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    End Poverty got a reaction from Britesharpie93 in Any resources to help stay current   
    Wonderful websites/Resources to look up:
    - CBC: Health Section
    -White Coat Black Art
    - The National
    -Macleans
    Topics to be familiar with:
    1. Pharmacare
    2. Marijuana Legalization
    3. Physician Assisted Suicide
    4. Medical Futility
    5. Genetic Testing
    6. Pt Rights
    7. Medical Technology
    8. Women's Right under Trump's government
    9.  Organization of Health Care in Canada
    10. Privatization/ Canada Health Care Act
    11. Pharmaceutical Biases
    12. Refugees Health Care needs
    13. Aboriginal Issues + missing indigenous women.
    14. Physician Renumeration
    15. Medical Education Issues: Cuts to medical education, MD/Phd programs, Competency based assessments.
    16. Vaccinations.
    17. Organ Donation
    18. Social Media
    If I think of more topics, I will update the list
    Best of Luck
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    End Poverty got a reaction from Oliveoil in Any resources to help stay current   
    Wonderful websites/Resources to look up:
    - CBC: Health Section
    -White Coat Black Art
    - The National
    -Macleans
    Topics to be familiar with:
    1. Pharmacare
    2. Marijuana Legalization
    3. Physician Assisted Suicide
    4. Medical Futility
    5. Genetic Testing
    6. Pt Rights
    7. Medical Technology
    8. Women's Right under Trump's government
    9.  Organization of Health Care in Canada
    10. Privatization/ Canada Health Care Act
    11. Pharmaceutical Biases
    12. Refugees Health Care needs
    13. Aboriginal Issues + missing indigenous women.
    14. Physician Renumeration
    15. Medical Education Issues: Cuts to medical education, MD/Phd programs, Competency based assessments.
    16. Vaccinations.
    17. Organ Donation
    18. Social Media
    If I think of more topics, I will update the list
    Best of Luck
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    End Poverty got a reaction from anon3546 in Success Stories- Non Trad Style!   
    I'm so happy for you, EggMcmuffin :). Your story is truly inspirational. You will be a wonderful physician.
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    End Poverty got a reaction from isitlunchtimeyet in Preparing meals in med school   
    I love making soups . Soups are one of my favourite foods and there is just so much diversity in terms of what kind of soups you can make
    Soups are so healthy for the following reasons:
    1. you can add vegetables --> source of fibre/ vitamins.
    2. add protein ( meat or chicken or legumes if you are vegetarian)---> source of proteins
    3. It has a lot of fluid ---> hydration.
    4. It makes you feel full, and it does not have a lot of calories.
    5. It's warm, makes you psychologically feel good lol
    I <3 soups  .. 
     
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    End Poverty reacted to Thunderbirds in Failed an elective - what next?   
    Yikes, I never understood Calgary's logic of making students do 8 out of 12 total weeks of electives (also, a very low total # to begin with) at beginning of clerkship. I can't imagine trying to make an impression/get letters week 1 of clerkship. I mean, they've always done well in the match in past years, but you can't help but think that it may have a slight impact on the 22 students who went unmatched at U of C this year compared to U of A (5 out of 162) and UBC (9 out of 290). 
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    End Poverty got a reaction from NeuroD in How to minimize debt in med school/residency?   
    1. Don't buy luxury things. Just because you have a LOC does not mean that you need to use it.  It's even better if you don't apply to it if you won't need it.
    2. Spend your money only on essentials, and treat yourself only once or twice after exams.
    3. apply to scholarships.
     
     
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    End Poverty reacted to zgripflight in Failed an elective - what next?   
    I recently failed a visiting clerkship elective. I'm a new clerk, and was completely caught off guard with the grade as no preceptor indicated that I was on my way to a "deficiency." I thought I had a good rapport with the preceptors and patients, although they did point out that they expected me to have more knowledge in the sub specialty. Honestly, much of what they wanted me to know felt out of scope of my clinical education but I was fine with the somewhat unfair pimping. Otherwise, I thought the elective went fine; I was always early, read around patients, offered to stay late and help - and I often did.
    The review said they expected better presentation skills and a stronger ability to create DD and plan, which is fair. But there were no residents during the rotation, an no one observed any exams/interviews which are normally my strong suit. My plan also evolved from the interview/exam which no one witnessed. And it was my first week of clerkship...
