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  1. bearded frog

    Can nurse practitioners call themselves doctors?

    Maybe the NP has a phd, in that case they can call herself Dr. X, as long as they also say they're an NP up front.
  2. Got to give you credit for at least coming out and saying that you're in it for the boob-jobs instead of insisting that you just really really want to help burn victims!
  3. bearded frog

    Bad Terms with a Potential Verifier

    AFAIK, the verifier doesn't have to be your boss, just somebody who can say, yes, X did work here between A and B. It doesn't have to be your boss and they don't have to go into detail about your performance as its not a recommendation. Like if there was a HR department they probably couldn't comment on your performance very much anyway, so no problem to use someone else at the company who wasn't your direct boss.
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    Mental Health and Medical School

    I know a lot of residents who are on medication for anxiety. If you can manage it on treatment it shouldn't be more than increased paperwork on insurance/licensing applications.
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    "Are you sure you want to go into family?"

    I think you're reading this wrong, and it might have nothing to do with prestige, its just how people complement you. Like I'm sure if there was a surgery gunner who did well on their family med rotation and the family doc attending said "sure you don't want to do family" with a smile as a complement then nobody would get offended by it. It's just another way of saying you did a good job, as good as a job as someone who would want to do this as a career. I've been told that multiple times in med school and on subspeciality rotations in residency.
  6. I guess what I am trying to say is that, without knowing your background, the majority of admissions committees want a diverse group of admitted students, and there's no explicit bias against certain backgrounds. Being a victim of trauma isn't contentious, it's an unfortunately too common occurrence, and overcoming that, and using it as a drive to be a physician, is as good a reason as any to become a doctor.
  7. bearded frog

    FM in Canada Vs USA

    Family medicine salary will vary so much based on how you practice and where you practice, and the variation in taxes/cost of living, means that comparing US vs Canada isn't vary helpful. General statistics I've seen are $220 000 USD vs $250 000 CAD, but these are old numbers. https://www.medscape.com/slideshow/2018-compensation-family-physician-6009655#2 https://www.cma.ca/Assets/assets-library/document/en/advocacy/Family-e.pdf
  8. Please don't let that be the impression you take away from this thread. I think that being genuine is extremely important in these situations, and if its your experience, your passion coming through speaking about it will be better than just being generic without the passion. What we mean to say is that if its important to you, 100% talk about it, but understand that in anything to do with trauma we need to be professional. Again I think if its important you should talk about it, but talk about it in a way that conveys that you realize there is a chance the person your talking to suffers from PTSD from their own trauma, and that shouldn't affect an interview scenario, you need to demonstrate that you can talk in a similar way with patients who have lived traumatic experiences.
  9. So the issue isn't that trauma is stigmatized, it's that an interview is supposed to be a smooth positive experience, that makes the interviewer feel good about the interviewee. Now if you were to bring up a past trauma, they aren't going to stigmatize you for whatever it was, it's that you might throw the interviewer off a little bit, and they have to take a second and make sure they are respectful. They won't deduct marks for being traumatized, but now subconsciously they have been set off, and subconscious bias may come into play. Having a history of personally needing medical treatment or having a close family member/friend needing care setting you down the path to medical school is a very common story. You need to consider how to make yours unique. If you have tangential experience that you can talk about, all the better. Say things like, "When I was younger I had personal experience of the health care system from a patient perspective, and came to respect the job that physicians do to victims of X trauma. Since then I have been active with X outreach group for victims of X trauma, and would like to further my goals to help other victims through practising as a physician." While saying the same thing, implying it instead of explicitly saying, still gets your point across without being jarring. I 100% don't mean to undermine your experience, and it's up to you, as you are the only one who knows your circumstances, how you want to convey yourself and your experiences, as its your career. If you feel like being more direct is more your style and will play well than by all means.
  10. Some people look at their LOC and use it as an excuse to get an expensive car, live in a too nice place or without roomates if its not a big deal to them, or go on fancy trips... minimize this.
  11. bearded frog

    CaRMS 2019 Interview -- DISCUSSIONS

    No, but you can reapply for the second round in subsequent years. You can definitely try to transfer. Generally you will have to wait until a few months into residency though. You start by going through your own PGME office and they reach out to the PGME office of where you want to go. Note switching sites within the same program is different and will be entirely within your program, can't comment on that. In terms of ease of transfer, its generally easier to transfer from 2+ to 2 year programs due to provincial funding, and within school/province cause the money follows you. If you already have 5 years of funding then programs don't need to find other funding if you're transferring within province. Here is the ranking from easiest to hardest: Royal college -> family medicine at same school Royal college -> royal college program at same school family medicine -> royal college at same school royal college -> family medicine at different school in same province royal college -> royal college (including same specialty) at different school within province family medicine -> royal college at different school within province royal college -> family medicine at school in different province royal college -> royal college (including same specialty) at school in different province family medicine -> royal college at school in different province If you're trying to go out of province you need to rely on the destination school having funding, ie one of their residents drops out or transfers out of province. They will usually prioritize students from other programs in their own school first though. Once a school/program has said they are interested and a spot is available, you need to get a letter of good standing from your current PD, so they will know at that point, but you don't have to let them know until then, the PGME office is usually good about discretion. Obviously if you have any red flags then this gets much more difficult.
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    Grand Rounds and Other ways to stand out

    Depends on the size of the program, but unless you are involved in research in that program, a medical student just showing up for grand rounds when not on that rotation would be odd. Now if you were somehow able to present at grand rounds - that would stand out
  13. bearded frog

    Family medicine subspecialties

    Both U of Sask and U of Alberta offer formal +1 for FP as an "enhanced surgical skills" training for basic gen surg procedures and c-sections. UBC, Manitoba, NOSM, and U of A offer a partial add-on year in ceserian section for family docs. So you can be fully qualified as a FD. See this page: https://ess.rccbc.ca/
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    CaRMS 2019 Interview -- DISCUSSIONS

    It's a tough break and I realize its too late, but for anyone else reading this thread, if you really don't want to do your backup specialty you always have the option of not matching and trying again the following year with more electives/research/letters and back up then as well. You have to start and do X days of your match, although I don't remember what the penalty is for not doing it. You likely will not be able to switch or transfer prior to starting, as other than Iqaluit there were no open funded peds spots after first round. Once you start you can approach the peds PD about the possibility of a transfer, your PGME office about transfer to programs at other schools, and consider an carms application for any second round spots the following year.
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