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  1. Wait till at least residency or fellowship. That was you can get paid to do the Masters and it will be more relevant to your specialty.
  2. I agree with you. It would probably be a great idea for 1:10 applicants and a terrible idea for the other 9. At this point, it's more of an interesting story vs. general advice.
  3. I know someone who did this almost a decade ago at their home school. But they were totally open about it with the gen surg PD. Basically went to the PD (who they knew from core rotations) and said "I want to match this other surgical specialty but it is really competitive. If I don't match, I don't want to end up in paych or family because I really want something surgical. If I apply to your program as back up, will you be offended or is that ok?" PD said it was fine and they appreciated the honesty. The gen surg program then ranked the applicant in the top few people so that if the applicant didn't match to their first choice specialty, they'd still match to gen surg. It helped the PD spent the whole core surgical rotation trying to convince the applicant to do gen surg.
  4. My center has at least one open position for peds we are having a hard time filling. Mind you, that is because it is a rural practice with lots of call in an undesirable area at a hospital with a ton of administrative and management issues, but it is an open position.
  5. Why do any anesthesia or CCU electives (unless forced to do so)? If possible, only do electives in the specialty (or specialties) you are interested in.
  6. My hospital has 2 surgeons who share one job. You could set up to cover 1 or 2 months at a time and then rotate to the other person. Trick is finding someone else to do it with.
  7. Another advantage of family med is when you are staff, you will have much more flexibility. It's easier to work part time and it's easier to get a job in a location you desire. A surgical specialty means you are going to have a difficult time getting a job that you want in a location you desire. I can't imagine it would be good for your mental health to have to move to some rural area where you know nobody, 4 provinces away from your home.
  8. Very school dependent in my opinion. I have a friend who went from Law to medicine. I would try if I was you. At least a few med schools might have the common sense to look at you as the whole package because let's be honest, you aren't the same applicant as a 22 year old undergrad. All you have to lose is some cash.
  9. So the public votes for you because they think you are helping the situation. You get reelected and get your sweet pension. That is the point.
  10. I agree that incentives don't work well either. It's a difficult to solve problem. The problem is living in a rural area really sucks (at least for most people) and the incentives offered aren't enough to overcome that. I work rural and get a "bonus" for it. It isn't near enough to make me stay. If a non rural job came up, I'd leave smoking tire tracks in the parking lot I would leave so fast. Now if they started paying 5 million a year for people to work rurally it would be different.......
  11. That's the only way this will really work on a scale big enough to be effective for family medicine, which is what the public really cares about in rural areas, is if most provinces dictated where you could work in that province. If that happens: 1. I expect a major court challenge would be mounted. 2. New grad doctors had better start loving the idea of a long career in rural Newfoundland, Northern Ontario or middle of nowhere Saskatchewan, because that's the type of jobs they will be forced into.
  12. The issue is gonna be hard to fill positions in rural areas. Those are mostly going to be family docs. People already don't want to work in those places and family docs are in demand all over the country. If you tell a newly minted family doc they can only work in AB if they move to some rural location they have no interest in ever living in, the doc will just look for work in another province where they can live in a location that is more appealing to them. It's not like they are surgeons and there are very limited jobs in the country (those people don't need work location limitations to force them into crappy jobs. Needing to eat and pay debt does that job nicely). My thoughts are this will probably hurt family medicine in hard to fill locations. But politically it will be meat for the conservative base, which is what the politicians likely intended it to be anyway. And most people supporting it will be too ignorant (involuntary or voluntary) to realize the very policy they are cheering is hurting them.
  13. If you get all the way to staff and are a single male, don't despair! As long as you don't care if your spouse is a terrible person, there are plenty of women in the hospital who will be with you because they see you as an easy source of cash.... /doesn't seem to be that way for female staff near as much. Probably because females are smarter than we are....
  14. Oh he knows but its politics and coalition is a dirty word in Canada. Better to pretend it is not what it is.
  15. Oil and Gas is hardly dead, it's still a huge industry. What has happened in Alberta is that it has significanly declined from the crazy boom times of pre-2014. I do agree that no government can fix the current economic reality of Oilsands production.
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