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  1. Do you have any links or further information on the +1 trauma year for CCFP-EM? I've only come across trauma fellowships for Royal College-trained EM doctors. I was under the impression that fellowships for CCFP-EM were very limited, which is one of the disadvantages of doing the +1 route. The only fellowship I know of for CCFP-EM is the emerg ultrasound fellowship at the Scarborough Hospital.
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    Mccqe 2

    Thanks for the responses. I'm a Canadian IMG, in Australian general practice/FM training. I'll be sitting my GP written exams and OSCEs not too long afterwards so I'll probably focus my studying on those exams, rather than the QE 2. It seems like acute scenarios are fair game so I'll review the ACLS and ATLS situations as well.
  3. Any advice on how long to study for the QE 2, as well as advice on any study resources? I'm scheduled to sit in October so I have about 3 months or so before the exam. I'm planning on reading through Hurley's OSCE and Clinical Skills Handbook. Not many prior threads on the subject, I'm afraid. Thanks!
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    Mccqe P1

    Any advice on how long to study for the QE2? I'm in general practice training so I don't think I'll have to spend too much time reviewing things but just wanted to get an idea from others who have gone through the exam.
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    How to be an effective speaker

    ++ to Toastmasters.
  6. Agreed. Class sizes at Flinders are less than half that of UQ and they're still pretty unwieldy at times. OP: Honestly it's a toss-up between the top Carib schools and Aussie-pros/cons to each. Better rep at Aussie schools but quality of education is probably the same; also if you're looking at Oz the only schools you should be applying to as an international are in SA (and probably the ACT as well but I'm not too sure on their intern situation so you'll have to do further research). The top Carib schools prepare you heaps better for Step 1 and you will want to write at least that regardless of where you want to practice. Look into DO schools as well.
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    Studying med in Flinders - OZ

    Do you feel you have a decent chance at American schools? If you think that you have a good shot of getting in then perhaps you should try to defer for a year. Your professional life will be heaps easier if you graduate from an NA school. If you do decide to come to Oz then come with the expectation that you won't be able to get an internship spot. IMO SA internationals will be able to get spots for the next 2-3 years but beyond that I really can't say. I spoke with a SA IMET representative (they handle internship allocation) and there were ~20 extra spots in the Jan. 2012 intern cohort (Dec. 2011 grads) after SA+interstate domestic and SA internationals had been allocated spots. There will be roughly 30 extra grads next year (Jan. 2013 intern cohort) but the SA IMET rep said ~15 spots would be created so the rep was fairly confident SA internationals who want an intern spot will get allocated. However, the situation gets a whole lot murkier after 2015 as state governments (except Tasmania) have guaranteed an intern spot for domestic grads up until that time. SA internationals have always had the best shot at getting intern spots because: 1. SA didn't have the massive increase in med students as compared to other states and 2. SA internationals are prioritized higher than interstate internationals when it comes to intern allocations. Thus as long as spots are guaranteed for domestic grads in-state then SA internationals should still be OK for internship. But what happens when that guarantee is no longer in place? That is something that should be at the forefront of any discussion regarding whether or not to come to Flinders. Again, if you do decide to come don't expect to stay for internship. In terms of the school itself: good quality, good reputation, high tuition. You need to be motivated in the PBL system but if you put in the work you will be fine.
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    Unmatched after 2nd round

