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  1. LittleDaisy

    IMG and CARMS residency

    RoS contracts are very easy to be overturned by having academic positions with a letter of reference, which defeat the purpose of RoS in the first place. I believe MOH is very flexible by stating working anywhere else beside Toronto and Ottawa to be return of service- i.e: working in Ajax, Vaughan, Richmond hill which are part of GTA. I've heard that you can easily pay the penalty fines to not work in RoS areas or negotiate with the MOH. So if having IMG spots are to serve the underserved population in the rural area, it actually makes more sense to recruit more rural applicants into Canadian medical school in the first place, the retention rate is much higher IMO.
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    UAlberta vs UofT vs Queen's

    I think that I would pick UofT just because your family is in Toronto, and you are most likely to come back to Toronto for residency. If you are worried about the class size, you could pick Mississauga campus, which is smaller. Medical school could be tough, having friends and family around you is extremely helpful. There are a lot of learners everywhere in every academic hospital, if you want more learning experience, I would try to do a few electives at community hospitals. The tuition fees between Queens and UofT are around the same, UofT however provides bursaries on financial need basis to all of its undergraduate medical students (they have a lot of donors!) , and 50% of its medical students receive financial assistance, the maximum is 14,000 per year, which could help you save a lot. Congrats for your multiple acceptance!
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    Questions about Ontario and FM

    I actually don't know much about FM in BC. Someone else could chime in??
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    Questions about Ontario and FM

    Hey there is no cap for Ontario FM physicians, the government does not control the number of patients you can see per day. Physicians are self-employed professionals, you don't really have a boss unless you decide to work in an academic hospital as a new junior staff (you are on probation or temporary privilege at the beginning) or you work for governmental agencies (CHC, ministry of health, etc).
  5. I am not sure how it works with program transfers within the same province, but after you guys reach a mutual agreement. I would email both FM PDs in Ottawa and McMaster to make sure that they are on board as well. Best of luck
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    MCCQE Part 1 Thoughts

    Just to mention that LMCC2 is not percentile based as well. A panel of physicians decides the passing score, and how you perform relatively to your colleagues does not matter at all. I doubt that they will ever take LMCC1 or LMCC2 out for independent practice licensing, it's just hoops that you have to jump through.
  7. I believe that the medical school costs is not determined by AFMC, but how much the provincial government is willing to invest in medical education. AFMC could recommend to the provincial government to invest more in medical education, but it's essentially up to the government. In Quebec, the government heavily subsidizes medical student's education, I was paying maximum 8000-9000 $ annually for clerkship, and it was even lower for pre-clerkship. But the downside is that Quebec's taxation system is quite complicated when you become a staff, now the CAQ wants to abolish physician incorporation, which makes the tax burden heavier. The barriers with AFMC is that they could recommend changes to each faculty of medicine for socio-economic diversity, but the Deans who sit in the board have to agree with the proposed recommendations (the Board is comprised of 17 Deans across Canada).
  8. Sorry to stay off topic to the OP. Yeah I agree that accessibility is the main issue, coming from CEGEP background myself, I could deeply appreciate how applying right after CEGEP makes it much possible for me to apply from a disadvantaged background, with the medical tuition at 8000 K per year, all to say that I am very grateful for this structure which saves time and money. Whereas in ROC, it takes a lot of effort to do a 4 year bachelor degree tailored towards medicine, doing a lot of ECs/research/humanitarian trip, studying for MCAT, while preparing for MMI interviews without barriers if you come from a underprivileged background. You are not presented with the same opportunities. The AFMC is aware of this, and has been recommending faculties of medicine to make changes, but more needs to be done than said, I inherently believe that they should change the admission process itself to make medicine more accessible to the bright applicants from an underprivileged background.
  9. On a completely unrelated subject, I am writing an article about how medical students don't represent the general population, the average medical student is bright and come from a privileged background, which makes the profession of medicine as an elitist society, and explains the shortage of physicians with the complex vulnerable population. To OP, for the first two years of preclerkship, study well, even though medical school might not prepare you to be come a physician, but the medical knowledge always follows you and trust me, you don't want to relearn physiology as a medical resident when life is so busy. For clerkship, do you best at your core rotations and electives; get good LORs, work hard and be personable, and try your best to match to the program you want
  10. I would personally stay at UBC, since your husband lives in Vancouver and all your social support is in Vancouver. 70 K doesn't make a huge difference in long run. UBC definitely has rural sites, and personally, I don't find attending medical school lectures that high yield. Medical school could be tough without friends and family support. Most of the people usually pick medical school for geographical reasons as their partner and family members stay in the city where their medical school is located at. For residency, each medical school tends to prefer its own medical students, which is understandable given the social connection you could build in preclerkship and it's easier to do electives at your home school.
  11. Does OMA disability insurance ask for medical? Do people usually get 2 DI? What's the advantage of having RBC and OMA? From my understanding, when something do happen to you, it could get complicated deciding who pays what and how much between 2 insurance companies?
  12. Call them. The PGME usually receives massive amount of emails, or show up in person. Unfortunately, in 2019, calling someone by phone or talk to them in person is still better than emailing, which is difficult for busy residency schedule.
  13. I know someone who transferred programs within UofT. I would ask your partner to double check with PGME transfer coordinator, they might know more. Best of luck
  14. I won't feel cheap, I only got an excellent GP through PARO, same thing through medical school. You will be a better physician if you have a good GP taking care of you! The wait time to get a GP in Montreal is like 365 days if you are healthy. I agree that major cities are under-serviced too!
  15. I am surprised to see plastic surgery is listed as one of the specialty. It is understandable that it is hard to secure a job in an academic hospital or community hospital. In the worst scenario, they can open up private practice? I assume that clients prefer plastic surgeons with more experience than freshly graduated surgeons?
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