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  1. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/dalhousie-medical-specialist-seats-added-15-1.4820105 The new spaces include: emergency medicine (two spaces) core internal medicine (two spaces) general internal medicine (two spaces) child and adolescent psychiatry (two spaces) neurology obstetrics and gynecology critical care geriatric psychiatry palliative medicine ear, nose and throat dermatology The new spaces will be in place next July. The province is willing spend $1.5 million a year on the new seats.
  2. The AFMC 2018 Graduating Questionnaire just got released: Median medical school debt continues to increase Once again, the reported median medical school debt increased from $94,000 in 2017 to $100,000 in 2018 as 40% of students are reporting a debt of $120,000 or greater. In comparison, 33.9% and 36.0% reported a debt of $120,000 or greater in 2016 and 2017, respectively. https://afmc.ca/sites/default/files/2018 AFMC GQ_English.pdf
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    Cap in number of Electives

    Completely agreed. The real root cause is insufficient residency positions. Until they fix this root cause, all these new 'policies' or 'rules' are nonsensical.
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    OSAP/NSLSC frustration

    I had that happen once when they flagged me for income discrepancy or whatever. But I got an email and a regular mail about the situation and why it dropped to 0. Then it got resolved and brought it back up to the estimated funding.
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    US Residencies and CaRMS

    Depends on the specialty: Source: http://www.nrmp.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Charting-Outcomes-in-the-Match-2018-Seniors.pdf
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    Law to Medicine

    Hey! Welcome to the forum. I do agree with @PhD2MD in that opportunity cost needs to be weighed. I graduated from law and started having thoughts about whether medicine would be for me. I worked a bit and finished my articling and ended up getting called to the bar before embarking onto my medicine journey. To be honest, I see my 20s as my experimental years, sure it's another 4 years of school (to start with.. then you have residency, but hey you get paid by then). I found that being satisfied with my decisions in life to be more important than opportunity cost, even though financials and missed opportunities in law were both real considerations for me. I kept working while doing my prereqs and then applying (plus in Quebec, you don't even need to write your MCATs as McGill states that it is optional). I kept an open mind - wasn't even sure if I was going to get accepted. Let the chips fall where they may, but do your best. I ended up getting accepted and decided to take the plunge. I also didn't burn any bridges and left my law firm on good terms - you never know where your paths may cross again with your (former) colleagues! Plus, having a law + med background may open more doors down the road, who knows? Congratulations on landing that job offer at the top-tier law firm - continue to work hard! Sorry for the blabbering, but I encourage you apply. I encourage you to learn more about medicine. Live your life, go to work, apply to med school, explore a bit, and let the chips fall where they may
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    Working as a FM Doc vs owning a FM practice?

    Credits have the same value regardless of income level. A dollar today is worth more than a dollar tomorrow. Better to use it as soon as possible.
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    Saudi Arabia to relocate students from Canada

    https://www.ledevoir.com/monde/534186/arabie-saoudite-volet-etudiants Penn State and Johns Hopkins have been contacted by the Saudi government to accommodate some of the medical residents and fellows who are currently in Canada. According to Gilles Patry, the director of the U15, Penn State has been asked to welcome 19 Saudi medical residents/fellows and Johns Hopkins 24.
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    Working as a FM Doc vs owning a FM practice?

    https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/tax/individuals/topics/about-your-tax-return/tax-return/completing-a-tax-return/deductions-credits-expenses/line-323-your-tuition-education-textbook-amounts.html You get a tax credit for tuition charged by post-secondary institutions.
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    Saudi Arabia to relocate students from Canada

    Best case, I hope something transpires in the next 20 days to cool this diplomatic spat so that this withdrawal of Saudi students, residents, fellows en masse is rescinded. This is going to be a "difficult transition" indeed otherwise.
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    Saudi Arabia to relocate students from Canada

    Agree. Primary care shouldn't be that negatively affected for my understanding is that most of the Saudi residents/fellows are in surgical (sub)specialties.
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    Saudi Arabia to relocate students from Canada

