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  1. I'm currently a preclerk med student wanting to go into family medicine and looking for advice from upper years/residents on how they have found the FM programs at different schools across Canada for a comparison. Looking specifically to know how competitive, intense, innovative the programs are and what kinds of opportunities are offered. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  2. I have read in several places on premed 101 (and heard from several other students) that multiple family medicine programs allow you to add applications to additional sites (within their program) after interviewing. I am having trouble finding reference to this within the carms program description pages. I am wondering if anyone knows: 1. Which FM programs you can add additional site applications to late? (Particularly interested in UBC, Dalhousie, NOSM, and Memorial.) 2. How to logistically do this---assuming within carms portal exactly as you applied for other programs? 3. If we decide BEFORE the interview (i.e. now) that we would like to add a site application if we can do that? Really appreciate the help!
  3. Schools that have released their interviews. If you've heard, please list. I know of: Calgary Saskatchewan McMaster NOSM McGill Queens University of Alberta
  4. Hi guys! Much gratitude in advance for the replies/advice/insight! I'm an M3 in Montreal, Med-P background, and only have eyes from Family Medicine. I just wonder too often whether, at this point, I'm strong enough of an applicant? I have no research experience, but do have years worth of community involvement (mostly from before Med-P, about 1 years worth during) and my own health literacy initiative. Apart from this, so far, my clerkship evaluations are good. I plan on pursuing electives that could help me refine skills that would make me a better Fam Doc. I am "well-rounded" with respect to my extracurriculars. However, that is about it. What can I do to make myself a stronger candidate? To match here in Montreal would be a dream, but I certainly will be applying broadly. To summarize, here are some questions I would hugely appreciate having answers too. 1) What makes a strong family medicine applicant? 2) Is research worth pursuing during M3/M4 given I have no previous experience? 3) Are some strong reference letters more valuable than others (i.e surgery vs psych vs fam med) 4) What do you recommend as far as electives for a Fam Med applicant? Thank you so much! Please excuse my anxious med-p energy (it's chronic).
  5. Hello, I am a 3rd yr medical student in the US. Plan is to match back to Canada for FM. I was torn between FM and urology for some time but decided that what I liked about urology were the minimally invasive procedures (TURP, vasectomy, circumcisions...etc) as opposed to prostatectomies or cystectomies. Therefore I realized I would be happy being in FM with the ability to add a few minimally invasive procedures. I am in the US so I came across a link that showed the procedures US FM physicians can do with additional training: https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/events/nc/handouts/nc17-procedures.pdf I was wondering if that is the same in Canada regarding scope of practice? Also if a particular training is not offered in Canada, could one do additional training in the US and come back to practice in Canada? For example a subspecialty in possibly vaginal delivery/C-sections/hair transplant/liposuction/colonoscopies...etc, would be nice to add to FM practice. Also what difficulties and barriers do you all suspect would make this process more difficult? Thanks.
  6. Hi everyone, I am wondering if anyone has information with regards to differences in the downtown sites for FM at UofT? I am particularly curious about Mount Sinai, St. Mike's, Women's College and St. Joseph's and how the different sites compare with regards to hands-on experience and preparedness for real world community practice. In addition if anyone has information regarding the Scarborough site that'd be helpful. Thank you!
  7. I am really having a hard time ranking the family sites, I keep rearranging my top 10 esp with mac, Ufot, and Queen's sites! Would somebody be able to comment on their experiences at any particular sites for those schools such as - Queen's Oshawa and/or Peterborough site! The presentations were amazing, especially Oshawa! - Mac's peripheral sites like Niagra, Halton, Kitchener-waterloo etc. - UofT's newmarket and Barrie, and some GTA non-downtown sites If anybody has any insight or could speak to their experiences in terms of learning to service ratio, customizability, calls, the city/town etc. I would really appreciate some help with ranking (and probably others in this forum that are also in the same boat!) Thanks so much!
  8. I have just completed my MBBS, thinking to take a route of becoming a GP or a Family Practitioner. I was wondering if it is worth doing a postgraduate diploma now or wait a bit after gaining some experience? There some good courses on the market, some are almost entirely online, for example Postgraduate diplomas from Rila Institute of Health Sciences and Plymouth University, London (gpcourses.co). They offer courses from Cardiology, Diabetes, Dermatology to even Minor Surgery. Any one has any suggestions?
