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  1. Yeah, I specifically looked for a low volume site to start out. You have to be a bit careful and know your limitations as people will let you work in almost any of these places. I was offered to cover a site with 70 visits/day. My numbers aren't anything special. I have had enough experience that I feel comfortable with my plans and procedural skills to successfully run a low volume rural ER, especially with good supportive back-up starting out. If you had a more specific question it would be easier to provide more information. Are you looking into doing ER yourself after 2 years of
  2. I will be doing single coverage ER this summer out of residency. From advice of those around me, and my own thoughts, the situation you describe is incredibly rare, especially in a low volume center like where I will be. With 5-15 patients a day just based on probability you won't see as many emergent cases. Despite this, I made sure back-up was good as well and there will always be a physician back-up in the community who is more experienced with procedures if I find that I need extra help. Then of course, knowing your principles, doing as much reading as you can, and having a good plan
  3. Anyone interested in doing a bit of SOOs practice over Skype this weekend? Or even later in the month? Send me a message and we can set something up. There are some very unusual group dynamics at my site that have limited our prep sessions.
  4. I don't find any of these to be challenging aspects of family medicine. Most of my management is based on history, if you have a concerning undifferentiated finding, you can always get an echo, get a chest x-ray, or do a biopsy. In a community family medicine site, often you don't have the opportunity to refer due to limited resources. This gives you the opportunity and impetus to manage a lot on your own. In all the patient's I see in a week, I would say I refer less than 5% of the time, and even then would be a likely overestimate. Often the longitudinal relationship can benefit yo
  5. You can order it pretty easily in BC. I got it in the ER there a few times. I told a preceptor this in Ontario once and she didn't believe me so she called the lab and they told her they can get a BNP but it has to ship to Toronto for the results, at which point, that would be pretty useless.
  6. What are some courses that a family med resident would find valuable to fully utilize the 7 days of professional leave as allotted by PARO? Thanks!
  7. Check out places near the water. I went to Thornbury/Meaford and was able to walk right up to the Georgian Bay from my clinic every lunch time.
  8. Learn how to take care of yourself. Not just cooking, cleaning, and grooming, but how to pursue things you truly love, surround yourself with people who care about you, and value your health in your life decisions. Medical school will often actively fight against all of this.
  9. Although I am admittedly more conservative than my friends who have worked to implement this new program, I have yet to engage in any discussion that went beyond "this is progress, check your privilege white boy." To me, I still do not understand how a separate application process is different than Separate but Equal, so I am confused as to how this is a progressive movement. Many are in support of this because, "the standards are the same." This is not true. UofT, at least when I applied, had ridiculously low cut off points for it's stats (9/9/9 and low 3.0s GPA). The average accepted app
  10. This was my impression as well. I know Mac will call you tomorrow if you don't match.
  11. I have heard that a school in Ontario called their students already if they didn't match. True?
  12. Any wisdom or approach for this? I am panicked by the thought of sorting through 36 different possible futures for myself. I have a very vague idea of top choices -- rural/community, close to my home school. A few programs stood out on presentations/talking to residents, but certainly not enough to easily make a rank order.
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