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  1. I'm so sorry to hear this is happening. I can't imagine how frustrating it must be to be in this limbo without new exam dates set. Canada is around 200 confirmed cases I think and if the curve is flattened as they're trying to do it looks like it may take several weeks if not months before seeing the peak caseload? So much uncertainty.
  2. I would imagine that programs nationwide will be mindful of the restrictions and try to accommodate for that when assessing applications. I wonder how long the cancellations will be in effect for. Hopefully things settle and people don't lose too much elective time while being able to participate in training without unnecessary risk.
  3. Clerkship was by far the most stressful time for me as I suspect it is for most of us. When comparing myself to others I think those with a lower self esteem are more prone to suffer from performance related anxiety and I was definitely one of those people. I also found my personality was such that I did extremely well on certain rotations and average on others. I almost failed one and the feedback I got was that I'm so passive I'm effectively part of the wall during a clinical encounter. That was nice to hear hah. This was so crushing the feedback session is vividly burned into my memory. I was really disheartened at the time but now, in pgy3, looking back I've come to realize that not all feedback is divine judgement on your actual abilities. Different staff have very different lenses both between and within specialties and you have to learn to be humble enough to accept constructive feedback that helps you learn while also being aware that perhaps not all feedback is necessarily accurate and not be too disheartened by some negative comments. This is difficult to do as there exists the inherent tendency to be somewhat narcissistic and just reject perceived negative feedback so it's a fine line. Hope this is helpful.
  4. Thanks for your replies. I certainly agree and will be arranging to meet with a financial advisor and/or accountant in the next year just to plan things out. The numbers were hypothetical and I think it unlikely to be around that, at least not in the first decade post residency but I figured numbers in the post might be helpful for sample calculations etc. Thanks again.
  5. Hi everyone, I'm partway through a speciality residency and have started to think about staffhood. I understand the average taxation rate for us to fall between 30 to 40 percent depending on how much we work. I am strongly interested in supporting certain charities designated as such with the Canadian government. I have not yet spoken to an accountant but was wondering if anyone had any insight into the effects of donating large sums of money to charity and the effect on taxes. Let's say the gross income is 350K and one makes a charitable donation of 100k or more, how exactly does that impact taxes? Is it possible to 'give away' all or most of what you would otherwise pay to the government as income tax? I'm not sure about the specifics and hope to recruit some feedback before speaking to my accountant. Many thanks in advance.
  6. It's a little earlier than it was for me two years ago. I well remember the intense anxiety and the perception that time truly can appear to slow down. This is a massive moment for everyone, the fruit of years of effort. Best of luck to all candidates and I hope your outcomes meet your expectations. To those of you who match to Toronto psychiatry I look forward to working with you in the future. It is an unbelievably intense moment with outcomes that may send you over the moon or shatter your hopes of any future happiness. In my experience the vast majority of applicants end up satisfied even if they don't get their first choice. There is probably little anyone can say in this moment that will assist with alleviating the anxiety around this often life changing outcome. Best of luck!
  7. I'm in psych so this may not apply to all specialties. When I dismiss a student it's because there is nothing more they can do that day to help me and I would rather maximize their time off to do their own thing rather than hang around. As a clerk I was led to believe the same.
  8. Looks like there will be some increases due to the recent PARO negotiations: POSITION/CLASSIFICATION EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2017 EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2018 EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2019 PGY1 $57,967.29 $59,068.67 $60,397.72 PGY2 $64,088.23 $65,081.60 $66,318.15 PGY3 $69,032.97 $69,999.43 $71,224.42 PGY4 $74,205.21 $75,540.91 $77,165.04 PGY5 $79,523.73 $80,637.06 $82,048.21 PGY6 $84,042.16 $85,218.75 $86,710.08 PGY7 $87,268.84 $88,490.61 $90,039.20 PGY8 $92,075.63 $93,364.69 $94,998.57 PGY9 $96,882.43 $98,238.78 $99,957.96 TYPE CURRENT CALL STIPEND EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2018 WEEKEND CALL EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2019 In-hospital $116.00 $127.60 $140.36 Home Call $58.00 $63.80 $70.18 Qualifying Stipend $58.00 $63.80 $70.18 Source
  9. Thanks rmorelan! That makes a change to my budget for the better hah.
  10. So the Paro agreement for Ontario states : POSITION/CLASSIFICATION EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2017 EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2018 EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2019 PGY1 $57,967.29 $59,068.67 $60,190.98 PGY2 $64,088.23 $65,081.60 $66,090.36 PGY3 $69,032.97 $69,999.43 So my question is, does this scale apply to when you enter residency? Eg for current pgy1s like myself, does next year amount to the 2017 amount or the 2018 amount? If the latter then we would be gaining about 1K each year as we go through residency whereas if it's the former we make a one time gain of 1K ish until the next negotiation. Does anyone know the answer? Thanks! http://www.myparo.ca/your-contract/#annual-salary-scale
  11. I agree with everything people have said. I was advised to always be on time and I recall being shocked anyone would dare be late without a good reason but I've unfortunately seen it many times. I've also worked with students who are very clearly disinterested and on their phone while the rest of the team is working which doesn't paint a good picture. I've also worked with students going for an entirely different specialty but quite hard working and actually making it easier for me to run the day despite their primary interest being in a different specialty and I highly valued their work ethic in that situation. I would say, as much as possible try to work and care and emulate residents and things will be well. Even if you're interested in specialty x you're not a resident in specialty x yet and have a duty to perform to fulfill your role as a junior trainee who is meant to be a part of a team in different services over your clerkship year. Professionalism, interest, taking on work and not being obviously work averse are all strong components of being a well perceived CC3.
  12. I was told that ECs carry limited weight. I think it's definitely speciality specific. That said I did some work in areas that were of interest to me as well as some advocacy type roles and the strength was being able to speak about these in interviews. I don't think they necessarily mattered on paper but they allowed me to talk more about non medical experiences in interviews that I think were helpful.
  13. Yup I took one week off and spent 14 of 15 weeks total in electives though in retrospect I would have taken the couple weeks off that we're allowed to.
  14. I am a PGY1 and I had 14 weeks of electives, 10 of which were pre carms and I spent all 14 on various psychiatry electives. 10 were at my home school and 4 away as I applied too late through the portal to land more non home school ones. Based on my experience, I can say that the commitment was well received. I know of someone who split their electives between psych and something else half half and didn't match to either but it's hard to say if that split was the deciding factor in this person not matching. I think carms is becoming increasingly competitive and even for former safe specialities like psychiatry, commitment is helpful. I did meet a Pgy 4 who matched despite having done nothing in psych but they are Pgy 4 so I'm not sure if that would work now. My electives gave me lots to talk about as I did General psych, child, emerg psych, forensics etc
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