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  1. I don't know how radiology groups work, as I've only known academic radiologists who've taken years practicing elsewhere to get jobs in the big cities. And even then I don't know much as my interactions with them have been limited to being sent down by my surgical teams to review a scan (hahah). There is probably no right answer but word of mouth will probably be a bigger friend than simply choosing the "right" fellowship. Two of my friends worked hard EVERY day of residency - literally never took a day off in their whole 5-7 years. Everybody in the hospital knew and liked them. They are now staff surgeons in very desirable cities, just one year after completing residency. Obviously this is an n=2 but getting a job that quickly as a surgeon in Canada is pretty damn impressive
  2. How does the situation in Alberta directly affect residents? I can imagine it's a tense atmosphere to train in and there may be an exodus of docs (depending on the specialty) but overall it sounds like it's business as usual for residents (except maybe for the seniors who were planning on practicing/already got job offers in AB)
  3. I really hope this is true...nothing we can do except stay optimistic. Literally every single ortho resident I've talked to over the years says "things are finally opening up" and "yes the job market isn't great, but it's not as bad as people think. on par with most other surgical specialties".
  4. Yeah I believe @helloworldz brings up salient points. To determine province of residency for tax filing purposes, the CRA looks at where you have the most significant ties. Those include things like where you own property, where your spouse and dependents are, which province your vehicle is licensed and registered in, which province's health card and driver's license you have. For most of us, the majority of our identification will be coming from our new province...so pretty hard to argue to file in our previous province. Plus many of us will be claiming moving expenses, which although can be claimed for studying rather than employment, tends to trigger CRA inspection/audit. So even if we say we're moving for schooling, I wonder how we'd explain away our not insignificant resident salary.
  5. For sure, not a great situation at all. Basic consensus from asking around and reading online: if you move to ON from another province after 2017, you can't claim your unused tuition and education amounts from another province. And from what I understand, there is no ON S11 so no paperwork to show the CRA that you have carry-forward provincial amounts. I.e. poof, your provincial credits are gone
  6. Hmm so it seems like we're SOL and just lose our OOP tuition tax credits, eh? And no way to somehow bank them until we move to a province that does recognize provincial tuition tax credits... And on a semi related note, I guess that means only federal tuition tax credits should be entered on a T1213? (Which, to clarify, does not force us to use all our tuition credits if we have other available credits to deduct, right. This form merely shows that we have x amount of credits so our employer should withhold less tax? We don't actually use the credits until we officially file?)
  7. Bump! So based on everything I've been reading online, if you move from OOP --> Ontario for residency, you can't use any of the provincial tuition tax credits you accumulated from doing med school, etc. elsewhere. But does anyone know what happens if you move back after residency to the province where you accumulated those credits? Do you just pick up where you left off (i.e. carried forward from 2-5 years ago)? Or are those provincial tax credits lost forever because you moved to Ontario...
  8. Thanks for the replies everyone! Family and friends are wondering when I'll come back (if ever lol), so it's great to have some details to give them. Just so I get this straight... 1. For a rotating internship PGY-1, we won't be able to ask for vacations more than ~1 month ahead, since schedules are released prior to each block? And the process would be to email the admin/coordinator for that block only once we get an email from them first? (E.g. I know I'll be on CTU in December but I can't email the CTU coordinator now to request Christmas off) 2. What sort of activities count as "professional leave", "educational days", "floating holidays"? Are these arranged by our program/block, rather than us individual residents? 3. Must we take our vacation 1 week at a time, or can we split it like: 3 days in this block, then 4 days in another block? 4. Is 1 week counted as Mon-Sun or 7 days excluding weekends?
  9. In the PGY-1 internship year, how does vacation booking work? Do we email our own program admin or do we have to tell the scheduling person for each block we're on? It seems tough to request dates ahead of time if we don't even get our schedules for each block more than a month or two in advance. And, is there a limit to how much time off from a block you can take? E.g. you can't just take all 4 weeks of neurosurgery off, you have to be there for >50% of the rotation, etc.
  10. Nope, nothing of the sort (fortunately? unfortunately?). Still getting loads of PGME emails telling us to complete checklists to ensure we'll be ready for the July 1 start date.
