is helpful perspective.
  23. I’m an FM resident in a program that has overnight call in only one rotation (OB/Gyn.) We were required to do four night shifts per emerg block, but I would imagine - not speaking for my program here but just my own impression of how wonderful they tend to be - that sort of thing is likely to be able to be accommodated. We do have home call when on our core family rotations but I’ve literally never been called. And we also do call until 11pm on other rotations, but because there’s no post-call day it ends up being as many hours as if you had done overnight call, it just allows for a solid amou
  24. Can be a lot of things. Limiting your choices geographically, ranking specialty #2 programs ahead of your first choice specialty, doing poorly at the interview or social (especially for very small fields), or red flags on letters. I don’t know that it’s necessarily knowledge; people who are choosing residents are often very concerned about how well they fit into the clinical and educational culture of a program. How well they work, how well they engage with the team. Being smart but being an ass is less likely to get you into your preferred specialty than being not-a-superstar who ha
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