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  1. School interviewing at: Western University Specialty: Internal Medicine Current interview date: Jan 30, 5 PM  Date would like to switch to: Jan 30, earlier time Any additional notes: Have a flight to catch to BC from YYZ, so would really appreciate an earlier time if it doesn't make a difference to you. Thanks!
  2. Debating ICU elective at McMaster and Respirology at Toronto, or vice-versa. Any thoughts? Looking for a good mix of teaching and (some) procedural opportunities. I feel decently comfortable with airway (BVM, LMAs, ETTs, mechanical ventilation) and peripheral IVs at this point, so some next level stuff (central or art lines) would be cool. However, I do understand that residents will get first dibs on those.
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    2017 Carms Match Results!

    But how do you know it wasn't an IMG spot that is left? EDIT: Yeah, what ralk said.
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    Joining Cma/ama?

    Use the facebook group, peeps. IIRC, you will fill out application forms for both (given to you in early September), and then you will receive an email from both organizations with member IDs to create your log in information.
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    +1 In Anesthesiology - Any Input?

    Agreed with above, especially on the management of unexpected outcomes. Most PGY-2 residents can handle a ASA 1-2 case with minimal supervision, and I assume that is the level of training that the 2+1 program allows. Thinking about it, that's a quite limited patient population. I think if anesthesia is something you want to do regularly, then 2+1 is not enough at all unlike emergency medicine or hospitalist role in a surgical ward. Employability in anything that is called a city is likely very, very low. As for hospitalists, I don't know what their billing codes are and how they differ from IM, but from what I've seen (working at a community hospital), it feels somewhat IM-like, but in surgical wards where the surgeon doesn't want to be bothered by 12 on a chemstrip, or dosing adjustment for someone with a CrCl of 45 or adjusting coumadin to get to target INR. Correct me if that's a wrong assumption.
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    Why U Of A Med?

    To echo what's already been mentioned above (a 1st year's perspective): Pros - Teaching (basic science, clinical, anatomy labs): preclerkship is organised into blocks containing anatomy/physiology/diseases/pathology/physical exam skills; assigned a family medicine preceptor to work on those skills throughout the year; anatomy dissections are a great way to learn anatomy, but bit of an overkill - Facilities: top notch lecture theatre, great clinical skills area, all health sciences disciplines close by, physically connected to the biggest hospital in Edmonton (and NW Canada) - Clinical Experience: being in a teaching hospital, they are very used to learners being around; shadow all the time or don't shadow at all - Rural medicine: RPAP puts on several events throughout the year with costs to small towns covered by them - Academics oriented: if you want research, there's plenty of opportunities - LAW office: two paediatricians and psychologist assigned for well-being of medical students; they are fantastic! - Sports (especially hockey) and Social events - Transit: train stops at the two major hospitals (U of A and Royal Alex hospitals) - Social life: honestly, I think we are quite spoiled with the amount of free time we are given; it's busy though because almost everyone is involved in so many initiatives! Cons - not enough procedural skills training early on (student groups will hold sessions but they are often limited in terms of capacity) - introductory block = (they make changes every year... hopefully, they'll get it right next year) - some "fluffy" components of physicianship course without going into details The faculty and 2019s will be present on both days of the interview, so feel free to grill us with questions! Good luck everyone!
  7. It probably depends on the program, but I'm pretty sure anesthesia rotations can require 1:4 call too. I have shadowed anesthesia several times (including late night/overnight on call in OR), and the general sense I got was that residency is challenging in terms of schedule and 1:4 is standard when it comes to PGY1 & PGY2. I was also told that call for staff is extremely lax, and that lifestyle post-residency is pretty good. I will admit that I (still) wonder about this though. Hopefully, I can get more answers in the next couple years. (I'm just a first year med student though, so take it for what it's worth)
  8. I'd be careful to only send it to people who have been on this forum for a while. Last year, two people (out of 4) never gave any feedback after I sent them my Top 10. Me thinks they just wanted to see other people's and compare.
  9. In Alberta, we have Netcare where we have access to patient's medications filled at community pharmacies (PIN), all of their lab work (chemistry, coagulation, hematology, microbiology), diagnostic imaging (echo, angiogram, chest x-rays, abdominal ultrasounds, CT scans), consultations, discharge summaries from the hospital, ECGs, immunizations, etc. This is uploaded in real time (i.e. blood work done at 6 am and by the time rounds start, you have all the lab values ready to help make decisions) and the data can be accessed from a computer through the netcare website throughout the whole province... it does not matter if it's a hospital, physician's office, or a pharmacy. You can also look back 10 years, and it contains every single investigation the patient has undergone, as netcare is directly linked to provincial health care number. It truly is an amazing platform, and has allowed for a lot quicker response to things that cannot be clinically assessed. I realize that other provinces do not have "Netcare" or a very comprehensive electronic health record. So how does the system work? Is there a print out of lab work that goes to the unit the patient is in? Is it a lot challenging to do an accurate medication history as you do not know exactly what the patient was talking? (although how a prescription was dispensed doesn't always means that's how the patient was taking it) What about previous diagnostic imaging? Just asking out of curiosity.
  10. I really don't think the pathway needs to be shortened at all. Like others have mentioned, your grow as a person in the time spent in university before medical school. We can debate forever as to whether it is necessary or not, and clearly, there are some strong opinions on both sides, haha. I do agree with amichel on not enjoying sciences. I think the way U of A does it is perfect. Have ~25 spots for 2nd/3rd year students, and leave the rest ~135 for Bachelors/Masters/PhD students.
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    2015 Backpack Colour Voting

    Here you go: It could have been worse, but it could have been better. I'll take it. Sorry, MD. I was ahead of the game... I just checked your YT channel, and there it was.
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    2015 Backpack Colour Voting

    I really doubt it will be teal. It's way too similar to green. (But I'm hoping it's teal)
  13. Oh, dang. Thank you. I need to show this to my advisor. One last question to people who went with Scotia: by getting the annual fees waived, did you still get the bonus points or no?
  14. Ah, okay. Thanks for the information! I don't understand why they can't just inform all of their advisors via email or something. The variability is annoying.
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