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Thoughts Undergrad

The Life Changing Benefits of Reading

I’ve always been a bit of a bookworm. However, the benefits of reading didn’t really hit me until university. I went to a relatively average university. Although I enjoyed the new experience of college, I often found my courses intellectually dead. Classes I thought I would like ended up being dull. Tutorials were taught by […]

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Medical School Thoughts

How We Should Die

A quote from a beautiful piece that has been going around the web by Ken Murray titled “How Doctors Die“ It’s not a frequent topic of discussion, but doctors die, too. And they don’t die like the rest of us. What’s unusual about them is not how much treatment they get compared to most Americans, […]

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Medical School Thoughts Undergrad

A Minimalist Life

A month ago, I came upon a collection of articles that challenged my ideas about time management. Being in medical school, there’ s often an endless list of activities to do – clinical duties, studying, research, volunteering, student groups. You get comfortable juggling multiple tasks, ambitious to do more. You begin to believe that doing […]

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Application CaRMS Residency

Post CaRMS Application Tips

And I’m back! I’ve been busy completing my applications for the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) Having survived the CaRMS 2011 Application Submission Deadline, I was going to share some of the lessons I’ve learned from this stressful experience. Overall, I think I did most things well but could have done many things better. Thankfully, […]

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Residency

CaRMS Roadblock

Sorry, no new posts for a while until I finish my CaRMS applications. The Residency Match process is pretty much the only stressor in your final year of medical school. Now back to those personal letters… it’s sort of like applying to medical school all over again… but with different worries.

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Health Care Medical School Thoughts

The Patient’s Family

Looking through my old drafts, I found a post written when I was starting medical school that was never published. (Written September 28th, 2008) I’m glad to see I still agree with the feelings and thoughts I had then. Published now three years later as I am about to graduate from medical school. Unedited for […]

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Books Finances Medical School Residency

Poor MD – What Every Medical Student and Resident Should Know About Finances

Today I want to do a quick review of an PoorMD‘s eBook  titled First Aid for Personal Finance: What Every Medical Student and Resident Should Know The best thing about this book is it only costs $0.99 and hopefully the small price you pay will pay for itself in with the knowledge in the book. […]

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Clerkship Residency

An Anesthesiologist’s Dilemma

Conversation between me and a friend applying to Anesthesiology, while discussing our upcoming CaRMS applications. Me:    “So you’re not going to miss talking to patients at all?” Him:    “Not at all, I get to do as much talking as I want pre and post-op” Me:    “You’re not going to miss having your own patients?” […]

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Economics Health Care Thoughts

Can the Physical Exam Help Decrease Health Care Costs?

If physicians and doctors in training were trained better in the physical exam, could that translate into health care dollars saved? I’ve written about the Physical Exam and how it’s often at odds against newer technologies in medicine. In today’s world, where labwork, xrays and CT scans are so readily available, many say the physical […]

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Admissions Thoughts Undergrad

Why Being Rejected from McMaster Health Sciences is Good for You

If you’re never heard of McMaster University’s Bachelor of Health Sciences Program, you should know it is one of the “elite” undergraduate programs in Canada. With an applicant pool of over 2000 students for 150 spots, getting into McMaster’s Health Sci program is as competitive as getting into medical school. This is a program where […]