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  1. Hi all, Just a quick question. Does anyone know how FM docs are able to do pain clinics in Canada? Do they have to go through extra training? Do you they have to do a "+1" year in something? This link (https://www.cfpc.ca/CAC/) shows the possible certificates of added competence that family medicine physicians can get. I don't see anything regarding "pain" so I was wondering what it would fall under. (Would it fall under "Family Practice Anesthesia"?) Any clarification would be much appreciated!
  2. Hi all, I am a Canadian student currently at a U.S. MD school and I am interested in FM. If I were to complete a U.S. FM residency, would I be able to return to Canada to live and work without any problems? Could someone outline the pathway to doing this? My goal would be to return to Ontario to live and work. Are there some U.S. FM residencies that would not allow me to return to Canada? Or would the vast majority allow me to return? Also, someone on this forum mentioned that some provinces require "obstetrics" training for you to return. Do you know which provinces require this? Is Ontario one of them? How does this "obstetrics training" thing work when it comes to U.S. FM residencies and wanting to return to Canada? Would I be able to satisfy this requirement through my U.S. FM residency, etc.? Is there anything I need to be wary of with regards to doing a U.S. FM residency and returning to Canada, etc.? (Like certain requirements I need to be aware of, other things, etc.?) Any clarification would be much appreciated. Thanks for your time!
  3. Thanks for the reply. Is the obstetrics thing a problem I should be wary of? If I were to finish a standard U.S. FM residency, my goal would be to return to Ontario to live and work. Do you know of any problems with regards to returning to Ontario with regards to U.S. FM residencies?
  4. Hi all, I heard that Canadian FM physicians can do "colonoscopies" and other procedures. What is the route to be able to do something like this? Is this part of a "+1 year" program? Also, can someone list all of the "subspecialties" or "additional programs" that FM physicians can do to add to their practice? Are they all "+1 year" programs, or can they be longer, etc.? (I read online about "Certificates of Added Competence". Are these the same as "+1 year" programs? Here is where I read about this: https://www.cfpc.ca/CAC/) (Is it possible to do any of these kind of programs in the U.S., and then come back to Canada? Or no?) Also, can anyone outline the positives/negatives of doing these extra training programs? How commonly are they done? Are they more lucrative? How much so? Are they competitive? Ultimately, are they worth it? Thanks for the clarification!
  5. Hi all, I have read about FM physicians in Canada working in Emergency Rooms, but can IM physicians work in Emergency Rooms? Is it common for IM physicians to work in the ER, or no? Thanks for any clarification.
  6. Hi all, I was hoping someone could explain and differentiate the different payment models for FM physicians in Ontario. From my understanding, there is the "fee-for-service" model, and "FHT/FHO" model. Which is the predominant model? Does "fee-for-service" still widely exist? Also, what is the payment model for a walk-in clinic? Is it possible to partake in both models? (For example, be apart of an FHT/FHO that also serves as a walk-in clinic that does fee-for-service, etc.?) If you are opening a FM practice, do you get to choose which model you want? Or are all initial practices essentially fee-for-service? ALSO: In terms of income, what is the average income for "fee-for-service" FM physicians in Ontario compared to "FHT/FHO" FM physicians in Ontario? Are they around the same? Any clarification on these points would be much appreciated!
  7. Hey LittleDaisy! Thanks for the clarification. Quick question: I see a lot of FM talk on these forums, including salaries and payments structures, etc. However, a lot of them refer to B.C. family medicine, and I am in Ontario. Would it be okay to assume that the salaries and payment structures between B.C. and Ontario are essentially the same (averages, etc.)? Or are there any notable differences between B.C. FM and Ontario FM that I am not aware of? (What about other provinces?)
  8. Hi all, I am currently a second year Canadian student at a U.S. med school with interests in returning to Canada for FM. I was born and raised in Ontario, and that is where my family is located. Few quick questions regarding the current state of healthcare (especially FM) in Ontario: - How would you describe the current state of Ontario healthcare? I've heard people complaining about Ontario stuff on these forums, but I was always too young to understand what the actual problems were. Could you describe these problems to me, and have they changed at all? - Has anything changed recently (or will change) regarding Ontario healthcare? - Also, will any of this have any effect on me and my future in FM? Would you say that the future of FM in Ontario is bright? (I came across articles on the internet talking about "new contracts" being agreed upon in Ontario, including this one: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-new-ontario-doctors-contract-will-increase-health-spending-by-1/) I was hoping you could help me understand how these "new agreements" affect us. -Also, are Ontario FM physicians "capped" in any way in terms of earning potential? Are they "capped" in the number of patients they can see, etc.? Are there any hindrances that I should be aware of, etc.? (What about other provinces?) Any clarifications you can give would be much appreciated. As always, your time is truly valued and appreciated! Thanks!
