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  1. Not matching in Quebec means defaulting into the 4 year GIM program or 5 year GIM program? I think Quebec puts emphasis on 5 year GIM training, where in rest of Canada, a lot of internists go through 4 year training and are doing fine! Sorry to hear about your plight, it seems at this point US match seems a better option?
  2. It sounds like remote rural ED physician to me! I was mainly attracted by the fact that you are travelling at the same time. It sounds like a reasonable job when you have no commitment!
  3. Cruise ship medicine, do they pay for your travel expenses as well? It sounds too good to be true lol! Feel free to PM me!
  4. Sorry to hear about your plight. The best way is to ask CaRMS directly if you can drop out of CaRMS and do the US IM match?
  5. To anyone who is interested, Scotiabank is increasing their LOC limit to 350 K! I just emailed my advisor the increase form today, and got it approved shortly this afternoon! They mainly look after your credit score, mine is just good- 760; which is average. I would personally increase it for emergency fund; or to use it for downpayment as last resort (if you don't save 20% and insurance can be more expensive than prime - 0.25% in some cases). Just my two cents
  6. I would apply to both and then decide for your top 1 specialty later. In your personal statement, you can be honest and said that you felt in love with FM later; and if you have post-carms FM electives; I will put it there. Most FM programs look for well-rounded applicants, assuming that you have no red flags with great LORs, you will match to a Canadian FM program somewhere. I know a few people who matched to UofT FM where FM is not their first choice; but they matched because they were well-rounded and shined at the interview. Obviously, as file reviewers, we will rank someone higher if they did a lot of FM electives and strong FM LORs; but you shouldn't not apply to FM because you think your chances are lower at competitive schools. I did notice that FM has become a popular choice in the past years, I wonder if job market and personal flexibility, and more equitable pay has to do with it?! FM programs are great everywhere. The job market is so great, so even if you do your residency training in rural Praries, it's very easy to land a job in Toronto. You can't say the same thing about other specialties besides psychiatry TBH. Most medicine specialties are not flexible and require a lot of sacrifice and moving around. As of a example, I got approached by a lot of people during residency for job opportunities and I am just an average jane done resident. That's the beauty of FM. So if you are geographically limited and committed to one city for spouse or family, the two most flexible specialties are FM and psychiatry. Pediatrics has become saturated nowadays in GTA TBH. Just my two cents
  7. That really sucks! In Quebec, the PREM system has existed for awhile. It's the major reason why I left my home province, as I want to do inner city health with marginalized population who is underserved as well! I wonder if the government recruits IMGs to work in rural and remote communities; they should ACTUALLY PAY ATTENTION of where those IMGS end up working. I know a few who work in GTA; or who get exempted because they work in academic hospitals; or who just not abiding by the contract and no PENALTIES are imposed. What's the point of having IMGs and making them looking attractive to the general public if the government is not making sure that they are serving the rural population??
  8. I think that you should just apply because you don't want to end up unmatched! I couldn't say for Manitoba FM competitiveness. You could check if there were leftover spots for second iteration. You could always say that you discover your passion for FM later in clerkship. For personal connections to Manitoba, you could say you will like to discover the province for the next 2 years. Don't be discouraged by the program's descriptions!
  9. I second Arztin. I had friends who were strong FM candidates, who didn't get invited into Ottawa FM programs. FM programs don't have to rank all the candidates and invite all of them to interviews, if they feel that you are not a good fit. To OP, I would back up with FM programs. Going through second round or being unmatched carries a lot of stigmatization. Depending on your medical school, the support may be there to do a 5th year or not. I won't risk your future career and take CaRMS cautiously. Just my two cents
  10. BC has 17 conservatives seats, 11 liberal seats, 11 NDP seats, 2 Green seats and 1 independent seat (Jodie Wilson). If you look closely at the Vancouver map, it's mostly Liberals vs NDPS. I wonder if the super high cost of living in Vancouver push people for a more progressive government. The surprising turnout of conservatives vs liberals + NDP in BC show the clashes between the rich upper class and struggling middle classes who can't afford a decent housing? https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/22/canada-election-2019-full-results
  11. I won't go to UBC, because their medical school and residency has higher rates of intimidation/ not known for being a good teaching site and less support/supervision while still being a busy academic center. There is 33.3% of suicidal ideation among UBC family medicine residents according to this new CFP article: https://www.cfp.ca/content/65/10/730.abstract Personally, I've heard a lot of horror stories about UBC clerks being bullied and intimidated. UBC Is a popular school because of its location. But Vancouver has the HIGHEST cost of living, with second lowest paid resident salary after Quebec (whom has a very low cost of living). TO be honest, residency is so busy, you won't really have time to enjoy life and go out too much.
  12. I think beside St Michael's Hospital and Sunnybrook Hospital who are tertiary trauma hospitals, they prefer to hire FRCPC, although there are a few CCFP-EM who work there. The majority of other Toronto academic and community hospitals' chiefs are CCFP-EM and don't cherry pick over FRCPC or CCFP-EM. After all, 70-80% of emergency physicians in Canada are family physicians. It depends mostly how you network and impress your future colleagues during your residency/fellowship, if you are a good fit, they will advocate a job position for you. There is not too much point to hire a FRCPC in a community hospital, unless the hiring person is very keen on credentials. At the end of the day, you just need to find someone who will get along with the rest of the group and provides good service to the patients. A lot of soft skills can't be taught in medical school/residency. We tend to think that the most brilliant people get hired in coveted academic positions, but actually they tend to have strong interpersonal skills and connect well with the department.
  13. Thanks for letting us know! There was an infuriating post by another forum member asking why Canadian GPs are more "overpaid" compared to American GPs?
  14. No, because the overhead is lower. The rental cost pushes higher overhead, and I assume that employees in Vancouver expect to get higher pay given the insane cost of rent in downtown. The same thing applies to other major urban cities. Of note, B.C is one of the lower paying provinces after Quebec for family medicine. In other provinces, if you are efficient and do some inpatient or find a clinic with lower overhead, you can make 300 K easily as well. A lot of GP work part time: i.e 3-4 days per week with no evening/overnight and weekend duties; and hence the overall CMA lower GP pay. Overall, people choose family medicine for the flexibility, lifestyle and great job market that other specialties don't offer. So overall, my FM colleagues are not very "keen" on making more money rather than living comfortably. If you are an efficient physician seeing > 30 patients per day, and doing some other side inpatient work, you will get very well remunerated as a Family Physician.
  15. I think for GP derm private procedures like botox and fillers, the challenge is that patient shops around and can be challenging in term of their expectations. If they can afford to see a dermatologist, they would go see a cosmetic dermatologist. You end up with patients who are well-educated and would prefer a MD to inject botox and fillers; but sometimes want unrealistic results. You also have to get your name out there for patients to pick you. There is no referral needed, as it's not covered by the government. The lack of regulation around cosmetic dermatology, allows any allied health to inject botox: i.e: cosmetician, nurse; etc; which is worrisome as botox does have side effects and can cause damages.
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