    In any case, I'm wondering how screwed I am. Still have +1 year of clerkship. Is this considered a major red flag? Am I screwed for any specialty, even non competitive ones? I have to remediate the elective at the end of clerkship -  after interviews - if that makes any difference.
    Thanks for any input.
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    End Poverty reacted to zgripflight in Failed an elective - what next?   
    Thanks. I stayed in province but maybe the sub specialty isn't too used to getting new clerks, although it seemed that they had several residents on other teams. Everyone there was lovely and professional as well.
    I did get feedback that my knowledge + presentation needed work, but it was mixed. Some praise and some criticism/feedback. One preceptor definitely noted that I got better over the week. I honestly didn't get any indication that it was worthy of a fail, and they were understanding that it was my first week. Maybe they didn't quite understand the implication of a deficient rating. I'm ready to move on and do my best but I'm a little worried its a big red flag to programs. Oh well
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    End Poverty got a reaction from NeuroD in Preparing meals in med school   
    I love making soups . Soups are one of my favourite foods and there is just so much diversity in terms of what kind of soups you can make
    Soups are so healthy for the following reasons:
    1. you can add vegetables --> source of fibre/ vitamins.
    2. add protein ( meat or chicken or legumes if you are vegetarian)---> source of proteins
    3. It has a lot of fluid ---> hydration.
    4. It makes you feel full, and it does not have a lot of calories.
    5. It's warm, makes you psychologically feel good lol
    I <3 soups  .. 
     
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    End Poverty reacted to ZBL in Cosmetic Procedures in Family Medicine   
    Agree. Cosmetics is one of those things that unless you do it with high frequency (which is not as easy in FM), the cost to you is actually too high - both from a medical risk perspective, legal issues, patient satisfaction and overall financial cost. 
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    End Poverty reacted to JohnGrisham in Cosmetic Procedures in Family Medicine   
    Exactly. The scope of practice in FM is very wide, as long as you feel competent.  Botox, cosmetic fillers, derm biopsies, can all be done. Just need to make sure you do some self work or courses to be competent. Because if you make a mistake, and its clear you didn't do due diligence to be safe... good luck with the malpractice.   

    With botox especially, you have to be careful of the regions, age groups, and type of clientele. Some docs i've worked with have been burned, because they agreed to do botox for overzealous clients, and the results being unpredictable sometimes, led to a suboptimal result. This lead to alot of backlash from said clients. Wasn't worth their headache. Also product types and expiries are an issue too if you are only doing it casually here and there.  You also want to do it enough for certain regions to feel competent in agreeing to do so safely, and being able to ensure good results.
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    End Poverty reacted to Bambi in My research is all over the place...   
    I think you are doing just fine. After all, clerkship has not yet begun and that is where it is all at - for you and for the decision makers.
    I had no research at your stage. Be flexible, keep an open mind, apply to different fields where you feel you will be happy in practice, and let lightning strike where it may. At least that is what I did. I had been interested in one field since I was a child and applied there. I also applied to 2 other fields, one of which I did not even consider 2 weeks before the spplicstion deadline for CaRMS, and the latter is where I ended up.
    You will discover during clerkship what fields interest you. If you have done research in any of these fields, great; otherwise, it does not matter. Essentially, you will ultimately be selected on the basis that you are considered a good fit, for your soft skills. If I were you, I would enjoy the journey and not worry. 
     
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    End Poverty reacted to yuwu in Please switch spots!!!   
    Hey everyone,
    Thanks for your replies and different perspectives! I understand that they aren't acting in a discriminatory way, rather, they just have very strict scheduling that applies to everyone, no exceptions. I wanted to express that I made my comment out of frustration, because I felt like wow this is so amazing that they are offering me an interview, but it is also very hard for me to attend for my religious reasons... and like the rest of you this is something I've always dreamed about, so it was quite a bummer to get that news. I actually was making the comment almost facetiously and definitely didn't intend to make a charged comment (however, I understand if it came out that way and I could have been more careful).
    I would like to inform you guys a bit about the situation just to ensure there is no confusion. It would be quite difficult for me to attend the interview because I observe the Sabbath, which has strict guidelines about what one can and cannot do on Saturday (e.g. using electronic devices, writing, driving etc. is not permissible on the Sabbath). It is not just services that I would be missing, it is much more complex than that! I agree that this may not be "discrimination", but it is definitely preventing me from having equal access to an opportunity (or at least making it much harder for me to have that same level of access). 
