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  1. what about for already-enrolled residents going into another year of residency? I think there should be a july disbursement?
  2. Thanks for your replies. It's US med school tuition, so, get ready for it... 360,000. Sweet, I know. Alex
  3. Hi I'm in a bit of a unique situation. I'm a current Ontario resident, and a Canadian permanent resident. I'm also an American citizen, and I went to medical school in the US, with US government loans paying tuition. I'm very, very interested in bringing those loans back to Canada to avoid currency conversion fluctuations in the 10 years I expect it will take me to pay them off. I'm wondering if anyone knows if the major banks will extend lines of credit or professional loans, etc. to someone in my circumstances, to pay off the my US loans. Thanks! Alex
  4. update, just because I'm still furious. I contacted my program admin as advised -- thanks! I contacted ECFMG, the US organization that does the verifying. MCC (physiciansapply) says they can't comment on how long ECFMG takes to turn documents around once received in the US. ECFMG says they can't answer any questions about any part of the application process if the applicant is a candidate for the MCC. When pressed -- "MCC says they cannot answer this question, can you" regarding processing times in the US -- they say "No. You have to contact the MCC." End of story. No one, it seems, can answer a simple question about processing times. I say again: What a bunch of nonsense.
  5. It's also awesome how I got to pay $200 or whatever it was for the ECFMG, an American organization operating in the US, to verify my american med degree. They're not even a Canadian company; their principle line of work is verifying foreign medical degrees for work in the US. Thanks for everyone's advice. What a bunch of nonsense.
  6. Hi, I'm just becoming aware of what may be a major problem with my application for the spring 2014 CCFP exam. I'm wondering if others may have had the same experience and if anyone has any advice. I graduated from a US med school. I found out in late December, via an email from physiciansapply, I believe, that applications were open for the spring CCFP exam. I immediately logged in and went through the application process, whereupon I discovered I'd have to submit my diploma from the US med school for verification. OK. I did that, immediately -- it was off to physicians apply in early January. They'd failed to acknowledge it by mid-Jan, so I called, and they said, "Oh yeah, we've got it." Then I checked back into the site today and discovered 3 weeks later, it still isn't verified -- this despite the fact that I did as they initially suggested when submitting it by indicating "FOR THE SPRING 2014 FM EXAM!" They tell me they have a 4-6 week delay in processing documents, THEN they have to send those documents to the US agency that then sends them to my school that then sends confirmation to physiciansapply, that then sends verification of confirmation to the CFPC... The deadline for document approval by the CFPC is March 6th, or else I miss the spring exam. I can't possibly see this all coming together by then. I am at a complete loss... it seems ridiculous -- I'm completely anal retentive and on top of everything. I literally did everything as fast as it was asked of me (maybe a day's delay here or there, but nothing more). How is it possible I could not have this done in time to sit the exam? I feel like throwing up. Anyone else in the same boat? Any advice?
  7. Hi, This topic has been addressed before, in part, but I have a couple of specific questions that I haven't been able to find an answer to. I'm a family med resident hoping to do the R3 EM year. I would love to moonlight a bit during this year to bring in some extra money. It sounds like that is possible, that people do it (I'm in Ontario, btw). What I'm not clear on is the following: 1. When you register with the CPSO, I assume it's as an independent practitioner, and as such, you pay the full license/app fees (close to 2000 dollars at last check). Does this same license cover you for the R3 year of residency, or would I also have to pay for a post-grad education license? 2. Same question re: CMPA. There is the option to pay for restricted registration coverage while in residency, i.e. code 14, or to pay for the full independent coverage (code 35 or 73). Not sure which I'd pick -- or if I would pick the regular post-grad code (12), plus one of these others. 3. Also, would it even be permissible to work shifts in the emerg as a family doctor if I were an R3 EM resident? I mean, without the R3 year I can still go to a rural hospital and work in the ED. I can't see how simply being in an EM program should change that, except I could see an admin person somewhere saying "how can meshuga3 work in an emerg while enrolled in an emerg training program? 4. Finally, and maybe most importantly, how difficult is it to find opportunities to do walk-ins, locums, or the occasional ED shift? I have no idea where to even start looking! Thanks -- I've been on this board since before med school and have always been super-grateful for all the good advice I've gotten.
