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  1. Take your time to eat a full meal every single day. It's very important. It might happen sometimes that it's very busy, and you eat much later, but still, do eat. If your attending forgot about it, just ask.
  2. Yes, there are people who did it just because they had the grades and weren't really passionate about it. Among those people, some people who left at some point during their training. I saw some really unhappy people, both trainees and attendings. There was a story of an attending who hated his job, but kept doing it because of the money. Sure there are perks, but don't ignore the drawbacks. Keep in mind that the training is pretty intense. You need to drink from a fire hose during preclerkship, and the hours aren't always great during clinical training afterwards. It's al
  3. If you have no passion for medicine, don't do it. Why endure so many years of gruesome training if you hate what you are doing?
  4. Hey there, you only started clerkship. As others have already mentioned, it gets better. Trust me, it really does. It's normal to discover that you dislike something and actually really like something else. Give yourself some time. You might fall in love with a field that you thought you'd hate within a few months. Also, it's perfectly OK to not like internal medicine. It doesn't mean you don't fit in medicine because of that. Many people aren't fond of CTU internal medicine. Keep in mind that academic centers are quite different from community settings. Also, pretty much any m
  5. Hey there. There is no perfect answer for this. Medical training is harsh enough, and stressful enough. If you impose yourself a super strict budget, you will be even more stressed out. Obviously, nobody's in the same situation but do consider the following: How much are you comfortable with debt? What kind of spender are you? - How much debt do you have at the beginning of med school? Do you have any sort of assistance? Also, remember your electives and interviews in your final year will be pretty expensive. As 1D7 said, do think about what happens
  6. the Tintinalli paeds chapters are fairly basic and easy to read. If you can, read them all. You should know more than enough after that.
  7. first off, congrats. Congrats for being accepted. Congrats for representing diversity, esp. since you are from a less traditional socioeconomic background. You did it. You deserve it. You fit right in. Don't doubt yourself. You will be juuuust fine Enjoy your summer.
  8. Hey there I would say that a lot of what you said is partially true. It's true that managing chronic conditions might seem boring. However, that can be a very good sign. e.g. your diabetic and hypertensive patient has never been admitted to the hospital for a massive STEMI since his diabetes and hypertension are well managed ? Well that's certainly a good sign. Plus you managed to help them quit smoking? even better! The bread and butter of most fields is repetitive. The nephrologist who follows CKD, well there aren't any magical therapy in that regard. The cardiologist who foll
  9. Yeah this is important guys. One of the last worry-free summers ever. Enjoy it. Don't think about the material, courses etc... You'll have to think about it often enough when the school year starts.
  10. 1- It depends where you work. Areas where there aren't enough family docs will more often have this problem. To name a few, people do show up for prescription refills, chronic things for which the ED isn't the place, for severe undertreated hypertension, and really benign stuff sometimes like a wart on their foot. Yes people do show up with chronic pain, including chronic back pain. Yes there are healthy 20 year old adults who go to the ED when they have a common cold. Variety-wise I totally disagree. There isn't a place where you will see presentations as varied as in the ED. You never k
  11. Non tu ne peux pas. Le curriculum est fait tel que tel. Les stages ne peuvent pas être raccourcis.
  12. Family doctors are doing all sort of things right now. Many do ER. Many manage patients in nursing homes. Telehealth is actually very important. Many anxious patients are decompensating. Also, being able to talk to your patients will prevent ED visits. Then, there are the hospitalists doing COVID units as well. Some do COVID clinics / COVID screening clinics. There are also people doing public health.
  13. Good luck everyone! Also, stay home!!!!
  14. Yeah. Fair enough. It's just that working a few months and having to restudy is kind of a bummer. Some guidelines will have changed. Some people will be in a different environment. The annoying part is mainly this: you went from exam knowledge learning mode to practical knowledge learning mode, and now re switch to exam learning mode, and have to cram a bunch of things that will probably be useless in your practice, especially because the fact that we will be thrown in an unfamiliar environment, and having to learn on the spot new practical knowledge. e.g. being thrown in the ICU, or
  15. wouldn't be surprised. There are more important things than med students showing their face at their dream schools' dream residency programs right now unfortunately. Edit: not meant to be sarcastic. Every hospital network, residency program, hospital administration, department chief etc... is overwhelmed right now in the entire country. Anything not COVID related will probably have to wait unfortunately.
  16. Spring exams probably won't happen. The Quebec government wrote a letter to the RCPSC today saying it doesn't agree with their decision to hold exams while the priority is to have as much manpower as possible as soon as possible with the Covid situation.
  17. postponed. There are talks about trying to make the local physicians assess their trainees. Hmmm. conflict of interest? I don't any program would want to fail their own residents though. Maybe orals will be cancelled for some programs with the written components taking place somehow. Also, in Quebec, we will likely have a temporary restrictive license for those who graduate so that people can work as staff physicians. I guess similar measures will take place in the other provinces.
  18. Yes this is very important indeed! Most people staff off just fishing for symptoms. At some point, when someone has a chief complaint, you should take your OPQRST, and then be disease specific according to your DDx. For the person reviewing with you afterwards, it's much easier to follow you also. It also probably means that you have a higher level of clinical skills than the one just fishing for symptoms left and right.
  19. University of Montreal pulled out all med students apparently. For residents, royal college, mccqe2, and CFPC exams all postponed. What's funny is that we keep working in hospitals, but an exam apparently is too dangerous, while 500 ppl can be at Costco at the same time.
  20. To be the student that make people think ''who the hell is this person and why is this person even here?'' Basically absent or minimal presence, wants to leave as early as possible, doesn't want to calls, doesn't want to work, not interested, doesn't read about topics you suggest, doesn't take your feedback, and doesn't seem fit to be in the environment.
  21. Hey, I'm sorry about that. It sure sounds terrible. There are many people going away from residency. For sure you will make new friends during residency! Also, you did get your specialty of choice after all! Regretting, and overthinking at this point probably won't help. What's important is what you do with the match. Take it one day at a time. A few of my close friends had a ''disastrous'' match and now are very happy residents actually. I also made some really close friends during residency. Job-wise, it's kind of early to think about... But many people switch provi
  22. A lot depends on where you do your residency, how motivated you are, and how you are actively getting the exposure. E.G. you can be a FM resident based at the JGH in Montreal (a gigantic academic teaching hospital). There is no trauma there at all. Furtheremore, they send CCFP-EM and FRCP emerg residents + a bunch of other specialty residents there. As a FM resident, getting hands on exposure would be a bit hard. Also, you typically don't see as medically and or surgically complex in the average community hospital. Also, you don't see paeds patients at that hospital's ED typically. So no
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