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M vs. MS

M vs. MS

  • M1, M2, M3, M4

    Votes: 64 49.2%
  • MS1, MS2, MS3, MS4

    Votes: 66 50.8%

  • Total voters
    130

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Around these parts, I've always heard of someone's year in medical school referred to as "M1" or "M3". Yet, on these boards, it seems everyone likes to add the superfluous "S", presumably for the implied "student" in the phrase, to make it "MS4". So which do you use? I could be biased, but I'm in favor of the simpler "M2" style of referring to one's year.
 
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The answer depends a little bit on what I'm writing. If I am signing my name, I write "Critical Mass, MS1." If I'm talking to students about students, then I use the simpler abbreviation "M1." Same goes for referring to the school years in general, so I might say something like "I think that M1 sucks." My primary distinction has to do with whether I'm talking to other medical students or healthcare workers in general.
 
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"MS4" is on the list of do-not-use terms at our hospital, I believe because of potential confusion with MS4, MgSO4, and maybe some other shorthand that can get messed up...clinical students at our school are therefore told to use the M3/M4 abbreviation instead.
 

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my Dad always says "med" as in "med 1, med 2, med 3, med 4."

THAT drives me nuts (even though I know there are bigger things to worry about), and I don't know how many times I've corrected him. those sound like ambulance unit designations.

personally I go with just the M.
 

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Around these parts, I've always heard of someone's year in medical school referred to as "M1" or "M3". Yet, on these boards, it seems everyone likes to add the superfluous "S", presumably for the implied "student" in the phrase, to make it "MS4". So which do you use? I could be biased, but I'm in favor of the simpler "M2" style of referring to one's year.

Dumbest. Poll. Ever.

Incidentally, M3 or M4 could get mixed up with the FAB AML classification system. Fatal!
 

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Apart from these boards I would only say "second year" and so forth, until starting rotations. Then I starting signing junk MS3, even the circulators in the OR would say, "And your name is . . ? MS . . ?" I mostly use 3,4 rather than III/IV.
 
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Around these parts, I've always heard of someone's year in medical school referred to as "M1" or "M3". Yet, on these boards, it seems everyone likes to add the superfluous "S", presumably for the implied "student" in the phrase, to make it "MS4". So which do you use? I could be biased, but I'm in favor of the simpler "M2" style of referring to one's year.

never heard of MS1,2,3,4....sounds weird.

ever weirder is in law school they say 1L,2L,3L,4L
 

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I agree with the people that said M# for when talking between attendings residents or students, "yeah, i'm an M3" or whatever, whereas signing anything I'd probably put MS3... well, being a DO student....... never mind, we won't go there.

Also, I agree that med 1, med 2, etc. sounds too much like a callsign docs would use at a MCI or something
 
The M1 (Garand) is a rifle, perhaps the greatest battle implement ever designed.

So is the M2 or "Ma Deuce." (.50 Caliber heavy machine gun or "Fiddy Cal" for you rappers)

The M4 is the short carbine version of the M16.

An MS1 is a useless load of dross only fit for light comic relief and as an example of how even the smartest people in the world can act like motards.

Glad I could hep'.
 

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At my school most people used 1st through fourth year when speaking, and MS I/II/III/IV when signing stuff. Some people would go into patient rooms and say "Hi, I'm student doctor so and so (or worse student physician so and so)". I pretty much just used my first name, although some attendings would refer to us as doctor.
 

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An MS1 is a useless load of dross only fit for light comic relief and as an example of how even the smartest people in the world can act like motards.

Glad I could hep'.

Thank you Panda. I always got a kick out of students in my class signing off their emails with MS I-IV. In my mind I always thought, who the hell cares what level of subordination your are. The best is when some jackhole goes off whining about all the letters and degrees after a some nurses title but proudly displays this completely meaningless one. Just because we don't have a real title after our names yet doesn't mean we have to concoct some lame ass fake one.
 

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I vote
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