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  1. Thanks everyone for all the advice. Just one more question... If I take a year off between the end of med school and the beginning of residency, I understand that one of the downsides is that I wont be able to do any clinical electives during this time because I wont be covered by medical school's clerkship elective medical insurance. Now, my question is, I am wondering if its possible for me to be able to purchase this clerkship-type medical insurance *myself* after medical school (bypassing the medical school, because I have already graduated by this point) in order to be able to do some clinical electives in my year off before residency starts? Thanks again!
  2. Hi there, I'm a 3rd year med student currently considering taking time off (ie. 1 year) from med school. I am debating between taking time off now (during med school) vs. taking time off after finishing med school (before starting residency). I was wondering if anyone can help me go over the pros and cons of each choice with regards to implications on residency applications, etc... Thanks! Majestic
  3. Hey there, Not sure if anyone out there has any information on this, but.... I was thinking of doing a 2/3 week psych elective at U of T this Fall (ie. around Sept) and was wondering if anyone knows any good psych preceptors to work with? I'm not picky in terms of what area of psych they practice (ie. general psych, specialized practice, etc...), just looking for a good person to work with for a few weeks. Thanks for your help
  4. Hi there, I was wondering if anyone knows how the pediatrics subspecialty selection process works in Canada? I mean, I know how the internal medicine subspecialty process works (ie. different schools take turns hosting the match each year, etc...), but I have no clue about the peds process. Is the process similar to internal medicine in the sense that it is centrally organized? Is it completely decentralized? etc... Thanks a lot for your help!
  5. Thanks a lot for the information. Do either of you know, if I do a neuro elective at Western, will I get exposure to both inpatient and outpatient (clinic) neurology? I would like to obtain experience in both areas, so I can get a good sense of the overall breadth of neurology and see whether I really like the whole specialty. Thanks again.
  6. Hi there, I apologize if this question has been asked already on this forum, but I was wondering if anyone knows of any good preceptors to do a neurology clerkship elective with at Western? I'm thinking of doing this elective sometime in December 2008. Thank you.
  7. Hello there, I'm very interested in eventually doing an internal medicine subspecialty residency in allergy and immunology. I am little hesistant about this though because I dont hear too much about this specialty. No one really talks about it too much and there are hardly and spots in it during the R4 internal med match (ie. look at http://www.r4match.ualberta.ca/). Is there anything that I'm missing about this specialty area? Are they (the royal college) eventually going to phase this specialty out? I can't understand why there would be so few residency spots in it, considering that I personally know of a few people that have gone to see allergists during their lives for various reasons. Does anyone have the inside scoop on this lesser-known specialty?
  8. Hey everyone, I am interested in both family medicine and pediatrics, and I want to be able to work with children in my future practice. My question is, if I practice in a large urban Canadian city (like Toronto), will I be able to see children as a family doctor? The reason why I am asking is because I know that the current trend in Canada today is to have pediatricians deal with really sick children in the hospital, and to leave primary care pediatrics to the family doctor. However, given that a fair number of pediatricians in large cities still practice primary care pediatrics, is it reasonable to assume that such a situtation will continue for the next forseeable future? And if this is the case, does this mean that if I want to be a primary care doctor for children in a large city, would it be "safer" to choose pediatrics as a specialty? Thank you.
  9. I am wondering the same thing myself. I am drawn to surgery (specifically gen surg), but dont know if I can handle the hours if full-time hours are anything like during residency.
  10. Hey, I'm a first year med student right now, thinking about what specialty I eventually want to go into. I am strongly considering family medicine, however one of the things holding me back are all the rumours out there saying that nurse practitioners will eventually be replacing family doctors. Some family doctors that I've spoken to say that this will never happen, but I know that the nurse practioner association is actively campaining to be family doctor substitutes and that a few nurse practitioner-led clinics have already opened up in Canada (ie. Sudbury), with more on the way. I'm just wondering what everyone thinks of the whole nurse practitioner issue right now. Is it something that I should rightly be concerned about when choosing my residence specialty? Looking forward to your responses.
  11. Does anyone know if, say, a general internal medicine doctor can later practice primary care/"family medicine" later on in their career, if they decide that internal medicine is not their thing anymore? In other, say I go into general internal medicine, practice it for 10 years, and then decide I want to practice a primary care/"family medicine" type of medicine. Can I just open up my own clinic in the community and see patients there as their primary care physician? I realize that by doing this, I wont be able to officially call myself a "family doctor" because I wont be registered with the College of Family Physicians of Canada. I also realize that I wont be able to charge my specialist/RCPSC fees for patient visits, since I am seeing patients without a referral from a family doctor. But besides these points, is there anything stopping me from essentially practicing as a "de-facto" family doctor?
  12. Hey everyone, Thank you all for your wonderful responses - they're really helpful. Just to give you all some more background, I am actually a McMaster medical student and haven't begun my clerkship phase yet. I am interested in obtaining some research experience during medical school, but to be honest, I am still unsure of how much of a time commitment I can devote to research while I am engaged in my studies. Since we have no "summer's off" to do research at McMaster (we go year-round), I figured why dont I just do research while I am on clerkship during a dedicated research elective for a few weeks. This way I can obtain some basic research experience, and I will not need to be concerned about how much of a time commitment the research entails. I think that I do have some options here, but just need to look around, and ensure that both my supervisor and myself are on the same page as to my goals/objectives for the research project.
  13. Hey everyone, My medical school allows for students to complete up to 8 weeks of research electives during their clerkship period. Personally, I am interested in doing a clerkship research elective for a few weeks (say 3-5 weeks), but I have doubts as to whether this is actually feasible. Knowing that research often doesn't get completed in a few weeks, do you think that any researcher will take me on for a weeks as part of a research elective? My main goal for the research elective is to just get some exposure to research and to see how much I really enjoy research. I dont necessarily feel like I have to finish the project I'ld be working on, or get a publication from it. Plus, of course, I dont expect to get paid for the research time. What do you all think? Is this a realistic possibility?
  14. Hey Cold, Just out of curiousity, did you actually hear that the two programs (CCFP-EM and FRCPC-EM) will be unified in the future, or is this just your personal opinion on things? Thanks, Majestic
  15. Hey guys, thanks for your input. I was thinking of doing both family medicine and internal medicine because I like the variety of family medicine, but I also am attracted to teaching medical students and residents on internal medicine topics. I envision myself having a family medicine practice that I would work at 3-4 days/week and do some university teaching 1-2 days/week. Is this feasible?
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