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  1. Howdy, Hope everyone is hanging in there... I am a Canadian PGY4 radiology resident in the States applying to Body fellowship. Eventually plan on coming back to Canada (Vancouver?) to practice. Wondering if its better to take a "big name" US body fellowship to get more MR experience or do a fellowship in Canada to build contacts for job prospects?
  2. Hello, Canadian R3 here at an American program that will likely not be receiving dedicated time to study for the radiology Royal College exam now that the Core exam is a year earlier. Wondering what resources Canadian radiology residents use for dedicated RC board prep? Stateside it's mostly Radprimer/Crack the Core. Thanks!
  3. I just concentrated on the most questionable parts of the DO curriculum, OMM is less questionable but still very suspect in relation to the basic sciences. What you're also forgetting to mention is the fact that, however insignificant you deem cranial therapy to be, it IS tested on the boards. So, clearly, the powers that be with the DO world think it's important enough.
  4. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0965229999800028 http://physther.net/content/82/11/1146.full http://www.quackwatch.com/04ConsumerEducation/QA/osteo.html http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2173359?dopt=Abstract http://www.quackwatch.com/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/cranial.html http://faculty.une.edu/com/shartman/sram.pdf This search took an entire 5 minutes. Every student who chooses to enter into an osteopathic medical school should know (and inherently accept) that there are pseudoscientific portions to their medical degree. Now excuse me while I go
  5. How about these goals: "Advocate for the removal of pseudoscience from the curriculum" "Advocate for the right of DOs to be able to legally use the title MD in Canada"
  6. Exactly, I was a second-rate applicant.
  7. Keed in mind, most of these are second-rate med schools who haven't had to deal with international applications before.
  8. What never ceases to amaze me is how people get an 89% average and yet not have the wherewithal judge their own med chances.
  9. To be honest I've had people tell me to do an SMP over going DO, I just decided to go with the sure thing over higher potential in the long run.
  10. Thousands of volunteer hours, no research, upward trend, mid-30s MCAT. It was either go DO or do an SMP, and I chose the former.
  11. We can consider ourselves pioneers, more or less, of osteopathic medicine in Canada. It will be interesting to see where we take this. Will we fight to be unique and try to stand out from the MD paradigm, much like our American counterparts? Or will we try to fit in as best as we can, and try to emphasize similarities between DO and MD?
  12. Yes, this is something I've never been able to understand. To each their own, however. In BC, if you look up a physician with a DO degree, it would say the following in the online directory: D.O. - 2006 - Midwestern (United States) for your degree.
  13. Right, but will this philosophical difference be reflected in Canadian medical board law? That's what I'm asking. DOs are still fairly unknown in Canada so I'm not sure if this situation has been seen before. Also, with more and more Canadians going to DO schools, I would assume that most would want to fit in with the MDs and would be ecstatic to use the MD title.
  14. Don't they let people with international degrees like MBBS, MBCHB, use MD?
  15. Fingers crossed for 1st round Canada-wide!
  16. In my view, DOs and MDs belong to the same profession. that of physicians. Trying to go against the established paradigm will probably lead to misery/ridicule. All I'm saying is, some parts of the DO degree are severely questionable in the current Canadian medical paradigm. We would be best off trying to underemphasize those parts ie. OMM/cranial and focus on evidence-based medicine.
  17. This is exactly why I think the widespread acceptance of USDOs in Canada will be hard to come by. There is little to no good evidence for OMM, especially cranial. DOs will claim that studies on OMM are hard to do simply because of the difficulty involved in measuring pain reduction and whatnot, but without hard evidence the Canadian medical community will probably never be fully accepting without some bias.
  18. If many of you are worried because of the lack of brand recognition that comes with a DO degree, there are a few DOs who have gone to the Caribbean after getting their DO degree, "transferred" over their credits, and received an MD degree from a Caribbean school. I am not advocating this route, nor am I certain of its legality. I am merely saying it may be an option. Someone on the SDN forums posted the CV of such a person: http://www.boydobgyn.com/pdf/Boyd_CV.pdf
  19. Essentially someone would go DO over MD, with both DO and MD acceptances, if they bought into the whole holistic care/osteopathic manipulative medicine ideals that are pushed vigourously at DO schools. In my opinion, holistic care is something which is being emphasized at many medical schools DO or MD, and is NOT enough of a distinction to justify the existence of another medical degree (DO). As for osteopathic manipulative medicine, this is where the grey area exists. The soft tissue is fine, and there seems to be good evidence for efficacy. They also teach you something called "craniosac
  20. No problem, I totally understand. I hope more provinces will sign on by 2016, which is when I'll be graduating. Really appreciate the excellent work you and COMSA are doing for future generations of USDOs in Canada. You are truly pioneers.
  21. You mentioned lobbying to increase the number of provinces USDOs can apply to via carms. How is that coming along? I'm not sure why there are regional differences in the first place (1st round all the way to straight up denial).
  22. Just out of curiosity, are there attempts being planned to educate Canadian program directors and other professionals involved in residencies on what a DO degree actually is? Is this something that COMSA is currently involved in? If so, how exactly do you plan on going about this? I would imagine that you would have to tread lightly, as there is already some resistance and skeptism to osteopathy and, coupled with the fact that a DO means something else entirely in Canada, this could be a very difficult task.
  23. If only AOA residencies were accepted in Canada, things would be a lot easier. Are we any closer to getting AOA residencies accredited? I wonder if it's simply an issue of no recognition or if they've actually said that AOA residencies are sub-par.
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