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  1. Have you thought of athletic therapy? Those therapists often get to travel with high level sports teams/the Olympics, if you are really wanting to work with high level athletes.
  2. The fellowship is highly variable depending on where you go, but you can expect a combination of sports medicine clinics, ortho clinics/OR assist, exercise medicine, physiatry, and/or neuro/derm/sport cardiology/ultrasound etc. You may have a fellow run clinic or not. In my program there was no overnight call but you are expected to have a certain number of game/event coverage hours In the fellowship and you may be assigned a varsity sport team to cover. The work setting after is really what you choose, there is so much you can do with SEM including family clinic, SEM clinics, ultrasound guided injections, ortho assist, high level sport coverage, ER, etc. You can choose to only see athletes or you can choose to see MVC, workplace injuries, active or sedentary individuals. The pay is influenced by what you choose to do so it’s also highly variable. Hope this helps!
  3. Not coming from a physiatrist so take this with a grain of salt: Physiatry is widely variable year per year in competitiveness because it’s a small specialty with ~25 spots across the country. One year recently it was more competitive than ophtho, but in the years following it has had open spots for the second iteration. I would recommend treating it like it’s competitive and arranging research/electives accordingly. As for residency itself, the first two years are typically off service with rotations like internal medicine, neurosurgery, neurology etc. After that for the most part residency is fairly manageable as physiatry is a consulting service in hospital most of the time except for certain rehab specific wards (where there may or may not be a hospitalist). There are opportunities to do training in Sports Medicine, EMG certifications, and spasticity management among others. The cons are that you end up seeing a lot of sad cases and patients who may not get better from things like chronic pain, brain injury, stroke, amputation etc and that can be challenging from a mental perspective. I can’t comment on jobs or remuneration.
  4. I found this resource as a great start for preparing for palliative care and it has a lot of helpful tools on opioid conversion and such. http://pallium.ca/products/pallium-palliative-pocketbook-e-book/
  5. Hello! I didn't end up going into physiatry but I did apply to it in one of its most competitive years. I can only really speak to the process I had done, but hopefully it helps answer some of your questions. 1. I did 3 electives in physiatry (6 weeks) and received all but 2 interviews for the schools I had applied to. 2. This depends on how you can sell yourself in your personal letters in my opinion. If you have a good story for why you did those electives and how it would make you a better physiatrist then most programs seem to be okay with that. I had more electives in another specialty as well but was able to spin it! The other thing is that there may be restrictions on how much of one category of specialty you can do for electives. This was the case at my school so you could only do max. 12 weeks in one category. I would check that with your school. 3. Those combinations are definitely all things you could spin. Having done family having a background in PM &R has been really helpful! 4. This depends on your comfort level/backups/interests. I chose to do several MSK related fields including rheumatology and orthopedics and really enjoyed it! If you have any questions, let me know!
  6. I did Biomed at Guelph and absolutely loved it, so I'm biased. The first year-2 years are pretty generic science/biology courses, and then in 3rd and 4th year you get a variety of courses you can choose from, like endocrine physiology, cardiology, cancer biology etc. which are very small class sizes. When I did undergrad there (many moons ago) they also had dissection-based human anatomy (they may have prosections now+/- dissection). The community is amazing and supportive, and it was pretty easy to get in touch with professors, especially in the later years. I also had professors help me with applying to medical school and interview preparation. There are plenty of research opportunities as well if that's something you're interested in. On the other hand, Guelph isn't associated with a medical school, which I know some people can be less comfortable with. It didn't stop me and several of my colleagues from being successful in getting into medical school though! I can't speak about Queen's but I've heard it's great as well. You have a tough choice!
  7. If you're interested in palliative, the Intensive Palliative Care Unit (IPCU) in Calgary may be of interest to you! I'm not sure if it's something medical students typically get to do, but it was a really good palliative care experience.
  8. Calgary FM resident here. I can comment that overall my ACE experience has been pretty solid, and any ACEs that are observerships/I felt I wasn't getting anything out of them I provided feedback for accordingly. The program is very flexible (with further changes being put in place to make ACE blocks even more flexible) and the administration is very happy for you to ask for specific ACEs you would like to do/have repeated ACEs throughout the block. For example, I wanted more experience with certain specialties/areas for my upcoming ACE block and I have the same ACEs every week with other ACEs set more as full day/ day and a half experiences which gives your preceptors more trust to let you do more. Other colleagues have asked to do a week in the same clinic as an ACE which has been allowed. So to answer your question yes, you can ask for the same ACE multiple times and you have a say in how you structure your block.
  9. It is also possible to apply during your 1 year Master's. Depending on your professor, it could be possible for you to start your thesis in the summer immediately after finishing your 4th year or if you really worked hard throughout the year you could finish earlier(again depending on your advisor). Also, there are some schools that don't require you to be done your Master's by June 30th as long as you have a letter from your advisor saying you will be finished by the start of medical school. So if you end up taking that path, definitely still apply in that year!
  10. Dazzle, I applied late for the bursary and still got some money. I think the deadline is more for the scholarship. So apply for that bursary ASAP even if you're late the worst they will do is say no!
  11. Good luck tomorrow everybody! No matter what happens keep in mind that you are all phenomenal people to get this far and will be successful in whatever you put your mind to and congratulations in advance to our future 2017s!!!
  12. That's too bad that Toronto is so strict about their deadline. Is it possible for you to do your research project at the same time as your courses so you could finish early? I did a course based Master's at Guelph which ended in August and when I got accepted to Western they just wanted a letter from my supervisor assuring them I would be done in time to go to the orientation ceremony. I can't comment on how it would work at other schools offering course based Master's programs but if you communicated with your supervisor it might be possible to either work throughout the first 2 semesters and finish early or start your project in May so you could graduate next April. Hopefully this is possible for some of you wanting to do a Master's but not wanting to wait!
  13. Also for anyone interviewing tomorrow who has nothing to do tonight, there will be a social hosted by the 2016 class at Joe Kool's downtown from 6-9 pm! There will be a lot of us to talk to if you want to unwind a bit/get pumped up before everyone's big day!
  14. Hi there, I'm currently finishing up a course-based master's. When you get your acceptance letter, your advisor will be required to submit a letter stating that you will have all your requirements completed before you would start medical school. So you would have to finish before the White Coat ceremony. I hope this is helpful
  15. I actually only applied to Western this time because I knew it was where I wanted to be (and Toronto scares me ). Plus I could not imagine finishing my Master's by June 30! What master's program are you interested in at UofG?
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