    Update for Nova Scotia: Nova Scotia can handle loss of Saudi medical residents, health minister says Nova Scotia says it is ready to “mitigate any impacts” if it loses more than 50 Saudi medical residents because of an international diplomatic row. The residencies, through Dalhousie University’s medical school, are funded by Saudi Arabia, which plans to pull thousands of students from Canada. Nova Scotia has a shortage of doctors, and Health Minister Randy Delorey said Thursday losing the residents would “be possibly linked to some inconveniences.” But he said the residency positions are funded by the Saudis for Saudi students, and the province expects it could handle the loss. In a statement, Doctors Nova Scotia concurred. “While this news is unfortunate for these medical residents, there doesn’t seem to be a direct impact on our province’s ability to recruit and retain physicians,” it said. “While the Saudi residents are here doing their training and/or fellowships, they do provide clinic care, but for the most part, they all leave Nova Scotia as soon as they have completed their training to practice medicine elsewhere (in other countries).” Delorey said Dalhousie, the province’s health authorities and the Health Department are assessing the impact. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-nova-scotia-can-handle-loss-of-saudi-medical-residents-health-2/
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    Saudi Arabia to relocate students from Canada

    It is also a good time to recalibrate and re-examine the current system whenever something like this happens. I am sure the 1/5 proportion did not happen overnight, it slowly ramped up over the last four decades to get to 20%. The analysis here would be interesting and critical.
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    Saudi Arabia to relocate students from Canada

    Wasn't it Harper's government that signed the deal? How much latitude did Trudeau's government have in wiggling out of the deal when he came in power?
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    Saudi Arabia to relocate students from Canada

    Diplomacy by tweets is always a dicey move. But I agree, there can be some positives coming out from this as well: it will let us re-examine the way we administer our residency/fellowship programs and the role foreign medical graduates (residents, fellows, what have you) play in our healthcare system. For example, McGill is going to lose 1/5 of its resident workforce should they truly depart on 1 September. Canadian PGME programs must be able to stand on their own legs and collaboration with global partners must be done with prudence. The Canadian taxpayer does not fund Saudi residents, instead their government pays hospitals $100,000 a year to take them in, which includes salary support. The relationship goes back four decades, and has meant more support for care in some hospitals, without corresponding increases in Canadian government funding. The Saudis are likely saying “we’re not sending you any more multi-millions of dollars.” In other words, the Canadian government becomes increasingly over-reliant on this money.
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    Saudi Arabia to relocate students from Canada

    I think it would have been more prudent to say that it will not affect the primary care as much as most Saudi residents are in surgical specialties (at least at McGill). It will not immediately impact primary care experience for patients, but wait times for surgeries and specialty consults may lengthen even if other residents are pushed to take on maximum allowable call schedules.
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    Saudi Arabia to relocate students from Canada

    There will for sure be an impact, I think any health minister would try to downplay it to calm the general public. It will be interesting to see how this evolves.
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    Saudi Arabia to relocate students from Canada

    https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1117083/medecins-arabie-saoudite-residents-depart-impact-hopitaux-barrette-cusm-quebec In French, but basically saying how McGill health network will lose about 225 Saudis medical residents; that is about 18% of the total population of residents at McGill. Naturally, the Quebec health minister says that even if with their departure, it will not substantially affect the daily services in a global manner.
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    Saudi Arabia to relocate students from Canada

    https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-canadian-teaching-hospitals-scrambling-to-resolve-how-saudi-student/ Teaching hospitals across the country are scrambling to replace nearly 800 Saudi Arabian doctors-in-training after the kingdom ordered all of its sponsored students out of Canada in retaliation for Ottawa criticizing the country’s human-rights record. “Residents and fellows provide a great deal of direct clinical care to patients. They’re part of the on-call schedules and in all our clinics and operating rooms,” said Brian Hodges, executive vice-president for education at Toronto’s University Health Network (UHN), which is currently hosting 50 fellows and 36 residents from the Middle Eastern country. The Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau, the organization that co-ordinates the kingdom’s medical training programs with Canadian universities, has negotiated a “grace period” with the Saudi government, Dr. Spadafora wrote in the e-mail obtained by The Globe and Mail. Other major cities that would be affected by the withdrawal of Saudi residents and fellows include Montreal, where more than 200 of McGill University’s post-MD trainees are from the kingdom, and London, Ont., where 54 of University of Western Ontario’s trainees are Saudis. Hopefully they hash something out for these residents/fellows.. all the while I am reading that Saudi Arabia has started to sell off large amounts of Canadian assets causing the loonie to take a big hit.
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    Saudi Arabia to relocate students from Canada