  11. Thank you everyone for taking the time to write encouraging words and for sharing their personal stories. I have read and re-read your responses countless times. They've been a source of strength especially when I felt alone and self-conscious. Importantly, I also showed this thread to my loved ones who were also struggling with my match result. They were amazed to hear how common disappointment and struggles are in this carms process, often through no fault of the applicants (who generally have put in unthinkable amounts of effort and emotional investment over 4+ years). Although unfortunate, it was also comforting for them to know that regret, sadness and fear can happen even when people get their preferred choices. Because of your responses, we all learned the spectrum of intense emotions that goes from getting what (one thinks) one wants to going unmatched. The points brought up here helped my loved ones and I talk through difficult topics that actually extended beyond the superficial problem of "moving away." For example, my parents spoke about their fear of being abandoned in their old age. I also learned I was a protective factor when a friend was at a low point and thinking of ending his life. As many of you mentioned above, life is complex and perhaps these post-match feelings are influenced by/stem from things much more elaborate than disappointment over a result. It made me wonder how much each of us keep inside of ourselves, for whatever reasons...fear of being judged, no opportunity to be vulnerable, etc. Match day is such a huge deal for us M4's that it's easy to forget the way others may be feeling or affected. To the people who commented about lack of resilence or that perhaps I should've spent more time on my ROL: I still appreciate your comments and contributions to this topic. However, I also encourage you to consider the impact of your words on those who are going through stressful, tumultuous, and quickly-changing times. There are many factors beyond inertia or lack of gratefulness that contribute to post-match emotions. I am truly happy for you if you have never felt so dejected/lost/frustrated. Because it sucks. But I ask you this, is compassion to a hurting stranger a bad thing? As we have all experienced, this field can be isolating, exhausting, thankless even on good days. Criticizing people for having worries/interests/responsibilities/goals outside of medicine is a huge contributor to burnout and perpetuates unhealthy bullying behaviour. I am cognizant that my situation could definitely be worse. But this is not a stress/sacrifice Olympics. This past week has felt so long and I admit I've had some incredibly dark thoughts. But thank you all for showing me that I am not alone. That things will get better. That this is a distressing and confusing time for many of us, regardless of result. Hoping everyone stays safe and healthy during this difficult time. Keep well
  12. I matched to my #1 specialty in a liveable location. With CaRMS being such a crapshoot these days, I understand how lucky I am to get to say that. This post is in no way meant to be a humble brag or call for congratulations. I am really struggling with the idea of being 6000 km away from LITERALLY everyone I know. My parents are old and both not in great health. My girlfriend is still in residency and obviously can't relocate; this feels like the nail in the coffin for our relationship. All my buddies matched back home and I'm the only one in our group who's leaving. 2 of my siblings just had kids and I won't be there to help out or watch them grow up. This cross-country move requires funds I don't really have without going into crazy debt. Every day since the match, I have been crying. Also insomnia, lack of appetite, profound anhedonia. I hate waking up and having to face the day ahead. I often wish I could just not exist for a while. I keep wondering how I could've or should've done things differently throughout med school or during the CaRMS process. I feel like I effed up. Any words of advice? P.S. in general how hard is it to get a job in a city you did not train for residency? I can't think of anything except surviving these next 5 years and then taking any job (no matter how awful) so I can see my loved ones again.
  13. As an aside, how do programs feel when they match students who are lower on their list? Do they readjust and get excited regardless, or is there a sense of disappointment that lingers Maybe I'm projecting here, but my matched program was known to have a lot of students from their med school aiming for the specialty. But the >70% of those who matched to my program were not from their med school. Of course theres no way of knowing what happened but it strikes me as a bit odd
  14. Congrats on getting multiple med school interview offers. As beardedfrog said above, there is quite a bit of movement between provinces. At this stage I really think it is too early to be worrying about residency, and all of your possible acceptances are in Ontario anyway so it will not change anything to worry about chances of matching back home. With how fickle med school interview offers are, it is not like you'd reject any acceptances this cycle for a shot at getting accepted to a western canadian med school next time. As someone who just finished Carms a few days ago, there is truly too much variability to even try to predict where people will end up for residency!
  15. @Scinapse What year are you in, what specialty(ies) are you considering? Adding a bit more detail would enable the rest of the forum to give you more specific answers that are appropriate to your level of training and situation
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