    ++ I knew what I was getting into when I came to Australia for school, and I certainly don't expect to be treated the same as Canadian grads when it comes to matching. I think most of my Canadian classmates would agree as well. Not sure about this. I think IMG's (incl. CSA's) would get shafted even more if the match were open to IMG's and CMG's equally. I reckon PD's would be inclined to choose CMG's over IMG's, everything else being roughly equal, and especially in competitive specialties. At least in the parallel match IMG's have dedicated spots.
  9. I'm currently at an Australian school. Each year I see my family and friends for a few weeks, at best, after spending about a day and a half in transit. I'll owe about $180 g's on my LOC if I'm lucky. I'll be competing against a large number of applicants for a very limited number of training spots back home. In short, I would hardly classify that as the "pussy way" out. And before you start slamming me for not applying back home, I applied 3 times and was lucky enough to get 3 interviews, but unfortunately it just didn't work out. Are there times where I've second guessed my decision? Of course. But it came to the point where I couldn't justify putting off an acceptance at the school I'm at now, just to spend another year in limbo hoping to get another interview at home. I fully understood the reality of my decision long before I stepped on a plane to Australia. I accept that it will be much harder for myself and my CSA colleagues, whether they are in Oz, Ireland, the Carib, or elsewhere, to return back home and am prepared to jump through flaming hoops of sh*t to make it happen. A little understanding from our Canadian colleagues would be nice, is all. Hopefully that is not too much to ask.
  10. Excellent results! Not sure how the Flinders (Aus) grads did this year but I only know of 4 people who applied to N.A. (CaRMS/NRMP), so there wouldn't be many matches to report.
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    Carms Match Results

  12. Lyndal, could you elaborate on the NRMP info regarding Aus/NZ? Also, are there any new developments regarding NSW internship spots? Are any of the UOW internationals doing their internship in Sydney? Agree with the rest of your post. Contrary to what a prior post seems to be implying I think the main reason many recent Canadians grads bypassed CaRMS was not that they lacked "guts"/were scared but that they had already established themselves in Australia and want to settle here. At Flinders, at least, that seems to be the case with Canadian grads who've skipped the match that I've talked to.
  13. ++ In general internship allocation is probably the biggest professional concern amongst the international students; however, if you do decide to come to Australia to study med then picking the right school/state to go to can help heaps. South Australia didn't have the huge increase in med students that Queensland/NSW did so there isn't as much pressure, relatively speaking, on internship spots in SA/NT at the moment. Also, international students in SA have higher priority over international students interstate for SA/NT internship spots. AFAIK current 4th year Flinders international students who applied for internship this year (starting internship in Jan 2011) all got spots. Of course, no one can predict the internship situation 4-5 years down the road but IMO I don't think it will be as bad as some predict, at least in SA/NT. Bottom line though: one shouldn't count on things changing for the better in terms of internship, so just keep that in mind if you do decide to come.
  14. If only the LCME and the AMC could do the same
  15. icewine

    How true is....

    Where are you getting this number from? The only source I could find regarding student numbers was a CMAJ article from 2007 (http://www.ecmaj.com/cgi/content/full/176/8/1069) which estimated the number of students in Oz at 222. Currently I'd estimate the number of Canadians in Oz at around 600-700 - roughly 50 at Flinders across the 4 years, roughly 200 at Sydney, and roughly 300 at UQ, plus Canadians at the rest of the Aussie schools. I reckon that most Canadians who come to Oz will go to one of these 3 schools as they are the most "established" in terms of matching back in NA. In addition, international cohorts (with the exception of Sydney and UQ) at schools who do accept international students tend to be pretty small - for example, Monash (in Melbourne) accepts about 10 internationals/year (postgrad), while Wollongong accepts 12/year - and not all internationals will be Canadian. Sydney posted the demographics of their 2010 class on their website and 65% of the internationals are Canadian; that proportion is roughly similar at Flinders. The proportion of Canadians at the undergrad entry schools is probably much less, although that's only my speculation. Re: Canadians choosing Oz over Ireland - I suspect tuition is the primary reason. Of the non-LCME schools Ireland was actually my first choice but the tuition was just way too steep, plus cost of living. Personally I feel that going to Aus offers a comparable chance of matching back home through CaRMS, plus the possibility of remaining for internship and beyond (I'm speaking for Flinders/South Australia in this regard as the situation in Queensland and New South Wales is a lot more iffy ATM), at a more manageable tuition (relatively speaking, of course).