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  1. Somewhat off topic but how did you come to decide to only do 4 years of residency (rather than the 5-year GIM program)? Why would anyone want to do 5 years GIM then (or even 6 if they do a chief resident year)?
  2. CMHC Mortgage loan prevents you from borrowing for your down payment, yet you're borrowing from LOC for your down payment? If i were in your financial position, I would not buy anything (unless your parents can help you out with the down payment).
  3. Attending medical school and residency in the US will likely help you to stay on in the US more easily (e.g. marrying a partner who is American, more job opportunities will be offered to you from your colleagues / bosses who know others). However, Orthopedics in the US is significantly more difficult to match into compared to Canada and you frequently need to score >90th percentile on the Step 1 (moving to Pass/Fail in 2022). It is possible to move to the US after a Canadian residency, but it won't be easy due to visa requirements. A few of the orthopedic residents I know have dual American-Canadian Citizenship, hence they were not afraid of the job market situation. Best of luck!
  4. A few of my classmates bought homes in downtown Toronto with their LOC and the value of their homes doubled by the time graduated medical school.
  5. Pretty much just cold email. Given the current COVID situation though, it might be easier to do observerships in community clinics (rather than hospital based ones).
  6. It has begun. I suspect that Family MDs are more likely to move than Specialists (especially surgeons) though, due to hospital privileges.
  7. Honestly just get the cheapest one. Can't believe I paid $20 extra just for all black colour. I haven't used my stethoscope since R1 Internal Medicine. Anyone interested in buying one?
  8. I believe that most supervisors start a project with the intention to publish, so you will be fine to express your interest in doing so. Research publications are always helpful, especially for the more popular schools like UofT or Mac.
  9. A study comparing the two would be very difficult and will be highly politicized. By way of your argument though, the quality of care provided by NP, GP-A and GP-OB must be equivalent (or non-inferior) to GP, Anesthetists and OBGYN respectively right? Since litigation lawyers / colleges / CMPA has not shut down any of these pathways either.
  10. I have to disagree: longer training will always lead to better training due to increased exposure and opportunities to apply skills in various scenarios. Sure a significant portion of that extra work may be repetitive, it is through repeated exposure and application that one is able to hone its craft. I think it would also be very delusional to equate the first 2 years of FM training to the first 2 years of EM training. The extra 4 years of training is significant, and difference between a fresh CCFP(EM) and FRCPC(EM) graduate is stark (anecdotally). Once both have been in practice for a few years, then the difference is less noticeable. Otherwise, we should start equating NP to GP, GP-A to Anesthesia, GP-OB to OBGYN, GP-Sports Med to PMR right?
  11. This is a very important question that is often overlooked when discussing billings. 300k-400k may seem "average" in terms of physician OHIP billing, but because their overhead is so low (<5%), their pre-tax income is similar to physicians who are billing 420-570k but have 30% overhead.
  12. I have tried Bose QC35 II, Sony WH1000XM3 and Airpods Pro. AirPods Pro dominates hands down in terms of noise canceling and portability. Plus, being in-ear earbuds they do not weigh down on your ears / neck much even after prolonged use. Only caveat is that your ear anatomy may not fit well with the Airpods. Personally, my helicis crus began to hurt after 1h of use, but my partner did not experience any discomfort with prolonged use. YMMV.
  13. Better training and preparedness. Better hiring prospects in large cities.
  14. Most fellowships dont even require USMLEs...
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