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  1. So we can destroy medicine? Midlevels are literally the worst part of American healthcare. Just go read some of the American dominant forums and see the daily ranting from doctors. Doctors in Canada need to become more aware of how much of an issue it is and not train midlevels to prevent the same issue from spreading up north.
  2. There absolutely are family docs making mid 6 figures without working brutally hard (but still working hard). There are a million ways to make money in family medicine in Canada. If you're just doing basic FFS, you're doing it wrong.
  3. Any examples of what made the ER/hospitalist exps good? And for Hanover, what sorts of procedures were residents obtaining proficiency in?
  4. Yeah it was an example of little things that need auto-consults. A lot of the protocols are there to up the billing and keep the specialty services busy. Even small rural hospitals in USA often have pretty decent subspecialty availability (state dependent) and advanced imaging available. The rural patient population isn't as big so these consult services essentially will be consulted whenever possible.
  5. The shift from academic center/metro center hospitals in Canada to smaller community and rural is pretty drastic compared to USA. I'd say scope of practice is USA is somewhat consistent across the board until you get very rural. Open ICUs are fairly common in busy metro areas (not just small community/rural) so IM/FM hospitalists can be managing vented patients, placing lines, intubating etc as needed. Of course many hospitals also have closed ICUs (especially academic centers) so ICU doctors have full control and hospitalists only do general floor medicine. And IM/FM would always be on shared
  6. I think most canadian IM docs come out of residency able to do things like paras/thoras, lines, and maybe chest tubes/pigtails. Intubation is a huge plus/minus and I'd say the solid majority will not be highly skilled at airway management, though I'm sure many do it anyway later on. Lines aren't hard to get good at if you've done some already. Maybe take a course to supplement? Chest tubes are easy. And yes you will not have nearly as much subspecialty support in most Canadian hospitals. In many hospitals, you're the actually consultant and the specialty support. Filling the role fo
  7. You learn a lot more medicine in-depth while inpatient and it is definitely heavily applicable to clinic. You also get much better context to evaluate a clinic patient's condition and how bad it can become. It also broads your differential, among other things. So I would say heavy inpatient is of major benefit to docs who want to do clinic only. Also, people change their minds. Especially in FM. You may like X in med school then like Y in residency. Better to be somewhere that trains you better. And honestly programs that are heavily outpatient-only oriented tend to have weaker preceptor
  8. But you know these are exceptional circumstances. I just meant that in general, going somewhere more rigorous for family medicine specifically is a better idea. Even if you just want to do bread and butter outpatient only.
  9. It's 2 years. Go somewhere more rigorous to become as competent as you can.
  10. Busy community with few residents is always best. Optimal ratio of pathology and procedures to learners.
  11. How about true rural ERs? Quite a few of these, all are mostly FM staffed and none have any back up available (no ortho or anesthesia or essentially anyone lol).
  12. Yeah I meant informally like if you've heard if they provide assistance on certain procedures (ex. complex reductions with sedation). Less so on medical management as I think you should be very competent on the cognitive aspects (including running codes) if you're working in the ED. But some procedures are just tough to get enough experience in during residency.
  13. Do you know if they're offering mentoring to those new hires as well? And the 4 year practice route makes you more eligible for large community hospitals jobs within GTA perimeter/just outside of it I'd assume?
  14. 1. Don't train them. By far the most important part. At the beginning, they're just learning. 5 years later, they're lobbying for independent practice and will claim to be at minimum equal to you or better. 2. Don't hire them. Sure they'll work for you initially and do as told. Then go down the street and become a direct competitor. 3. Raise awareness. So many people in the field are barely aware of this issue or think superficially it's a good thing. 4. Aggressively lobby against proliferation.
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