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  1. A publication will help with your OMSAS application, but it is not mandatory. Unless anything has changed since I've gone through, only completed research deliverables (conference abstracts, publications) are counted on OMSAS, work in progress is not. The value of the experience should be what it does for you (i.e. allow you to travel, see the world, complete research with esteemed faculty, network) not what you think will be attractive to med schools. This sounds like a really cool opportunity and you should make the most of it. Exploring medicine through shadowing is a great way for you to personally learn more about the field and decide whether it is something you'd like to do. Shadowing does not increase your chances of getting into a Canadian med school. If you apply to US schools then things are different. I anticipate the lockdowns pertaining to COVID to last well into the summer. I'd have a back-up plan in case things fall through.
  2. Given your current situation with family and such, do you think EM still provides a good lifestyle in terms of family time vs things like surgery, ICU, etc? Also, if you don't mind me asking, how is community vs academic ED practice different?
  3. I am currently doing a rotation in a FHO. I know there are physicians that run 2 half day FM clinics per week and spend the rest of the time picking up ER shifts. Patients can't get appointments with them in clinic, so they end up going to the ER to be seen by them instead. All the ER physicians are all part of the FHT, and there is no walk-in clinic in town. I've been here for 2 months and as far as I know all after-hours patients are seen in the ER. Either my preceptor isn't involved in the after-hours clinic, or it doesn't exist here.
  4. You get paid for your roster of patients, so you're making income regardless of whether you're in clinic or on a beach. Then you get to bill 15-20% FFS for clinic visits. In addition to that, you get substantial incentives (I think like 20K) if a certain proportion of your diabetics get regular follow-ups, certain proportion of women get regular paps, certain proportion of kids is up to date on immunizations, etc. They're pretty much making passive income for the most part, and there are definitely ways this system can be abused. You can run 3 half day clinics per week and then spend other days doing Emerg or other stuff, making it hard for your patients to get appointments in a timely manner. I don't expect things continue this way for long.
  5. Ya idk how programs will look at things now. It seems really silly that the distribution of your elective weeks will play a significant role on how a program ranks you. The goal of electives is to provide a greater diversity of experiences. If you get grilled at your ENT interview why you did 8 weeks of plastics electives you can say you weren't sure what you wanted and wanted to explore the field more, or that you found certain aspects of the elective valuable (i.e. advanced suturing techniques, skin grafting, etc). Also, I don't think it's unreasonable for people to be somewhat undecided going into CaRMs. Programs should be selling themselves just as much as you're trying to sell yourself to them. Keep in mind I haven't gone through CaRMs yet, so take all this with a grain of salt.
  6. It's actually quite perplexing to hear this. I (and all the classmates I've talked to) had an awesome anesthesia core rotation at Queen's. The staff were awesome teachers, the residents all looked happy and enjoyed their program. I felt super welcomed each time I walked into the OR and actually for the first time in clerkship, felt like I was able to meaningfully contribute to the care of a patient because of how hands on they allow medical students to be. It was only my third rotation, but the teaching I got from working with the staff one-on-one was awesome. It's so strange hearing these things. I guess what is more strange is that the is program is acting very differently from how it normally does
  7. My understanding is that you need to do at least 2 weeks in minimum 3 direct entry CaRMS disciplines. So if you were gunning for anesthesia, you could do 8 weeks anesthesia, and then have to do 2 weeks in family medicine, and 6 weeks something else.
  8. :O I really wanna know what happened now lol
  9. That isn't true. There is a small applicant pool but there are fewer spots than applicants who ranked it as their first choice specialty.
  10. any undergrad program is fine. double check individual medical websites to see what pre-req courses they require (if any)
  11. This is something that would be new for this year. Not sure what selectives are since we don't have those.
  12. aren't you guys also mandated to do an elective in a minimum 3 of direct-carms entry specialties in addition to the 8-week cap? So technically your 1st option wouldn't work.
  13. by giving them valve diameters obtained by your handy pocket ultrasound
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