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  1. Are you looking to practice or train in the US at all during your career?
  2. Lol at people trying to look at my old posts -skipped a grade in elementary, so where my birthday lies I finished up high school at 16 -4 year undergrad - 20 -3 years med - 23 - 5 year specialty - 28 I definitely was on the younger side of my med class, but I certainly wasn’t the youngest. There were at least 2 or 3 people younger. idk what else to tell you lol
  3. Sorry I should be more specific - MD was done at 23, specialty 28
  4. Did this - Calg, 5 yr residency done at 28. One year fellowship though. I quite enjoy my job and am looking forward to my fancy house and view, as well as having a comfortable family. It absolutely was a positive financial decision though for the 3 year MD program - that is one more year at senior attending salary, and can’t complain about that.
  5. That’s pretty typical I’m afraid. There’s stories of people finding out 2 days prior if I recall correctly. It’s an imperfect system but hopefully people get their spots or closure soon :/
  6. Old Calgary Alum here: - calgary had a solid focus on clinical skills and hands on learning opportunies. I don’t know much about sask but wouldn’t expect too many differences between the two in this area - student life - You can fit a lot of hikes, camping, ski trips even in 3 years in med. I found myself studying mostly for big exams, but weekends especially in preclerkship were free to explore at least a good portion of the time. Clerkship is a different beast, however and your time is much more limited. My quality of life during pre-clerkship was very good (and certainly better th
  7. Biased as I went to U of C, but one year shorter of med school is either one year extra of your life in retirement, OR one year more of lifetime earnings at your maximum salary. Not to mention the cost of living difference for 3 years, but a broad view the year of staff physician salary is the one that makes a difference. Assuming QoL is similar between the two cities and family/friend supports are similar between the two, that is something to consider.
  8. U of M has great rad onc residents. Love a lot of the residents there/past grads, I can I can also attest they have had a lot of good things to say about it. Never went there personally, but they had a great vibe during my own CaRMS tour there.
  9. Anything is doable, but you need to kill your application. What that means in this context, is basically having your application buffed to plastics/derm/optho quality. Assuming there are no visa restrictions for the program in choosing you. 1) high quality research with academic leaders in the field 2) supporting letters and rotations in the US ideally from academic leaders and the program 3) not being an ass/being a personality that others want to work with 4) STEP 1 is going pass fail. Presumably you would need to ace step 2. (Easier from a canadian program)
  10. What is it about ENT that drew you to it? Anatomy, pathology, surgical interventions,??? Can you find another specialty that shares some of those attributes? ENT brachy therapy is rare (but exists), but rad oncs see/treat a lot of head and neck cancers, and scope their patients. So some hands on procedures that are shared.
  11. Rad onc jr staff here. Lot of misinformation out there about rad onc, and a lot of what hits the usual medical students I would qualify as outdated or misunderstood. Some data: http://www.caro-acro.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/CARO-Human-Resources-Report-2019.pdf COVID was the curveball, where we saw a lot of places put hiring freezes on. But that has long since ended for most places. When I was a sr med student, there was what, like 3 postings nationally on the job board for the year? Now, I think BC has hired something like almost a dozen ROs in the past year, and that is on
  12. Specialty specific, but here is a link to radiation Oncology workforce projections. http://www.caro-acro.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/CARO-Human-Resources-Report-2019.pdf I did a lot of fact finding for this stuff in med school. It’s out there, but you need to dig deep. Some of the provinces do their own modeling and you can find PDFs from time to time of their projections. I know Ontario in the past has done detailed workforce analyses, as well as Alberta
  13. Incredible. I can’t believe how much filled. I feel for all of the unmatched students. For those looking to get a second round spot - Rad onc is a great option, very interesting and rewarding specialty. Not a lot of people know about it. Employment opportunities keep getting better and better in Canada (as opposed to US), and there is survey data to suggest that. So PM me and reach out to the rad onc programs if you have questions. Those Family med spots in Edmonton and Calgary are a direct result of the government’s assault on primary care, I think. Very sad to see for Alberta.
  14. I’m from Calgary, so it was an easy decision. There is somewhat of a pretty strong economical argument though. Done one year sooner, that’s one more year of staff salary at your most senior salary. That should be worth at least 6 figures.
  15. I had a single mom in my med school class. I won't speak to her situation, and I think she had a very supportive and involved family, but she's now a very talented and sought-after subspecialty physician. And her daughter is well-adjusted and awesome from what i've heard, too. So you can absolutely come out of the system meeting your goals. I wouldn't let it stop you.
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