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  1. I'm not sure I would recommend calling the PD... maybe the PD's office (assistant, secretary etc) but not the PD themselves. Email would definitely be a better bet
  2. Most of the Saudi / other sponsored residents don’t speak a word of French though and make it through their residency program without issues. I guess it’s because they’re mainly in hospital settings (where it’s easier to find someone to translate or to switch patients with another trainee). If you’re in clinic one on one, it definitely makes it more difficult to accommodate. I wonder if it would be possible for you to switch sites. If you’re in FM, some of the on island sites are much more anglophone than others. Feel free to DM to brainstorm solutions
  3. Advantage of doing an elective: - it'll be closer to CaRMS, so they'll remember you more. Your knowledge will also have improved, so more chance to impress them - you'll rotate at another site, where you'll get to know different staff. The more people who vouch for you, the better your chances (however admittedly, exposure also depends on luck. You can do a whole month and only work with a staff 1 time.. so hard to make a lasting impression) Ways to get face time without the extra elective: continue extracurricular invovlement in ER things so they'll remember your face Best advice is really to ask the current residents at your school
  4. Can anyone comment on the quality of training of the mother-child / obstetrics program at their faculty (either from doing the R3 or just from your experience on obs rotation)? Would you recommend or not?
  5. Can't speak about Alberta in particular, but in my province, failing LMCC does not prevent you from prescribing as a resident. As long as you have your MD, you're ok. For all schools in Canada now, the LMCC is not a requirement to obtain your MD diploma. You will need to pass LMCC I and II to be an independent doctor though
  6. Completely agree. This year was a tough match all around.. shockingly very little left over spots in all specialties in Quebec. Family medicine filled almost entirely. Not only were there no more spots in the big/main cities of all four faculties.. even the peripheral sites like Eastern Townships and Trois-Rivières were completely filled up... Only very rural spots left in family medicine this year. In previous years, most faculties had a few spots left over in the big/main cities and the peripheral sites had many left over spots. To be seen if it's just this year or a new pattern..
  7. It also doesn't make sense to have a specialized medical professional work in a hospital serving 10 000 people.. unfortunately there doesn't seem like there's any good solutions to solve the rural-urban divide (for urgent medical issues anyways)
  8. There definitely is a culture of putting down family medicine, stronger at certain schools than others. There is also a culture of every specialty putting down some other specialty. When you gather a group of people who have been used to being the best of their class, it is inevitable that most people want to find a way to distinguish themselves. Given that almost half of the residency spots are allocated to family medicine, it's inevitable that it's considered a back up. However, I really think that mindset is more prevalent at the medical school level. I find it's like a high school popularity game. Once you're in residency, you see your staff family physicians that are leading amazing careers. You also really feel the value of being a family physician in residency. You spend more time with family physicians and you realize those feelings are not that prevalent in the community. I love being a generalist. I like having some knowledge about everything. I like being able to answer questions and having an approach to issues that my family and friends are presenting. I would hate to be a neonatologist and not know anything about adult medicine. I would hate being a nuclear medicine specialist and being the only doctor present when there's an acute issue on the plane. I would hate to be a urologist and have to consult internal medicine to start my patient on anti-hypertensives. Don't get me wrong, I think specialists do amazing things and I respect the work and the dedication that they have for their profession. However, I think being a generalist is undervalued. We have an important role in the health care system and I love the breadth of the knowledge we acquire.
  9. Hard to predict.. I know someone who applied for a small program, rejected 1st iteration, re-applied 2nd iteration. Did not get in. I know someone else who applied to a large program. Was rejected first round. Accepted in second round. Depends why they didn't choose you first round, if they really need to fill the spots second round, other candidates... Too hard to predict.. I'd say apply, you have nothing to lose
  10. unsure.. but it must vary case by case there were plenty of other people who backed up and were accepted so I guess it depends on how much thought they put into it/how convincing they were
  11. Yes of course technically you can get interviews.. but I was wondering in reality, do most people only get interviews from schools they did rotations at? and only all star residents get interviews across the country?
  12. In general, do people only get interviews at schools where they did a rotation?
  13. A FM program that has 10 spots remaining doesn't mean they are a safe backup. I know of people last year who backed up with FM and interviewed at a certain program. The program had 10 spots remaining and they went unmatched (i.e. did not get the back up in FM despite interviewing there). So FM does not rank everyone that they interview
  14. Everytime I'm on peds, I think I won't be one of those suckers that get sick.. but everytime, I get the worst viral URTI that last like 3-6weeks. Starts as rhinorrhea, then pharyngitis, then laryngitis with almost complete loss of voice, then residual cough for 2 weeks.. horrible. Haven't gotten gastros yet though.
  15. managing uncertainty to minimize diagnostic error and minimize overdiagnosis/overtreatment
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