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  1. Interesting discussion. I graduated from UBC Biochem back in early 2000s. Now I am working as a General Internist. I do agree that from my own experience, I hardly have to use any biochemistry knowledge at all. Only time I used it was in First Year Med school at UBC, but even then, it was only a little biochem knowledge it required. Now I cannot even remember the 20 amino acids. =)
  2. Hi, I recently graduated from a 5yr GIM program and had written the GIM subspecialty exam after the 5th year. I was in the first cohort group to write this new GIM subspecialty exam. It is quite true that so far there is no difference between 4th and 5th year for community IM jobs. As for academic centers, they always prefer to hire GIM 5th year anyway (even before this new exam comes up). Nobody really knows the impact for the 5th year vs the 4th yr program down the road in the future. The only difference after writing the 5th yr GIM subspecialty exam is that I can call myself a
  3. Yes, that's what I mean. Nobody is grandfathered to have the credentials without taking the exams, and those who have practiced for 5 years can take the exam.
  4. It is more sustainable if your clinics as IM are hospital based due to overhead and referral reasons.
  5. I recently finished a 5 yr GIM program with the 5th year exam completed. Now the 5th yr requires another specialty exam just for GIM (this is not the same one as the one in 4th yr where everybody wrote). As for the question about how useful the 5th yr exam is, nobody knows at this moment. Royal college claims that nobody is grandfathered. The reason I wrote it is just to avoid being asked to write it in 10 yrs time when a substantial of internists would have written it at that time. If you want to work in academic center, it favors a 5th yr program, while in community hospitals, it is
  6. I don't think premed students are allowed to shadow physicians, at least for BC. People who want to shadow need to get a license from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of the Province.
  7. GP hospitalists = usually admit patients with social issues or who are stable. Internists = admit sicker, more acute patients. This is for both academic and community hospitals, although less hospitalists in academic centers. Internists are MRPs when the sick patients are admitted. Also not all hospitals have renal, etc....
  8. You are right. Unfortunately, you won't find out much about jobs perspectives until the end of the residency/fellowship training, which is my case at least. Schools usually don't talk about it that much because they always need residents/trainees in the program for the work. Also academic staff sometimes may not know much about jobs in community because they don't work out there. So, yes, it does become a bit more challenging these days for med students/residents, as not only they need to think about what they want to do, but also job opportunities can be a factor. You w
  9. I agree. I am currently working an internist in the city, and permanent jobs for general IM are getting very competitive now. Locuming positions are still there, but not the formal staff positions.
  10. Yes, if you have passed your royal college exam for Internal Med in Canada. Then you can have your clinic. Question then becomes if you will have enough referrals from just opening a clinic without hospital attachment.
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