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  1. Ontario: most psychologists are billing $150-200 per hour. I do not know the rules in PEI for delegating psychotherapy to others. I do know that if you are in Ontario you can get a license for PEI to possibly providing virtual care to those in PEI. Psychotherapy could be a very good thing for PEI residents given the high demand for child and adolescent and adult psychiatry with ++ wait lists. If you have an interest in GP psychotherapy there may be a role for this. Anything can be modified by a government so I don't know what is doable now is sustainable in the future regarding virtual care from another province or the delegations of tasks such as psychotherapy.
  2. are you under a week from being done what are your plans? this is terrific!!!
  3. As someone who it took 5 tries to get in to Mac (year 1 of trying- no interview, year 2-4 interviewed but no offer and not waitlisted, year 5 interviewed and offered admission) I offer this advice: Use this year to reflect on what ways you feel you can improve your application and prepare for your guaranteed interview next year. Use this year to your advantage, whatever that may be for you. This is huge to be able to not worry about whether you would be granted an interview or not. Every year I had applied I didn't know if I would receive an interview and I feel very grateful for the opportunity I have been given. Yes , I can imagine you are really discouraged about how this year's admissions process has unfolded but don't let it get you down. Sometimes disappointment like this can be a silver lining that is yet to be discovered.
  4. with the same kind of trajectory to practice here in Ontario!! and I am sure both are assets to the medical communities they serve. I am glad it has worked out for your friend
  5. we might know the same person, is this person now working in Hamilton?
  6. look at CME events in locations like Cape Cod, east coast, west coast and plan a vacation around these venues so it can be a business expense. You can still get a piece of summer vacation while getting CME. This is what I have done and it sure helps to make something out of the summer. I went to Cape Cod last summer for a course and I felt so rejuvenated. I would have done it again this summer and was booked for it but due to Covid my family and I are not going. Awesome news that you are almost done this post grad journey.
  7. that's a tough one....mac med grad and western trained resident here (grew up in London and not biased at all LOL ) ........welcome to the club........where ever you end up going it will be worth it.......
  8. I hope you can get off the wait list at Western, can you wait until the 11th hour on Tuesday?
  9. I was looking at the chart last night and figured you would be getting a notification this week Congratulations
  10. I am the shrink who was a high school teacher before medicine Love your post!!!
  11. Wonderful to hear!!! Long journey for you. Way to go !! I have wondered how its been going for you down there and even more so since COVID hit. We are doing a lot of telemedicine here in Ontario. I am sure you have heard about the hospital/clinic situations. Next week the government has started to open up the elective surgeries and some clinics will start to see how they can open but most important will be PPE and patient/staff safety.
  12. hi Summergirl25, I read your post. What resonated for me was your feeling that Dal was more your vibe....I think listening to your gut is important. There are prons/cons to both places as you mentioned. At the end of the day you want to feel like you made the best decision for you and where you can really picture yourself going and why. There for sure will be opportunities to even come back to Ontario for electives, summer vacations during med school etc. I don't think going to a school for medicine out of province would disadvantage you in any way when it comes to Carms. I would say to go for it.....I am excited for you that you have this opportunity.
  13. do your intern year and try to see if you can switch out of your program into family med- it can be done
  14. I will chime in here. I would encourage you to talk with someone. To give you some perspective, it took me 5 years to get into McMaster (after being granted interviews the last 4 years I applied) . It was my dream school and the only one I applied to. I was too afraid to write the MCAT because I was a non-traditional student and I was so intimidated by what you had to know in science, chemistry and physics and I talked myself out of writing it and of course it narrowed down my choices for which school I could apply to. I was a teacher before I was accepted into medicine. I graduated from my 5 year residency when I was 33. The best friends I have are the ones I made in med school. I had the time of my life in medical school and why- likely because as med students you have so much in common and one would hope there is a genuine degree of caring for your fellow classmates and the competitiveness of getting in was behind me and I was not interested in going after a super competitive speciality. I met my significant other as an intern and I was in a long distance relationship for over 3 years. I found ways of making it work including transferring programs (cities) so I could live with my husband. I think some of the negativity about medicine may come from being talking to people on the front lines and as the Ontario government goes, the fact that the MD's of Ont. have not had a contract in over 5 years. It would be easy for me to get caught up in all of this but then it comes back to reflecting on what it took for me to get accepted to my dream school, the sacrifices that got me there and how much I love my job with the autonomy it brings me and how priviledged I feel to be able to help people in the capacity I do. I treat many people who hate their jobs (from all walks of life) and are struggling because this is what they need to do to feed their families and keep a roof over their heads. I saw a patient today who will be able to have life changing treatment soon instead of waiting for another year. I made time to see this patient on a day I usually don't work (trying to arrive at that life-work-working mom balance). The gratitude this patient felt and being able to leave my office "with a plan" made my day. For me, medicine comes down to making a difference in peoples lives and feeling good about what contributions you can make. It also means being realistic too about your limitations, what makes you apprehensive and what you can see yourself doing at the end of the day. There is so much flexibility in medicine and that is what is so great about it. It can take some time to find your way in medicine and find your niche. I hope you can take some time and think this decision through.
  15. LOL- congrats- you had 2 posts on May 30th that appeared to count you out of the running for a spot....so glad it has all worked out for you now go celebrate !!!
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