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  1. I was referring to the first 3 years of residency. But even staff life is variable, you can find niche's with better and worse lifestyles. https://www.cma.ca/Assets/assets-library/document/en/advocacy/ObGyn-e.pdf
  2. The OBs/Gyn lifestyle isn't too terrible, probably on par with Internal Medicine. You can also find niche's that have less call, for example fertility.
  3. I did an international elective, i found it was useful because it was a great conversation topic and unique aspect of my application. Certain schools have more opportunities than others. For example, I would be more cautious about doing these things at Calgary and Quebec schools because many of these schools have less elective time, but schools like UBC and Mac have a lot of elective time and are suited to this. You can also consider taking your summer between 2nd and 3rd year and doing an international elective. I would also recommend doing these electives earlier on as opposed to closer to CaRMS.
  4. We have a lot of new rehab/chronic care hospitals lately in Toronto. Always a good thing, we need more beds for patients for sure.
  5. I think they factor in both, but everyone weighs things like interest and lifestyle differently. For me i recognized pretty early that i enjoyed working with my hands and that i liked emergencies, and became interested in specialties without much lifestyle. Early on, I was happy to do something with a 60 hour or so work week, but even that wasn't enough for the specialties I was considering. Eventually i had to make a decision and I realized I was someone who enjoyed challenges and probably didn't need to have as many hobbies or didn't enjoy hobbies as much as other people did. This helped me make my decision. With that being said, there isn't a right or wrong answer, it all depends on your individual circumstances.
  6. I think its because Canadian schools know Canadian grads better and Canadian grads are able to network better and are perceived as more committed to Canada and they do more electives in Canada naturally. Canadian residencies don't usually have any reason to take US medical grads especially when Canadian medical grads are available, interested, closer and have more networking opportunities. The few Canadian US MD grads i know of who have matched to Canadian specialty residencies have gone to Ivy League medical schools, so perceived prestige/reputation may play a role.
  7. I'm going to guess anything that comes with the title of assistant professor would count as academic. With that being said, according to RoS rules, you must still spend at least 20 hours a week practicing in a community that is RoS eligible, but you are able to get the academic appointment. So, you wouldn't be able to for example work at Trillium full time and be an assistant professor, but you could work in R. Hill and be an assistant professor.
  8. Yeah they aren't, but my point is that it isn't a real RoS. I'm not against the idea of allowing IMGs to work in academic centers in Toronto and Ottawa, i'm just against the wording of RoS, since in my opinion it is misleading people. People who want to argue in favour of continuing to have IMG only spots often use the argument that IMGs have return of service, implying that they work in rural communities, but like i've mentioned, it isn't really true, there are few limits to where IMGs can work in Ontario.
  9. In fact, if you get an academic job, you can avoid the ROS. So the only thing the ROS is useful for is to prevent people from working in community hospitals in Toronto and Ottawa. That is basically the most meaningless ROS ever.
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    MD/PHD Granting Institution

