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  1. with respect to other sites at UBC, can people comment about their experiences?
  2. Thanks for the info. With the challenge, who do you need to prove you learned those skills? To the employer or college? Is a list of procedural skills that ccfp em programs provide?
  3. Its getting close for me to start thinking about narrowing down programs/locations. Looking for CCFP residencies and sites in Ontario, Alberta and BC that have a reputation for lots of hands on skill opportunities in acute settings e.g. tubes/lines etc... and opportunities to develop decision making skills in said settings. My goal is to do the +1 but seeing that it is very competitive, I'd like to develop the skill sets so that I can work in a small community ER competently and get those 400hrs/yr X 4 yrs. Don't have a preference for Rural/Urban, just want to have an overall list of soli
  4. Hi All, Thanks for the responses. With regards to the different courses, is there time to complete them during PGY1 and do most programs fund the courses or do you fund them out of pocket or via what ever education allowance is provided to each resident.
  5. Hi, After some exploration and research, I am coming to terms that CCFP-EM is the best route for me. I would like to practice community based emergency medicine in a mid-sized community (population/catchment ~ 100,000-200,000), with a mix of family. Keeping in mind that this is a competitive and risky route, in terms of electives during CCFP residency, what are absolute requirements to demonstrate interest and ability to do well in +1 emerg (tried to search this but had a hard time finding the answer)? Also, when doing emerg electives during CCFP residency, how many other institutions s
  6. Any info/comments/ positive or negative experiences regarding anesthesia rotations @ ottawa, edmonton, sudbury?
  7. Wow from the UofT EM carms interview video, they got 300 applications for 10 spots, that's worse odds than applying to medical school in some situations. Looks like the only way to guarantee getting an EM residency in north america is to get a 260 in the USMLE, have 2 publications, volunteer, compete in the olympics and know some one in the Mob that has a committee member on their payroll. I can't imagine having to compete for Derm/Optho/ENT
  8. what about ranking 1 specialty (EM) across the board don't really care about the location? is it possible to do this and get through carms with a match? also how does applying to the US work? I can't do electives in the US but want to also use the American match system as a back up to carms instead of applying to a back up specialty? has anyone done this successfully?
  9. Thanks rogeroger, that is actually very helpful.
  10. I was wondering if people could rate EM Programs based on sheer high volume and high volume trauma seen + broad range of pathology (I know this may sound utopic). Also looking for programs that allow their residents to get procedural and team leading experience, i.e. not mere bystanders (I've seen the bystander effect at a top notch academic intensive care department where a bedside tracheotomy is performed by a fellow - who botched it up - and 7 people are watching her do it, I'd rather be the one learning to do the tracheotomy w/ faculty guidance as I near the senior part of residency no?)
  11. If you have a car, most places can be conveniently reached in 20mins, even less. I would avoid downtown and east hamilton. West hamilton has a few apartment buildings, the downside is you're further away from the hospitals, anything west of Main st W and Longwood is good
  12. Depends on the speciality, psychiatry no life and death (except deciding if the patient is suicidal), family medicine office practice/nursing home no (call EMS if you suspect something is wrong or redirect patient to emergency department), physiatry no, dermatology mostly no
  13. I wouldn't engrave a stethoscope, your abound to loose them. Also, don't spend a lot of money on it unless you are going into internal medicine - specifically cardiology Instead, you are better of getting a custom white coat with your credentials etc...
  14. Brooksbane, you took the words right out of my mouth. I'm glad I'm not the only one who sees it this way. Out of curiosity, are you speaking from a specific experience? If your comfortable sharing, I'm really interested in finding out what led you to this conclusion. Also, I am quite confident in the pool of IMGs this year that there are non-white folks that can blast the sh*t out of this residency program better than the guy they accepted and who have stronger track records. Case in point: is a former non-white IMG resident of UBC's program Dr. Srivastava (mentioned this in a different
  15. This thread caught my eye. I have to say with regards to people mentioning about third world medical schools i.e. schools in non-white countries producing inferior physicians simply because they are third world (in other words in non-white countries), there are numerous IMGs from third world countries that have come to the US and made great strides in advancing medicine including: Abraham Verghese - health system critic, educator at stanford S.R. Mallampati - came up with the Mallampati scale to judge airway intubation difficulty Sudhir Srivastava - involved in the development of the to
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