    I do think that, like McMaster, med schools could be a bit more sensitive to the fact that both Saturdays and Sundays are religious days for some people and/or that people might have other long-standing commitments well in advance of being informed of an interview. Maybe (just a suggestion) they could act pre-emptively and ask the entire pool of applicants if for some reason they cannot make a certain interview date for legitimate reasons and then plan accordingly (like Mac does). I just think this demonstrates respect for all applicants with legitimate limitations. 
    This would definitely make for an interesting MMI station
    Goodluck to everyone, I appreciate the comments, and I'm sorry if other people are having scheduling difficulty as well!
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    End Poverty reacted to xiphoid in Please switch spots!!!   
    Not to mention that you then run into the issue of applicants currently in school having midterms or other exams during weekday interviews, which I personally think would be a far more widespread problem. The way interviews are currently run at Queen's just would not work on a weekday, since first years organize the interview weekends apart from the actual interviewing/MMI. This year's first interview weekend falls right in between our three final exams. You can't just cancel an entire five days of classes for students to do weekday interviews when the schedule is already pretty tight.
    The entirety of medicine requires individuals to make personal sacrifices. Sometimes it just sucks that the timing happens on a certain day as something else that is very important (e.g. a doctor I worked with in the past missed the birth of his own child and his sibling's wedding because of being on-call/patient deteriorating rapidly), but that's the system you need to consider if you're planning to enter it. I would definitely talk to current clerks, residents and staff who also observe the Sabbath before you make the decision to pursue medicine should you be accepted down the road. While it seems people at other schools have been able to make it work most of the time (again, most, not all), keep in mind that Queen's has a much smaller class size (100 compared to Mac's 206) and therefore fewer clerks to switch with and also fewer clerks to schedule in the first place. If your religion is so important to you (nothing wrong with that, it's a personal opinion), then maybe it's worth considering if the career you think you want to pursue is compatible with what you believe in. (I think that all comes down to personal opinion again - how flexible you want to be with your faith and how much you believe medicine is compatible with your religious practices.)
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    End Poverty reacted to MSWschnoodle in Please switch spots!!!   
    You've been criticized a lot in this thread and your response was thoughtful, so I commend you for that. I actually agree with you that you are facing a challenge that is indeed preventing you from having equal access to opportunity. I am disappointed that this is being portrayed in some comments as less of an issue of inequality because it is based on faith. I imagine patients who strictly observe the Sabbath are also facing barriers within the healthcare system due to the restrictions you have posted above (thank you for sharing that btw, as I don't really know much about the Sabbath). I also agree it would be nice if schools could provide some accommodations around this. That being said, this barrier is only going to get more problematic as you move forward in medical training, at least if you are training in the system as it exists now. 
    This has obviously been put forward by others already, but I think it's VERY important for you to carefully consider this issue before attending your interviews: Medicine REQUIRES Saturday and Sunday call from students in a vast majority of programs and, as you have seen, programs have differing amounts of flexibility. It's not every Saturday, but if you strictly observe the Sabbath then it's enough that it's going to be a pretty big challenge for you. If you can get an accommodation through medical school, you may also have trouble with this in residency as most residency programs also require weekend call (even FM residents here get weekend call). At least in my program there is almost no way you could get out of doing at least some weekend call (it's specifically written in our requirements that X amount of call must be on weekend days and not weekday days).
    This isn't intended to stomp all over your medical school goals. There are obviously physicians of every faith practicing today and some very well may strictly observe the Sabbath. It might be valuable to start reaching out and try to find some of those physicians to talk to them about how they are balancing their religious obligations with medical practice. This is a solution you will want to find BEFORE you shell out a whole bunch of money and time into training only to get derailed at the clerkship or residency level. I hope there is a way around this, and I'm sorry you will have to do much more work than the average student to find a way to stay true to your faith during your training, but I truly wish you the best in doing so. 
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    End Poverty reacted to NeuroD in Please switch spots!!!   
    Lol guys let's ease off a bit. I'm sure he/she understands by now. Religious discrimination is a big claim and not valid here.
    They probably are a very devoted person with something of particular significance that day. That truly truly sucks. But interviews aren't a "right" so they don't owe anyone an accomodation. It's just nice if they do it, but it's not discrimination. It just sucks, sorry dude :(.
    Come on...no one is trying to change an interview for a regular weekly service. Let's not be fasicious.
