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    ArchEnemy got a reaction from honeymoon in How do you have time to explore different specialties if you want something competitive?   
    Yes almost all were successful at matching to Plastics and Ophthal.
    Derm was around 50-50.
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    ArchEnemy got a reaction from Weltschmerz in How does one "demonstrate interest" for a specialty (CaRMS)?   
    Research + Electives are probably the most important things to show interest in the specialty. Networking is valuable, but can also be a double-edge sword.
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    ArchEnemy got a reaction from turboturn in Do people buy houses with their LOC?   
    A few of my classmates bought homes in downtown Toronto with their LOC and the value of their homes doubled by the time graduated medical school.
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    ArchEnemy got a reaction from DrOtter in Observerships in first year ?   
    Pretty much just cold email. Given the current COVID situation though, it might be easier to do observerships in community clinics (rather than hospital based ones).
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    ArchEnemy got a reaction from DrOtter in Observerships in first year ?   
    Same thing essentially.
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    ArchEnemy got a reaction from Medddddd in What is everybody using at med school?   
    I second what Gangliocystoma has mentioned -- if you already have a fully functional PC or Mac, then I would go for the iPad Pro / new iPad that supports Apple Pencil.
    If not, I would go with the Surface Pro which is a full functional OS. 
    The iPad's iOS is limited to Apps found in the App Store, and you may end up spending quite a bit for several note taking apps just to find one that fits your style/liking.
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    ArchEnemy got a reaction from MDinCanada in CCFP-EM Salary   
    This is a very important question that is often overlooked when discussing billings. 
    300k-400k may seem "average" in terms of physician OHIP billing, but because their overhead is so low (<5%), their pre-tax income is similar to physicians who are billing 420-570k but have 30% overhead.
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    ArchEnemy got a reaction from chocolatecake in Noise cancelling apparatus   
    I have tried Bose QC35 II, Sony WH1000XM3 and Airpods Pro. 
    AirPods Pro dominates hands down in terms of noise canceling and portability. Plus, being in-ear earbuds they do not weigh down on your ears / neck much even after prolonged use.
    Only caveat is that your ear anatomy may not fit well with the Airpods. Personally, my helicis crus began to hurt after 1h of use, but my partner did not experience any discomfort with prolonged use. YMMV.
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    ArchEnemy got a reaction from ChemPetE in Realignment of Doctor's Income 2   
    I will respond to the points that I have bolded & underlined above.
    According to the Alberta Medical Associations' report, the average Ophthalmology's overhead is around 45%. From speaking to Staff Ophthalmologists, the "60-70%" overhead that is often thrown around is for those running private ORs for LASIK or Blephs, not the average Medical or Surgical Ophthalmologist. 
    The tight job market and difficulty securing OR time is a complex problem that plagues all surgical specialties, not unique to Ophthalmology. Arguably, Ophthalmology is one of the fortunate specialties where the practitioner can choose to lean towards the Medical side if OR time is unavailable. Even without OR time, Medical Ophthalmologists make a very decent living with their intravitreal injections. Can't say the same for Neurosurgeons or Orthopedic surgeons who do not share the same alternative without inevitably crossing into Neurology or Physiatry/Rheumatology's turf.
    Your last point on Canadian Govt spending hundreds of thousands training specialists only to lose them to the US is a frequently brought up argument. However, it vastly underestimates the cost savings from a senior resident. Many senior residents are quite capable of functioning almost independently by PGY-4, so the Govt is actually benefiting from 2 years of decreased labour cost (70k vs 400k), and potentially more if they choose pursue a fellowship.
    Back to my original point, Dr. Rocha claimed that fee cuts will hurt recruitment and retention of Ophthalmologists. He is right in that any fee cuts in general will hurt any recruitment or retention efforts. However, I stand by my point that the 10-25% cut will not be a significant factor in driving Ophthalmologists to emigrate South, since Canadian Ophthalmologists vastly outearn their American counterparts. On the other hand, Neurosurgeons & Orthopedic surgeons in Canada are under-compensated compared to their American counterparts, so this will be another impetus for them to emigrate South.
    I have to admit that a bigger problem in our system seems to be that older physicians are delaying retirement and hanging onto the better paid procedures, which may require OR time, while leaving the lower paid procedures to the newer graduates. 

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    ArchEnemy got a reaction from medigeek in Fam Med Residency Program Comparison   
    I think residents/students tend to pick up some "bad habits" from the supervising physician too who are less up to date about the new literature. These clinical skills may suffice for independent practice, but may not pass the litmus test when it comes to examination settings. 
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    ArchEnemy got a reaction from batmanisthebestsuperhero in Salaries of specialists adjusted for overhead expenses   
    We should not be fighting amongst ourselves. 
    The government is trying to sow discord between the various specialties so as to justify its cuts to ALL specialties. Additionally, they are not transferring the money from cuts to the higher paid specialties to the lower paid specialties, but rather it is used to fuel their own political agenda.
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    ArchEnemy got a reaction from xiphoid in Top 100 physician-identified OHIP billings released   
    Physician billings account for ~8% of the total provincial budget, which is approximately the same amount it spends on paying off INTEREST on debt. Considering most of the healthcare SERVICES are offered by physicians, is this still considered a high number? 
