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  1. Rorzo

    Medical Genetics

    If you don't end up finding a resident, I had an excellent elective with Dr. Murray Potter at Mac who was more than happy to go over all of those logistical things while I was with him. From what I can recall the job market was pretty bad, and even when you find a job you're likely to be running a lab and doing a lot of QI instead of what most people imagine with medical genetics.
  2. If you're in Ontario my understanding is that it isn't necessarily 85%, just reimbursing whatever extra you paid over the base rate. I got reimbursed 2722.50 in 2018 (first payment of the year was over 664.50), so I'm claiming 235.50
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    How to be a a competitive applicant

    You should certainly know research methodology for family, however I don't think it's that relevant in being a competitive applicant. I can't speak for other schools, however at mine I reviewed some 20 family applications each of this year and last, and have seen 1 family medicine related research project in that entire time. You can be very competitive without it, and the vast majority of applicants are. In residency, our research project can be a QI project as well, with lots of support working through it so it's not all that needed for the future either.
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    MMI Prep: Current news

    You don't have to know current medical or political news. It can certainly help add to a question, in some cases quite significantly, but all of the questions are made and validated long before interview day
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    Endocrinologist Lack Of Info

    As it stands you can read many articles in the media outlining the arguments about whether or not to make such information available to the public. The raw data can be misleading with physicians receiving no benefits, some people paying 30% overhead, others billing an additional 30% privately, and countless other things. Every medical student who's a member of the OMA already has access and I think that's a fantastic idea - it can make a huge impact on their career decisions and there's tons of people surrounding them to put the numbers in to context. However, I do question how good of an idea it is to post that data on a completely public forum when the OMA has recently gone to court to keep it private.
  6. Family medicine, and job offers will come up in residency. Part of the reason I ended up in family is that you have so much flexibility. Once you're staff, the only barriers you have to work around are the ones you put up yourself. Don't want to take call? Don't want to work Tuesdays? Never want to run a clinic? That's all your choice, yeah it will limit your job options and salary potential, but you're the boss and there's nothing stopping you from putting yourself in a situation you want to be in
  7. In my experience, PIs and funding sources couldn't care less how many degrees you had as long as you were doing something relevant when you applied
  8. Primary care as he mentioned can allow you to work a few days per week, especially with a group practice or in certain locums. In my example above, you can take urgent care/ER shifts basically as often as you want. Basically just find something where you aren't dependent on working for OR time, or need to cover call - for me the vast majority of those opportunities seemed to show up in family medicine and it's branches, but I've also seen similar from peds and psych
  9. I won't be so flippant as to say just try it out, but I would ask you to try to take a step back and look at your situation objectively. At the end of the day, the only thing that matters is your happiness, and I do think there are many paths withing medicine that can be fulfilling for a wide variety of people; I also think it's incredibly easy to make numerous small sacrifices for dubious goals that accumulate to an overall frustrating life. I've absolutely experienced that miserable feeling you're describing, few people get to experience being berated by someone at 4am because you're still on the low end of the totem pole in your mid twenties. And there are a ton of people in my med school class who pushed themselves to do research in med school on top of that, put time in to networking, over-studied for every test, only to continue the cycle for another 6 years of residency. You don't have to do that if that's not your picture of happiness though. I was initially pushing for a difficult specialty and I would feel anxious every second I wasn't working on my research project, I was attending rounds for that specialty and doing additional clinic on top of normal school duties, and I honestly felt terrible. Then I realized that this doesn't have to be my life, my peers from high school who I was jealous of treated their jobs like a job and there was no reason I had to let it consume my life. I studied to around the median, I played sports and video games instead of researching, and I got in to a fantastic community family medicine program. And now my average days are 9-4 with some charting on either end and the occasional home call. And while I found a niche I'm really excited to pursue full time, I know someone who recently graduated and makes 80k a year off one hard day of work per week - something you won't find in any other field and allows him to pursue his true passions. So that's where I'd ask you to be objective. Whatever career you're comparing medical school to, don't compare it to the jaded or overworked staff you never hope to be. Compare it to what you, with your values, would do with that degree. I can't guarantee it's for everyone, but if you've come this far there's a very strong chance you find something that works for you better on many levels than most alternatives.
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    Endocrinologist Lack Of Info

