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  1. I passed the RC a couple of years ago, but have been working in the US since. Is there any reason to maintain Royal College membership if I am not currently practicing in Canada? I assume if/when I return to Canada, I can reactivate my membership somehow? The dues are expensive and it seems unnecessary if you're not working in Canada.
  2. B visas are easy to obtain at the border, for Canadians at least. You should definitely check with the school to find out which visa they require; they may not be able to on-board you if you enter on the wrong visa.
  3. Sorry for the late reply, but why do you think you'll need the USMLEs? I'm not totally convinced it's necessary for you.
  4. I don't know how often J1 physicians use it to stay in the US, but it's definitely possible, and the threshold is far lower than a Nobel. You should PM me for more details if you decide to work in the US after your fellowship (assuming you're on a J1).
  5. This is generally correct, but I would add that it is possible to stay and work in the US on an O visa after having trained on a J1. Just be aware this is an option for some trainees in case they decide to stay in the US and work after fellowship.
  6. I know of a few US trained pathologists who moved to Canada to practice. I do not believe any of them did electives during residency. All of the ones I know trained at a top-tier US program. Happy to answer any specific questions you have. Why are you set on doing residency training in the US? I would recommend doing residency in Canada, and going back down south for a fellowship. Your training will be a year longer, but you will have a more sane, reasonable time during residency. The best US residencies can be brutal. Most Canadian programs are very humane.
  7. They have someone in mind with this posting. It was obviously crafted to suit a particular applicant.
  8. I also know of a Canadian MD who's doing a fellowship in the US on an O visa. (I think there's some flexibility regarding the "extraordinary ability" requirement). Just another option...
  9. This may turn into a big issue. Since no premium processing is available, I know some PGY1 IMGs were unable to secure a H1B in time to start training on July 1. Programs were caught off guard. I suspect fewer programs will offer to sponsor H1Bs next year given the headaches that were caused this time around.
  10. No, I don't think so. This is something that can be addressed in your personal statements and during interviews.
  11. This might be true for smaller or less desirable programs, but is false for competitive programs. If you only have a two week elective, you will likely not get interviews at some programs.
  12. It may be program dependent, but I don't think including a Step 1 score would have any significant impact (either positive or negative) on your CaRMS ranking. Most Canadian PDs probably don't know what a 'good' score is, anyway. If someone noticed that you had a poor score, they would likely assume that you were writing just to pass (for a potential future fellowship).
  13. I'm not an expert, but I think you can only deduct car expenses if it's included on the T2200E. This may be different from what's stated in the CaRMS program description.
  14. I don't have the time to write a detailed, all-inclusive post, but wanted to add a few points: 1) I did electives in both rads and path as a med student, and preferred path. I only applied to path residencies. I'm very happy and don't regret my decision at all. I would encourage med students to explore as many different specialties as possible. 2) I think choosing a specialty based only income is a recipe for misery later in life. Having said that, path can be more lucrative than alluded to above - there are some pathologists (granted, in small centres) who work far far less than 50 hours a week and still make ~$350K. It is also quite popular to pick up work in private labs, part time, in addition to a "full-time" position. This private lab work pays quite well. 3) I don't think the job market is as bad as Cain says. I don't know any unemployed pathologists. (Admittedly, most people do a fellowship). 4) Cain obviously regrets his decision to pursue pathology, but the vast majority of trainees do not. I know of several residents who have switched from competitive residencies into path, and none have looked back.
  15. I doubt it. But, it's another reason to write them, just to be safe...
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