  9. Hi all, I am a Canadian student currently at a U.S. med school with an interest in primary care. I have read about how General Internal Medicine in Canada is 4 years long, but I have also come across people saying that it is increasing to 5 years long. Can someone explain this to me? Is there a transition happening to 5 year programs now? Also, if I ended up doing a 3 year IM residency in the U.S. (say, on a J1 visa, which would force me back to Canada after residency), and I had to come back to Canada to live and work, how would this process work? Would I have to do extra year(s) of training somehow? Would I have to do 1 extra year or 2 extra years? (Considering the 4 year and 5 year GIM stuff) Any clarification on these topics would be much appreciated! Thanks for the help.
  10. So, I am a Canadian citizen who attended a U.S. university for undergrad, and then ended up getting into a U.S. med school. I am currently an M2 at this U.S. med school, with hopes of returning to Canada for a FM residency. My question is: will the fact that I did not go to a Canadian university for undergrad AND med school affect me negatively in any way? Will I still be able to apply to/get into Canadian residencies having not attended a Canadian university for undergrad and med school? Are there any rules, etc. against someone like me who did not attend a Canadian university or Canadian med school from returning to Canada for residency, or to live and work in Canada, etc.? (ALSO: What if I ended up doing a U.S. FM residency? Would I still be able to return to Canada to live and work having done undergrad, med school, AND residency in the U.S.?) Any clarification would be much appreciated. Thanks for your time and help.
  11. Hi all, I am currently a Canadian student at a U.S. med school with interests in FM. Quick question: if I were to do a FM residency in the U.S., how would it work if I wanted to come back to Canada to work? What is the process like? (Since the U.S. FM residency is 3 years and the Canadian FM residency is 2 years) I have been told that if I complete a U.S. FM residency, I will be able to come back to Canada and work. Is this true? Also, on the CCFP website, there is a page (this link: https://www.cfpc.ca/recognizedtraining/) that talks about coming back to Canada after a U.S. residency. After the section on "approved jurisdictions" it says: "Note: These programs vary from Canadian programs in that training in intrapartum care is not compulsory." Does this "Note" have any affect on anything, etc.? (Are there certain U.S. FM residency programs that would not allow me to return to Canada after having completed them, or no? Will the vast majority of them allow me to return, etc.?) Thank-you for any help/clarification!
  12. Hi all, I am currently a second year Canadian medical student at a U.S. medical school with interests in possibly returning to Canada for a FM residency. Since I will have to write the USMLE step exams, I was wondering whether or not my scores will have to be submitted into CaRMS as a USMG. Can I choose not to submit my scores? Or will I be required to submit my scores? How does this part of the application work? Is there a spot to submit your step scores? Can you just say that you "passed" these exams? If you do not submit your step scores, does this negatively impact you in any way, etc.? If I have low Step scores, will this negatively impact my chances at Canadian residencies? Or do step scores not matter for Canadian residencies? Any clarification would be wonderful. Thanks for your time!
  13. Hi all, I am from Ontario, and I have interests in pursuing a career in FM. I have read online of Ontario physicians complaining about "clawbacks", among other things, but I don't really know what this stuff means. Are physicians in Ontario taxed more? How much more? Are physicians in Ontario "capped"? Do physicians in Ontario have a lower earning potential? Could someone clearly explain the problems with Ontario healthcare today and if it is going to be fixed? How do they compare with other provinces? I appreciate any clarification given.
  14. Hi all, I am from Ontario, and I have interests in pursuing a career in FM. I have read online of Ontario physicians complaining about "clawbacks", among other things, but I don't really know what this stuff means. Are physicians in Ontario taxed more? How much more? Are physicians in Ontario "capped"? Do physicians in Ontario have a lower earning potential? Could someone clearly explain the problems with Ontario healthcare today and if it is going to be fixed? How do they compare with other provinces? I appreciate any clarification given.
  15. Thank4, Really? Are they just straight FM docs without any additional expertise? How do straight FM docs fare in the ER? Do they do a sufficient job?
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