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    Moving towards 8 week cap?

    Probably because cardiology and hematology/oncology are vastly different when compared to some eye thing vs some other eye thing.
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    Taxes 2018 return question

    I still don't understand how you guys are claiming cell phone and vehicle expenses. I've spoken to two different accountants about this (that specialize in medical residents!) and have been told both times it would not hold up to CRA scrutiny!
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    Taxes 2018 return question

    Yeah, from speaking to my accountant you would need to have your employer (health authority or hospital) sign off on a T2200 listing a cell phone as a required expense. This is very rare to get as a resident. Even then, unless you had a dedicated work cell phone, you would need to somehow figure out what proportion of your cell phone fees are work-related vs personal use. I've also looked into deducting vehicle expenses during residency for when you're on call, and unfortunately this is not really possible or advised during residency. I've seen some residents do this, but my accountant tells me it wouldn't stand up to an audit and they don't advise making that deduction. In fact, it seems like deductions are where most people get into trouble on their taxes. That being said, does anyone know of any other important deductions during residency that might not be obvious? I understand Royal College exam fees are deductible as a tuition expense.
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    Insight on residency & matching?

    I agree with the above poster that people from any medical school can theoretically match into any residency program, with the caveat that there is often a slight home-school advantage.
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    Conversely, I think it demonstrates interest in the field, especially if you don't have presentations or publications to list. I wouldn't attend just for the point of adding it, but if you've already been to some conferences there is little harm in adding them in.
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    Residency based on University Location?

    Hey now... I'm actually quite fond of the prairies...
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    Finding a job

    I would like to know this too...
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    BA vs BS

    I really wouldn't concern yourself with CaRMS prior to admission to medical school.
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    Program Descriptions

    It is for the short-term... but it's not until you're in the thick of it that you realize it's bad for the long-term...
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    LOC increase above standard limit

    With the recent purchase of MD Management by Scotiabank, do you see Scotiabank LOC have a more competitive advantage for residents/fellows? Will National Bank of Canada no longer be the preferred institution with MD Management?
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    Interesting Program Directors Take on CARMS

    When I was involved in CaRMS interviews, our admin staff pointed out to us which candidates had done local electives or had local letters of recommendation.
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    Question Re Salary

    I shudder at the thought of a PGY-9 year...
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    Cell Phone Plans

    Current offer for Ontario residents through the CMA Telus plan: Only for $65/month TELUS EPP customers can sign up and secure for the length of their contract Unlimited Nationwide Calling with 6GB of data. Only for a limited time. Existing lines can convert to plan however Device Balance must be paid Data is non-shareable Not available on add-a-line, tablets or BYOD Only allowed up to 5 subscribers on the account. Eligible $0 models include iPhone 7 Plus 32GB, iPhone 8 64GB, Samsung S8, Samsung S8+. Limited time offer. Current offer for BC residents through the Doctors of BC Telus plan: A $300 device credit will be applied to all 2 year new activation orders when the $80 5GB plan or $105 10GB plan is selected. The credit will be applied at checkout when placing your order. $60 Unlimited Nationwide Talk/Text with 1GB data $70 Unlimited Nationwide Talk/Text with 3GB data $80 Unlimited Nationwide Talk/Text with 5GB data $105 Unlimited Nationwide Talk/Text with 10GB data
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    Switching out of Rural Fm

    Agree with ralk. You like the more acute cases rather than mundane outpatient stuff, so I think working in a rural ED would be more up your alley, or working as a hospitalist in a smaller community hospital. While you definitely seem to have an interest in internal medicine, you'll find transferring from FM to IM is difficult (much easier to go the other direction).
  15. Gotcha, had my wires crossed. Been a long clinic day...