    oh you mean MD or PhD right?
  11. Edict

    MD/PHD Granting Institution

    which school is this
  12. I would just send out emails to profs you are interested in. The more interested you are, the more effort you can put into the email. For example, if you read up on their research, you can talk about how you know about their work and are interested in it. Profs read tons of emails like this, but to stand out you should know their previous work and show that you really want to be involved with their work. An alternative is to just go for volume, and eventually you will find a prof who is looking for someone to help with work.
  13. I heard for the ones given post 2nd round this past year, you can't, but for the regular ones in Ontario for IMGs, the answer is yes you can.
  14. Its not easy being either, although I do have to say that whatever we do, we cannot just open the floodgates because it would destroy the profession. The issue with Australian and Irish schools, is that these are schools that have figured out that they can make a handsome profit by training people from overseas, and then ultimately leaving them with questionable job opportunities. They want to have their cake and eat it, and to do this they lower their entry standards significantly. It is not our responsibility to accept these people back. In a sense they have skipped the line.
  15. They are ranked high because the university does a lot of research. I believe it is 2nd in the world for volume of research. The world rankings are biased in favour of research, due in part because its hard to compare education and employment prospects from country to country. Ultimately, world rankings don't mean anything more than impressing relatives, employment prospects and education matter more and in that regard, you'll find that there's no correlation between that and world rankings. Regarding employment prospects, these are the same at any school in Canada if you want to go through CaRMS. If you want to go into healthcare consulting, that may be a different story. Regarding education, each school is very different and this is not represented at all by world rankings. If you are interested in an academic career but are unsure of direction, Toronto has an advantage, and broadly speaking, world rankings do judge this somewhat reasonably well. Schools that are ranked highly in the medicine world rankings do tend to publish a lot of medical research. If you are interested in a specific topic, the world rankings don't do that justice as whomever is world leading in the field could be at any university.
  16. Because they are in need, whereas the other specialties aren't in need around the country. No, its easier from the US, you can apply for local spots whereas if u go to Aus Ire or any other country u apply for special foreign spots, which are limited in specialty and often come with return of service agreements making you sure in a rural area for a certain number of years after you graduate.
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    McGill vs UBC

    UBC does take a lot of their own. For sure, its a big part preference, but it does help if you ask me no question. Also its a bit of a moot point for the OP since OP wants to just be in BC all the time. Which means, if they got into UBC they should go since it means 4 more years of life in the province they love.
  18. You could easily get into international schools in australia, ireland etc. given your stats. Just be aware that if you do go, you will have to work hard, but not only that you probably will have to accept family medicine, peds, psych in any location in order to match to Canada. The US or staying there is an option, but be sure you are willing to make that commitment before going.
  19. The problem is that because of parallel hirearchies, people in the nursing hierarchy can get away with bad behaviour. I've seen RNs through shade and sass on fellows. I've had this kind of thing happen to me as well as a resident. The vast majority of people are nice, its usually one or two people at most. I think one of the things you learn quite quickly is to not take it personally, if you give them 0 response and you don't let what they say affect you, it helps a lot.
  20. non procedural internal medicine specialties probably yes, especially if you are willing to go rural. If you must be in Vancouver, then probably no unless you are willing to take a pay cut by doing only outpatient or waiting around networking hoping to get a position in hospital/procedural.
  21. Its not about patience, its about a lot of factors: the job market, your skills and what you bring to the table, your specialty (huge huge huge) and others. I would say if you want to stay in your province, strongly consider if you'd be happy with a field like family medicine. Few specialist trainees get away with staying in their own province for their entire lives.
  22. This 100%. If you are someone who wants to live abroad one day, wants to live where you want when you want, or specifically wants to live in a big city, keep in mind, medicine makes this very challenging if not impossible for some specialties more than others.
  23. You might actually find that the people who only have an undergrad degree often are the ones who end up in surgery. Having just an undergrad is more of an advantage than you think, many of the people who just have an undergrad are younger and are able to spend the time to pursue a grad degree during residency. Typically, a grad degree you do during residency is much more relevant to your future career since by that time you have a better idea of what you want to do and you have the resources to achieve that. What residency programs care about is your productivity and your future potential as opposed to a pure volume/numbers game. They often take people who are only 6-7 years out of high school as surgical residents, there may be some self selection going on, but if it were the case that the more on your resume the better, these people wouldn't have matched into surgery. I also wouldn't say that having a MSc or PhD before med school hurts you in CaRMS, i would say theres room for all types of candidates and they don't go out of their way to give points to those who have a MSc or PhD as opposed to those who don't and they don't look down on those who did do a grad degree before med either. Depending on your ultimate chosen specialty, research may or may not even matter. But if it does matter, all you need to do is do some research, ideally in your chosen specialty, during med school, then mention that you are interested in research in your residency interviews and you'll have checked the box.