Bored MS3 that goes to a CA med school, ask me anything

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So I just finished my surgery rotation, and I am pretty bored and I am just killing time before the kick off of the SC v. UCLA game, so ask me anything. Look at my MDapps or whatever for my basic story.
 

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Are you happy you decided to do med school...do you have any regrets so far?

I'm watching the apple cup. Go Huskies!
 
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Are you happy you decided to do med school...do you have any regrets so far?

I'm watching the apple cup. Go Huskies!
I'm content with the decision thus far. Med school is a grind. I never took any time off between undergrad and med school, and the biggest adjustment was just realizing that I wasnt an undergrad anymore and couldnt have the same amount of fun.

No regrets thus far... I think during my first year i wish i took some time off after undergrad, but now i am more at ease with my decision to blast through.

Dude I want u guys to win so that the Pac 10 has another bowl eligible team. Watch, you guys will go to the Holiday bowl as a 6-6 team...
 

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So I just finished my surgery rotation, and I am pretty bored and I am just killing time before the kick off of the SC v. UCLA game, so ask me anything. Look at my MDapps or whatever for my basic story.
On facebook, a bunch of my undergrad friends are talking about taking a "finals study break" to go to the game.:laugh:
 
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I'm probably moving to Cali next summer (socal) after graduation. Are there any insider Cali tips that I should know about :D
 

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What sort of study tips can provide for those in undergrad looking to get a high GPA. Like how did you study for certain classes or was it all the same?
 

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So you're going to go into surgery, right?
 
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I'm probably moving to Cali next summer (socal) after graduation. Are there any insider Cali tips that I should know about :D
Honestly, there are not alot of insider tips for CA, there are so many applicants that want to come out the the West Coast, plus a crap load of homegrown people. The bigger issue is convincing the out of state schools that you are willing to leave CA for med school. There were plenty of schools on the East Coast and Midwest and South that I wanted to go to and was willing to leave CA for, but those interviewers just dont seem convinced that you will leave if they think you get into a CA school.
 

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How do you have free time as an MS3?
 

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hahaha, wow. yeah my initial inspiration for this handle was Slowbro. But I figured not enough people would know what that was so I settled on slowpoke which can appeal to more individuals.
Man! you should've! or you could've just gone big and gone SLOWKING :thumbup:
 
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Yes - that it sucks. It's mercilessly hot and the sun is lethal, everything is illegal and what isn't illegal is ridiculously expensive. There are no jobs, this place is still broke even though the Northwest is functionally out of recession already.

Living in California is being escorted by the police from store to store in a strip mall full of things you can't afford, located in the middle of a sweltering desert.
That sounds awesome.
:lame:

Fortunately, I've lived in California for a good bit of time, so I know how that is. The job situation is probably not going to help me very much, but I'm crossing my fingers for scribing position. I was actually thinking about maybe getting a pharm tech certificate to help me get a pharm tech job, but I don't even know how to find those jobs...
 
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That sounds awesome.
:lame:

Fortunately, I've lived in California for a good bit of time, so I know how that is. The job situation is probably not going to help me very much, but I'm crossing my fingers for scribing position. I was actually thinking about maybe getting a pharm tech certificate to help me get a pharm tech job, but I don't even know how to find those jobs...
Research jobs dont pay too bad either at some places, and that can help ur app
 
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how do i find research positions to strengthen application as non-trad :(
If you live near a research university, they will usually have a website where they post research jobs that are available, worst case you can just email a bunch of different lab managers and see what works.
 
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Research jobs dont pay too bad either at some places, and that can help ur app
I thought about trying to get a research job here at my school. The cost of living here is almost laughable compared to california, and I could live comfortably on a tech salary. However, I actually already have research experience with a publication, and I think the problem with my application is clinical experience, and I know that working in a lab will make getting very much of that VERY difficult, so I decided against a research job.

Any other suggestions? My lack of very much clinical experience is why I'm really hoping to get that scribing job. I've tried shadowing in some places in Cali, and I guess because they don't deal with too many premeds, they're a little hesitant to allow me to shadow.
 

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I thought about trying to get a research job here at my school. The cost of living here is almost laughable compared to california, and I could live comfortably on a tech salary. However, I actually already have research experience with a publication, and I think the problem with my application is clinical experience, and I know that working in a lab will make getting very much of that VERY difficult, so I decided against a research job.