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    End Poverty reacted to Bambi in Please switch spots!!!   
    This has absolutely nothing to do with religious discrimination, rather, it is all about you exercising your freedom of choice not to go to the scheduled interview appointment, and you preferring not to get into med school (assuming you would be accepted here and in no other school) so that you can honour what you consider to be your religious obligations that you consider to be more  important. This is entirely in your hands, your sole decision, but do not expect the medical school to make an exception for you and/or to prejudice someone's else's interests (given others have already locked in their interview dates) in your favour. You can choose to frame the issue any way you wish, e.g., in a self-serving manner, but that does not mean your portrayal is either fair or accurate.
    The time to have made representations, if this were possible, would have been before you were given a date, not after the fact.
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    End Poverty reacted to ZBL in Can Gen Surgery Residents do a fellowship in MOHS?   
    The American College of Mohs Surgery has recently changed their rules to make it such that only dermatologists are able to do it, not even plastics anymore. At least as far as legit Mohs fellowships go. 
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    End Poverty reacted to JohnGrisham in What are your favourite resources for learning clinical skills?   
    Or residency when you realize JVP is made up for non symptomatic patients.
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    End Poverty reacted to Egg_McMuffin in What are your favourite resources for learning clinical skills?   
    I quite enjoy geekymedics on YouTube
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    End Poverty reacted to freewheeler in What are your favourite resources for learning clinical skills?   
    Just use whatever your med school's resources are. That's the same level of detail that they'll expect you to spout off for the OSCEs. You won't really become comfortable with performing physical exam maneuvers until during clerkship after you've done a bunch.
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    End Poverty reacted to ana_safavi in What are your favourite resources for learning clinical skills?   
    I LOVE this book:
    https://www.amazon.ca/Sapiras-Art-Science-Bedside-Diagnosis-ebook/dp/B007CMODQG/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=sapira&amp;qid=1550533436&amp;s=gateway&amp;sr=8-1
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    End Poverty got a reaction from InstantRamen in Is it worth it to switch to medicine from optometry?   
    Most optometrists have to work few years /establish their own business before they make 250K.
     
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    End Poverty got a reaction from chrisxcal in MMI Prep Help   
    Congratulations on your interviews, that's amazing
    The biggest advise I 'd give is to truly be yourself, and to not be afraid of judgement.  You have to be confident and secure in yourself to be able to show the interviewers who you are as a person.  I think what you need to practice more than anything is confidence, even in difficult scenarios and when you are afraid of judgement. 
    What do you think will help with your confidence?
    - If it 's knowledge, then read more.
    - maybe it is your internal dialogue, if that's the case then start to change it. Do not think I will turn red or be nervous embarrassed when I'm put on the spot. Think: I will do well and present myself well when I'm put on the spot.. Your thoughts will change your behaviour  
    - start to develop self- confidence and start to NOT care about what others think. 
    - Don't let your introversion be a hindrance, instead celebrate it  It makes you a more reflective person :). Accept yourself for who you are. I know tons of introverted people in med school ( most of my friends/SO in med school are introverted).  My mentor in med school and the surgeons I'm currently shadowing are introverted. So, introversion is clearly not a hinderance.
    When you are practicing for the interviews you will get so much input from other people ( some will say you smile too much, and others will smile you don't smile enough, some will say you look serious and other will say you don't look serious enough...etc), don't listen too much to this kind of feedback because it will make you doubt yourself. You have to realize how you normally act , and act that way in the interviews.  That's all it is...
    Good Luck!!
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    End Poverty reacted to Mediocre2Med in Toronto doctor loses licence after she admits to sexual relationship with cancer patient   
    Read the attachment below. 
    I have to agree that this is an open and shut case. It doesn't matter if she is the nicest person in the world or whether she was highly qualified as an oncologist, she ultimately crossed many boundaries and knew what she was getting herself into. She initiated this relationship the day after she diagnosed him with cancer when he was likely very vulnerable and continued to have a relationship with him while she provided treatments. She even had sexual relations with him while he was an inpatient and made him change charts to cover for her.
    I feel bad for her, but at the same time, this situation is undeniably wrong and she knew there would be repercussions. It's unfortunate that she won't be able to practice anymore but hopefully, this will be a lesson for others not to make the same mistake. 
    https://www.cpso.on.ca/DoctorDetails/Theepa-Sundaralingam/0252171-89581
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