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9th-Apr-2010 07:22 am - Residency, how to get there?
pink rose
I posted this in med students but I think they're all busy focussing on their studies to answer :)

I'm a 4th (out of 5) year medical student in the UK, considering jumping ship to the USA.
Of course, our systems are entirely different so I'm just seeing how feasible it is.

So, I wanted to ask how competitive is it to get onto a residency programme? (I suppose it depends where one wants to live and what speciality one wants to do)

What things do they look at, USMLE scores? Other things?

Many thanks

I might x-post this depending on any responses I get. I know everyone's busy :)
10th-Mar-2010 03:12 pm - medical career?
eiffel tower
Hi everyone :)
I am a undergrad freshman, and I am looking into possible career choices. I know that I am interested in healthcare, but I am not sure as to what kind of healthcare I would like to go into. Also, I am intimidated by the idea of medical school and becoming a doctor. Is medical school extremely stressful? And do doctors really have no time for lives of their own? I have thought about becoming a nurse, particularly a certified nurse midwife, but everyone tells me that if i am going to go into the medical field, I should not underestimate myself and be intimidated by the workload and stress involved with becoming a doctor.

I have also been told that if I were to pursue a career as a doctor, and decided I didnt like it, or failed at it, I could easily go into nursing. I was also told that this does not apply the other way around. Is this true? How did you know that a career as a doctor was right for you, and that you could handle it?

Any insight is really appreciated :)
Thank you.

22nd-Dec-2009 12:34 am - roll call y'all
Apparently I'm a maintainer of this community. I'm wondering how many of the members of this community still exist. If you're out there, raise your virtual hand!

The medical presence on LJ needs to assert itself or else face extinction.
28th-Jun-2009 03:22 pm - Introduction and observations
All I want is batbatbat
Since I'm new here (and this community appears to be mostly dead, but not ALL dead), I'll do a quick introduction.

I'll be starting my OB/GYN residency in just a few days. So I guess that takes care of the required list of info posted on the profile.


Well, I start residency on July 1st, so I figured today I'd start on my required reading list. Now, I don't really want to, as I would rather watch old Steven Seagal movies that Cinemax has decided to play.....but I figured I didn't want to be 100% ASSHAT on my first day, so I'm trying to gain a few experience points.

Luckily for me, my OB/GYN program provides us with thousands of dollars worth of textbooks (which is awesome) to supplement our giant 4-year long reading list (not awesome) in preparation for our CREOG exams (THE HORROR) and oral exams (SHOOT ME).  I found something remarkably funny:

-Number of textbooks on Obstetrics = 1
-Number of textbooks pertaining to Gynecology = 4

From this reading list, one can then assume that GYN is much more complicated in its medicine and surgical aspects than OB, hence the four-fold increase in reading in relation to the other subject.

HERE COMES THE IRONY TRAIN (CHOO CHOO):  We spend 3X the time on OB as we do on GYN. And this isn't my program, but every OB/GYN program.

I guess I'll find out exactly why this is over the course of the next four years.

(X-Posted to my personal journal)

22nd-May-2009 04:13 pm - gift ideas
Hello! sorry if this isn't totally on topic, but i have a friend graduating from med school this week, and i'm looking for gift ideas. There are 5 of us going in together on a gift, so it can be something nice/semi-expensive.

What was/would have been useful at the beginning of your residency??


PS - love the community icon!! :-D
16th-May-2009 12:22 am - a little advice
the girl with the broken halo
Okay, I'm really hoping someone in this comm would be able to answer some of my questions...

First off, introductions -- I'm a PGY-1 in Pathology here in my home country but I'm planning on participating in the 2010 Match. I really like my specialty and I'm really hoping to get into a good Patho program in the US. Are there any pathology residents in this comm who'd be able to give a little advice to a relative newbie? :)
14th-May-2009 09:16 pm - Hola
Pill Box
Wow.. this community died a few days after the match, no?

I'm a 41 year old resident. You read that right. I waited 17 years to go to medical school. I practically lived a whole other life before I got here, and now that I am here, I love it. Doing IM and wanting to specialize in nephrology. I was a dialysis technician all 17 years leading up to this.

Why does this feel like an AA meeting all of a sudden...
16th-Mar-2009 04:58 pm - Scramble Advice
heartsick, bitching, this is going to hurt, med school, sick
I'm assisting a friend Scramble for prelim surgery spots. Any advice? What worked for you when you scrambled?

So far, it sounds like he's looking at the list at 10:15 CST, then I'm going to get on the phone at 11am CST to ask the programs he wants if they want him to use ERAS or email or fax for his app. If its fax or email, we have to get the student affairs office to send the stuff to them, because they won't let us have paper or pdf copies of the MSPE and LoR. Does this sound like a good plan? Should he be doing anything else, like writing cover letters or something?

Thanks. Sorry for x-posting.
23rd-Jan-2009 11:38 am - question of the week
What is the story of the worst med student you ever supervised?
14th-Jan-2009 07:27 pm - reviving the dead?
Question of the week:

If you had to go back to your first day of medical school, would you do it all over again?