    Physicians are often vilified for their "high" billings. However, the truth is that physician billings have been cut (in relative terms) since 2017. For those who criticize physician billings publicly, I see no mention about the issue of rapidly rising costs of drugs, and even fewer attempt to tackle this. It is unfortunate that physicians make easy targets while pharmaceutical companies avoid this due to the facade of "R&D" costs.
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    ArchEnemy got a reaction from Bambi in Top 100 physician-identified OHIP billings released   
    Physician billings account for ~8% of the total provincial budget, which is approximately the same amount it spends on paying off INTEREST on debt. Considering most of the healthcare SERVICES are offered by physicians, is this still considered a high number? 
    Physicians are often vilified for their "high" billings. However, the truth is that physician billings have been cut (in relative terms) since 2017. For those who criticize physician billings publicly, I see no mention about the issue of rapidly rising costs of drugs, and even fewer attempt to tackle this. It is unfortunate that physicians make easy targets while pharmaceutical companies avoid this due to the facade of "R&D" costs.
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    ArchEnemy got a reaction from ChemPetE in Top 100 physician-identified OHIP billings released   
    Physician billings account for ~8% of the total provincial budget, which is approximately the same amount it spends on paying off INTEREST on debt. Considering most of the healthcare SERVICES are offered by physicians, is this still considered a high number? 
    Physicians are often vilified for their "high" billings. However, the truth is that physician billings have been cut (in relative terms) since 2017. For those who criticize physician billings publicly, I see no mention about the issue of rapidly rising costs of drugs, and even fewer attempt to tackle this. It is unfortunate that physicians make easy targets while pharmaceutical companies avoid this due to the facade of "R&D" costs.
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    ArchEnemy got a reaction from blah1234 in Is it possible to transfer into the specialty you were unmatched from?   
    Your program can absolutely refuse to release you and block your transfer. I can only imagine what life would be like for the resident thereafter 
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    ArchEnemy got a reaction from daleader in too late to even consider derm?   
    Speaking french can't possibly be the only requirement for admission into dermatology in Quebec right...  
    @daleader I think it would be worthwhile writing the USMLEs. In the US, it is very common for applicants to do a 1-year research fellowship before gaining admission into the competitive residencies. A high USMLE score is the key to matching to the competitive specialties.
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    ArchEnemy got a reaction from FailureToThrive in Dermatology -> Ophthalmology   
    Ophthalmology and Dermatology are quite different, so applying to both may harm your application to both. 
    If you are interested in Ophthalmology, i would suggest sticking to just Ophthalmology and try to distant yourself from Dermatology going forth.
    Like ZBL suggested, do some electives in Neurology or back-up with Family Medicine. 
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    ArchEnemy got a reaction from throwaway756 in Extremely embarrassed to be asking this question but would really appreciate the advice   
    I think Lactic Folly really nailed it in this sentence. People do develop moral conscience as they mature.
    There is also a lot more on the line now that these "bullies" are in medical school. I attended U of T, where the faculty has instituted a safe avenue of reporting critical incidents such as bullying. More information can be obtained here https://md.calendar.utoronto.ca/student-professionalism
    If found guilty, these "bullies" will receive professionalism lapses that will affect their chances of applying to residency during CaRMS. 
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    ArchEnemy got a reaction from Wesmosis in MCCQE Part 1 New Format - How to Study   
    Not sure where you saw "just".
    Yes I think Toronto notes is enough to pass. Reading AFMC Primer on top was a little overkill.
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    ArchEnemy got a reaction from Wesmosis in MCCQE Part 1 New Format - How to Study   
    I used Toronto Notes and AFMC Primers for PHELO and it was more than sufficient. 
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    ArchEnemy got a reaction from Edict in Radiology as a backup...?   
    Probably because of videos like these. 
    AI will never be able to replace radiology entirely, but the fear of the uncertainty is probably what drives potential medical students away from this field. It will likely be at least a decade before we see this is implemented in clinical practice. Since most current medical students/residents have a career span of at least 25 years, it is highly likely that they will encounter this in their lifetime.
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    ArchEnemy got a reaction from dinkaldoo in Official May 8 Countdown Thread   
    Hi everyone - just wanted to wish you all the best of luck tomorrow -- from all of us old timers/geezers 
    I still vividly remember the day I received news of my medical school admission. It was one of the happiest days of my life! 
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    ArchEnemy got a reaction from 1D7 in Nervous about number of unmatched CMGs   
    According to my friends are recent graduates of law school, this is very true.
    Articling positions are scarce and many graduates have troubles finding articling positions. Similar to residency, they are cannot be called to the bar without completing their articleship. 
    Toronto already has 2 excellent law schools. There's no need for a 3rd one.
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    ArchEnemy got a reaction from indefatigable in Residency backlog could triple for medical school grads, report warns   
    I went back to previous year's program description to verify.
    UBC Derm never had any IMG spots to begin with. UBC Derm converted a CMG spot to a CMG-ROS spot. 
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    ArchEnemy got a reaction from CardiacArrhythmia in Where to see CaRMS match results for each med school in Canada separately?   
    No this information is not made available. If there is a particular specialty that you are interested in, maybe ask here and maybe some members would be able to provide more information.
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