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  1. 0nsp

    Second round program list

    deadline was noon on the 9th, I think. There really is no time at all.
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    Macleans article on residents' salary

    Definitely written by someone who has never worked a day in his life. By the time you're a resident you will be singing a far different tune. No other profession is as disproportionately underpaid as residents are. And there is no way to justify it. Does the employee call their boss at 3 am for an important decision and get paid MORE than the boss? Only in medicine can a nurse do that, and still double a resident in salary with 1/3 the education. It's preposterous. Yes we are not fully trained doctors yet, but that doesn't mean we aren't important. Between 5 pm to 8 am the lives f 40 ward patients are in my hands and you better make sure that the person you call to save your life at 3 am is being well paid for his trouble.
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    Thread is a couple of weeks old, but I can try to help. 1. Depressing? At times. Depends on how thick a skin you have. You have to be compassionate, of course, because 80% of inpatient practice will be stroke, most of who are debilitated. You don't do anything for these patients, except try to prevent the next stroke. The main recovery is going to be with rehab (ie, after they have left your care). a lot of brain tumors too. you really do have to learn how to detach yourself from the patient, otherwise it can hit you hard. 2. Best thing? for me, the diagnostic aspect. the whole "where is the lesion, what is the lesion" is like a puzzle that can be really fun to solve. Worst thing? see point 1 above. most of your residency will be inpatient practice and you deal with geriatric patients with multiple comorbidities, most of who will never live independently again. This is why outpatient clinics can be a refreshing change of pace. 3. private practice? for sure. you don't have to be affiliated with the hospital in any way. I know plenty of neurologists who are primarily in their community clinics, and only show up for a 2-week stint on the wards 2-3 times per year, otherwise have no research or nothing else to do with the University. main cases? 50% migraine (ok I exaggerate, but not by much. you'd be surprised) 4. job market? pretty good. depends on where/what you want to do, like anything. but i know several neurologists who set up shop, and in 3 months, their waiting list is already more than 3 months long. With the increasing proportion of the population who is geriatric and increasing incidence of diabetes, there is definitely no shortage of work. If you want to be a community neurologist, with your own clinic, no problems on the job front. If you want to do a fellowship and be associated with an academic centre, you are left to the whim of yuor health board and institution. They can be really short-sighted with regards to hiring people, so this can be trickier. I have recently heard one attending talking about a clinic just outside of Vancouver that really wants a neurologist and is willing to pay all overhead. That is HUGE, and may indicate the demand. 5. lifestyle is highly variable and what you make of it. it also depends on how shady your billing practices are. if you are a mother and value your family time, your family time goes way up, and income way down. If you are a workaholic, vice versa. if you are a shady biller, you get free time, and a decent chunk of change.
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    Carms Match Results

    Tell that to the slackers on my rotation who get pissed if you keep them a minute after 5...
  5. If you just matched, hold on a couple of weeks. There is a pile of paperwork that your school will send you that you need to complete before starting residency. Somewhere in this stack is your offer of employment, and that is what the bank wants (or at least mine did).
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    Carms Match Results

    Probably shuold've started a new thread for this since it's not related to CaRMS match. Anyway, there is nothing wrong with being too keen. In fact, it makes you stand out in a good way. Having worked with several medical students, being keen will get you a good eval and serve you well no matter what you want to do. I see a lot of students who are slackers or shirk away from work (I'm on a really busy service), so the ones that are keen catch my eye. In fact, I was with a student who stayed till 7 pm on a friday (long after the other residents had left) to help out, and this stuck out so much in my mind that I personally sent a message to our program director and arranged for them to meet. This person has now successfully matched to our program in no small part because of his willingness to work harder than his peers. Be careful though. There is a difference between being keen and being a know-it-all. Hope this helps.
  7. Although I should add that the deadline to register for the second round was last wednesday, and the deadline to have documents submitted is tomorrow. Edit: it seems on reading your post more carefully, you already knew that.
  8. What a coincidence. I was going to start this exact same thread, until I found the information on CaRMS: http://carms.ca/eng/r1_eligibility_prov_e.shtml It seems that in Quebec, you can't apply to round 2 as a resident, and other provinces may have some restrictions as well.
  9. There are definitely neurologists in the field. I have met at least 2, one working in the states, and the other looking for a job in Canada. The bottom line is, what do you want to be doing when you're not coiling aneurysms or retrieving clots? if the answer is spine surgery/cancer resection - go NSx if read films - rads if see stroke patients - neuro
  10. Not for plastics, derm, optho or ENT. for rads, anesthesia, emerg, uro if you are flexible in going anywhere and have done the appropriate electives/research/reference letters I would give you a 90% shot at matching without even knowing you. For the first 4 listed, you could do everything right, and still not get in because there are too many good people for too few spots.
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    sherbrooke rads earlier today. and UWO nucs is not on your list.
  12. If it's a really strong letter, it doesn't matter who it's from. My best radiology references were from a psychiatrist and an obs/gyne. Obviously a strong rads references is better, but a strong reference, regardless of who writes it, is better than a mediocre radiology reference.
  13. Sounds like what I did. Did the bursary program in La Pocatiere 8 years ago. Hopefully it pays off, since I'm interviewing in Montreal in a few days.
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    Montreal rads today.
  15. Nothing lost in applying, right? Let the interviewers decide if your French is up to par. I would rather they tell me in the interview that I can't do it, rather than not apply, and wonder if I could have had a specialty I wanted.