Any other suggestions? My lack of very much clinical experience is why I'm really hoping to get that scribing job. I've tried shadowing in some places in Cali, and I guess because they don't deal with too many premeds, they're a little hesitant to allow me to shadow.
Dude start a new thread
 
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I thought about trying to get a research job here at my school. The cost of living here is almost laughable compared to california, and I could live comfortably on a tech salary. However, I actually already have research experience with a publication, and I think the problem with my application is clinical experience, and I know that working in a lab will make getting very much of that VERY difficult, so I decided against a research job.

Any other suggestions? My lack of very much clinical experience is why I'm really hoping to get that scribing job. I've tried shadowing in some places in Cali, and I guess because they don't deal with too many premeds, they're a little hesitant to allow me to shadow.
I see your point, the thing is that there are not many clinical experience jobs that pay too well. My only suggestion is becoming an EMT, its pretty quick to do, but the pay is pretty bad....But being an EMT is prolly one of the most legit clinical experiences that still pays you.

Also, i have never even heard of a scribe before... so I cant really comment on that.

I am kinda torn on Care Extender programs (aka hospital volunteering programs) at these big university hospitals... from my observations as a med student all I see these people doing is restocking stuff and filing charts, i dont think they let you see too much
 

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So I just finished my surgery rotation, and I am pretty bored and I am just killing time before the kick off of the SC v. UCLA game, so ask me anything.
Why are hemorrhoids called "hemorrhoids" instead of "assteroids"?
 

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Why are hemorrhoids called "hemorrhoids" instead of "assteroids"?
:idea:

Because instead of being a proctologist, you'd be an astronaut?
 

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They need to do way instain mother> who kill thier babbys. becuse these babby cant frigth back? it was on the news this mroing a mother in ar who had kill her three kids. they are taking the three babby back to new york too lady to rest my pary are with the father who lost his children ; i am truley sorry for your lots
 

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yeah, i'm kind of scared about the surgical rotation in the 3rd year. how much sleep are you getting? b/c i don't know if i do 4-6 hr's on a daily basis. do you find it really demanding since you're on call every 3-4 day?
 

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OP, you were watching the USC/UCLA game? My condolences. Of course, I am a native son of Oregon, anticipating January 10 in Arizona. Sweet days to be a Duck! Very sweet days!
 
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OP, you were watching the USC/UCLA game? My condolences. Of course, I am a native son of Oregon, anticipating January 10 in Arizona. Sweet days to be a Duck! Very sweet days!
It was probably one of the ugliest games i have ever watched... no team wanted to win that game. anyways represent the pac 10 well, shut up those ******ed SEC fans
 

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which part has been the most challenging, and why
 

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So I just finished my surgery rotation, and I am pretty bored and I am just killing time before the kick off of the SC v. UCLA game, so ask me anything. Look at my MDapps or whatever for my basic story.
How important is it to have steady hands in surgery...they always seem to make a huge deal out of it. Do you have to be a statue or just not have epilepsy?
 
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which part has been the most challenging, and why
Now thats an interesting question that I will entertain. If you asked me first year, i would say the sheer volume and pace of the curriculum. But by second year, you got used to it. Third year, its the time management. Overall, its kinda getting used to the fact that like all your non-med school friends are living in the "real world" u know, getting married, getting paid, having free weekends, while you are stuck in your alternative reality. And to qualify this, I went straight into med school and i didnt take any time off during med school too so I am a pretty young MS3, and still most of my friends are living in that new "real world."
 
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How important is it to have steady hands in surgery...they always seem to make a huge deal out of it. Do you have to be a statue or just not have epilepsy?
I'm gonna go with, you probably need some pretty good hands to be a surgeon.... As an MS3 in surgery, depending on the attending they will either let you do a ton, to absolutely nothing (including speaking). Rule to live by: do whatever they tell you; the best way to do something is the way they want you to do it.
 
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Another thing that sucks about being an MS3, since everyone is on a completely different rotation schedule. And even if you are on the same rotation, at the same hospital, you can be on a different teams. So when you have free time, pretty much all your other friends dont, so you get bored... and start a thread like this
 

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when's your next rotation, and what is it
 
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when's your next rotation, and what is it
medicine, starts right after New Years. It's funny, i didnt know what a "medicine" rotation or specialty meant until like last year. i bet most you premeds out there probably know what it means already.
 

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medicine, starts right after New Years. It's funny, i didnt know what a "medicine" rotation or specialty meant until like last year. i bet most you premeds out there probably know what it means already.
I have never heard of a "medicine" rotation or specialty. does that make me a good or bad pre-med? lol
 

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I have never heard of a "medicine" rotation or specialty. does that make me a good or bad pre-med? lol
In the medical world, Internal Medicine is just called "Medicine."

I think it's okay to not know what it is :) We're not in the medical world yet.