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  1. Every time somebody says that, I like to point to the example of Switzerland which has residencies of comparable length to ours in most specialties while abiding by EU work hour restrictions (48h/week max with no more than 13h of continuous work), and the RCPSC recognizes their training as equivalent for the purposes of exam eligibility. The reason we have long hours during residency isn't because it's a trade-off between hours worked vs competency but because resident labour is significantly cheaper to the government/hospital than that of attending physicians.
  2. A lot of these depend on your province. 1) Canada student loans and some provincial student loans begin to require repayment within 6mo of graduating. The rest require repayment after finishing residency. LOCs generally require repayment starting 2yrs post-residency/fellowship 2) Depends on the province. 2.5) Some provinces won't count it if it's in a TFSA 3) No 4) If you can afford to pay it off, it might be worth it, but that depends on you comparing the cost of paying it off (med LOC interest) vs not paying it off (undergrad LOC interest)
  3. I still don't understand why more people (specifically, the money-minded people) don't just do ortho and then go down to the US and practice their true pa$$ion: $pine $urgery
  4. Wasn't it heme-path that takes blood bank/transfusion call? I might be confusing heme vs heme path
  5. Sorry for the late reply. U of A, although recent curriculum changes to deal with covid19 have brought this down to ~15 weeks total (with no y2 summer electives allowed, at least for this year). Only time will tell if that number increases for future years
  6. The thing about derm that most people miss is that you spend all the time you're not in the hospital studying because there are a ton of diseases you might never see during residency but are still fair game for Royal College/US boards. I think PM&R has a great lifestyle once you're on-service, as does PHPM, pathology (not surg- or heme-path though), ID (if you can survive IM), rad-onc, med micro, genetics all have great hours during residency with minimal in-hospital call. Basically, as long as the specialty doesn't have emergencies, the lifestyle will probably be pretty good :p
  7. There are some people who can't deal with having to see patients all day / having to constrain appointments to 10-15 mins / having to treat the entire spectrum of illness. Those people can't tolerate FM. There are some who love that. Then, there are some who are ok with it. The premise is that if you're ok with all of that stuff, just do FM (because shorter training time, greater job mobility, whatever)
  8. I remember my year U of C decisions came out first, and I was waitlisted. I was bummed, but I'd figured that I didn't do that well in the interview anyways. Then I got into the U of A. Then I got in off the waitlist to U of C. This is just to say that it's entirely possible to get off the waitlist at U of C, and I know multiple people at the U of A got in off the waitlist. Given the information you have, you have as good a chance as any, so don't give up hope.... but do plan for what you'll do if you don't get in to either
  9. iirc U of A is either June 1 or 22 with 22 being more likely. U of C is... June 15?
  10. My suggestion: you and your ex-gf had been dating for at least 4 (possibly more) years, and you only broke it off last month. Take at least a month to process this and sort of wallow in the loneliness. This is an admittedly terrible time to be lonely, but unless you're 100% over that relationship, it's not really super healthy to pursue anything right now. Especially not with a classmate with whom you may be stuck for the next 3+ years. You need to regain that sense of self you might've lost during the relationship
  11. To the premeds following along, if you have multiple acceptances, it's worth looking at how the different schools respond to a pandemic. Do you want to attend the school that puts your safety at risk by having you continue with rotations as though nothing's going on, or do you want to attend the one that pulls clerks away from their duties while providing a virtual alternative to ensure that it's still possible to graduate on time?
  12. Attendings: "The purpose of med school is to become a good generalist! You should seek a broad diversity of electives!" Also attendings: "This student doesn't seem committed enough to this specialty. Let's not interview/rank them."
  13. Example 1: my family doctor went into it because it was a 2 year program. He's been in practice for >20 yrs. He takes his time with patients, all his patients love him, etc. He hates being a family doctor. He continues to urge me not to do it. Example 2: a family doctor I shadowed works ~3 days/week, still makes 6 figures, and is maybe 4 years out of residency. Loves it. Imo, FM is like every other specialty in that you can find a way to love it or you can find a way to hate it. Uniquely, there's so many potential niches that if you literally have no clue what you want to do, you have the ability to find that thing that you'd enjoy doing, and do it. As for midlevel incursion into FM in Canada: I don't see it as being as big of a concern. The entire purpose of FM being gatekeepers to specialists is to keep system costs down. NP/PAs send more referrals than FM does for the same patient complexity level. As a result, an expansion of their scope of practice would result in increased healthcare costs in the long run, which would be great for anyone working in the MoH who then runs the stats on why that happened. The more imminent possibility is that IMGs get the ability to practice at the same scope an NP/PA has today, or at a more expanded scope compared to midlevels. Unlike in the US, IMGs (especially CSAs) are viewed pretty favourably by the public here.
  14. Eh, that's not that much. My university apparently gives 18 weeks over years 3+4, and we have the option to take 6 weeks over the summer between 2-3 (which are counted as pre-CaRMS electives)
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