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  1. I mean, this is between you and RBC. They can do whatever offers and plans they want.
  2. Depends on why he averaged a B- in undergrad. Which is exactly the way med schools will see it. He doesn't need to do 4 years. Having done graduate school myself, graduate courses are graded/scaled completely differently and it is a different kind of work from undergrad, and generally easy to do well (It's why medical schools don't look at graduate GPAs). Assuming he's not just mediocre at undergraduate level courses and something happened and now changed and he can hit 3.9, he should be able to apply after 2 years at many schools. It's not insulting at all to think someone may want to take an extra 2 years and be a excellent Canadian applicant as opposed to the gamble that is overseas medical school with, realistically, limitations on specialty choices if he does match back to Canada or forced to live in the states for a 2-5 year residency.
  3. From what I understand, the example is that in Ontario, hospitals are set up in hospital groups, such as The University Health Network, Sinai Health, and Unity Health, all in Downtown Toronto. Each has its own admin, policies, EMR, etc. Money is given to each group, which they then divide up to each hospital etc, and a separate set of money is given to things like home care, preventative health, and primary care, which have their own budgets etc. If you are a doc at one group you generally work within your group. In other provinces, like BC, there are defined health regions which administrate health care within their region. For instance the Vancouver Island Health Authority oversees health care on Vancouver Island. You work for the health authority and the hospitals are run by the authority, for instance both Victoria General and Royal Jubilee hospital. Primary care and home care etc. are also run by the health authority, with shared services and EMR etc. I think the idea is to make the LHIN, which already exist on paper, more powerful and have more control over health care in their area. In theory, this might be better, as if you can control everything, you can for instance prioritize preventative care or home care funding, which might save overall health care costs if it prevents hospital admissions, etc. To a hospital group used to having all the power, they don't like someone else coming in and telling them how to do things, even if it is better overall for the community, as they might lose funding or change priorities. Logistically, instead of three independent hospitals right next to each other all doing a little bit of everything, its more efficient to instead specialize services in one area, for instance its cheaper to run 12 ORs in one hospital vs 4 ORs in three separate hospitals, with all the ancillary services required. But no hospital admin wants to be told that they can't have ORs anymore. Personally, I prefer the BC model vs the Ontario model, so I support this change. However things are not always run ideally and health care workers in BC have their own dislikes about their system.
  4. I'm not personally familiar with anyone who did paid prep for residency interviews, its much more common for med school interviews. Doesn't hurt to practice though, maybe with your classmates?
  5. A 2.8 is just as lethal for USMD as CMD. AMCAS considers graduate GPA separately, and each school is different on if they take graduate GPA into account, but all have minimum undergraduate GPA cut-offs, and as far as I know none are below 3. If you can take more undergrad courses for GPA repair, there are some schools that look positively towards a phd, however mostly for the publication/research history. American schools don't really favour Canadian applicants, its actually more difficult to apply to USMD as a Canadian compared to an American, however since Canadian schools are so competitive some will have better luck down south. I've never heard of anyone specifically recruiting a Canadian phd.
  6. Depends on the practice. Almost anywhere you can show up and open a clinic and get referrals, but in places like Mississauga and other high density areas you might find yourself doing more primary-care type stuff to keep up the volume. In terms of inpatient it varies across the country, and hospital. From what I've been hearing is that the prospects for general pediatrics at the moment are pretty good, at least the next few years. I can't comment on other specialties, other than it will probably always be harder for specialists that require hospital privileges than more outpatient focused (psych, FM).
  7. Your PGME office should not care about your service. They should care about a happy resident. In theory, programs would rather you leave if you're not happy rather than they have an unhappy resident. They could always accept a transfer in your stead.
  8. Seeking a transfer is relatively common, and actually transferring not uncommon within schools/provinces. Transferring between provinces is more difficult however, as your funding is provincial and doesn't travel with you. There is an official process that starts with you approaching your own school's PGME office, they should have a person responsible for transfer requests. It is supposed to be confidential at this point, at least from your specific program. Your PGME office will then reach out to your school's of choice and find out if there are positions available. This happens throughout the year, but mostly in January, prior to CaRMS, and then after the second round, when programs now how many spots they have. You may get lucky, and your desired program might have had a resident just withdraw or transfer out and they have space/funding available. Or the province might not have any funding for incoming out-of-province transfers (I've heard this is the case in BC). In any case, your program will not be aware your PGME office hears of a position available. At that point you formally would apply, and your PD would have to write you a letter of recommendation/good standing etc. You may have to interview. That being said, nothing is stopping you from reaching out to other programs on your own, and if you have a connection and they are interested in you they might reach out to their own PGME office to ensure they are receptive, but they may just refer you to your own PGME office.
  9. You should also be getting a letter(s) of recommendation from your grad school supervisor/advisors, so they might comment on your performance.
  10. I agree with the above answer. Something like while you sympathise with your friend if you lie for him you could get himself and you in trouble, etc. While I understand why he came illegally to seek a better life, he should try to apply for refugee status through the legal process, as that is why we have a refugee system. I would offer to connect him with legal aid, etc, to help him on a path to legal citizenship, and vouch for him through that process. In the long run this would be better for him to get the services he needs, and prevent having to lie for him.
  11. It depends. Something like suicide phone line which is something you can do from home is respected, but everything is relative. Going out into your community will be more appreciated then using the internet from your bed, all things cosidered
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