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  1. Yes, but to be perfectly honest most family med residents who do gen surg rotations probably end up doing mostly scut and very little operating.
  2. If you complete a canadian cardiac surgery residency you can complete a 2 year CT fellowship in the states and be BC/BE in the US. Only reason to do it imo is if you changed your mind and wanted to do general thoracic. The same path in Canada would require a 3 year fellowship with 1 yr of general surgery included.
  3. I do know of many canadian cardiac surgeons practicing in the community though, they aren't as high profile but they aren't board eligible.
  4. I don't think job market will ever be good in cardiac, the residency program in surgery is somewhat Halstedian, attrition is built in. It should be something you do only if its the only thing that will make you happy.
  5. Very well informed, one point to add is you don't need to do a cardiothoracic fellowship to get a job in the US. You don't actually need to be board certified or eligible to work in the US, the FRCSC is enough.
  6. 1) Play less video games, develop yourself in non-medical/academic ways more i.e. getting out of your comfort zone
  7. Apparently Ryerson was given permission for a new medical school though in Brampton
  8. If you are a resident, definitely consider just asking them. You can sort of tease out who's willing to talk about comp and who isn't.
  9. 1D7 gave a good estimate, but is your question about med student, resident or staff life? Keep in mind hours worked depends on how busy the service is and each subspecialty may be different.
  10. 3 things: 1. Your body gets more used to it with time, to a limit of course 2. You make sacrifices or improve time management - fewer hobbies, less time for self care etc. 3. Remember that there are people who work harder than you and have made it just fine, it is doable. It is truly very challenging. I work long hours with very little "off" time. What I have found is, prioritizing sleep is most important, for me if i'm getting enough sleep 6 hrs a day, coffee will get me through any call shift, if i'm sleep deprived however, I start to notice that coffee becomes less effec
  11. It really is a combination of factors, but one of the biggest issues is that being a staff cardiac/neuro surgeon is very challenging and likely more challenging than people think. It is almost impossible with current selection criteria to predict who will be a successful cardiac/neuro surgeon from medical school. The selection process for medical school focuses of good academics and social skills which are important in a physician, but only part of what is looked at for surgery. We rarely look at technical skills, leadership, high stress/teamwork in the residency application process, but these
  12. 2) The answer to your question is that you don't need board certification to practice in the US. You do need to have your FRCSC aka your Royal College certification however.
  13. This would probably vary depending on if the surgeon was comfortable doing an emergent AAA repair or wanted to do it. If the surgeon wasn't comfortable or did not want to do it, they would send the patient to the nearest vascular surgeon. So to answer your question, this would really depend on local practice patterns which would be heavily dependent on the surgeon involved.
  14. Plenty of luck involved in CaRMS. Just remember the system isn't always fair or right, especially on the first try, but generally speaking, with the work and effort, you will get to where you want eventually.
  15. I know this very well, but my question is more of not whether they are hired, it is, do they truly feel competent in the beginning. I find doing a rotation or two in any specialty often teaches you some stuff but also shows you a whole area that you actually don't know.
  16. Not to offend in anyway, but i'm curious as to your thoughts that a 2+1 is enough to work in tertiary/trauma center. From my residency experience, having done several rotations in ICU/Trauma/EM haven't made me feel confident in working in those settings alone. I certainly can see enhanced learning if this was your area of focus, but my feeling is that it would definitely take a lot of extra self-study/on the job time before I felt like I could do it independently.
  17. If you are among the best in your surgical cohort (i.e. you work harder than your other co-residents) and you get along well with people, this is possible. Otherwise its not. Just being willing to go through all the academics is not enough. Doing a PhD is not enough, you need to be very productive during it. I think the answer is that it is doable, but you should not expect that if you go through the motions you will get a job there. Not sure if this is what you are thinking but... if you are hoping to be in a big city because you like city life, I would think again. The people who
  18. 1) Don't think it would be that hard, there are plenty of jobs, certainly you could get a hospitalist job, because that requires family medicine training alone. Do you have a UK IM license? Does 4 years of training get you fully certified in IM that would be recognized as equivalent to the Canadian FRCPC IM? Getting a job as an internist may be not possible without a license in internal medicine (either UK full IM license or Canadian FRCPC IM). Your pay would likely be a hospitalist's pay and you would bill as a family physician in that case. 2) All this depends on if you are a lic
  19. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/10495735/ https://canjsurg.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/60-4-247.pdf
  20. Sometimes you get this said directly in your feedback. Other times you just get a feeling.
  21. With specialties as difficult as derm, they are swimming in applicants who have near perfect CVs. There are many derm gunners who don't get in each year. I don't think you have any realistic chance with dermatology given the competitiveness. I would honestly focus on trying to match to something that is more feasible. I would strongly consider IM or FM for you if you are interested in dermatology, they are similarities and you can do some derm with FM + derm certificate.
  22. With a 2.7 GPA, your chances realistically are only in the Caribbean without a superb MCAT. I would advise you to avoid healthcare professions in general as they are heavily GPA focused and without doing another undergrad you don't really have a chance at any health professional school in Canada with a 2.7 GPA.
  23. Get involved in clubs/initiatives, definitely network. It's all networking, meeting residents, meeting staff, doing research. It all helps. Doing research in a related field is totally fine although its more efficient to do it in the field you apply to. Definitely explore specialties first, find a few you think you'll like and start with those and narrow down as you go. By the beginning of clerkship you should have 1-3 specialties you are thinking of applying for.
  24. If this job is 1-2 years away and is a guarantee or near guarantee, I would strongly consider that option. Burnout is one thing and its true that studying 60-70 hrs a week won't last forever, but what I'm more concerned about is that you seem to be worried about the responsibilities that a family doctor has to have. A lot of it is true, it gets harder and harder and clerkship will be harder than pre-clerkship and residency will be harder than clerkship. Even staff life is not easy as having that responsibility is a huge task. On the one hand, the studying will get easier because you just simpl
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