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    Can nurse practitioners call themselves doctors?

    That's pretty uncalled for. First of all, unless you're in a generalist residency, after a while, I'd probably trust a primary care NP over myself. Secondly, you can't order labs or prescribe for yourself so you definitely need someone to do that. Back to the main point, yeah that should not be allowed, and I'd try to get a family doctor.
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    Even as someone who just went through CaRMS and matched to Internal Medicine (my top choice program, I am very happy!), I am not going to lie and say I've never thought about the "prestigious" specialties, and whether it would be "sexier" to tell people that I am going to be a general surgeon, or dermatologist or plastic surgeon. I've also had colleagues who went into FM and they felt similarly at some point in clerkship. But at the end of the day, and this is what I would tell all incoming med students: do what you really, really like... and if that is a competitive specialty, so be it. However, please, do not think about what your specialty sounds like to other people because you have to live through it for the rest of your life, not them. It is no surprise that barely anyone wants to do FM in pre-clerkship (okay, maybe that is an exaggeration) yet for most medical schools, about 40% of the class chooses to do FM by end of 3rd year. The appeal goes out of the window when you have to wake up at 430 am and put in so many hours, and realize half of your patient list is pressure ulcers and awful-smelling debridements.
  3. I'm sorry, but can you point out the "hate" in my post? As I already alluded to in my post, I am sympathetic to IMGs who had no chance of potentially training within our health care system.
  4. I simply do not understand the whining from CSAs. If you want to practice in Canada, then keep applying in Canada and get in on your own efforts. Do not rely on sub-standards of other countries to have a smaller chance, or skip undergrad to have a shorter route. Perhaps try a different career in health care if you can't get into Medicine. IMG spots should remain (limited, of course), but for people who are truly IMGs. A person who was born somewhere else, did their entire education there, and then immigrated to Canada should have a chance to match, if their skills and training are equivalent. In this instance, they didn't take an easier route... they did what they could, and as a result, they deserve a chance.
  5. Wait, what? Here I am trying to figure out how I can fit my groceries (and eating out) in $500/month.
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    Failed an elective - what next?

    Yikes, I never understood Calgary's logic of making students do 8 out of 12 total weeks of electives (also, a very low total # to begin with) at beginning of clerkship. I can't imagine trying to make an impression/get letters week 1 of clerkship. I mean, they've always done well in the match in past years, but you can't help but think that it may have a slight impact on the 22 students who went unmatched at U of C this year compared to U of A (5 out of 162) and UBC (9 out of 290).
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    Countdown to Match Day

    I agree about location. We all focus on the nitty-gritty details about each program, but at the end of the day, when it comes to ROL for most of us, it ends up being about location. There are many programs (eg. Ottawa, Queen's, Halifax) that I like a lot, but not ranking in top 3 because I don't have the desire to move out East. I feel OK/confident one hour, then next hour I worry about being unmatched haha. I doubt I will be able to sleep the night before.
  8. Hi guys, just wondering if people can share their experiences (and pros/cons) of the 5 Ontario cities, especially London/Kingston/Hamilton? This is more-so for electives and CaRMS purposes eventually, as I have never lived outside of Vancouver. Obviously, the specific program itself is a big factor too, but I'd like to hear people's experiences living there (affordable, nice, weather, proximity)...and also on a general note about the facilities (eg. enough major hospitals, enough acuity, all subspecialty services provided (i.e. CVICU, cath lab, cancer care) etc.) Thanks.
  9. Hello, Any recommendations for ICU elective (preferably Ontario) outside of BC. Thanks.
  10. 2nd year med student here with clerkship looming. 1. Any schools where you get a chance to be with one preceptor for full week, or even two? 2. Any schools known for unofficially favoring those who did electives there? I'd like to stay in Vancouver, but if not, West would generally be preferred. I am thinking of doing 8-10 weeks of electives in clerkship in anesthesia, and backing up with FM with the rest. Also now that CaRMS tour is over, any positive/negative perceptions of programs across the country? Thanks.
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    2016 Backpack Vote

    I agree. Teal's a good color, but I prefer purple.
  12. I was wondering if people could help me with the pros/cons of these two specialties versus each other, so when I say it's a con or pro, I mean relative to each other. This is what I have so far: 1. IM is more diverse practice (hospital, clinic, etc.) and day-to-day work while Anesthesia is typically OR based with some clinic work (eg. PAC, CNCP) 2. Both have significant cerebral aspects and hands-on, but anesthesia has more of latter and IM is a lot of former 3. IM can be very long-term focused while Anesthesia is more acute/immediate 4. Develop a patient base of your own so good for connections with people whereas "see you never" in anesthesia most of the time - that also means easier time taking vacation (?) but no long term relationship with patients 5. Income - similar (?) - although IM has overhead where anesthesia has very little, if any (?) Does anyone have any tips on how to approach a decision on this? I have shadowed both (CTU for IM and OR) and have enjoyed both so far.
  13. Agreed with above. I'm with Scotia currently. As for car, definitely not necessary in the first two years, but if you have the funds for it, I guess... why not?
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    Debt In Residency

    Is paying off $50k during a 5 year residency reasonable expectation? That's $10k per year. Let's say net income is $45k in PGY-1 after taxes and tuition. I suppose it leaves $35k for living expenses and any vacation. I am assuming it would get easier each year except PGY-5 where you're paying for those big exams. Also, just to make sure, can you pay off federal or provincial loans in a lump sum amount, or is there a max amount you can pay per year?
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    Caribean Medical Schools

    1. http://www.carms.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Table_50_IMGs_by_Region_of_Graduation_English.pdf Make of this data what you will. It's up to you to decide if those numbers are worth spending $300k on medical school in Caribbean. About 75% of those who do match (~22%) will match to FM, IM or Psychiatry. 2. No residency in Canada, no practice in Canada. 3. My personal opinion: try your best in Canada or US for 3-4 cycles. If not, there's plenty of other health care professions where you can provide meaningful care and make a difference.
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