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Discussion in 'General Residency Issues' started by radsbound, May 6, 2007.
Where did people get their diplomas framed? Any inexpensive options ot there?
I got a nice looking frame, and a precut mat (two layers, and the accent color matched my school colors fairly well) at Aaron Brothers. I think I paid about $40. I could have gone for a custom mat for about 10-20 more if I didn't find one that matched so well. They were having a sale too, so I got another frame for a penny at the same time. Framing at the school started at about 200 or 300, with the major difference being the style of the mat and having the school seal on it. Don't get the thing permaplaqued (sp?), the school was pretty adamant about that causing problems when applying for licensure.
Most schools sell frames in their bookstores. You buy it and insert the diploma yourself - no big deal.
Be sure to make about 10 copies of your diploma before you frame it - you will need these for licensing and credentialing down the line...
If you do choose custom framing, beware of the glare proof glass. It sounds like a good idea, but I think it makes your diploma look like it is underwater and difficult to see. Other people like it however, so just make sure to look at samples first. My diploma was custom framed- it was around $140 at a local framing shop. It was a graduation gift. Your medical school should be able to give you at least one small notarized copy of your dipolma for boards and licensure purposes.
Where do these people come from? Did you leave your house at all during medical school? Ever try google?
i would make more than that, you never know when you will need it. mine is an oversized diploma (18X40) so its a hassle to get it to kinkos...
I really don't see the point of framing your diploma / credentials on your office wall. First of all, nobody cares. Second of all, you never see patients in your work office so they aren't impressed either.
Me thinks you have forgotten about the majority of physicians in this country - those in private/group practice who do see patients in their office, especially those who are in a non-procedural based practice. Many physicians do hang their diplomas in the exam rooms and patients comment on them.
In my practice, I'll see patients in the exam room, but the dreaded "talks" (ie, you have cancer), are done in the work office where the diplomas, certificates, etc. are.
Even in private/group practice, you rarely see patients in your office. You seem them in the exam room, because that is where they get undressed and where the nurse checks their vitals.
Is that where you tell them they have cancer, too?
Michael's is having a 50% off all framing orders right now. I think mine was 83 after taxes.
I ordered mine from Professional Framing in Atlanta. I ordered it online and could not be any happier. I love it! www.professionalframing.com
The ortho group here has an entire wall of diplomas, all the attendings, all the PAs, all the NPs, it is really quite comical.
Perhaps in your experience. However, in my experience patients are examined in the exam room and discussions about treatment are done in the office. This works in two ways:
1) it frees up the exam room to put another patient in it, thereby increasing patient flow; this is especially important when you and one or more of your partners are working in the office on the same day.
2) puts patients in a more professional and comfortable environment where you can discuss potentially emotionally charged treatment plans.
I understand you are a Cards fellow and it may be likely that our environments are different, as is our treatment of patients. However, my PCP has his diplomas and BC on the wall in one of the exam rooms, so its not necessarily a surgical practice.
Yes, but even when I look back at med school when I had to tag along with PCPs, Pediatricians in their offices, their office was always separate from their patient rooms.
I'm not sure how that changes my argument.
My point was that in some physician practices, both exam rooms and offices are used to see patients in. if I bring in a patient who does not need an exam, or if I am completed examining a patient and need to have a lengthy conversation with them, we go into the office or conference room (if there are several people).
While this may not be the most common scenario, it is common enough that it warrants my comment that not all diplomas go unseen by patients if you wanted them framed. I have also seen physicians specificially put their diplomas up in patient rooms (these are generally small practices) rather than their office.
Frankly, I don't care if you frame them or not, or whether patients see them or not. But I think its kind of nice to have on the wall and I think patients enjoy seeing it as well.
One argument for framing: it should make it a lot harder to lose.
Some people here make it sound like they're going to put their diploma in a filing cabinet or hang in on the wall with some duct tape.
My diploma cost me nearly $200,000 and 4 years of incredibly hard work. I'm very proud of it.
Yeah, but we aren't going to have offices or exam rooms. For us, it goes on the wall in your home study.
Although I was tempted to put a chain on it and wear it around my neck.
If you ever do academics you will have an office.
What are you going into - Path, Rads?
I DO like the Flava Flav idea, tho!