The question is not whether you're happy you're where you are right now. The question is, would you go through all that work again to get to where you are right now?

You could keep all your knowledge of what med school is like in terms of the workload, but all your medical knowledge would be lost. So you'd be starting over from scratch in terms of learning.

If your answer is no, then what would be the earlier point you'd be willing to start over from?
15th-Jul-2008 12:34 pm - Hi!
Hi, everyone! I'm so glad to be a part of this community! I'm going to be a freshman in high school, so I have a long way to go until residency but I can't wait for that time to come. I've wanted to be a doctor since I was two and an ob/gyn since I was nine. I would love it if some ob/gyn residents could contact me because I would love to follow their journals and learn more about their experience. I don't think I'll be posting here much but I will certainly be watching! Thanks so much for having me, and I'm really looking forward to reading these entries!
9th-Jul-2008 12:34 am - blogging...

I'm a PGY-1 Resident doing Emergency Medicine. 
I'm blogging after almost every shift I do. 
I'm incredibley excited! well, it's either that, or the huge amounts of coffee I've been gulping like a mad woman!

Best of luck to everyone. 
I'm off to bed!

On Monday, I officially end residency and start vacation. It's been a very long journey ; 3 years of anxiety, sleepless nights, new experiences, large horrors, small wonders and a couple of big surprises, but I got through it all. I was talking to the other residents the other day and it's such a strange feeling to know that everything I've worked for.. for the past 11 years (4 years of Undergrad, 4 years of medical school and then 3 years of residency) have finally come to an end. It's almost bizarre, beacause I don't know where to go next. I'm happy though to go on to the next stage of my life and figure things on from here.

Earlier this week, I tried to mostly tidy up. I cleaned out my desk, drawers, computer at work , put everything in boxes and brought them home. I also answered all my patient mail, labs, and completed miscellaneous work that I had to complete. On Wednesday we took some class photos. It'll probably be the last time we'll take photos together as a whole. Everyone's moving on to different places.

11th-Jun-2008 07:00 pm - We are on call every. single. day.
I just wanted to let everyone know about a new group blog written by female doctors balancing work and children, delving into the unique challenges and joys of tending to two distinct patient populations, both of whom can be quite demanding.

23rd-Apr-2008 02:18 pm - study survey
As a third year resident with the boards looming in the distance, lately I've started making a concerted effort to do at least a little bit of studying every single night. Now that I'm doing it, I'm realizing just how little studying I did before and how much it might have helped if I had been putting in just half an hour per night through all of residency.

Yet I don't think I'm the only resident who never studied much. Residency is exhausting and I think a lot of people just come home and crash.

So I pose this question to you, fellow residents (or med students in their clinical years):

Poll #1175993 studying

How much do you study?

Every day for at least an hour
Every day for at least half an hour
A little bit each day, but usually less than half an hour
Every other day
Once or twice a week
Once or twice a month
I don't do any regimented studying, but I read up on things as needed during the day
I don't study at all, but I try to go to lectures and pay attention
22nd-Aug-2007 09:18 pm - Doctors/Residents Don't Blog!
It seems like there's a paucity of blogging physicians. I don't know any of my co-residents that blog! So wrong! *shakes head in disbelief*. Oh wells.
6th-Jul-2007 02:23 pm - Residency Questions
Hello everyone!

I am currently going through an orientation for doing my clinical rotations in Internal Medicine and scheduled to start an MICU and Wards rotation soon. Basically I am a special trainee and would be functioning as an Intern  for 3 months but its not residency ( I am applying to 2008 residency).I wanted to know what are the most useful and indispensable books/ pocket books/ PDA software for this. Something thats nice and easy to read would be great.

Also, I am interested in primary care medicine( Yes, whatever they say I love it!) and wondering about the residency programs in Chicago area. Would anyone have the scoop about Chicago programs? I really love this place now and don't want to move out but I think I'll have to apply elsewhere too for safety as I am just a marginal candidate and my  USMLEs are not that stellar either.
Plz drop your 2 cents docs!
3rd-Jul-2007 01:37 pm - How on Earth did this happen?
Somehow, in the midst of all this studying, I completed my third year of medical school. I'm not quite sure how it happened, but like a thief in the night, the fourth year medical school has snuck up on me. Needless to say, it's left me with some serious issues and pressing concerns.

First, I have to apply for this thing known as a "job." Granted, I wasn't one of those "straight through" medical students, and I've had more than my fair share of job interviews. However, the fact that I haven't been on one in over half a decade is a little worrisome, and I was hoping all of you could suggest some helpful hints for interview day--provided, of course, that an interview makes it my way. That said, perhaps having a paycheck in my hands again will be worth all of this trouble. :)

This ERAS thing... Tricky, tricky. I know it needs to be completed ASAP--the early bird does get the worm. What should I be looking for in programs that I'm applying to? What shouldn't I be looking for? Can someone explain this call schedule shorthand that appears on the FREIDA website? What do you like about your programs, and what do you absolutely loathe?

