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  1. Just work hard and be kind. Get things done and help your residents out when they have tons of tasks to get done. Knowing anatomy is helpful for when you are scrubbed in the OR. Know some internal medicine for wards. It's too hard/too broad to say there is some magic formula. Know the basics and just work hard. That's all that is expected for good students.
  2. It won't hurt your application at all. And I wouldn't embellish it either. People do all sorts of jobs before medical school.
  3. The BCNDP are likely to give increasing responsibility to NP's for primary care given strong union relationships. I believe not long ago they authorized nurse prescribing for opioid replacement therapy. Hopefully doesn't end up becoming like the US.
  4. Just cancel these useless tests that are just another tax on students and residents. You want to test my competency? Then make the test free. If not, stop making me pay you thousands of dollars for really absolutely nothing in return. It once made sense to have this exam, when rotating internship gave you an independent license (I do think there is an argument for this to return). Feels too much like extortion right now.
  5. Do what you need to do. If they are like this over something this important, is this a job that you really would want to be at? I would leave tbh.
  6. Fair enough. I found First Aid for the USMLE a helpful book to read alongside our lectures in first and second year.
  7. People can do what they want although I think it can be really cringey. Especially the ones that just show off how type A they are (Waking up at 5 am, workouts, going to class, what they eat, watching them study... Like who cares, lol). I guess there's a market for it.
  8. I would just chill. If you enjoy your extra curricular activities, I would do those. Studying will happen when class starts. Most schools are P/F anyway.
  9. Quite surprised at how the overall match results really didn't change that much despite major changes to a typical fourth year. I think virtual interviews are the way to go.
  10. Attaining high grades is a lot more achievable for people who come from higher socioeconomic backgrounds. Even standardized tests are affected by this. I'm not sure what the solution is.
  11. I agree. Medical school is largely a rich kids club - probably more so in the US than in Canada though. Not uncommon for people to spend several months travelling, visiting their parents cabins, driving fancy cars, and doing other rich kid things, lol. I think schools are valuing employment experience more than they used to, but there is a long way to go to increase representation across the socioeconomic status of applicants. Working retail you learn a lot about people and life. More than most volunteer experiences in my opinion. I think work experience should be valued more. Wish
  12. True. Would love to hear experiences of residents in various specialties. Surgical, non surgical, "ROAD", family...
  13. Were you able to continue doing things you enjoy outside of work? Can you still game while a resident? Working out? Hanging out with family/friends outside of medicine? In med school I was able to do pretty much everything I enjoyed on most rotations and felt pretty okay. There were times that were shitty, but for the most part things were fine and I felt truly balanced. Just thinking about life after July 1st.
  14. I was a pretty average medical student and did fine in clerkship for the most part. However I am worried about becoming a resident. Sometimes I feel like the match algorithm made a mistake and I'm not worthy of this. Pretty sure this is imposter syndrome, which I had badly at the beginning of medical school as well. Very nervous to say the least about making mistakes and screwing up. Anyone else feel this way?
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