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  1. ASAP. Definitely speak to an insurance broker who can figure out what the best deal is. I used to have both OMA and the RBC/CFMS, neither of which required a medical or asked about mental illness. I hear that the CFMS deal now does ask unfortunately - which is awful but there you go. You want to get it ASAP so you can start the clock on the preexisting condition rider. I know some people have also had luck getting MH exclusions removed after a certain period of time of having the policy without making a claim. Basically, get it locked in as soon as possible.
  2. I'm not in FM so wouldn't care to comment But I do think (in general, not you specifically) there is a lot of judgment towards people who can't do call.
  3. Some people actually do have medical conditions that make 24 hour call a problem. For me, I was really scared I wouldn’t be able to handle the sleep deprivation just because I had never done it before (always valued and prioritized sleep, never pulled all nighters), but I threw myself in, and was definitely able to handle it and did learn a lot. I surprised myself with how much I can do and that was a nice experience in some ways. I do think at least in psychiatry there are other ways to learn just as much but there’s something to be said for call for sure. But for some people
  4. Yeah I'm also interested to know how it's working for them - when I was a resident, my program was always debating back and forth about going to a night float model instead of 24 hour call, people would write proposals etc, but when it came to a vote, there was never enough momentum behind it. I voted against it. I don't like change and also honestly I thought I'd hate a block of consistent nights way more than intermittent call (especially since our call frequency was relatively low - I might have felt differently if we did 1:4).
  5. Check their program websites or program descriptions on the CaRMS website, ask residents, find out at interviews.
  6. As far as I know, Quebec is the only province that has formally capped the duration of shifts (at 16 hours, I think) for all residents. The difficulty with your question in the rest of Canada where there isn't that kind of limit is that most residents spend a substantial amount of time off-service (especially FM), so even if the home service doesn't have 24 hour call (which may be true for FM but I imagine would be rare for IM outside of Quebec), off-service rotations likely will. In my program (psychiatry) we did have some residents who had accommodations such that they didn't do 24
  7. Maybe see what your classmates on the same rotation are doing? You need to build in some rest/downtime consistently, not just at the beginning of a rotation. Medicine is a marathon as you know. Personally I used to study on the weekends and take weekday evenings off because that was what worked best for me, but some people do the opposite. Whatever rhythm works for you. I'm not sure what your standards for yourself are, but personally (as many in medicine) I can be a perfectionist and when I went to medical school I was fairly used to excelling (though maybe less than some because
  8. How efficient is your studying? Clerkship is the worst because you don't have any control over when you get time off, you're moving around all the time, and the exams are frequent. That being said, often there are old materials circulating or ways of figuring out what is actually high yield to study so that you can focus your study time. There's no need to learn everything, especially in specialties you don't intend to match to. You don't need to dazzle everybody you meet to succeed. Sounds like it might be worth looking at whether you can prioritize or make your studying more efficient (e
  9. I’m not aware of anybody in my cohort or in my program in my time who left medicine entirely. We typically had a transfer (usually to family medicine) every couple years or so. I’m aware of 2 between my cohort and the cohorts below me in my 5 years but I wasn’t paying much attention to know the details. My program was very big (like 36 residents per year) so not a high percent compared to others. In psych it’s usually that people find they miss the general medicine aspect, though some of these stay in and do geri psych or CL or neuropsych or neurostim stuff. And of course the usual maternity/
  10. Not my area of expertise. I'm choosing to trust the expertise of Health Canada and the other physicians with more understanding than I do, and I'll be all over it as soon as they offer it. I think we need to normalize trusting scientific expertise/experts when we ourselves don't know the answer or don't have the same training. Not blindly, but more than we as a society do.
  11. Noroh has been very clear what she is asking and for what purpose, and people are voluntarily choosing to fund her over that amount. She is only in MS2, so my best guess is, if she gets extra, she will use it to pay her entire outstanding balance versus just the minimum deposit, and then will probably use it to help her with the next 2 years of tuition thereafter. Which is also very reasonable and in line with the intent of the people who are donating. I expect she is talking about her high tuition and her ineligibility to access Canadian financial resources because otherwise people out
  12. So then why it is a problem if people want to help her pay those costs with their own personal money? If you don't agree, then when you have extra money, you can pick your own cause to donate to, that you think is valuable and will improve society.
  13. Story makes perfect sense to me? Any student, international or not, can share their story and try to fund their education with a GoFundMe - why not her? And I'm not sure why her tax situation is relevant - she's paying international student rates and not receiving any subsidized loans. People are impressed by the social justice work she is doing, and the adversity she has overcome. She has faced more financial adversity than many medical students, though certainly not all, never mind the impact of systemic racism and the difficulties of immigrating to a different country without your f
  14. I think a heartfelt card is the best gift. +/- some edible treat.
  15. Highly program specific though I think there likely are some common threads. I chose U of T psych because of access to some very niche/specialized expertise that isn’t available in smaller centres. I think this is true in other specialties as well. That said, my program is very large and more residents means it’s easy to get lost and you have to make more effort to make connections and seek out the opportunities you want. It doesn’t have the same personal quality especially since you can spend your residency spread between so many different hospitals (though I was able to arrange to prim
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