    Fresh off the press: Riyadh to transfer all Saudi patients in Canada out of the country Saudi Arabia has stopped all medical treatment programs in Canada and is coordinating for the transfer of all Saudi patients from Canadian hospitals to hospitals outside the North American country, the Saudi Press Agency said early on Wednesday. The agency cited Saudi Health Attaché in the United States of America and Canada, Dr. Fahd bin Ibrahim Al Tamimi. https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/08/saudi-arabia-reportedly-stops-all-medical-treatment-programs-in-canada.html
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    Saudi Arabia to relocate students from Canada

    Yea. The article I read said 216 residents and fellows associated with U of T may be affected.. McGill University confirmed 327 students from Saudi Arabia attended the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, though it could not say how many were registered for the fall semester.
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    Saudi Arabia to relocate students from Canada

    https://www.sudbury.com/national/saudi-students-given-four-weeks-to-leave-canada-even-if-studies-not-completed-1007846 Saudi students in Canadian universities have been given four weeks to pack their bags and leave the country, two senior university officials said Tuesday. University of Toronto vice-provost Joseph Wong said Saudi students have received notification telling them they have a month to finish their studies and leave Canada. His university has 77 undergraduate and graduate students from Saudi Arabia, both new and returning, for the 2018-2019 school year. It also has 216 medical residents and fellows from Saudi Arabia who are being trained in hospitals affiliated with the university under a long-standing program. In Saskatchewan, another university official also mentioned the four-week deadline that more than 150 Saudi students at the University of Regina are facing. "The students have been asked by the kingdom of Saudi Arabia to continue their studies if they are currently registered in the spring and summer session, but to deregister or cancel their registration for the fall of 2018 and to leave Canada within four weeks of the departure of the Canadian ambassador to Riyadh," said Livia Castellanos, the university's associate vice-president (international).
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    Saudi Arabia to relocate students from Canada

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/saudi-arabia-university-students-scholarships-withdrawn-1.4776121 Saudi Arabia telling more than 150 students to leave University of Regina 153 Saudi Arabian students were enrolled at the University of Regina, 9 at the University of Saskatchewan. More than 150 students at the University of Regina are being told they have a month to leave the country after officials in Saudi Arabia announced a plan to move thousands of Saudi scholarship students out of Canadian schools.
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    Possible anxiety disorder

    Hey OP, I also decidedly moved OOP for med knowing that I could have chosen to stay in my home province. It adds a layer of stress on top of dealing with med school, and you shouldn't fall into the fallacy of needing to feel "happy" or enjoying your med school years. I support your steps: meditating and keeping up with your hobbies because they are also things that define you for you, so do not like med consume you. You'll find your happiness elsewhere and where you do, you will find like-minds Rooting for ya!
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    Running in elections while applying

    1) It is hard to surmise on this. But the wise adage is that you stay away from politics when talking to people you just met. There is a method to this saying. Having said that there has been a whole another thread on this forum about political views and admissions committees. They are generally left-leaning - not by choice - but generally by the idea of helping the most vulnerable and taking care of people who having unfavourable social determinants of health.. which normally translates to enhanced social security and social programs. I would personally stay away from politics as much as possible, but you can mention how you should protect the most vulnerable and those with unfavourable social determinants of health, etc. that are generally pretty agreed upon by the medical community. 2) I think a 4-yr deferral is really going to push it no matter who you are. But hey, I am just a joe-schmo on the internet. But most schools only allow 1-yr deferral as you said so it is going to be super hard to convince them for 4 years.. Good luck, be it through the elections or through your med school apps. If you so choose to do both in parallel, you will need to be prepared that if you do will your local riding, you will need to accept it for four years as it is unlikely med school will allow a 4-yr deferral and resigning your seat in the party is never a good pub.. my 2 cents
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