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Something to consider in considering a specialty, from a surgeon in practice. Every year you must prove you do not have HIV or Hep C to the College of Physicians and surgeons on Ontario. If you test positive, you may no longer operate. You may live the clean life of a Buddist monk, but if you get something splashed in your eye, or a needle stick from a patient with Hep C, you will no longer really be able to practice surgery. The Hepatologists figure there a a whole host of baby boomers out there infected with Hep C, thank you sexual revolution. Add this to the calculus of considering your future specialty, it would suck to have to change specialties, and be infected, in the middle of residency. Wish you luck in your career endeavors. Dr. McGraw
gsmith posted a topic in General Resident Physician DiscussionsThe CBC has been broadcasting headlines around physician misconduct over the past few weeks. In particular the the perceived lack of transparency around the process of disciplinary hearings, and the slow processing speed of the colleges has been under scrutiny. Obviously each province has its own process so I don't want to make a blanket statement. But as a budding physician I find the topic really concerning. In particular the back of Dialogue in Ontario, I found a concerning number of physicians engage in inappropriate relationships with their patients. We may all remember this case, where the patient was unable to testify in front of the college for health reasons, and the allegations were eventually dropped. Initially a license was suspended, another province appointed and then de-appointed this individual: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/dr-claudio-soares-cleared-of-sexual-misconduct-in-ontario-1.2943319 The physician in question is now a fully tenured professor at another Ontario medical school. Obviously allegations are allegations, and we as a society value the principle of innocent till proven guilty, but I find it frustrating that the case appears to have been dropped on a technicality. The individual is now appointed to a high ranking position. Overall it doesn't sit well with me. Anyone else have any thoughts around this?