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      An area for Canadian dental students to interact and share information.

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    • I will add its a great option if you want to be in community and do icu as well but dont want to do double royal college training.   most community hospitals dont care or require you to have 2 year royal college crit care training. 
    • Yes. They will recognize it and you just have to write Royal College exam. You may have to prove that the training is equivalent and most pulmcrit are because its 3 years and most of them include pulm component.  just look through royal college document for respirology on what rotations are needed. last time i saw it is very flexible with minimal core requirements and most are electives
    • Hi everyone! Here's an amazing leadership opportunity! The Medical Mentor Community (MMC) is the first virtual mentorship community for medical trainees, connecting premeds, medical students, residents, and faculty across Canada. It is organized by a team of residents & medical students, and it aims to provide a safe space for networking and peer collaboration, supporting each other through the numerous applications in this career. You are welcome to join as a mentee or mentor: https://www.medicalmentorcommunity.com/join.html Additionally, the director team is currently looking for a Financial Director. You can find the application here, due August 29: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdt3NlIfNx-0f1ccnf4wpBBczSNjWxtZd2D3XVL697gKYqOfA/viewform?fbclid=IwAR3i2In-V26ls1jXYQA5gqvtse76wcP7cwZhRjGuMn2x4-fdVMlstlRFHVYThe role would be ideal for a pre-med or pre-clerkship med student who is looking to get leadership experience in a nationwide mentorship platform. It involves building partnerships with sponsorship organizations (CFMS, OMSA, etc.) and applying for grants (~1hr per week). You will also get to meet and work with senior medical students & residents across Canada in various specialties. Please contact medicalmentorcommunity@gmail.com if you have any questions, or visit https://www.medicalmentorcommunity.com/!
    • If you do GIM, you can work anywhere from 1-7 days a week. have privileges at however many hospitals you want. Pick up admissionist shifts at whatever schedule you want.   Only work weekends if u want. you can bill easy 30-40k per month working busy 4-5 overnight shifts (only work Friday nights eg) And take the whole month off.
    • Interesting topic. Like many, i did complete subspecialty training followed by fellowship year.   i will say that in the past 1-2 years, not everyone had a job lined up where you start working full-time amounts. Most people who started work right away had a slow ramp-up over months to even build up to a full time practice.    Fellowship year was a less bumpy ramp up to the independent practice. Yeah you got paid pretty cheap salary, funded or unfunded usually sub-$100. However depending on your ‘fellowship’ you may get a number of other opportunities to supplement income either via locuming on your down-time or actually bill during your fellowship year. i for one had a fellowship salary 50-70k but worked enough to bill 300k the fellowship year.   I do however recommend one choose fellowship based on what additional monetizing skills you will obtain - if your goal is to boost your income. eg, for surgical specialties this means asking if the additional fellowship provides you with skills to access new billing codes with better fee rate. For medical specialties, similarly does it provide you with better billing codes (eg. Diagnostic tests, procedural skills etc).    bottomline is, if you dont have a job that is full-time lined up, fellowship can be a flexible transitioning year
    • Is there anyway to lookup CARMS programs descriptions from previous years?  I know that CARMS archives has only information from most recent year but the electives were disrupted due to the pandemic and they don't have any information on it. I was wondering if I can look up descriptions from prior years when electives were part of evaluation?   Thanks.
    • I did: I curated my CV differently to be more intentional in which activities I included and what elements from each entry I was highlighting. I also added very brief context for some common hobbies that I listed that would likely not stand out on their own to explain why they were important to me. Feel free to DM me if you'd like to discuss further. - Former Nontraditional Applicant  
    • There will be many public sector strikes in the future. There's even more to it. Their sales tax revenue goes up as prices go up, and their income tax revenue goes up when private sector wages go up as well. Some provinces like Alberta and PEI don't index their brackets so you get "bracket creep" and they make even more than they did before. Meanwhile costs such as physician wages remain stagnant because negotiators settle for marginal increases. That is if doctors are lucky and the government doesn't use the lack of contract to impost unilateral fee cuts like they did in Ontario.
