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  1. One other perspective here I have heard from some people about - superstar researchers don't always make good residents. Precisely because they care about research so much. Any time you spend doing research you are not say studying or looking after patients - point is there is a price to doing anything that takes away from something else. Residency is a job - and many programs are looking for people that are good at the job. Research is often a tangent to the job. Any resident/staff knows of people that are extremely academic/research focused that may be losing out on practical things. I
  2. Hell I am staff and I still don't have a car....let alone a luxury one. (have bike, will travel.....) Also the range of doctors' vehicles is so broad that unless you are driving a Columbo special (see below) no one will care....and well no one ever should either. Don't buy things to impress other people.
  3. yup - so the question would be how flexible you would be in terms of specialty choice and how sure you are about that. Odds are good you can stay put with focus and effor but there is only probabilities in this game, never certainty ha (Ride a painted pony, let the spinning wheel spin........)
  4. The issue in part is pathology is often salaried. This puts them in an interesting position - if the work is there to be done and isn't their professional body will not take too kindly to the situation. We are obligated to do the work required to care for patients no matter what (including in many cases if we are not being paid for it). So the hospitals can up the work load on pathologists and they can either quit (but any other job they can get is basically similar) or work harder. Not ideal. Plus unlike any other professional in a similar state doctors cannot strike. They have no cards left
  5. ha, yeah I would question radiology position on the ROAD specialty list. Most of us would say its inclusion is from an earlier time period. it is still a higher paying specialty but I always want to avoid the notion that you don't have to work for it. The modern call requirements - particularly in the community setting are quite intense. Plus even academically there are now a lot of shifts that extend well into the evenings, plus weekend call. For instance at my centre that is weekend call of around 1 in 4 for many, and busier call but 1:7 for others. This is ignoring people in IR, neuro
  6. True - although as staff I say one of the most useful features of the job is that relatively quickly you get tenure and thus while there may be pressures it isn't usually a question of having the job on the line. You cannot be fired really by the department chair (they have to make your life annoying in some other way ha). It would be odd to have a PD that isn't already a full partner in the radiology department (which you would have within 2-3 years of starting as staff depending on where you are). Doesn't mean the PD won't be impacted if they mess up and get the wrong residents - they will b
  7. we get a ton of questions like this - which makes total sense. The problem is it assumes some form of uniform approach from all the programs. That in my experience is not the case. This isn't like med school with extensive research into how to select people and a ton of people involved and comparatively a lot of resources to figure things out - and then then often are kind enough to even let you know what they are looking for. These are individual programs that are much smaller in comparison that even lack some of the tools med school admissions has to work with (like GPA, MCAT to name a
  8. also of note the rubic also "frowns" on anger being a valid response - and yet sometimes yes anger is appropriate as well. For instance if an unfair biased rubric was being thrust upon a learning body without consultation or proper notice........
  9. the 5 year mark is usually were in general you break even with things so the math often doesn't help you figure this stuff out much ha - you have to assess if you still have enough LOC room post to be flexible if something else comes up, your thoughts on the market as well as what happens if you are wrong with those thoughts, sounds dramatic but obviously if you and your partner split what would happen then etc, and of course how sure you are the place/location works for you. Also important is what would you do with the place in 5 years potentially. also the more a market has gone upward
  10. sorry for radiology? my friends from that cohort have their results already(?)
  11. yeah unfortunately it is a bit vague of a question to answer - in part because of tradeoffs people can make, and the income in family medicine can be quite variable. the ranges of family medicine income though are roughly known though, so you can narrow things down a bit if you like.
  12. that make me chuckle the why? very few emergency pathology requests to start with vs all the time. it is harder to disrupt the workflow to cause you to stay later in path compared to rads. Also the shear volume of radiology is quite high, and often other services require quite rapid turn around times. It is also cultural to a degree I think (rads is fee for service, path is often salary for instance). Not to say there aren't busy pathologists ha. This is all just relative.
  13. Does happen - I have seen it several times actually. Some people are just as passionate about getting the people they think are a good fit into their profession as they are about trying to keep the people they think are a bad fit out. That is of course very subjective but that is exactly what LORs are. and sometimes I suppose that isn't better for all parties - I mean if the staff really did think the med student was a disaster (and some of the ones I read definitely come across that way) it may be better for the profession if they never became that type of doctor. Makes part of th
  14. no hard and fast rules there - some won't for obvious reasons - it creates possible bias.
  15. they do generally ignore gov loans in their math - which makes sense as those loans are in a different class in many ways. other loans are fair game (and should be from a risk point of view)
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