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  1. let me add one other perspective on it as well, because you also have to remember that a FM training vs. lets say internal med specialist is at least ~3 years shorter. If you are making 350K as a family doc (working resident hours ~80hrs/week), that's still ~250K/year of income MORE than how much internal resident makes in PGY3, 4, and 5 EACH YEAR. Times 3, by the time a specialist graduates, you are 750K ahead of them in terms of investment. Let's say you don't want to put that 750K in appreciating assets, and assuming an internal med specialist makes ~100-150K more than FM / year , it means that the average specialist has to work another 6-7 years (after 5 years of training) to get to the same financial level of a family doc. point being, I think with 2 years of training, considering all the other factors such as flexibility (which imo is huge), a 250-300K income is amazing for a family doctor.
  2. For someone like me who is backing up with family medicine and has not had any FM-specific items on his CV, I am struggling a lot applying to FM programs across the country to minimize my chances of going unmatched. FM programs like UofT, and UBC are competitive and FM programs like Alberta, Calgary, and Manitoba are asking questions about my specific ties to manitoba, or why specifically alberta or calgary. I guess my question is, how competitive are these FM programs, and for someone like me who probably will have mediocre essays (due to the lack of FM-oriented CV), am I screwed? I thought programs in less desirable areas like Manitoba would be easy to get into but looking at what they are asking to be on their personal statement, i don't know if I should just put a crappy letter together and submit or just avoid applying. Thanks and sorry if I am not being clear.
  3. I actually did not know this and I'm very glad that I saw this thread.
  4. Even with 250K billing, minus over head and income tax, you are looking at 100-110K, meaning you'd be looking at 9-10K.
  5. could you elaborate on this? do you need a 2+1 to do those regional blocks etc? i know anesthesiologists and emerg physicians having pain clinics but they mostly do regional blocks or US guided blocks
  6. I do agree that only a fraction of IM residents seem content with their life during residency and thats because they truly loved what they were doing and they were happy doing those 80-100 hours weeks. Those who chose IM for the wrong reasons either switch out or live a miserable life during the residency hoping it does get better at the end. From my experience, 8 out of 10 IM residents I encountered were miserable and burnt out. Question for everyone; how does life in IM residency compare to Peds? Both similar in terms of length, CTU, ICU/NICU, and 1 in 4 call schedule.
  7. I must say that I have been learning a lot from you and have been finding your posts very insightful -thank you for being so honest and sharing your thoughts. Would you say that for residency as well or just for when you become a staff? How tolerable is living in a city you don't like or far from family for 3-4 years? This is an important conversation we all need to have with our selves.
  8. Any idea about how we can access such list?
  9. I think you'll be fine for the next year, but might become a bit difficult when you are in your 4th year and he is starting clerkship.
  10. can someone elaborate please? what does this entail?
  11. completely agree with this but then when I talk to my mentors, some of them say remember everything will become boring and mundane at one point and not earning enough money to pay for mortgage or kids loan etc. can also be stressful esp if ur working a high number of hours... to be honest with you I can totally see myself doing almost all the non-surgical specialties as I've enjoyed them all, now because of my family and situation, I prefer to choose something that is lifestyle friendly and well compensated.
  12. true... you guys are making a very fair point here what if I like money, not competitive for derm/plastics/ophtho, hate obgyn, scared of IM residency, and I enjoyed all my other rotations.. anesthesia??
  13. Reassuring because you can increase your billings by being more efficient + attracting a higher volume. Better than seeing 50 pts like FM and still making less than FM.
  14. Thanks dude! So basically they are low billing because they aren't seeing as many patients not that they are getting paid LESS per patient necessarily right? I want to make sure that I am understanding it correct that is all. So for e.g. it says Cardio consult $150, if <16 y/o $170. Peds cardiologist is billing $170 but for whatever reason they are not seeing the same volume, hence the low over all billing? This is very reassuring!
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