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  1. school interviewing at: UofT specialty: Family Medicine current interview date: Jan 19th (afternoon)  date would like to switch to: Jan 21st  any additional notes: have interview the day before. would like some room
  2. Thanks for the input! Do you have any idea on what I should look into for seeing whos "influential" for lack of better words? I.e. does being a program director of a fellowship program put them at a higher on a "influence meter" versus someone who has been on the faculty for a longer period of time?
  3. Haha I actually don't know if the older physician will still be around. He looks like he can retire at any point.
  4. Hello, I'm a MSI4 whos doing a little planning ahead for MSM. My school has a research block in 4th year so it would make sense for me to try to seek research opportunities for the sub specialty I want as I am thinking of IM. Since medicine subspecialties are much smaller field I assume the "who you know" factor plays into it a lot more than matching to IM. I found two potential PIs that I am interested in. One is a young staff who is extremely qualified, hired on as an associate head role at a very young age and leading trials. Other one is one of the most influential individual in the depart
  5. Wondering which programs people have heard that won't interview you unless you have done electives there? Also I'm wondering if anyone matched to Mac IM without doing elective there?
  6. As title says, I'd like to space out my "hard" electives with those that require minimal studying, time presence, etc.
  7. Is that for academic positions in a large academic hospitals? I don't see why you would need 2 years of fellowship (or any) to join a community cardiology practice in GTA region.
  8. i'd like to know more too no one has done calgary GI?
  9. Wondering if anyone has done or heard anything about ICU electives at St.Paul's? I'm looking to do it in my 4th year elective and just wondering what people thought about the rotation
  10. Wondering if anyone has done or heard anything about ICU electives at St.Paul's? I'm looking to do it in my 4th year elective and just wondering what people thought about the rotation
  11. Hey guys, I was looking through the AFMC portal to see if there were any research electives and was surprised to find that there aren't any listed for most of the schools including University of Toronto. I looked at the UofT's own elective site and saw that they did indeed have research electives there but didn't have those listed on the AFMC. Is it possible to contact the department and potential PI then apply for the elective or if its not on AFMC is it not allowed?
  12. I'm looking into internal medicine and just wondering as an OOP applicant do you require to have done CTU electives to get in UofT IM program? Or would doing sub-specialty elective suffice? I also want to do CCU and don't want to spend 2 months of my electives just doing CTU at my home school AND UofT
  13. What's the daily work schedule like for pathologists? What is a typical ballpoint for salaries? Thanks!!
  14. What is the hourly rate like (roughly)? if you don't mind sharing. Of course it will vary between group by group I'm guessing, but should be relatively similar no?
  15. How can one complete a masters during residency? How do you find the time to do it? And which school do people get these distance ed masters from?
  16. Hello, I'm a M2 at we are going to be ranking our 3rd year rotation soon and I was just hoping to get some opinions on what is the 'best' way to rank 3rd year rotations. Since pre-carms elective deadline is during the second block, would it be best to do your field of interest early on to validate your interest before pre-carms elective deadlines or would it be better to leave it until later so you can make a better impression and not look like you don't know anything? Would it be too much to have surgery and internal back to back? Any advice/tips would be great
  17. Anyone know good resources for antibiotics? I've found this but i'm not sure how applicable it is to Canadian guidelines (http://www.bpac.org.nz/Supplement/2013/July/docs/Antibioitcs_guide_2013.pdf). Our school hasn't covered micb and antibiotics at all and whenever I'm shadowing I feel clueless on how they choose the antibiotics. Or is it completely unnecessary to learn on my own as a M2 and would I get to it in my rotations?
  18. I am just curious as to how accurate this last sentence is. Because I was thinking almost the opposite. If I pad my CV with derm-related research and rotations won't other specialties see that I am using them as a back-up? That's why I feel like people who are actually putting down derm as their 1st choice must have honestly thought that they have a decent shot. However, I've met some derm residents with zero to almost no derm-related research. But as you pointed out, there are no objective grading with these applicants. No objective measurements and the low match rate makes it seem like
  19. People go to US residencies to increase their chances of matching to Canadian fellowships? I thought most people want to do their residencies in Canada and goto US for fellowships.
  20. Hi, I'm wondering how much extracurricular activities (or the lack of) affect your chances at matching to competitive specialties/schools? By extracurricular activities, I mean class council, interest group positions, health advocacy groups and such. How much do they matter in comparison to research/publications?
  21. There are community clinics doing private echo? In B.C. at least, you can't have echo outside of hospital and can't even bill for the ECG's done outside the hospital (or so I heard).
  22. I thought 3 years of IM and 3 years of cardiology is pretty tough as well. Is the lifestyle that much more different between a cardiologist (especially interventional) vs a surgeon?
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