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  1. There are opportunities out there for outpatient work with an FRCPC. Within my practice group alone I know FRCPC docs doing sports medicine, pain medicine, addictions, aerospace medicine, etc, and various types of procedural work within clinics. I count myself among this group. They are all FRCPC trained. I would say this is becoming increasingly more common, particularly amongst those who finished residency within the last ten years. Now that I am coming up on five years post residency, I find myself actively actually encouraging others who are newly minted staff to consider “side gigs”
  2. Emerg doc here. Get vaccinated. The risk benefit is a no brainer. Nearly the only patients I’m intubating now are unvaccinated. The risk calculus is a no brainer.
  3. If your program will give you time to do it, supports you doing it, and you don’t pay full price, it’s a good idea IMO. The reason being is that it will certainly cost you more in lost income once you are done residency. This also assumes you have a reason for doing the masters in the first place. A masters for the sake of the paper is a waste of money and time. I did one masters during residency. It was value added. The second masters I did after residency. It’s end value has yet to be determined. It may or may not pay off. We shall see...
  4. I’m totally bias here being trained in the 5 year stream. But I just can’t fathom one being able to accumulate the equivalent knowledge, confidence, and department management skills needed without dedicated support provided by a training program. Becoming an expert in emergency medicine takes more than some CME, some hours logged and an exam.
  5. I went into my emergency medicine residency considering critical care. It was one of a handful of potential options I was considering for the “extra specialization year” built into the 5 year training. In my first three years of residency I spent just shy of 1/2 year in the ICU, and didn’t like it that much. In the ED sick patients often get better, get worse, die, or stay the same and get admitted over the course of a shift. The ICU with all it’s hours of rounding and the gradual changes in patients status didn’t really fit what I was looking for from a work satisfaction standpoint.
  6. If you like gambling, invest your LOC... Otherwise I would not invest even cold hard cash let alone capital from a loan. Personally, I pulled everything I had in the market out when COVID started rampaging through Iran in February... The pandemic writing was on the wall when this virus reached that country. The political response to the pandemic has often been not rational. The scientific response one of many unknowns. So in my opinion there is no way to truly predict what the markets will do in the immediate future. What firms will get bailed out, which regions will get hit hard,
  7. I’m an emerg doc working in an academic centre. Here are my answers. 1. You do see a certain proportion of patients that have non-emergent chief complaints. On some days this makes up the majority of the patients I see. Most patients fall into the grey zone. They may or may not have an emergency and I need to sort that out. That process is the most time consuming part of my job. In the group of patients that obviously do not have an emergency they can be broken down into one of two categories. 1) The patient is not aware that their concern is not emergent and is concerned. 2)
  8. Graduate degrees are so variable regarding "value". In my experience, over 50% of the value of such a degree depends on the network opportunities that arise. I do not know anything about the program you refer to, but I would start by trying to contact some alumni, or by trying to get a sense of where those who completed the degree ended up. It would be interesting to see who has enrolled and who is teaching the courses and what their background is.
  9. Of course the exams where cancelled for this reason... Why were provisional licenses granted over just having them sit it out? A human resource rational plays a role there.
  10. 300-400 people a day are dying in Italy. The situation there is like nothing seen since WW2. Having people out there doing something is better then having no one... Canada is entering into the same situation. Final year residents are being given temporary liscenses to practice independently without writing the exams. Exams are cancelled this spring. We need the people. The scale of what is coming is truly unlike anything we have seen in generations.
  11. That is the world we now exist in. What was normal 4 weeks ago is now history. These are exceptional times. Every resource we have is being put towards COVID-19 preparation. It will be like this for the foreseeable future. Everything medical education will be playing second fiddle. We are not even close to the peak of this. And it’s likely going to be many many months before we get to the other side. Not ideal for you. But these are the times.
  12. Just expressing my own opinion here. But I would count on some setup existing where new medical students can start classes. As others mentioned, pre-clerkship is mostly just didactic and group based learning. Most of it could be done online quite well. It will probably be an unusual year. But I have a hard time imagining the stream of new physicians being cut off entirely.
  13. PM101, As an emergency physician and as one who has helped manage the sick with COVID-19 on the front lines, I beseech everyone to isolate at this time. These are historic and truly exceptional times. As such, this moment demands an equally historic and exceptional act from all. Everyone must stay home. Go out ONLY if absolutely needed. Every time one ventures out of isolation needlessly, you place your family, friends, public, and healthcare staff at unacceptable risk. This is of the utmost and highest level of importance. Tell everyone you know this message. Before this challe
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