Monday, April 21, 2008

UBC has screwed me for electives. So, now I'm scrambling to find a CCFP (family doc) to take me for 2 weeks in the summer. I know one person and we've emailed back and forth, but I haven't heard from her for a week and I need to have something set up soon. I never know how long to wait for someone to get back to me.

I just started my core internal medicine today. I'm in the ICU in Peterborough. It's interesting so far and kind of scary. I'm really not cut out for internal - which makes it really super intimidating. I've heard that the exam is really brutal for this block. It's one of the American NBME subject exams. I think a few people have failed it already this year. Apparently everything is in american units and you have to convert them during the test. I've heard that there's a pretest book that you can buy, which I will be going out and purchasing before the exam. Studying starts tonight.

I have found some really cool singletrack to ride in the area of my apartment here. I'm planning on racing next weekend so it's imperative that I get in some riding this week. I also have to go back to the town where my university house is and pick up my racing stuff - bummer because it's 200 km away. Good thing there's no call in this rotation!

9 comments:

adam said...

well leave it to the Americans to screw everything up!

Scott said...

I hope you get your clinical figured out. Are you in England?

Liana said...

You could come to Hinton, Alberta. Great group of family docs, and I'll be there for part of the summer. Hospitalist stuff, busy emerg, lots of obs (babies!!!), walk-in and regular clinic stuff. Oh, and it's 40 minutes from Jasper.

Xavier Emmanuelle said...

Darn Liana, you're making me want to come to Hinton!

Good luck finding a good spot Medstudentitis!

medstudentitis said...

I am actually in Peterborough, Ontario.

Thanks Liana, I would come, but I'm trying to maximize time spent with my fiance before his impending deportation...

Xavier Emmanuelle said...

If you're still completely stuck, I think I could hook you up but it would be a bit far from Peterborough (still in Ontario though...)

Midwife with a Knife said...

Um.. as an american, I don't even use Imperial (aka American) units any more.

I don't give 20oz of fluid, I give 1L of fluid (I don't even know if the 2 things are the same). Nobody's pressure is 12 inches hg/8inches hg, it's 130/90 mm Hg.

If they make you convert from Metric, well, that's just silly. Even our labs are in metric units (mg/dl)

medstudentitis said...

MWWAK,
As I have not seen the test, I'm not sure what the unitary differences are. I think it's that things are not in mmol/L, which we use, as opposed to whatever you use? I'll let you know after I take the test.

Anonymous said...

Hey there,
Not that it makes you feel any better, but UBC screws it's own students for electives too :)