I'm taking Step II CK at the end of the month--it's crunch time. What was a help, and what hindered your performance? Any last minute study advice?

As always doctors, your advice is much appreciated. Fire away.
Also entitled....
What I wish I knew before starting intern year:

1. Love your Drug Reference book/Harriet Lane/other med handbook of your choice.
I was terrible at doses initially. The truth is that most doses you really don't need to keep in your head and it's immensely helpful to have them within an arm's reach. You can also use an online database like Micromedex. The only downside - each attending has their own special preferences when it comes to meds.

2. Be thankful for the Peds ER nurses.
They are good teachers. From paperwork and how the tube system works, to the meds and studies the attendings are going to want - they know what's up. This lesson also applies to your NICU, PICU, and long time Peds wards nurses who are experts at their job. (If you're not in pediatrics, that's ok - I'm sure there are some good adult nurses too ;-)) That being said, sometimes you need to follow your gut on patient care decisions, despite what anyone says... (see #16)

3. I get really tired around 4am.
It is inevitable. Staying up for 30 hours straight is not normal... no matter what anyone says! You will figure out what time is most difficult for you. For me, my 4am battle against my eyelids necessitates a run to the cafeteria for coffee! (exception: see #7)

4. On the phone, "Dr. So-and-so" commands more respect than "Kelly."
Enough said.

5. Sleep is not overrated. (related to #6)
Take the time post-call to catch up on sleep. Yes, even if you have a family and people demanding your attention at home, you need to take care of yourself in order to be there for them. No guilt, sleep whenever you can!

6. All of life's problems seem better after consecutive hours of sleep, preferably 6 or more.
Avoid emotionally charged situations when you are sleep deprived.

7. Coffee doesn't help after a certain point.

8. Donuts (and, insert your preference of other really bad for you foods here) taste really good at 3AM.
You will make excuses like, "It's ok, I'm on call," or "The calories don't count after midnight," or my favorite, "You deserve extra dessert when you're on call!"

9. When you don't think you can do something, take a deep breath, run through it in your mind, and exude confidence.
You can do whatever you put your mind to. If you still don't believe me, "fake it 'til you make it."

10. Sleeping 17+ consecutive hours is actually physically possible.
Especially after a few months of q4 call and built up sleep deprivation!

11. "Food is love and sleep is everything."

12. Drink water, water, and more water.
It is a sad state of things when you realize that you haven't actually peed all day. This happened to me more times than I care to think about and usually during ICU months!

13. It is ok to cry.
There will be a day, maybe post-call, maybe not, when you feel more than overwhelmed. Everyone has their moment and you're not alone.

14. Make time to do the things you love.
You will be busy and you will be tired, but you have to stay human! So, go for a run, read a non-medical book, go see a concert or movie, pick your favorite!

15. Sometimes questions are more powerful than answers. (Yes, I stole it from the TV show Heroes.)

16. Becoming comfortable with making decisions is tough, but you will get there.
One of the biggest changes you experience during intern year is the sheer volume of decisions that you are continually making. From a simple order for tylenol to a decision to call the PICU for a child deteriorating in respiratory distress... Over time your level of comfort with decision making evolves and you become more confident and convicted about things, even if it is simple.

17. There is always someone to ask if you don't know the answer.
A senior resident, nurse practitioner, or if it comes to it, fellow or attending, are happy to help you out when you don't have all the answers.
It is not a weakness to ask for help, it is a sign of self-awareness, strength, and comes from a true desire to care for your patients.

18. Med students can be annoying. (Don't worry, some are pretty cool too!)
I know, I know, we were all med students once! And I'm sure I had my nails-on-the-chalk-board-like annoying moments; with the earnest "teach me" attitude, I didn't realize the sheer volume of menial work that residents, and interns in particular, had to do. Giving them a patient related job (like calling an outside hospital to track down info or helping with the new "mom talks" in the newborn nursery) is one tactic to help your med students when you're feeling overwhelmed.

19. Residency changes you.
It is an unavoidable and perhaps necessary change. Like all intense periods in life, you are bound to experience situations that affect the way you approach life and future interactions with patients, families, and your own family and friends. You are challenged to reflect on your own world views, solidifying convictions and/or beliefs... and perhaps changing them in the process.

20. "The days are long, but the years pass quickly.
I've realized this truth most acutely during my last few weeks of intern year, as I say goodbye to so many of the wonderful residents with whom I
have worked. I feel sad to see them leave our institution because they have invested so much time and knowledge in me this year. I suppose it is the nature of residency and our prolonged training process that results in this continuous turnover... but nonetheless, I will still miss them all.

So with that, I say good luck to all who come after me. Looking back, I wouldn't trade this experience for anything...
well, maybe a significant amount of money!

I'm ecstatic to see the new interns doing their orientation this week... and I'm trying not to seem too excited, so I don't scare the pants off of 'em!

Only 1 day left until my intern year is officially DONE!
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