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I sometimes get burnt out and can no longer study, one of the things that gets me back on track is taking a day off and watching videos on orlive.com. what gets you motivated?
 

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The last thing I want to do when I am burned out is watch medical videos. I'll usually go to the movies by myself or play video games.
 

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I read SDN and see how every gets a 280/99999999999 and that lights a fire under my gluteal muscles
 
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Reading threads which describe The Scramble is usually enough to scare me into studying.
 

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Goes to show that FEAR is clearly a GOOD motivator...I think med school is wrong about that haha
 
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Reading threads which describe The Scramble is usually enough to scare me into studying.
ahahaha Themi and vici are right on....


I used to work out a lot and stopped at the beginning of the fall... I'm going to start working out again tomorrow. All of this sitting and studying is driving me (and my body fat) insane.
 

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This will sound corny as hell but I think about the opportunity I have to even learn this material...we're heading into a field that not only gives us the intellectual power to diagnose/treat, but also social respect, innumerable career options, and financial security.

And this test is arguably the most important stepping stone to that life. I take a step back and put it into perspective and realize, for only 8 weeks, I will be fighting for my future.

One crazy binge of studying = confidence during MSIII --> confidence in MSIV --> Confidence in my ERAS and residency process....a positive feedback system of doors opening.

I'll take your ferrari and raise you a beach house and winter home.
 

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I've been doing questions, annotating, reading, reviewing and studying for Step I now since November and I've just recently started feeling the burn. For me, it really helps to just step away for a short period of time, clear my head and refocus. Recently, taking 30 minutes to work out with my girlfriend, killing minotaurs with Kratos or even watching a movie really helps to do this. In terms of motivation, I gotta agree with the other posters. Fear and anxiety are a good kick in the head when I'm feeling like all hope is lost. For me, there's also a competitive aspect to this; Like most of you I want to kill this test. That can't be done unless I keep on trucking.
 

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Better find new motivation or leave these in your dreams, not gonna happen with ObamaCare
true... however the dreading FP residency still applies. no disrespect - it's just not for me and happens to get picked on in being the one with the most vacancies/lowest step 1 average. heck, if derm were like that (hypothetically) with lowest step 1 - i'd be dreading that too. it's the fear of not having the choice of interest-matched residency.

and with obamacare, picking a field that interests you will be more important than ever before... because those big bucks arent gonna neccessarily roll in.
 

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haha, ferrari?

right. should have gone to dental school chief.

we'll be lucky to get a 5 series with the 25 year obama plan kicking in soon.

to be completely honest, the fear of having to do FP and making less than some nurses keeps me motivated.
sad but true.

oh yeah, and actually getting my butt out of this library and doing something i love.
 

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I hope people don't think I was serious about the Ferrari. Totally messing around.

Obamacare = do NOT go into medicine for money. Go to dental school.
 

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I hope people don't think I was serious about the Ferrari. Totally messing around.

Obamacare = do NOT go into medicine for money. Go to dental school.
They're just chipping away at the block bud, dentists are next.

If you want money be a bloodsucking lawyer.
 

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we'll be lucky to get a 5 series with the 25 year obama plan kicking in soon.
Two words for you: Certified Pre-owned.

BMW has amazing deals on CPO's and their service / maintenance package (standard with CPO's) is incredible. My wife (bread-winner, provider, boss, etc) got a fully-loaded 335i for herself with 25k mile on it that is covered for everything from new windshield wipers on up until 100,000 miles! And, the cost? $30,000... compare that to the sticker price of $60,000 only 25k miles ago. I'll never buy a new car again! When we were there a couple was driving a CPO 5 series off the lot, about 20k miles, for $29,000.

Okay, back on topic :oops:
 

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Two words for you: Certified Pre-owned.

BMW has amazing deals on CPO's and their service / maintenance package (standard with CPO's) is incredible. My wife (bread-winner, provider, boss, etc) got a fully-loaded 335i for herself with 25k mile on it that is covered for everything from new windshield wipers on up until 100,000 miles! And, the cost? $30,000... compare that to the sticker price of $60,000 only 25k miles ago. I'll never buy a new car again! When we were there a couple was driving a CPO 5 series off the lot, about 20k miles, for $29,000.

Okay, back on topic :oops:
haha, dude, you're killing me with the pre-owned talk. i have an 08' 335i, i paid that much about 25k miles ago. i could never let it go for 30k! =-(

congrats on the wheels though, it's a beautiful machine, ain't it?
 

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They're just chipping away at the block bud, dentists are next.

