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  1. I'm in the US, so these comments may not be directly applicable to Canadian pathologists. 4 weeks vacation, although this often higher in non-academic settings. 16 weeks "off service" for conferences and research. The pensions may be "excellent" (i.e., grow to large amounts by the time you retire) but they are usually funded by payroll deductions (I know HOOPP in Ontario is), so my impression is there is no magic or free money. I haven't researched Canadian pathologist pension plans extensively, but I'm not sure they're any better than a disciplined approach to investing the same
  2. I'm an AP at a large academic center. To give you an idea: I work 10 hour days, M-F. I'm on call about 1 in 6, but call is extremely light. Occasionally, this involves staying at work until 7 pm or so for a frozen section. I need to go into the hospital about once every six months for a Saturday read, which takes 15 minutes. I've never been paged overnight. I have significant flexibility regarding my schedule, both in terms of which days/weeks I can take off, and how I spend each day. I do spend some evenings and weekends doing research or other academic responsibil
  3. AP can be very, very competitive for IMGs. Matching can be difficult, even if you are a strong applicant. I would recommend applying broadly and having a solid backup plan.
  4. CMGs with fellowships may get a job easily, but it may not be in their desired city... The job market is OK, but not amazing.
  5. It is hospital (and even program) specific. I would suggest contacting programs directly.
  6. I passed the RC a couple of years ago, but have been working in the US since. Is there any reason to maintain Royal College membership if I am not currently practicing in Canada? I assume if/when I return to Canada, I can reactivate my membership somehow? The dues are expensive and it seems unnecessary if you're not working in Canada.
  7. B visas are easy to obtain at the border, for Canadians at least. You should definitely check with the school to find out which visa they require; they may not be able to on-board you if you enter on the wrong visa.
  8. Sorry for the late reply, but why do you think you'll need the USMLEs? I'm not totally convinced it's necessary for you.
  9. I don't know how often J1 physicians use it to stay in the US, but it's definitely possible, and the threshold is far lower than a Nobel. You should PM me for more details if you decide to work in the US after your fellowship (assuming you're on a J1).
  10. This is generally correct, but I would add that it is possible to stay and work in the US on an O visa after having trained on a J1. Just be aware this is an option for some trainees in case they decide to stay in the US and work after fellowship.
  11. I know of a few US trained pathologists who moved to Canada to practice. I do not believe any of them did electives during residency. All of the ones I know trained at a top-tier US program. Happy to answer any specific questions you have. Why are you set on doing residency training in the US? I would recommend doing residency in Canada, and going back down south for a fellowship. Your training will be a year longer, but you will have a more sane, reasonable time during residency. The best US residencies can be brutal. Most Canadian programs are very humane.
  12. They have someone in mind with this posting. It was obviously crafted to suit a particular applicant.
  13. I also know of a Canadian MD who's doing a fellowship in the US on an O visa. (I think there's some flexibility regarding the "extraordinary ability" requirement). Just another option...
  14. This may turn into a big issue. Since no premium processing is available, I know some PGY1 IMGs were unable to secure a H1B in time to start training on July 1. Programs were caught off guard. I suspect fewer programs will offer to sponsor H1Bs next year given the headaches that were caused this time around.
  15. No, I don't think so. This is something that can be addressed in your personal statements and during interviews.
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