    OMA has billing data available on their site for all specialties if you're a member.
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    2017 Carms Applicants

    There was both at the afternoon session, can't imagine it wouldn't be there in the morning
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    Clinic Im Specialties Vs. Fm

    Pretty much any IM specialty CAN be lifestyle, but it's a matter of how much income you'd be sacrificing. Cardio for example - there are people with outpatient a-fib clinics, but you can bet that the guys in the cath lab at 3am are making more money. As staff if you're not affiliated with a hospital, you can set your own work hours, you don't have to worry about what is typical. You can open up a private clinic pretty much anywhere for most IM specialties and just let the local Family doctors know and you'll get a practice pretty quickly. Jobs in hospital clinics are mostly academic positions, so harder to get, but not impossible. Community hospitals would be another story I'm not familiar with. Pay is staff dependent again. Some FM work 2 days a week and make less than 100k, others run the ER, have a dozen inpatients, and do OB on top of their clinic and clear 400k. With rheum I've been with preceptors who left at 3 to pick up their kids and made similar to what you'd expect FM doing that to make, and I've seen practices with long hours focused on getting through patients billing $3500 a day. If you don't want to go rural I'd say on average the IM specialties pay more, but that average takes in to account individual priorities that may not apply to you - the nature of the job is going to matter so much more than whatever the difference in income would be that it's be best to just do what you want. On CTU in an academic center our attendings were 50/50 GIM vs subspecialists like rheum/endo/nephro, I'm sure you'd be able to practice GIM in a community center if that's what you want to do. Of note though, some excellent physicians are unable to get jobs in academic centers with the 4 year GIM, if your goal is something like that I'd aim for the 5 year.
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    Carms 2017 Interview Invites

    Anatomical Pathology: Memorial, McMaster, Ottawa, Alberta, Calgary, Toronto, Western, Queen's, McGill Anesthesiology: NOSM, Ottawa, Sherbrooke, Western Cardiac Surgery: Montréal Dermatology: Edmonton Diagnostic Radiology: Saskatchewan, Dalhousie, MUN, McGill, Queen's, Calgary, Manitoba Emergency Medicine: Queen's Family Medicine: Laval, Sherbrooke, Montreal, Western, McGill, Toronto, Alberta Rural, Dalhousie General Surgery: McGill Internal Medicine: Laval Laboratory Medicine: Medical Biochemistry: Medical Genetics: Calgary, UBC Neurology: Manitoba, Western, McGill, Ottawa, Dalhousie, UBC, Calgary Neurology - Pediatric: McMaster, McGill, Ottawa Neuropathology: Neurosurgery: Western, UBC Obstetrics and Gynecology: Memorial, Manitoba Ophthalmology: UBC, Manitoba Orthopedic Surgery: Manitoba, Calgary Otolaryngology: Edmonton Pediatrics: U of T, Calgary Plastic Surgery: PM&R: Psychiatry: McMaster, Memorial, Western, Manitoba, Dalhousie, McGill, Sherbrooke, Queen's Radiation Oncology: Queen's, Toronto Urology: Vascular Surgery: Toronto, UBC
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    Carms 2017 Interview Invites

    Anatomical Pathology: Memorial, McMaster, Ottawa Anesthesiology: NOSM (Jan 22) Cardiac Surgery: Dermatology: Diagnostic Radiology: Saskatchewan (Jan.27-28) Emergency Medicine: Family Medicine: Laval (Jan 6), Sherbrooke (Jan 16), Montreal (Jan 13), Western General Surgery: Internal Medicine: Laboratory Medicine: Medical Biochemistry: Medical Genetics: Calgary Neurology: Manitoba (Jan 30), Western (Jan 26) Neurology - Pediatric: Neuropathology: Neurosurgery: Obstetrics and Gynecology: Ophthalmology: Orthopedic Surgery: Otolaryngology: Pediatrics: Plastic Surgery: PM&R: Psychiatry: McMaster, Memorial, Western, Manitoba Radiation Oncology: Urology: Vascular Surgery:
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    2017 Carms Applicants

    Help over phone is incredibly quick, if you can spare some time over a lunch break it will be worth it. I sent a question via email, called them and had it answered in 5 minutes the next day, and got an email response 2 days after that