I'm not sure, but I thought Dr. McNinja was referring to those of who don't currently have an office (recent grads or residents). I framed my diploma a couple of months after graduation, but it has moved from on top of a table, to the floor in the guest bedroom, and currently the floor in the dining room. I keep meaning to put it up somewhere, but I can't figure out where. Now that I will be moving in a few weeks, it seems silly to put it up. Don't get me wrong, I am proud and happy to have earned it. I was considering putting it up at the office where I am doing research, but I was afraid I would forget to take it when I go (I have occasional paranoid thoughts about losing important stuff).
I have heard of people who get a miniature version of it to keep in their wallet. You could probably do that and punch a hole in it. Laminate it, add a few diamonds, and a get a chain....medical bling!
I'm having mine tattooed on my back and pre-op'ing my patients in a pair of scrubs pants and ninja boots. on the way out of holding i'll flex and double-behind-the-back point to the Medicinae Doctoris.
EM. I suppose we could do like the pharmacies do, and rotate diplomas out for who is working that day. It would be neat.
yeah - you should have their picture above it. It would be like the "Employee of the Month" plaque at Wendy's!!
I put mine up on the wall in my office. I'd rather have other things on the walls in my exam rooms. Diplomas and certificates are kinda stuffy as decorations go.
That's awesome! I have an Outbacker of the Year plaque I received while I was in undergrad. I laugh everytime I see it when I pull out the "memories" box and have always planned on hanging it in my office when I finish residency.
The only thing I have framed on my office wall is the original medical license (the small one), and that is because the state requires it to be posted.
I'm proud as well, but not vain enough to bring attention to it.
Mine is still in the cardboard tube it was mailed to me in. I opened it a few weeks ago (for the first time in nearly two years) to make a copy at Staples for my program. Then, back into the tube it went, where it is safe, until I figure out what to do with it. It sounds like most people did something with it - did anyone else do nothing with it?
My 'diploma' is a nondescript pixelated computer printout in a foreign language. Nothing to impress the patients or any visitors with.
When I had my interview for my permanent license, it was a requirement to bring all your degrees/licenses/what have you with you. My stuff (med school, internship, residency) is just like I got it, but there was this guy from Texas who was also interviewing, and everything he had was framed/laminated/preserved in some way, and, in an understating word, bulky.
I'm doing my college diploma, my AOA certificate, my med school diploma, and my fiance's forklift certificate in these
http://www.crateandbarrel.com/family.aspx?c=1530&f=3300 (click room views, it's hard to tell how they look with the white background)
I like the simple.
im proud of where i went to college, med school and grad school (non-ivy, went to all 3 at the same place). i want my patients to know that i graduated from a top school, esp since i plan on working in the same state as where i went to school. patients DO care where you went to school...you will be surprised how many i have talked to who googled my attending's name for info before a visit.
If they're googling, it is to see how many medmal suits have been against someone. Otherwise, anyone that googles me and doesn't like where I went to school can kiss my lily-white ass.
this place is out of ontario, ca and offers free shipping on all frames. my school bookstore uses them. i got one for my undergrad diploma and just bought one for my medschool diploma. they really are sharp.
at the website you can design your frame by selecting the matting which will have your schools name printed nicely on it, frame type and size. they have a list of just about every school there is for the matting.
the cost is also comparable and in some instances lower than taking it to aaron brothers or michaels or joanne's.
hope this helps.
I have used this company in the past with satisfied results (and many of their frames can be found in various college bookstores) ... with a very large selection of schools (and in most cases, types of frames for the schools)
Under product search, you can find your school (or organization) ... and for most of them, it gives you a view of what the frame will look like
Well good for you. What free clinic are you planning on opening? Building Habitat homes on the weekends?
Want a cookie?
Not really. thanks for the "intelligent" response though.
how utterly clueless. Patients could care less about where you went to school. They actually care that you treat them well, which given your pompous arrogant attitude, I doubt you will do.
thankfully my school provided a "mini" copy of the big honker, as well as the behemoth. same exact thing, just in about an 8x10 size, for copying and such.
hey guys. just an MS0 here. Do residency and fellowship programs grant diplomas?
Certificates, suitable for framing.
OK, that's good to know.....I was about to say I have a friend whose father manufactures neon signs for a living. If you'd like I can have him make one that says "I'm overcompensating for something".
A few others along with the others mentioned. Mine was made by the last website and I rather like it.