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  1. It varies from year to year but usually not super competitive. If you really want it, you will get it.
  2. PM me, transferred from IM to FM. Now working as GP in BC. But simple answer to your question is, you likely need to wait for 6 months before you can start the transfer process. Most likely transfer within province (your own school). Out of province transfer is difficult. You can always apply for 2nd round of CaRMS even though you have been matched before. You will talk to PD and likely postgraduate head (just casual chat). They will then put you on the list for transfer. Depends on your school, it might be competitive so longer wait. You will get 6 month credits maximum like people said in th
  3. Also regional there is more one vs one interaction with the staff. Most of the time, you get to tailor your learning towards what you envision your future practice to be. In academic centre, because it is very busy, you end up doing a lot of scut work. I don't mean that you don't learn anything, but different people learn differently so it really depends on how you learn. I have rotated in both sites so it just depends your learning style. Keep in mind though academic does not necessarily co-relate to more "cases" because you will sometimes end up doing the same type of cases as the unique cas
  4. Agree with above, if you are ok with managing people, easy to just rent your space, hire your MOA, and share EMR costs. You do need to pay upfront costs like equipment and stuff but you can also hire part-time physicians to cover those costs.
  5. 35 is more like 300,000. There is variability depending on how you bill (in BC). So maximize billing is important. I think it's not unreasonable to have a decent life and still bill around 300,000.
  6. I am in Vancouver, BC, yes making 250-300 K before overhead, overhead is around 25-30%. I would say 4.5 day per week of work. Seeing roughly 30-35 patients per day.
  7. Personally know UBC IM ppl, there are a lot of people wanting GIM this year, a lot of ppl also want to stay in BC, hence did not rank a lot of places. Prob explain why this year a lot of 4 year GIM, it is not a bad thing tbh if you want to do GIM.
  8. Recent grad here (now family doc), it's the flexibility and work-life balance that is attractive. Also, you need to consider the bigger picture here, some of the specialties you cannot find a job (you will either have to move far away or do multiple fellowships) right after completing residency. I can tell you that people will beg you to work for them as a family medicine graduate (any location). You do have to see 30-40 patients to make like $250-300 K (depending which provinces you work). There are also other payment models. You can get paid hourly (~$150-160/hour).
  9. PM me, I did buy a luxury car at the end of med school and during residency. I have always been a car guy and I do tonnes of interest in cars, particularly high-end/sports cars. Like many said, it's a personal decision you have to make. If you can live with the consequences (most cars depreciate, unless you buy very special cars like a LaFerrari or McLaren P1 or Porsche 918 or something like that, highly doubt we can afford them....), then go for it. Go for a new second hand car (2-3 years) because the 1st year is always the hardest hit (in terms of depreciation). Also, location matters,
  10. Probably need to look into policy of your PGME. I switched from IM to FM (I am a CMG) and I was told that if you are IMG, it might not be possible to switch due to ROS (Return of Service). Might be a case by case basis.
  11. Hi, I switched between programs. Feel free to message me.
  12. There is no right or wrong answer. It is all about how much risk you want to take. If you don't invest, you will not gain anything (nor will you lose anything). If you do, depending on your risk profile, you can lose a lot or a little. You can speak to your financial advisor about it. Personally, I think the LOC interest is as low as it will get. As long as you diversify your portfolio and aim for long term investment, I think it's a good opportunity.
  13. I don't think there is anything wrong about voicing your interest. Just don't sound like you can only limit yourself doing that during an interview.
  14. I was in the opposite side. I transferred from IM to FM. Like other people said, it depends on the province and the school you are in. Generally, bigger school programs like UofT and UBC have 1-2 spots for transfer. However, they are usually CMG spots. For IMG, you do have to fulfill your contract (return of service) so it might be more difficult. I personally know someone who wants to switch from FM to IM and is not able to due to return of service contract. You might have to speak directly to PGME/province/PD.
  15. UofT Family Currently: Jan 21 (PM) Desired: Jan 23 or 15 MAC Family Currently Jan 20 (PM) Desired: Jan 19 anytime
  16. McMaster Family: Currently scheduled- Jan 20th PM Desired date- Jan 19th any
  17. Hi, I will be happy to review your file and provide my suggestions. Send me a message. Class of 2018, UofA
  18. No one really knows how pre-req is viewed post interview. I would say at this point if you have already completed your pre reqs then just don't think about them since you can't really change them now. Instead, just focus on other portions of the application.
  19. I can help as well although please PM me fast since I do not check this website very frequently. I didn't receive an interview from UBC this year but got accepted at U of A so if you are applying to U of A I would be happy to review your application. It is quite weird that UBC gave me a NAQ very low (much lower than average) yet U of A gave me above average (I don't know my score this year but last year was above average even in the OOP pool).
  20. 11 is the cutoff for OOP for this upcoming cycle so if you don't have 11 for verbal then don't bother applying. I think you will get your MCAT result back way before the deadline of application so if you have 11 then definitely apply but if not don't bother applying.
  21. Hi everyone, I will be moving to Edmonton in August and will be looking for housing on campus. I was wondering if anyone is interested in sharing a 2 bedroom/living room condo/apartment/house me. Please let me know if you're interested.
  22. I am not BSing...but if you don't want to believe it is up to you...you also misread what I wrote. One of them got accepted already but was switched to a different site today.
  23. Maybe there will be more spots opening next week. Keep you hopes up!
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