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Hi everyone, Long time reader and first time poster here! Thanks so much Have a question about ICU in terms of outlook and workload. I am an IM resident who has not done any ICU rotations as yet. I have a friend who finished his and he had a long talk with his attendings and fellows before he left about career planning. He is now full blown ICU. They talked about community ICU in particular and the workload and salary. The basic points were: -ICU weeks (7 days) pay about 25-30k a week -work consists of mainly rounding with a coffee and family meetings -nights are spent at home while the GIM in the ER does the hard work -pretty standard is to work 18-20 weeks a year of ICU and 12 weeks of base speciality (ie ER or GIM shifts). That’s almost 20 weeks a year off and a salary of about 600k! I am not sure if this is real or just academic doctors that are saying the grass is greener on the otherside? If it is his sounds incredible. Lots of time off, incredible pay, no overhead and night work all done by someone else. Even days it sounds like lots of time to eat lunch and have a coffee etc. 600k with 20 weeks off - sign me up! I was was thinking of setting up a community ICU elective in the GTA is this is true - anyone have any suggestions if this is all true? thanks
I'm currently trying to decide between an ICU elective at Dalhousie (Queen Elizabeth II) or U of T (Sunnbrook) in July. Does anyone have any idea which one might be better? My understanding is that Dalhousie might be a smaller centre, and would therefore be better for procedures and teaching time, but I'd love to hear what others would have to say about it.
I'm an R1 in IM, currently trying to decide whether I want to pursue subspecialty training in Critical Care or GiM. I love the idea of CC, but I know the job market is bleak. I'd be more comfortable pursuing it if I knew I could work as a general internist/hospitalist as backup. Does anyone know of any intensivists doing this? If so, what is the size of the center? Much appreciated!
Looking at the Duke CCM & Anesthesia fellowship page (http://anesthesiology.duke.edu/?page_id=818043) it would appear that you can apply having completed a CCFP residency (http://anesthesiology.duke.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/CCM-eligibility_recruitment_selection-11.2015.pdf) I know you can enter their hyperbaric medicine fellowship this way. They list two Canadian graduates: Jordan Cuthbert (University of Ottawa) and Duane Funk (University of Manitoba)-- both anesthetists by training, according to google. Is anyone aware of someone who trained as a CCFP in Canada and then did a CCM fellowship in the US? What did their practice look like? I'm gonna presume that this is not some secret fast track to running a toronto ICU as a GP, but are there docs out there working in community ICUs with this sort of background?