    • Hi everyone, Mapping Roads to Medicine is thrilled to announce a second Q&A panel within its "Coast to Coast Perspectives" series, coming up on August 28th!  If you're looking for an opportunity to network with some medical students and learn from their insights, check out the details below: On Sunday, August 28th, our group is excited to be hosting a fantastic group of medical students who have donated their time to answer questions about medical school, their insights, and the field of medicine. This is a great opportunity for anyone hoping to network and potentially find mentors. The current panel includes medical students from University of Alberta, Dalhousie University, Queen's University, University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, and Western University. There is no monetary/financial gain for the panelists nor any non-monetary/non-financial gains; their only motivation is to help. Time of event:  2-4 PM, Pacific / 5-7 PM, Eastern For registration:  https://bit.ly/MRM-Med-Panel Facebook event link:  https://www.facebook.com/events/2991436727821114 About our initiative: Mapping Roads to Medicine is the first pan-Canadian initiative established to guide individuals intrigued by medicine, and to foster a sense of community among this cohort. Our mission is to act as a bridge between the premedical and medical communities – to facilitate genuine and lifelong mentorship, education and support for those interested in medicine, provided by a network of Canadian medical students, clinicians, and physicians. Whether you are an aspiring doctor or hoping to learn more about a medical career, we believe that Mapping Roads to Medicine will prove to be resourceful for everyone of all backgrounds. Facebook page:  https://facebook.com/mappingroads2med Instagram page:  https://instagram.com/mappingroads2med
    • Retrowave/Synthwave is excellent for both studying and steady state exercise <3 .Good luck!
    • Est-ce que quelqu’un connaît la date de la prochaine mise à jour. Mercii!
    • Prends ça avec un grain de sel parce que c'est purement annecdotal. Si c'est med qui t'intéresse, l'année passée, j'ai pm 2 personnes de pharmD qui ont été acceptés en med à udem et ils avaient respectivement 3.55 et 3.7/4.3. Un autre a été refusé avec 3.3/4.3. Par contre, ça c'est juste pour med udem, c'est des données de l'année passée et c'est purement anecdotal. 
    • PharmD à UdeM : quelqu’un a une idée des CRU que ça peut donner selon le GPA? Merci 
    • I was accepted at 35 to med school after a career change / second undergrad to get me there. I went to a 3-year medical school and am just completing my final year of a 5-year residency now. I'm super grateful to have the opportunity to do what I'm doing now and love it every day. There are definitely some disadvantages to consider being an older applicant, in my opinion. These would be independent of the process of obtaining admission in the first place, which I also think is more difficult in some ways for older applicants, but I will leave these aspects of my response since it's not really what you're asking. (1) Debt burden: with reduced time to practice, your debt burden will be more relevant for you than for someone in their 20s in medical school and is something to consider. (2) Connection with peers during training: while this isn't ubiquitous, it does come up. Sometimes your life experiences and perspectives are a bit different in your 30s/40s than when you're younger (I certainly am not the same person I was when I was in my 20s). I don't mean this in any offensive/rude/judgmental way because I have also met a ton of absolutely amazing colleagues in their 20s that are wiser, more mature than me at my present age, and have done outrageously cool things that I couldn't fathom taking on myself. However, these differences can lead to some difficulty in relationship-building amongst peers during med school. It also makes things at times awkward during residency where many staff are younger than you. For example, I am a large man, and often I consciously stand in the back of the room when rounding as a team, etc. because as an older, large man, I find patients look more to me at times than to other people with more training/experience. I also absolutely never wear a white coat for the same reasons (aside from my opinions about the paternalistic associations of the white coat in the first place). (3) Energy throughout residency: call schedules can be unpleasant at the best of times and I think this is perhaps worse when we're a little less young or if you're a person dealing with health conditions that lead to fatigue... or some combo therein. As I've gotten further along in residency and into my 40s, I take much longer to recover from call (particularly sleepless call... I'm not myself for probably 3 days afterwards) and I think I would be very challenged to do the typical R1 7 calls-in-a-month theme all over again if needed. (4) Contractual obligations via CaRMS/etc.: if you have an established family (spouse, children, older parents, etc.), moving around the country as is obligated by CaRMS match can be a bit tough. The uncertainty of the process also puts some additional stress on relationships which can lead to potential resentments that need to be navigated. (5) Age at establishing career: Once out of residency, there's the whole job prospects piece +/- fellowship training. Keep in mind it takes 1-2 years before you're established with regular income, etc. and that finding a job depending on your specialty may require further geographic moves. Those, I would say, have been my main experiences to consider as an older applicant. Would I do the whole thing over again if I had an acceptance letter in my hand? Definitely, 100%, no question. Everyone is different, though, and knowing what you're getting into is pretty important. Particularly past the medical school acceptance bit because getting into medical school, even if it's arguably the toughest step in the whole process, is only the beginning of a long road. Hope that's helpful in some way. Best of luck!
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