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  1. I think legislation and public demand for revocation post sexual relations makes this a pretty clear cut decision. I have no doubt that the public would've also wanted your colleague who stole prescriptions to have their license revoked if they had their way. Although it may seem unfair that we are held to this high standard this is the price we pay for being a regulated professional that enjoys a "monopoly". There may still be a road left to her if she puts in the work. Otherwise, I'm sure there are other jobs out there that she could do to make a living. At least she didn't commit some sort of criminal act.
  2. It's not an easy path but if she is determined to be a physician again there is something available for her. I would be very surprised if any jurisdiction in Canada gave her a license again though.
  3. I imagine it would require somehow forging a certificate of good standing from the previous college. The one example I know just disclosed their past and somehow still got a license. I think some states are just not as strict as others due to physician shortages.
  4. Many states are as strict as Canada. However, there are many states who would take still take her if she was able to show some rehabilitation and maybe some practice restrictions. I know of one physician who had their license revoked for patient sexual relations and is now practicing in the US.
  5. I think you have to understand the root cause of why you don't like medicine. If it is the work hours then many of the jobs you mentioned like Investment Banking will have similar to worse hours (although better renumerated hours). If it is the content of the work itself I would argue that you have no idea if you enjoy (or be good at) the content of these other jobs as well. However, as I have mentioned in the past I truly believe that medicine isn't a good fit for many students and that the system tries too hard to portray it as a perfect job. Residency will likely be more difficult than clerkship and the Staff life is easier in some regards and harder in others. 1) Understand your financial situation. Are you required to go into some sort of high paying profession to service your loans? Medicine probably offers the easiest solution to this problem. 2) While you will have job security for things like FM, please note that many specialties have very restrictive job markets which can cause you and your family grief. 3) What are you looking for in a job? Good Hours? Prestige? Money? If you can determine what aspects of a job you're looking for you can narrow down the possibilities and maybe still find something in medicine. I would argue that you should at least finish the MD so you can leverage that as a differentiating factor. For the majority of medical students, residency and staff life is the only realistic path forward as the reality is that many wouldn't be good at other "prestige" professions. However, if you are willing to hustle and deal with uncertainty you can find opportunities in non-clinical fields. The biggest problem is that you are no longer on the linear path of medicine which can be uncomfortable for many people. I think doctors underestimate how successful you can be in non-medical fields, but you'll likely have to work just as hard as you did in medicine to achieve that. I know this doesn't sound like a lot of good news, but I think that's the reality of the situation. No matter what path you choose you will likely have to work hard to push through or to dig yourself out of this hole. I think without these systemic pressures a lot of my friends would have dropped out during residency.
  6. Seems very altruistic compared to some other fields I'm thinking of.
  7. Yea that's my concern as well. As a non-surgeon I was always under the impression that you took awful setups so you could get the OR time to maintain your skills. If you just did clinic what was the point of a surgical residency? If you lost your skills doesn't that really limit your job opportunities?
  8. Haven't looked at the primary data but I think I would want to know the distribution and types of doctors we are producing. I think many communities are still underserved but good luck building the hospital infrastructure for specialists and good luck getting people to work rural.
  9. With regards to switching. I think if you can truly break down why you would want to switch into medicine and justify it then you should. If it's just for some preconceived notion of prestige, or money then I would have to push back on the idea. I think it's very hard to know if medicine is a good fit until you're deep into the training process and by then it's hard to leave. I have many well-intentioned colleagues end up both loving or hating the job at the end of all their training. Also, isnt it bad to bide your time in a clinic? I'm not a surgeon but don't you lose your operative skills if you don't have OR time?
  10. People's partners might also not be able to easily find work depending on their profession or visa status. Although geographic limitations due to your partner's profession also exist in Canada.
  11. I don't like making generalizations as there are a lot of variables, but typically the consensus is that you work less and get paid more in a FHO. I think FM training programs train you to operate in a FHO and I think pure FFS is a very different way of practicing.
  12. I have many friends in FM find work in the GTA. However, they have had to hustle compared to other friends who moved to a small community and just joined a FHO or something. I think you have geographic flexibility in FM but I'm not sure if the most "desirable" setups are available everywhere.
  13. Repetition keeps the useful knowledge and skills burned into you. You dump all the nonsense minutiae from medical school/residency out of your brain once you're finally finished.
  14. Is it even possible to fit in all those IM/FM interviews in the US with a Canadian Clerkship schedule? I know we get time off for CaRMS interviews but how does the American timeline fit in with that? I can't imagine the school would just let students off for additional weeks for "back up" interviews. And if there is an overlap with the Canadian interview schedule can people even fit all these IM/FM interviews in? I know my friends and I had enough schedule conflicts with just Canadian residency programs back in the day.
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