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  1. Ouch. That sucks. At the University of Alberta, it's opt-out, with non-mandatory (lecture) attendance. Most lectures are recorded, except for a few, but the profs will still provide slides -- the problem is that we don't find out they're not vodcasted until the day of (thus far we've only had 2 lectures where the prof refused to provide slides + refused to be recorded... thankfully one of our classmates basically transcribed the whole thing like a beast). We also have access to previous years' lecture recordings, going all the way back to 2014 or something. It's mandatory for profs teaching GI block to be recorded, but otherwise it's entirely up to the prof's discretion
  2. I wouldn't suggest a J1 if OP wants to spend a long time with their partner :p
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    What would you consider a small field? Just something with few CaRMS spots (i.e. not IM, FM, peds, neuro)?
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    Family Medicine Income

    The impression I get from GIM staff here is that they basically do what's necessary within the IM specialties. So in places where there's a long wait for cardiologists, they'll do echos/stress tests/etc. In places with a long wait for nephro, they'll do dialysis. In places with equal waits in everything, they... do GIM stuff, I guess It seems that the job market very much depends on whether you want a hospitalist job or a community job. One GIM staff I know has to move from one major city to another and is finding it difficult to get a hospitalist job. It's possible to take a community position, but then you're stuck in a contract for a minimum of x months -- which is an issue if a hospital job opens up -- and it's difficult to move from a community clinic back to an academic hospital.
  5. In roughly 2 months of med school, I've heard the words "take the USMLEs" from residents/staff at least thrice, including today. We're definitely aware of our options and thinking about what might be necessary to do it. Considering the number of specialties that now require fellowships to get jobs, many of which end up being done in the US, I think the number of CMGs taking the USMLEs will only increase
  6. Federally, you need the USMLEs to get an H1B but not a green card or J1. Only the H1B/green card actually allow you to work as an independent physician; TN is only good for non-practising roles whereas J1 is an educational (ie residency/fellowship) visa You misunderstand. The R1 allows you to get an independent license to practice. Thus you can work as a non-certified "family doctor" for 6 months, challenge the US boards based on having CCFP, and get board certified in FM. No +1 required if you go that way.
  7. It turns out that FM in Canada tends to make more (at least in AB) with fewer headaches, so I wouldn't bank on that. If you really wanted to move, the 3rd year isn't really a huge concern. If you have the USMLEs written, you can get an H1B to work as a physician. It's not that difficult to then get board certified in FM: Point 1-2 are a given. Point 3 follows from point 5. Point 4 basically means you work in a state which grants an unrestricted license to practice medicine to those who have completed at least a PGY1. Once you have a license, of course, it's probably not going to be that hard to get a job in an FM clinic. I personally wouldn't want to make the move, but, again, that's really all the bargaining power that you have in a single-payer system.
  8. Sure, but how many spots are filled isn't really as important; we're interested in how many full-time family doctors we get / how many patients ultimately get their own family doc. CCFPs can go to other provinces -- or countries. There's the US, of course, but also NZ, Australia, UK, Ireland, some middle eastern countries,... Besides, one isn't limited to practising as a full-time family doctor after finishing residency. You can instead choose to go into management and/or consulting, or you could just work long enough to pay off your debt, net $70k each year, and travel/volunteer with MSF for the rest of the year or something. If the reimbursement is the straw that breaks the camel's back, there are always options. This ends up being a pretty big negative for a province that's just poured money into funding that student's undergrad, medical school, and residency and continues to have issues with physician distribution. What would worry me more than the reduced reimbursement is if a provincial government stipulates that all CMGs have to do a "ROS" to pay back the cost of training like some countries (e.g. Norway, Singapore) do
  9. That's a better question for your school/upper years. Perhaps the leftover IM spots go to CMGs in that same institution? Perhaps the leftover spots are in undesirable (for USMGs) institutions, and they'd rather just go to the US?
  10. Meanwhile the U of A went 3.9 -> 3.89 -> 3.88 -> 3.81 -> 3.81 for IP students :p
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    Cap in number of Electives

    One of the profs who's involved in career planning at the U of A mentioned this is 99% finalized and all schools seem to have agreed, so it seems specialty planning will become interesting
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    Cap in number of Electives

    My first instinct was that it's smart: if you have 16 weeks and spend all 16 in one specialty, then you can't realistically back up. If you have to spend the other 8 elsewhere, then you can back up But on the other hand, I can see it not actually changing anything. If you have all 8 weeks in derm, and 8 weeks in family/internal, well, it's pretty clear what you're doing. You probably wouldn't be able to get away with <8 weeks in any one specialty at that point, unless maybe it's family.
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    Saudi Arabia to relocate students from Canada

    Could this actually result in more residency spots being cut? -_-
  14. Perhaps they take the rural postal codes off this list? http://tools.canlearn.ca/cslgs-scpse/cln-cln/lfnd-erpm/1-eng.do It's qualifying rural postal codes for Canada student loan forgiveness for family doctors/residents who go rural.