  8. Hi, I'm planning on applying for the R3 emerg year out of my FM residency, and I'm just wondering how long it typically takes to get a letter of reference in to CaRMS. Specifically, I'm planning on doing an emergency elective in September of next year, which would end on approximately Sept. 23rd. The deadline for getting paperwork into CaRMS is ~4 days later, if I'm to ensure that it will make it in in time for application review to begin. In your experience, those of you who've done the R3 year, how feasible is it to get a reference out of the block immediately prior to the CaRMS application deadline? Thanks!
  9. Can anyone comment on whether the Canada QBank questions are at all representative of the actual MCCQE1 questions, both in substance and in style? I went into Qbank knowing it was less than great but I'd done UWorld already for the USMLE CK exam. I'm just wondering if I can expect my QE answer choices to be ridiculously vague and/or my question stems to be written in broken English with bad grammar and poor spelling.
  10. Is this a cleverly-disguised troll? To repeat an earlier response, the OP does not have a solid grasp of what FMDs do, nor of their scope of practice... and it should also be pointed out that medical "treatment" is as valid as surgical "treatment" (the "cutting open" referred to 2 posts prior). FMDs do both (i.e. an excisional biopsy cures melanoma; HCTZ, with a bit of imagination, cures hypertension). You can do plenty of surgical assist as an FMD, and if you're really gung-ho, you could probably travel to the middle of nowhere and do a few appys. But, seeing as you appear pretty down on FM -- and you're not entirely clear on what it involves, to boot -- I'd suggest sticking with susrgery.
  11. does anyone know when the confirmed date of the U of T interview will be sent out for Toronto FM? (I got an invite and was asked to select my top three dates, with the promise of a confirmed date sometime in the future.)
  12. Re: Procedures. I don't mean anything terribly fancy. I mean more time for derm biopsies, I&Ds, perhaps resetting fractures if your office is capable of handling same-days and has an x-ray suite, or draining effusions (i.e. lower-acuity stuff that doesn't necessarily have to go to the ED), joint injections, that sort of thing. All stuff FMDs are perfectly capable of, but a lot of which may get referred in a very high-throughput practice. And I don't mean just procedures. I mean more time for that, if that's your thing, but also more time for managing your own sick patients in hospital (family medicine isn't just an outpatient specialty), for arranging palliative care for dying patients, for thinking very hard about that elusive rheum or immunologic diagnosis and ordering appropriate tests before referrring onto the specialist.
  13. You know, I don't usually hop on these boards to comment -- more just to read what others have to say (which has been very helpful over the course of my training, I'd add) -- but I feel like I have to say something here. In my opinion, yes, I agree with Moo, and others, that NPs are now, or will be, with expanded training, capable of performing general primary care as well as FMDs. However, as a previous poster has noted, I see this as an opportunity to focus on those rare diagnoses that Moo points out would normally be referrals, or to perform procedures, or to, generally, do more "broad-spectrum" family medicine. I'm going into family medicine, and while I don't relish the idea of doing less bread and butter medicine, I do think that I'll appreciate having the time to spend more time with more complicated patients, or do procedures, or what have you. Now if only payment models could be adopted that would encourage this sort of approach... (e.g. capitation/blended reimbursement).
  14. There was a thread a little while back that had some data on odds that an applicant would match to their 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and so on choices for FM. I'm just wondering if that's floating around anywhere. I can't find it, and I would sleep a lot easier if I could...
  15. What would people's thoughts be on board scores (the official transcripts, that is)? I know Canada doesn't really care about the USMLE (for obvious reasons), but if I took Steps 1 and 2, should I forward the transcript, or just record the score in the appropriate spot online?
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