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  1. NSHA just officially put up a posting for 3 long term (3 year) PA positions in Orthopedics at the QEII, Dartmouth and Cobequid sites. They are the first PA positions available for the province, and are being used as a pilot project for the assessment and integration of PAs into the NSHA. I’m a RN at a regional hospital and I would love to see PAs utilized broadly throughout the province and think they could definitely be part of the answer to the health care issues especially in rural NS. https://jobs.nshealth.ca/nsha/job/Halifax-Physician-Assistant%2C-Orthopaedic-Surgery-and-Perioperative-Services-Nova-B3H-2Y9/536854017/ Above is a link to the posting on the NSHA website for anyone here interested in checking it out.
  2. Yeah I remember reading it somewhere in a document/publication from the school. And thanks haha, it’s definitely my favourite series.
  3. Interesting. Perhaps they are changing it and including those spots under these new 16 seats. That would make sense as the news release says the seats are for “rural Nova Scotians and those from African and Indigenous communities.” So in reality these 16 new seats could be a rebranding of the affirmative action policy (because historically there has never been that many affirmative action applicants per year) and an addition of however many leftover seats for “rural” Nova Scotians. I would guess rural in this context will probably mean a permanent address outside of the HRM or NSHA central zone. Or maybe they’ll use something similar to the SWOMEN criteria at UWO. Who really knows.
  4. I don’t really understand that part of this because Dal has had an unlimited number of supernumerary seats for applicants under the African Nova Scotian and Indigenous streams for years. If applicants in those streams meet the minimum standards they are awarded seats above and beyond the normal 63 seats for N.S.
  5. I would look hard at NOSM. Your background sounds exactly like the type of students they accept. https://www.nosm.ca/education/md-program/admissions/admission-requirements/ Take a look at their website and speak with their admissions for more info if needed.
  6. Yeah that’s pretty much it. We don’t have in house anesthesia/Sx after regular OR hours and no ENT coverage so if we can’t get an oral tube we cric and fly them out.
  7. Much more confident and competent in stuff like central line insertions; abdominal (or any) paracentesis; pretty much anything that benefits from ultrasound. Most all our other ed docs won’t even attempt that stuff and just wait for IM to do it. I’ve also seen them get some pretty difficult intubations including a bad throat bleed a little while ago. Any traumas or resus I’ve ever been in with this person always go smoother as well.
  8. So anecdotal and only one example but I work as a RN in a rural emerg (we see around 30000 patients/year) and probably our most competent doc in terms of procedures is a recentish fm grad ( no + 1) who did his residency in a rural fm program. They are excellent and myself and the other nurses have the most confidence in them especially with procedures, over any of our other docs including those with much more experience and the +1’s. In my province the EHS can also call life flight from scene as well if they think it warrants it in consultation with their oversight.
  9. Okay. So I’ve spoken to admissions myself about full course loads before and they’ve said that as long as the last 2 years are full load it’s fine. You could always send them an email with your planned layout in courses/ year and see what they say?
  10. https://medicine.dal.ca/departments/core-units/admissions/admissions/course-load-requirements.html As long as you have a full course load in the last 2 years AND it’s all part of the same degree you should be fine. Though do you envision your financial situation changing and being able to not work as much for the last 2 years? Because those are the ones that actually matter for your gpa. You’ve already said that even 24 hours per week was too much with a full course load. Is your plan to save enough money by working in your part time years to pay for those + your last 2 full time years?
  11. Hey, I’ve looked into NP schools inside and outside Ontario. They don’t really give out statistics of how many applied vs accepted. From what I’ve gathered, meeting the minimum requirements definitely doesn’t guarantee admission. It also depends on your stream of choice. Neonatal and Pediatric streams are more competitive than Family or Adult, with family being least competitive. Also some schools are more competitive than others, I’ve heard that U of T NP for example the average GPA for accepted applicants is in the 3.8 range. I believe most all NP schools in Canada require the equivalent of 2 years experience which must be completed before starting the program. You don’t actually have to take 2 calendar years to do this though. I’m not sure if applicants are assessed competitively based on their straight hours of practice or if it’s simply a cutoff. May depend on the school. As far as i know, Peds/Neonatal programs “highly recommend” the hours be in those fields.
  12. For those suggesting NP, you will be extremely hard pressed to find a NP program who will admit a 2.3 nursing gpa, I don’t know of any in Canada honestly (I’m a RN who is debating between NP and MD). Most programs require a 3.0-3.5 minimum. And usually the minimum won’t get you accepted. I don’t actually think that’s an option for OP anyways. OP in my opinion if you want to pursue med in Canada or US you will need a second undergrad or enough full time credits in a 2nd undergrad to improve your gpa to an acceptable level. Even overseas/carrib schools will be hard to get accepted with a 2.3.
  13. Only admissions can really tell you that. The equivalent of 30 credit hours each in the last 2 years is the standard requirement however they do make case by case exceptions for special circumstances or programs. 28 seems like a strange number of hours?
  14. Could you break down your gpa by year, and what exactly is your cGPA? That would help with suggestions. I can’t really speak for suggestions on programs or length because I didn’t go to school in Ontario. Working full time and attending university full time while trying to get a 3.85+ gpa will probably not work out. Not even taking into account scheduling issues you’ll have. You could probably work part time/casual but your priority needs to be gpa and full time course load, that’s why you’re considering this and will be shelling out the cost. I’m a second degree person and don’t at all come from money so I know that could be stressful to hear/do.
  15. I wonder if a MSc in pharmacology would give you a tiny bit of an edge in applying to some residencies when the time comes. I think anesthesia has a pretty large pharmacology component. And obviously FM and IM + sub specialties too. I’m purely speculating here. It wouldn’t hurt you though.
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