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  1. I used to wear dress pants and a shirt with tie every day, including clinics or inpatient service. I tried wearing jeans and an untucked button shirt once to see if anyone would say anything. It's been a year of wearing this now and have yet to hear any comments. At this point, it was actually be weird *if* somebody said something now.
  2. By far, most opportunities are not posted publically - if they are, it's either a hard to fill position, or it's a formality but the group already knows who they are bringing on. I've heard that if you apply to job postings via a job board, your application is basically rejected as you may seem too desparate. It actually really sucks trying to navigate the physician job market while in training, as it's not transparant at all... That being said, the best way to guage the job market is to ask newly-finished staff or senior level residents. You can get some idea of the overall job market from the CMA website (https://www.cma.ca/canadian-specialty-profiles) but know that this is only a snapshot in time and not the complete picture. If you want to specialize, unless you are an academic superstar or have powerful connections, you will probably have to move outside of Toronto. If you absolutely need to stay in Toronto (for family reasons, or maybe you've never seen any other part of Canada...) then I would stay extremely general (family practice, psychiatry, general internal medicine, or general pediatrics). For example, I'm no academic superstar and I have no connections, so I will be moving three provinces away to set up my GI practice next year in a small city.
  3. Wait... you've done/are doing a hepatology fellowship, motility fellowship, and advanced endoscopy fellowship?! Might as well add IBD and nutrition!
  4. This thread may look to be in poor taste to the layperson reading it. Hell, it looks to be in poor taste to me, a PGY5.
  5. As a final-year resident, I started sending out the feelers last year.
  6. Hi all, I'm in the process of looking for that first job as staff. Two places I am interested in going, but very different practice set ups. One has a group clinic already set up where I would just pay overhead, and they would provide my nursing/secretarial staff. The other city has all my colleagues working in their own independent clinics, so I would be setting up my own clinic from scratch. Besides the glaringly obvious, what are your thoughts on the pros/cons of each set up? I'd be very interested if you've worked in both settings.
  7. Agreed. Not sure why everyone wants to do academic medicine so bad. Community practice is where it's at.
  8. For anyone who passed their RC exam but have more training to go, did you end up applying for a RC membership? Any advantage to doing so before independent practice (i.e. for earning MOC credits, or just to be able to write FRCPC on consults lol).
  9. By far, the vast majority of spots in the medicine sub-specialty match (aka CaRMS 2.0) are restricted to applicants currently in their PGY3 year of IM. You may find Saskatchewan and MUN are the most liberal with this (as I recall, a few of their programs will rank you if you are PGY4 in either IM or another subspecialty - I've personally known a GIM to Cardio transfer, and a Rheum to GIM transfer), and ICU has been more relaxed historically as well as there are multiple routes of entry. However, you are ineligible for most programs if you finish PGY3. There aren't very many unfilled spots in the end.
  10. And I get to do it all over again for my GI exam in a year!
  11. IM results out Monday (I passed - FRCPC!). I went on vacation knowing I would either be celebrating abroad or drinking away the sorrow... also the results were out about 4 hours ahead of the posted time. Good luck to everyone else waiting for this beast of a test to be over!
  12. That was one of my thoughts. But that doesn't exactly inspire confidence in me to pay for their service after fellowship. I'm paying for someone to catch things I miss, or else I could easily just do this myself.
  13. Thanks for the advice. I may have to look for a different firm next year then...
  14. I've signed up with a national accounting firm that does resident taxes for free. Was having no issues for the past few years when I realized that we get T2202A forms in residency, with 12 months of full time education per year. I filed this during med school but never realized we got them during residency (it's not obvious online, nor did I ever receive them in the mail). I will be refiling my taxes retroactively to make use of this deduction. Now, while I admit this was mostly my fault for being ignorant, shouldn't a good accountant (especially one who was sold to me as being an accountant for medical professionals) be looking out for things like this? Or do they basically just input exactly what I provide them with and not add much value?
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