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Everything posted by ellorie

  1. By community, do you mean community hospital or community like outpatient clinic outside of the hospital setting?
  2. Sure - though honestly there isn't much clarity to be had. I did go through this process though so feel free to ask me questions by PM.
  3. Get disability insurance right now, especially if you haven’t been diagnosed or treated yet. Like, immediately. With CPSO there really is no concrete info. It’s about the diagnosis, not the treatment - they ask if you’ve ever been diagnosed with a condition that could interfere with your ability to practice medicine. It’s a personal judgment call whether to disclose for most people with psych stuff. If you’ve taken a leave you will probably end up needing to, if not it’s a conversation with your treating physician. Most people with mild to moderate depression and anxiety disorders I
  4. I don't know anyone who has been forced out of their program entirely (though it does happen from time to time). I do know several people who have been put on remediation for various reasons. "Professionalism" is a wide net and a vague enough term that the program can use it to nail you for almost anything they really feel like nailing you for. Most people I know who have been put on remediation have been for that reason. Actual unprofessionalism is mostly things like coming late, not showing up, not doing your paperwork, lying about things, etc but sometimes it can be because your sup
  5. The problem is, in order to do FM, you have to have the talent and liking for FM - I feel like it's a mistake to think of FM as a default option. The skill set of FM I think is one that I would not be well suited for at all - I can't change tasks or mindsets very fast, I get really stressed out by the unknown, don't like ambiguity, the whole "a little about a lot" thing is very ill suited to my strengths and general personality. Plus for some things, like psych, you really can be out and done in 5 years - 3 more years isn't so many if you get to do something you're good at at the end of
  6. I think I looked into it at one point several years ago and was told that if they couldn't repair mine they'd send me another colour. So I just took it to a random tailor and got it mended.
  7. Gosh I'm so old my backpack has almost been forced off the timeline :/ Still going strong though.
  8. When I matched, my program waited almost the full 30 days they're allowed before reaching out to us
  9. Wow. Rough year. Psych almost filled, GIM completely filled. Wonder what's up with Western FM with 9 London spots.
  10. Yeah I'm not sure I'll ever be able to afford a home in Toronto, like in my life. It's actually horrifying.
  11. I live in downtown Toronto and pay 1650 - which is shockingly low. I got it at slightly below market rent when I rented it (just got lucky) and the landlord hasn't raised my rent in 6 years for some unfathomable reason (but not complaining). That said while it's not a scummy apartment in general, my bedroom is my home office (it's a "one bedroom" that's basically a studio) and I'm currently dealing with a roach infestation so you get what you pay for.
  12. I've found that through medical school/residency I was not always working the max. There were rough rotations/periods where I was going full out but also periods where I was not. During the full out periods you just put your head down and try to get through, and during the less intense periods you rest and recuperate and try to put things in place for the next spring (e.g. cooking/freezing meals, taking care of stuff that needs to get done to get it out of the way). It's also somewhat residency and program dependent. In psychiatry call is generally lighter (about 1/7) and I had some co
  13. Staff call is also more $$$ which I think is generally motivating for people.
  14. Neither did I before clerkship - never pulled an all nighter in my life prior to that point or really even went to bed all that late. It's surprising what you can adapt to. I was incredibly anxious about it before I did it, but it turned out to be totally doable. Unpleasant at times, but doable. You learn what strategies help you manage. Best advice I ever got from a resident was to bring a pair of clean underwear and socks to call. Turns out a change of undergarments half way through the night is surprisingly refreshing! It really does work...
  15. I actually found residency far better than clerkship even though I worked harder. The absence of constant studying (except for PGY5) helps so much because you can actually use a lot of your "at home" time as actual down time (or at least I was able to - if you have kids I'm sure it's different but that's true of everything). The evaluation is also less intense because even though you're thinking about getting a job, the scrutiny is less for a lot of it, and you stay in one place for long enough that you don't have to impress every single second. You also have more of a sense of being useful
  16. Not to be rude, but I laughed at the "nobody can work 80 hours per week" comment. I didn't do it much in psychiatry but it's so so standard issue in so many of the other specialties. Just one Saturday call can easily push you to almost 70 without even trying even in psych (and I generally feel like I got off pretty easy from a residency perspective).
  17. I wrote mine “Dear Dr. [PD] and the CaRMS Selection Committee” but I doubt it matters much as long as you don’t address it to the PD of another program or something.
  18. I’m mostly still living like a resident except I might move to a nicer place (but I’m paying 1650 right now which for downtown Toronto is a steal so a nicer place will probably still hopefully be < 2500 with the rental market being what it is). But yeah the staff expenses really ramp up compared to residency in terms of OMA, CPSO, CMPA, CME requirements (conferences and trainings are $$$).
  19. I’m making less than that - if you’re outpatient psych doing psychotherapy and not much call you’re probably going to make less. However the first 6 months of practice were a ramp up - I expect to hit about 180-200k in my second year if I work hard. However, Toronto rent is expensive still and I’m also trying to start my RRSP so there’s that.
  20. As a psychiatrist, not so much. At least not as a single income household in Toronto. Income disparity sucks like that.
  21. Finished with about 140k. Paid off about 40k during residency and now working on the rest in first year of practice. I project it will take me about 3-4 years to get rid of it.
  22. I don't think it's unethical. I do think cards are the most appreciated gifts generally, aside from that what you've thought of sounds thoughtful and appropriate. When I was an M3 they used to send us to colpo clinic to learn to do speculum exams and the preceptor told me he had never in his life seen a medical student fail so many times to find the cervix. He did not tell me (and I later learned) to just angle a bit downwards instead of straight and mostly there you go, just criticized me. Lucky for me I was going to be a psychiatrist anyway so my ego was mostly unbruised. So it soun
  23. Definitely program dependent. But as a 100% anglophone who has lived in Montreal (undergrad, not med) - I would seriously seriously consider the potential language issues if you don't have at least functional French. It's really hard to fully integrate and I can't imagine trying to adjust to residency and all of those stresses while also having a big chunk of patients who expect to speak a language you don't speak or have minimal functionality in.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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