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Everything posted by NLengr

  1. GTFO asap before someone changes thier mind.
  2. Commute to work is pretty short (7 minutes and I live "way out of town" according to most people who live here). If you are a rural specialist you can probably do more than a non academic urban specialist if you want to. In urban areas that have academic centers, community based specialists may end up referring more cases into the teaching center. The counter to this is if you are rural you have less back up so maybe you don't do some cases the urban guy do for that reason.
  3. My fellowship encouraged moonlighting to be honest. Learning to operate all on your own with being the person ultimately responsible (as opposed to the fellow) is an excellent teaching experience in itself.
  4. Of course most people would prefer to stay in Halifax. That's the reality of life in Canada. Most young people have no desire to move rurally. This is especially true in Atlantic Canada. As someone who works a rural practice, I don't blame them. It's hard live in a rural location, let alone to be a rural physician (or any professional for that matter). Except for a minority of the population, people don't like living in rural areas. I hate it. I have zero interest in staying rural. I am only here because I needed the job (my field has a tight job market). As soon as I get the chance I'm moving to a bigger center.
  5. Half the ER staff at my center are gun nuts. Nobody cares.
  6. Radiology and Optho are consistently mentioned as areas that are being targeted for "compensation realignment" (or whatever political mumbo jumbo they call it).
  7. I don't think adding USMLE type scores into the Canadian Residency match help anyone to be honest. 99.9% of people in med school are smart enough to finish residency. 99% of people have the work ethic to finish residency if motivated. The tests are looking at general medical knowledge, not knowledge specific to a specialty. Just cause you are good at memorizing general medical knowledge doesn't mean you will be a good surgeon or psychiatrist. The skills and thought process are just so different.
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    OMA Membership vs CMA membership

    CMA had a ton of textbooks and journals online. Also some discounts on stuff. As for MD financial access, I don't know of this is true anymore. The CMA recently sold MD Financial to Scotiabank (don't get me started on that deal.....) in order to focus on advocacy (again, very stupid in my opinion). Scotia said a CMA membership would no longer be needed to access MD Financial I seem to recall.
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    Orthopedic Surgery

    The Royal College is way harder than the US boards, at least in my specialty.
  10. ENT and urology are also tight on jobs. According to the last Royal College report anyway. Pretty much just assume that: 1. Any academic job will be hard to get 2. Any surgical job will be hard to get
  11. I used to buy lottery tickets when residency got really tough. It was a marker of how stressed I was.
  12. I honestly wonder how many people would have quit during residency if they didnt have the debt stopping them.
  13. You don't really need to learn doses ever. You just use an app if you need to know and you dont have them memorized from repeat usage.
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    Working during CCFP-EM fellowship

    At my center (rural secondary hospital) we have the CCFP-EMs come through for a month of anesthesia sometimes. I have seen at least one of them pick up an occasional ER locum shift.
  15. This one seems more interesting because, from what I can gather, they are offering med school seats to people prior to undergrad starting. Kind of like that Queen's program (but with different program criteria obviously). Someone can correct me if I'm wrong.
  16. So are you good if you move out and do a 5 year undergrad living on your own? Or are they tied to your parents income no matter what?
  17. I didn't I got paid purely based on assist fees and covering cases off the board prn. Didnt do any call (although I could have covered staff call if I had wanted) or locums. Made about 120k I think. It was a pretty sweet year. But I know other fellows who took a 20k pay cut from PGY-5 salary and had to cover call as basically a staff without getting any extra pay. Staff would scoop up all the cash. Fellowship varies depending on how big of jerks the staff are. Hahaha
  18. NL spent like drunken sailors over the past 10 years because of oil money.
  19. They already look a a pretty diverse set of measures to determine admission. Objective criteria like grades and MCAT count less than they ever did. A bunch of weight is put into MMI answers, ECs etc. You are free to tell your story of personal financial struggle, illness or tragedy in the application. It gets considered in the mix of everything used ti decide in admission. Nobody is gonna start mandating seats are set aside for people based on family SES. Also, do you have any proof or studies to back up your assertion that a large number of students admitted to med school were motivated to apply for monetary reasons? Because based on my experience, the majority of people who I see entering medical studies aren't primarily motivated by money. I'm gonna call BS on your claim unless you produce some proof.
  20. If you want an academic job then yes. Although a masters will suffice a lot of the time. And you can do that during fellowship. Won't be an academically amazing masters but who cares. For most people its checking a box.
  21. Fellowship by far. People care about your surgical expertise. Very few care about the fact that you spent 2 years researching a random step in some biochemical reaction because it adds zero value to your skill as a surgeon. In fact it probably detracts from it (if it meant you weren't operating full time during your studies).
  22. They're quite good at finding the ureter. Of course they do that by transecting it...... I should clarify, the only places that give a shit about academic degrees are academic programs. You can work a community job in a big city and nobody cares if you have a masters. Even in academic programs it seems to be the university who drives the need for academic degrees. Most surgeons, even in an academic center, only do them to meet the universiy's requirements for appointment to a job. Masters and PhDs are pointless credentialism a lot of the time. It certainly doesn't make you a better clinician or surgeon. That's why most of the surgeons doing them don't give a sweet f*ck about them beyond getting them done.
  23. I started university in 2000-2001. Started as a staff in Sept 2017. Mind you 6 year undergrad in engineering and worked as an engineer for a year.
  24. Yup. Expect residency plus minimum 1 year of fellowship. Depends on specialty and where you work but that's probably safe.
  25. There isn't a shortage of surgeons avaliable. There is a shortage of jobs and OR time. If you employed all new grads at the end of residency/fellowship, wait times would plummet. There aren't enough jobs for everyone because the government won't fund the OR time and positions. As a result, patients wait.