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  1. I've heard you can do medical genetics as a fellowship to pediatrics? Might be a better option as you could fall back on doing general peds until you get the job you want.
  2. This. Especially because family medicine in Canadian rural community even just 1-2 hours out of Toronto unlocks emergency medicine and a lot of other practice options without any +1.
  3. A lot of ophthos have unreported private side gigs
  4. It's 3 years in the states, thus the confusion about whether you need to re do it or not to work there
  5. Can someone else confirm that as a certified in GI in Canada you would need to re-do your 3 year GI fellowship to work in the States?? That sounds ridiculous to me!
  6. I'm convinced at this point that Queen's is the place to go if you want a competitive specialty. I turned down my Queen's offer in 2016 and don't regret it, but their match stats are undeniably amazing year after year. I spoke with a friend at Queen's who told me about some of the people that matched in the 2018 class: 2/2 matched ophtho 2/3 matched plastics (Queen's doesn't have a home program) 2/2 matched derm (Again Queen's doesn't have a home program, the 2 applicants took BOTH of Calgary's derm spots) I think 5/6 matched Royal College EM? (Either 4/5 or 5/6) 2/2 matched ENT After 1st round, 96/100 matched. After 2nd round it was 99/100 - the 3 that matched I believe got child neuro (the person originally wanted neuro or neurosurg), internal and family. The 4th person opted to not apply in 2nd round. These numbers are unheard of, and no U of T home school advantage has helped them compete with this.
  7. Coming from a 3 year program, I would be in favour of a standardized exam. I'm going for a fairly competitive surgical specialty, and the lack of ability to show programs any kind of objective measure of my aptitude makes it really hard to gauge my chances in any way. The only viable way they have of testing us is by seeing us on elective, but we can't do electives everywhere. I would like it to be more like the US where we do a standardized test that gives an objective score to work off of, and lets applicants measure for ourselves how competitive we'd be for a certain specialty. If there is an objective measure to work off, stronger candidates could even start using some of their precious electives as what they are meant for: to explore different areas of medicine that they may not get further training in but might come in handy in the future (for example, as a -hopefully- future surgeon I'd like to do an elective in family medicine to see what it's like for patients and the GP's perspective in referral which I can use to write better dictations in the future knowing what GP's like to see). I'd argue this could even bring in more well rounded residents into a program and help people make more informed decisions about where they would be happy specialty-wise. Lots of advantages here, but of course the question returns to the validity of the test being used. I agree that USMLE is not a great test for our model, something that suits our medical school curriculum and is more clinically oriented would be better. And of course, 3 year schools would have to make adjustments as necessary but I don't think that's impossible nor is it a bad thing.
  8. I don't think you will have to wait an hour (maybe if you're the last one called from your interview group)? No you can't have any of those things with you as they take you straight to the waiting room from the MMI without any real opportunity to get those things. When I interviewed, there were a few 1st years floating around that we could chat with as a distraction, plus some juice and cookies available. Not sure if any of that has changed in the last couple of years.
  9. You will have plenty of time.
  10. Is there a reason you don't want to do FM residency in the US then come back to Canada to practice? Provided you can get into a DO school, I don't think there's a good reason to pick Australia instead. Although if you are sure you would be happy in nursing, then that's always a good option too (especially with potentially doing NP and working in a rural area later). If you know you want to do med though, I would thoroughly exhaust all available options. Don't just go into nursing unless you really think you'll enjoy it, or you could end up regretting not doing med later in life.
  11. It's interviews for the FM Emerg +1 that you do after 2 years of FM, not interviews for the med school.
  12. I have a lot of friends that went to Queen's for undergrad and loved it. The campus is really nice and it has a great student culture. I also know a handful of people from there that got into med.
  13. I just want to get a sense of med onc pay - is it reasonable to expect 300k after overhead working 5 days/week in either an academic or community setting? In Ontario? What about other provinces? How much is the % overhead usually? Thanks in advance
  14. Really thought it was going to be red. Surprised it looks so similar to last year but it really is a great colour!
  15. Yes it's possible and has been done before.
  16. Yes, I will have just done my core FM rotation. I guess I will just use that experience to convince them that I would be happy in FM but will be forthright in my situation that it is not my top choice (as will be readily apparent in my elective distribution regardless). I will also have to think of something for IM as well but I am more confident in that as I will also have some research and other small things in IM outside of my electives. In addition, I really do enjoy IM and ophthalmology equally on their own merits as of now (I suspect I will definitely find a preference one way or another once I do electives in both during clerkship) and it may even end up being that I rank IM first anyway, so I think I should be able to convince an interview panel that I genuinely want IM. I know that with the recent increase in IM competitiveness, this elective split may cost me a few interviews, but I suppose that is a sacrifice in keeping my ophthalmology doors still open. Sometimes I do wish I had gone for a 4 year program to iron out exactly what specialty I want before clerkship, but hopefully everything works out in the end anyway. Thank you for your response!
  17. I've decided to apply to ophthalmology and IM for CaRMS and am splitting my electives 50/50 between these two specialties. However, since both are fairly competitive, I have been thinking about applying to FM as well. But if I do so, I won't have done any electives in it. Is it normal for people to back up to FM without any electives (especially in undesirable locations)? How does one go about convincing an interview panel that you would actually be happy doing FM even if it's not your top choice? I am pretty flexible with location, but I mainly want to ensure I match somewhere (preferably in ophtho or IM but I will happily do FM over going unmatched). Any guidance on my plan would be greatly appreciated. T2MD
  18. With ScotiaBank, this happens after residency, fellowship, and 1 year post fellowship/residency.
  19. First of all, you can take more 1st year courses at U of T, they just won't be counted toward your GPA (note: it won't count toward your U of T GPA but will count toward OMSAS). Secondly, you can take 2nd year+ English courses which don't have prerequisites, and this will satisfy the requirement for US schools.
  20. Really? I was under the impression that at the residency matching stage, geographic ties matter much less than actual competency. If you do an elective there and shine, I don't see why they would consider you any less than someone from anywhere else.
  21. In your last year of medical school you apply for residency in whichever specialty you are interested in doing and spend the next 2-6 years training in that specialty while also getting paid ~70k/year (varies by province and increases with each subsequent year of residency). After residency you can choose to subspecialize further by doing fellowships. At the end of medical school you write the LMCC exam and at the end of your residency you write the CFPC for family medicine or Royal College exam for your specialty. At this point you can independently practice. Also at some point in residency you have to write the LMCC 2 exam (?), I think after 1st year (?), but I'm not totally sure.
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