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  1. I am not a staff yet but a current resident over halfway through who matched well objectively to a medical specialty. However, the specialty is a poor fit for me and I have tried to transfer out twice but unfortunately lack of funding in general and speculatively the unmatched initiative and the funding it used last year have prevented that/university politics. Nothing amiss on my record and the PD locally just is not able to accommodate applications due to funding allocations. Medicine and residency matching and staff work may work for many people but it’s an inherently inflexible field. The lack of flexibility is something I find quite challenging because I initially went into medicine because I thought it would offer that. Maybe it still does in family medicine, but it seems to not be in most specialties. Generally the transfer process available is disheartening. Now I feel stuck in a field that will require me to do the never ending slog of fellowship, masters, perpetual education likely with a job in a location I don’t want to live in with poor job propspects for my partner along with the possibility I need to move to the States. Maybe I was naive when I matched but staff in the specialty had not endorsed that as the future in their program, perhaps because it was not Ike that for them. Truly the process has been really disheartening. I have had medical students on the carms tour ask us about how residency transfers work, and though I (and likely many other current residents) cannot be public about how I have tried to transfer, I feel like we should be very clear about how most transfers do not succeed. We only hear the success stories. Honestly, this whole situation has been very discouraging for me and sometimes it’s hard to continue on, knowing how badly I don’t want to be there and don’t want to be in this path. The system is so inflexible with our tuition debt, the match, with transfers, and unfortunately with job availability after residency and fellowships and whatnot. People need to be aware of these issues before they commit themselves for a lifetime. Ps: if any residents read this who are interested in transfers, I’m happy to chat about my experience as well as some of my friends’ experiences over PM.
  2. Interesting, thank you. Would this mean someone could apply to the us match during their last year of residency? Also, can current Canadian residents transfer to the US?
  3. Also wondering this. Anyone know?
  4. polarbear89

    50% off Lasik Eye Surgery?!?!

    Are there any discounts for residents?
  5. Have there been any updates about these spots for the unmatched students?
  6. Very interesting. Is there any internal application process or do you just indicate which spots you would be interested in?
  7. Does anyone know if this new program will be affecting the quantity of positions next year?
  8. polarbear89

    Transferrng into Internal Medicine

    If you're looking for PGY 1 spots from 2018-2019, these will be through carms second iteration for you unless the program is able to provide funding for you as the current PGY1s who transfer out will be leaving PGY 2 spots potentially open, I think.
  9. polarbear89

    Why not family med?

    As a specialty resident, sometimes I do wonder why I didn't pick family medicine. I think I would have been happy in it and the career options in family medicine are so broad. I don't think it's necessary for everyone but I think many people, even those who choose other specialties, could have been quite happy in family medicine.
  10. Is there a chart like that for States and their requirements for the USMLEs for fellowships?
  11. Out of curiosity, I was wondering if anyone knows if fully licensed Canadian specialists need to have the USMLES for a staff job. Also, I was wondering if anyone knows which states require them for licensing for fellowship? Thanks!
  12. polarbear89

    How much sleep do you get?

    This is undoubtedly the part that I found (and am finding) the worst, along with the lack of control over my schedule. I'm not in a specialty notorious for poor hours but residency is chalk full of rotations with 1/4 call, early mornings and late evenings. I've accepted that I won't sleep on call most nights but a little part of me always feels bitter at 4 am when the pager hasn't stopped.
  13. Side note: Are Canadian specialists eligible to write the UK board exams?
  14. polarbear89

    Neurology Salary?

    This is not as relevant for me but out of curioisty, how would a neurologist do neurocritical care? Wouldn't you have to be an intensivist first and that would be through internal/emerg/anesthesia?
  15. What's the best way to incorporate a masters of education into your training? Do most people do this after residency or concurrently. And if concurrently, how do they facilitate that/what schools offer reputable online programs?
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