  9. Source Article: http://www.journaldemontreal.com/2017/06/23/quebec-veut-recruter-150-medecins-francais The Province of Quebec is looking to recruit 100 family physicians and 50 anesthesiologists from France to reduce wait-lists. Comments?
  10. Can anyone speak to the lifestyle, work satisfaction, compensation of FM-trained hospitalists? Did your FM residency train you well enough to work comfortably as a hospitalist? How many hours per week do you work? Do you have an on/off schedule (e.g. 1 week on 1 week off)? What's your compensation like? In BC, hospitalists earn $150/hr (full-time is 1690 hours/year). Do you work solely as a hospitalist, or do you also work in a clinic during your non-hospitalist time? ty
  11. Hey everyone. I am a fam med resident and am looking into some high-yield extra training to do before I graduate. In a perfect world, it could be done online, is inexpensive and provides a certification at the end that I can put on the CV but any recommendations that meet all, any or none of these would be greatly appreciated. Sorry if this has been asked before but new courses are popping up all the time. Thanks!
  12. I have overheard from some of my classmates that 98% of family medicine applicants match to their top 3 ranks on their ROL? Does anybody know if there are statistics for this or overheard from program directors? *** Below are the ROL stats from all specialties. I am wondering if the family med one is shifted towards the left.
  13. Just wondering what everyone is currently using to study for the CFPC exam. I am using the "red book" (Guide to the Canadian Family Medicine Examination) to prepare, just basically trying to memorize everything I can get into my head. I'm also using the McMaster (FMPE) modules and reading through the information section of those (there are about 70 modules, and if you just read the information sections, it's about 3-4 pages each). I have the Swanson's Family Medicine Review book, but it's American, and I honestly find it to be quite verbose, maybe excessively so. I've only used it for a few topics, and the information it contains may be a bit too advanced. So, what are you guys using?
  14. SUDBURY home to rent. SUDBURY-Hospital / University Area 339 Walford Road, Sudbury, ON, Canada Posted on April 20, 2016 Listing ID #0006872 https://medshousing.com/properties/hospital-university-area/ Large 3 bedroom house near hospital in south end of Sudbury. Located at 339 Walford road. Rent is $1650 per month plus utilities. Hydro avg 160, water 90, gas 100, reliance 30. Fridge, stove and dishwasher supplied. Tenant provides own washer and dryer. Master bedroom with ensuite, central vac, patios and garage. All three bedrooms are large. 3 bathrooms.
  15. Did anyone NOT from UofM get an invite for UofM Family Medicine? Thanks heaps!
  16. Does UofT family med send separate invites for each stream? Thanks
  17. Hi all, So I would like to know the difference between doing a 5 year Public Health and Preventative Medicine residency vs a +1 FM Public Health fellowship. It seems to me like both graduates end up working in the same place - what's the difference between what they do? Sorry if this sounds like a naive question, we don't really get much exposure to this program
  18. Hello! It's been a long time goal of mine to get into medical school and i'm most interested in doing family medicine. I'm not a traditional applicant and i'll be a bit older if I ever do get in (at least 26) and recently a friend said to me "if you want to go into family medicine anyways, why not save yourself the extra four years of school, and the huge debt and be a nurse practitioner?" I told her I liked the idea of the autonomy I would have and and also i've just always loved the idea of medical school (i'm a huge nerd and spending four more years of school learning about different specialties sounds like the greatest experience). But anyways, it got me thinking... as an older applicant and someone who has no savings, and actually quite a bit of student debt already, is being Nurse Practitioner a wiser career choice? I guess what i'm trying to ask is what are the advantages of being a Family Doctor over a Nurse Practitioner? and are they worth the extra years of no income and debt?
  19. http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2014/12/15/be_careful_what_you_wish_for_on_doctors_billings.html I came across this article on the Toronto Star yesterday. Needless to say it scared me, the doctor states "In my case, as a family doctor, my take-home pay is slightly more than that of your typical school teacher . . . but without the perks, the pension and the summers off. Oh, and by the way, no Freedom 55 either." Can anyone pursuing a residency in family medicine or that is currently practicing as a GP give a realistic estimate of what earnings are like prior to overhead and after overhead. My concern is that the medicine is becoming somewhat of a catch 22 in Canada, with specialists not being able to find jobs and family doctors not earning as much to justify all the hard work. Also I realize that family physicians make more in rural areas, so if anyone can shed light on that, as well it would be great. My goal is not to come off as money hungry; however I am planning on pursuing medical school without financial support and I want reassurance that I will not be struggling to be making principal payments upon finishing school/residency.
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