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  1. Full disclosure - I did not do an OB fellowship or womens health fellowship - however I did recently finish my family medicine training. I can tell you at least in Toronto all the people who wanted OB (and showed interest in it through electives, research or simply a focus of OB/womens health in their FM practices etc.) seemed to get it as far as I can remember. I remember looking into the 12 month womens health fellowship (very briefly! so please feel free to learn more about it from better sources than I!) but I recall it being a lot of theoretical courses at U of T and not much added value (from my personal viewpoint - then again I have very little interest in counseling and the psych aspect of women's health), plus you have to apply for the 3 month OB fellowship separately (which can be completed during the same 12 month womens health fellowship). In the end I decided to do a different fellowship (ED) but while I was considering doing a women's health focused practice my plan was to do the 3 months OB fellowship and to spend my FM elective time and free time getting more hands on time with various gyne/sexual health procedures. http://www.dfcm.utoronto.ca/enhanced-skills-program is a good place to start when looking into the various enhanced skills programs. I also believe there are contacts for you in each program if you wanted to ask more questions. Best of luck!
  2. Yes, rank all programs you applied to and would prefer to go to over being unmatched. See " Family Medicine - Emergency Medicine Match 2016 Interview Invites" in the CaRMS section for more details.
  3. I know for Ottawa specifically they state that they will rank people they did not interview. A couple of years back they actually filled a spot with someone they did not interview so it's not impossible just unlikely. I don't know if other programs will rank people they did not interview or if that is Ottawa specific. I definitely agree with the group that said there's nothing to lose.
  4. Yes, it emailed acceptances a little more than a week ago.
  5. For Scotiabank - does anyone have a contact for a personal banker that knows all about resident/new staff banking in the Toronto area? My current one is a nice enough guy but basically clueless about how this works for us.
  6. For the sites that have stated how many people they're interviewing most say 20-30 for their spots (the # of spots they have seem to make little difference).
  7. I personally was very lucky and had a spouse who I lived with during my time in medical school so I only graduated with $45000 in debt ($30 000 OSAP, $15 000 LOC). We lived off his income, my medical school tuition we paid with OSAP and in my last year the LOC (not enough OSAP to cover it all). I also attended a 3 year med school. Once we graduated we moved cities, got married and bought a house. The downpayment for our house we took from the LOC (no other way we'd have $80 000 for the 20% down). Our LOC debt therefore ballooned to $95 000 just before starting R1 (with another $30 000 in OSAP). Slowly over the last 1.5 years we've paid off $20 000 in total from all our debt. We're now ~$100 000 in total in debt which I think is quite a bit less than the average (?$150 000 I think, unless it's changed). Keep in mind though that I didn't accumulate much debt during medical school itself since I didn't have to use my LOC for "life" expenses and that we're living off two salaries so it's easier to pay off debt. One of the staff I worked with said that you should be able to pay your interest payments during residency to keep your LOC from growing and that paying off the LOC itself usually only happens as a staff. I'm curious what everyone else's experience has been...
  8. Does anyone know when they usually release the CaRMS data for the CCFP-EM match? Last year that they have up is 2013.
  9. This may not apply directly to the initial writer's question but if anyone is looking to have experience practising the full breafth of family medicine (i.e. hospitalist, ER, OB, small procedures) I highly recommend the community sites as opposed to the ones downtown (with perhaps the exception of Toronto Western which seems to have a good presence of family doctors at their hospital). As a family resident at a community site I have the huge advantage of being pretty much the only learner there. Delivering babies and doing all the perineal repairs? All you. An LP needs doing? You. First assist for surgeries? You again. Fracture reductions/hematoma blocks? You. The doctors at the hospital treat you as a senior learner (even as a PGY1) since most of them are family medicine trained as well and understand that you'll be staff in <2 years. At the larger academic hospitals I have found you're treated as a glorified CC4 and are overlooked for procedures often because there's actual senior residents around for whatever specialty you're on (internal, ER, OB etc.). That being said many of the community sites are suburban so we don't get as much of substance abuse/HIV/marginalized populations and the unique skill set that comes with that. (Although I do believe Toronto East has a strong refugee clinic and they're still a community hospital.) The counselling opportunities probably aren't as strong is the community sites as well.
  10. I was just reading through the statistics portion of CaRMS and I came across this PDF: https://www.carms.ca/assets/upload/2013%20FMEM%20match%20results/2013-fmem-positions-available-and-applicants-by-residency-institution_en.pdf Am I reading it incorrectly or does it show that there were 14 (!!) vacant positions across Canada for the ever coveted CCFP-EM spots? Any ideas as to why so many spots would be unfilled when there's quite a high demand? I'll be applying for a spot next year and I don't want to get my hopes up... Thanks!
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