If you want money be a bloodsucking lawyer.
i don't think dentists are next...more often than not, dental problems are cosmetic, not life threatening health problems. most dentists don't accept insurance, and even if they do, filling a cavity or extracting a tooth is maybe an hour or two out of a day filled with bleaching teeth, putting in braces, veneers, etc.

dentists make a lot of $ and will continue to do so. i think if obama care truly destroys physician salaries as expected, we will see a big increase in competition for dental school. ( i mean, the average private practice dentist makes 250kish, average specialist makes 350kish. cosmetic dentists easily can break the 400k/year mark. for the type of hours they work, not taking call, and at maximum 1-2 years of residency, who wouldn't want that gig? )
 

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I'm not sure if Obamacare necessarily will reduce our compensation (we also want to repeal SGR-xxxx). If there was going to be a huge reduction, I don't think the AMA would have endorsed the legislation as much as they have. If you're working for a academic medical center hospital, the fact that all bums will have insurance--> more money in the ER and hospital--> more bonuses and expansion of services and department. I don't think that correlates to a decrease in salary, if so, not by much.

If you're private practice, who is to say you even have to accept medicare? With new healthcare legislation, there may be longer lines in hospitals and that just means you can jack up your prices in private practice for preferred customers that pay out of pocket.

Republican horsecrap is getting the best of some people.
 

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haha, dude, you're killing me with the pre-owned talk. i have an 08' 335i, i paid that much about 25k miles ago. i could never let it go for 30k! =-(

congrats on the wheels though, it's a beautiful machine, ain't it?
Ya, man... it's an amazing car. Ha, ha... I had never driven in one prior to my wife bringing one home. It's always been cheap, base model cars. So, I really had no idea how fun they are to drive.
 

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Two words for you: Certified Pre-owned.

BMW has amazing deals on CPO's and their service / maintenance package (standard with CPO's) is incredible. My wife (bread-winner, provider, boss, etc) got a fully-loaded 335i for herself with 25k mile on it that is covered for everything from new windshield wipers on up until 100,000 miles! And, the cost? $30,000... compare that to the sticker price of $60,000 only 25k miles ago. I'll never buy a new car again! When we were there a couple was driving a CPO 5 series off the lot, about 20k miles, for $29,000.

Okay, back on topic :oops:
I really don't know why more people don't do this... especially for a BMW pre-owned with only 25k miles on it and fully covered. BMW mechanics are some of the best in the industry and I wouldn't second guess thinking they're selling me something with a busted engine. I suppose for some people paying an extra ~ $20,000 to quench their "new-car" feeling is worth it. I wouldn't buy a BMW from a used car lot though... that's something entirely different... but I digress.
 

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I really don't know why more people don't do this... especially for a BMW pre-owned with only 25k miles on it and fully covered. BMW mechanics are some of the best in the industry and I wouldn't second guess thinking they're selling me something with a busted engine. I suppose for some people paying an extra ~ $20,000 to quench their "new-car" feeling is worth it. I wouldn't buy a BMW from a used car lot though... that's something entirely different... but I digress.
when i picked mine up the 335 was only 1 year out. the price differences between new and used were ~ 8 k. just not worth buying used at that point. if i had waited until now i would have definitely bought a used one. my previous ride was a CPO bmw i bought from a dealer with 13k miles, it was 2 years old and i paid 1/2 the new car sticker, ended up selling for 1 k profit.

when i'm a doc i'll never pay 80 grand for a porsche or a 7 series. those are the cars that take the biggest hits in their 1st year or so....always worth buying even 6-7 months old and you'll save a bundle.
 

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when i picked mine up the 335 was only 1 year out. the price differences between new and used were ~ 8 k. just not worth buying used at that point. if i had waited until now i would have definitely bought a used one. my previous ride was a CPO bmw i bought from a dealer with 13k miles, it was 2 years old and i paid 1/2 the new car sticker, ended up selling for 1 k profit.

when i'm a doc i'll never pay 80 grand for a porsche or a 7 series. those are the cars that take the biggest hits in their 1st year or so....always worth buying even 6-7 months old and you'll save a bundle.
Nice. Especially with making a profit off the car. I just wish bmw would make a good looking SUV because what they have now sucks (exterior only). I like all the gadgetry on the inside though. One day... :)
 

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Nice. Especially with making a profit off the car. I just wish bmw would make a good looking SUV because what they have now sucks (exterior only). I like all the gadgetry on the inside though. One day... :)
The X6 is pretty nice, man.