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  1. After l was accepted by UCD I looked into it, and the process was overwhelming and confusing to say the least. I consequently decided against going overseas and continued to apply in Canada. I applied more times than you and eventually got in, and considering the current difficulty of CSA's matching back to Canada, I would advise you to consider applying to med schools Canada for at least another couple of years. You are essentially uprooting your entire family for at least 10 years if you decide to study in Ireland.
  2. Hey all, Just wanted to put this out there on behalf of one of my colleagues who was inquiring. What type of employment could a foreign trained physician with a public health and preventive medicine residency along with a masters of public health expect to obtain in Canada? The person is realistic about not obtaining a residency spot in Canada but was inquiring about realistic job prospects Anyone have any ideas? Would it still be possible to obtain a position as a medical health officer?
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    Pediatric neurology

    Why is it a stand alone specialty for residency compared to other peds specialities which are all fellowships?
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    Filing taxes question

    Once any big tax company hear's you are a doctor, they will do your taxes for free until you are done residency (with the hope you will stick with them once you are done). I have had MNP do my taxes for free for the past 6 years. They do everything to maximize your return and I am positive any reputable company will know what to do with your provincial residency status.
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    Which Site and Why

    SMP grad here. I would agree with all the positive attributes other members have posted here. One negative that hasn't been brought up that affected me a lot as my wife and son did not live in Kelowna with me is the difficulty travelling back to the lower mainland in the winter (ie. on weekends). The connector and coquihalla can be precarious. I witnessed several accidents on the highway over three years, and was involved in one myself (the driver of the vehicle I was in IMO was going too fast for the conditions but I digress). Also, at least twice I was stuck in the lower mainland past the weekend as the highway was closed or conditions were treacherous. I tended to be white knuckled the entire drive. Finally, I unexpectedly missed out on a couple of events I had signed up for due to the conditions (ICC visits, conferences etc...). Of course, you can bypass this by flying all the time (though this is more expensive and only practical if you live in Vancouver, which I didn't) or just not going home. Anyways, just something to be aware of.
  6. I I interviewed on the same day as IMG candidates for UBC psych. There were apparently about 50-60 interviews for 2 spots. I can't imagine how many people applied. Your odds are not good in Canada to say the least. I know in US getting into psych as an IMG is much, much easier due to the sheer number of spots. It seems to be a less popular specialty in US compared to Canada.
  7. Anyone attended the CCFP review course put on by Dr. Simon Moore in the past and have a review course manual they would like to sell. You can post here or PM me. Thanks.
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    MCCQE Part 2 Preparation

    1. Ask senior residents for the MCC "resource sheets/practice questions" they used 2. Use whatever resources you used to practice for MS4 OSCE 3. Podcast- Dr. Mike Kirlew LMCC prep is helpful but he goes into way too much detail IMO and its overly focused on critical care stations which only make up about 15-20% of the actual exam. I just listened whenever I was driving for the month before the exam. 4. Others on here (including Dr. Kirlew on the podcast) will tell you to practice with partners over and over again. If you are confident in your clinical skills this really isn't necessary. I spent about one hour in total doing a few histories with a partner and nothing more. The only benefit of it is to practice your timing. The tricky stations are the ones where you have to do a hx and px, so you have to time the stations carefully (quite a few stations required a hx and px during my testing day).
  9. The only thing I would add to the OP is that you don't lose marks if you talk for seven minutes and don't reach the prompt questions. A lot of great candidates already address these questions in their initial response. The marking scheme is actually very simple and based on your overall response. It has nothing to do with leaving time for the prompt questions. Having said that, a lot of candidates tend to blabber and repeat themselves in their answers, the prompt questions help steer the candidates in the right direction. As an aside, I also used a professional company which I found helpful. It gave me some new approaches to questions and a good strategy for tackling answers. Yes, they are a complete rip off.
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    What to do?

    I am surprised this has not been brought up yet, but why have you waited until now to even think about doing any interview prep? You really should have been working on it since your first application. I had to apply to med school 4x as well (and I was older than you when I started). Each year I did a variety of prep (1:1, group interviews, mock MMI, did some counselling/mock MMI with a professional company etc...). If you really want to get into medicine, you need to constantly be trying to improve your game. It is just so cut throat these days with hundreds of very qualified applicants.
  11. If you are a reasonable applicant, I don't think you need that many interviews to match to family. I only applied to four FM programs (I applied to psych as well), and many of my friends only applied to 2 or 3 programs (I actually only had one friend who did not match to one of their top 2 provinces/schools for FM and none of us were star applicants). None of us were ever that worried about not matching. One thing I did, was ask one of my psychiatry preceptors to write reference letters to both FM programs (specifically an FM focused letter) as well as psych programs in order to make my FM application stronger and not look like I was all in on psych. Of course, you have to test the waters first before you ask a preceptor this as some might not be so open.
  12. To echo some of the above discussion, I definitely think regional centres are the best combination of volume and acuity. The majority of them only train FM residents so there is no one else to take procedures. I am at a regional centre and have no interest in EM, but just walking through the ER on a different rotation I have been invited to do intubations, assist with codes, casting etc... I know there are a few regional hospitals in BC that have very good +1 match rates for FM residents because of the experiences they get in residency. Regarding the preference for Rural FM residents. I could be wrong, but my understanding is that the +1 program was (is?) originally intended for FM docs to practice emergency medicine in a rural setting. Not sure if that belief still predominates the selection committee's thinking.
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    LMCC discussion

    Most of the negative feedback on here seems to be from specialty residents (which is completely understandable). I was just curious if FM residents feel the same way or if (like me) you see some utility of the exam for our specialty.
  14. A lot of people are ranting about LMCC 2, though I do personally see some of the utility of it for family medicine residents. Our CCFP oral exams are basically testing our ability to carry out a glorified social history so I think there is some utility for family practice residents for doing the LMCC to show we have a good approach to common primary care scenarios and can take a proper history and physical. What I don't get is why other specialties are required to do this exam when they are going to be put through the ringer with their own Royal College Exams. MCC has some statement on their website about ensuring high quality, generalist physicians. Is't that what a family doctor is? Why does a vascular surgeon or pathologist need to be a good generalist physician? I would think some specialties would have powerful enough lobbies to get the exam waived or something. Finally, as it is now, family medicine residents (and to a much lesser extent emergency medicine residents) have a massive advantage on the exam. The majority of the scenarios are straight out of a primary care office. How many specialty residencies rotate through obs/gyne? Less than half? How about peds? It seems like a lot of the candidates are doing stations they may not have done since third year med school. It seems quit unfair, I am surprised there hasn't been a major backlash or uproar to have exam cancelled for Royal College programs (aside from premed101 rants).
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    BC resident salary

    I am married, two kids and a mortgage and the salary is definitely no where near enough (my partner is currently not working due to medical illness). I am continuing to use my LOC to make ends meet. It is actually an extremely stressful way to live. Counting the days until residency is done. My co-residents who are single, renting an apartment, have little problems making ends meet. ps. I am at a regional site, not Vancouver.