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  1. What happened to medical biochemistry? Did they get replaced by PhDs or lose all their turf to another lab specialty?
  2. Many of us entered medicine to get away from H&E staining that we encountered in the labs. Not entirely surprising.
  3. My experience is that if you travel to another institution they might not be able to provide scrub card coverage for you right away and having your own are useful there. For your own institution they should always be providing it.
  4. If they're just scrubs of various shades you should keep them because there's a decent chance you'll use them, even if only a few times in the next coming years. Often for elective rotations at other institutions you are responsible for your own scrubs. If they're the decorated looking/flowery scrubs there's a chance you may not want them because you will get confused for a nurse/tech (you'll get annoyed by requests for things you aren't responsible for).
  5. Luck will be the deciding factor (with the prerequisite of being great and affable). Specialty choice is also a factor... I don't know the specifics but I imagine cardiac surgery is more limiting than orthopaedic surgery, which is more limited than general surgery.
  6. Transfers are often into unrelated specialties. Basically every surgical resident transferring into FM/IM are doing something completely different with little overlap. Having 5 losses is very painful. In many programs that's the loss of 1 or more than 1 full cohort worth of residents who would otherwise be sharing call... in other words 20% increase in call. Nuclear medicine is an independent 5 year program in some places, regardless they don't share in radiology call.
  7. Radiology, ophthalmology, anesthesia, dermatology. Someone made this acronym to say that these specialties are the "road to happiness", despite these specialties doing very different things, having different lifestyle/call, different pay, different degree of patient interaction. Must have been rough losing that many. Agreed that residency is tough all around.
  8. Transfers to other programs are somewhat common in surgery. In the tougher programs attrition rate averages about one transfer every other cohort year (i.e. 0.5/year). Anecdotally I have heard the more "lifestyle balanced" surgical subspecialties (urology, ENT) have a lower dropout rate than the more "work oriented" ones. Common reasons for switching out include realizing they don't like the OR as much as they thought they did, or the fact that residency overwhelmingly consumed their lives, or because their priorities shifted in life, or all of the above. If you are a poorly performing residen
  9. I doubt such an individual would be found out (unless they were famous world wide). If they were found out, aside from gossip, any issues probably depend on the nuances of the situation.
  10. You're basically signing up to go unmatched for a year so you can relax. If you're doing family med, path it's probably doable to match somewhere the year after. If anything else, you're just adding onto the stress the year after when you have to face the reality of possibly being unmatched "for the first time" (and in the eyes of many programs, for the second time). Honestly if I were you I'd consider applying to another specialty if the one you're looking at makes you want to give up already.
  11. The situation reminds me of medical school where we'd regularly have mandatory small group discussions on the roles of allied health (incl. NPs) and "interprofessional days". Literally everyone was the self-described "quarterback"/essential of the medical team. Everyone but the docs basically spent hours patting themselves on the back. I don't believe unsafe expansion in scope of practice will be as severe for reasons CGreens described. But to some extent it will happen because these professions regulate themselves and many do not understand the level of training it takes to be safe. As t
  12. They're very different specialties in most aspects except for direct patient contact... your comparison is like saying psychiatry is basically the same as cardiology just because you see patients in both. "ROAD" is an artificial acronym... you will still be taking busy call in anesthesia and radiology. To go back to OP, the very fundamentals of radiology include emergency care. Trauma, stroke, bowel ischemia, and many other acute diseases are regularly dealt with in radiology and as such the call work is busy. In pathology you'll be called in late to look at frozen sections a few times pe
  13. IMO those are mostly subjective or reflect gamesmanship, even awards to an extent (some are influenced by a nomination process).
  14. I find it amusing that there's a drive in the first place to standardize LORs so that they look similar to med student evals. Honestly if they removed a few words here and there like "tearfulness" I doubt there would be much to be outraged about.
  15. I'm not a pathologist but once autonomy has been lost, it is very hard to regain.
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