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  1. Still planning on sticking with OMA. Was still cheaper than RBC for me even if the discounts are removed. One thing that often isn't discussed but may be worth considering are that: 1. The fact that the OMA prices are going up is a sign that physicians who are applying for and claiming disability insurance are actually being paid 2. If there was a group of doctors that have signed up for OMA insurance, become disabled and the OMA did not pay up there would be outrage towards OMA insurance, since they are supposed to represent us. If the same thing happened with RBC, your only option
  2. For what it's worth, I am a 4th year IM resident who had initially completed the Step 2 CK during medical school and was signed up to write the step 1 in June 2020. Covid struck and the exam got cancelled, but they allowed me to write it any time in 2020 until June 30, 2021. I got busy with RC exam and Carms 2.0 up until now so haven't written it yet. Right now I have the option to pay $70 or so to write it sometime between now and the end of September, but ultimately I decided against it. The money I spent towards writing step 2 CK, uworld and step 1 will now go to waste, but whatever.
  3. What I've seen is that there is a larger variability in pay within specialties than between specialties. Those numbers may be true, but there are reasons why this is the case. You can do 5 days of hospitalist a week for 4 weeks with weekends off or work 14 days straight without much difficulty, but doing 20 ER shifts in a month or 14 days of ER shifts in a row is really tiring (but not impossible). You can pick up a locum and work $900 for 8 hours and not pay any overhead, which is nice (although maybe that's on the lower end of things), but it might be a really cushy job. There ar
  4. There can be a lot of variety depending on the internist and their interests. I was on outpatient clinics last week and on consultant had 14 patients that he was following for HTN: 4 new consults for HTN (one was already on 3 meds and the other 3 were on a low dose ACEi) and 10 follows for whom he was titrating their meds. Another physician saw about 20 patients. 5 pregnant women because they run a medicine/OB clinic, 10 or so followups for HTN, diabetes, proteinuria, CHF, post-discharge followup, and 5 new consults for nephrotic range proteinuria (referred to nephro for a biopsy), throm
  5. For ontario check this out: https://myparo.ca/financial-primer/ Depending on your program you will have anywhere between 1-7 calls per block (sometimes more if surgical specialty) x 13 for each block of the year and you'll have your gross pay
  6. Lol, it's not even been 2 days since the match. A lot of programs and residents are swamped with covid admissions. I know you're probably excited to hear about your program and can't wait to start , but Just chill for now. They will reach out eventually and you will have enough time to prep for residency.
  7. It's worse than that...it's paid labour by YOU! You pay AND do the labour! At least that's how I felt things were when I was in medical school...Surgery is tough, especially if you're not interested in it/don't have great teachers/residents/attendings to make your rotation fun. Many times I felt that I wasn't learning a lot or anything too. The shelf exams are also BS, especially if they make you still do the US ones with different units and all that crap. That being said, you definitely do learn things even if it means being able to write notes and round on patients. What I felt on
  8. I'd say whatever specialty people end up in, they are "usually" happy. It's hard to completely hate every single aspect of a specialty. Usually people find something they like and go for that. Also, the cognitive dissonence helps you like your specialty
  9. it is a lifestyle specialty in terms of how "busy" your day is and it has a lot of perks to it. For example med onc if one of the few specialties (along with sports medicine) where most of your patients really appreciate your advice, are adherant/want the treatments you recommend (although they may have side effects), and WANT to be at their appointments. For example contrast this with endo/ID or HTN, where you might be trying to convinve your patients to adhere to calorie counting, insulin regimens, HIV/Abx treatments or their BP meds. (I understand this is a generalization and that not all p
  10. If I may chime in regarding this: Having just gone through the match (matched to 5 year GIM and unsure if I would've prefered to go unmatched and do 4-year, but that's another storty), the chances of not matching in Carms 2.0 is quite low. I think if you're trying to decide between FM/IM, maybe approach it from the perspective of would I rather do FM in 2 years or endo/rheum in 5 years with 3 years of a more difficult specialty? i.e. I think you should go by the assumption that you will match to your subspecialty of choice. It is waaaay less stressful and less competitive than the R1 C
  11. Good luck finding anything free when it comes to LMCC...the biggest money grab that (imo) currently exists for licensing physicians. Wait till you sign up and do the QE2 and you'll realize how much of a waste this is. Sorry that you have to go through this. Most of us have and it sucks
  12. US grads count as CMG. I called CaRMS to confirm when I was a pre-med applying to med school EDIT: That was back in 2013, but I doubt they would've made a drastic change
  13. They are not mandatory but highly recommended. Looking at your current elective schedule I would say that you are going to be in a good position as long as you are able to get strong reference letters from each of your internal medicine rotations. If you also have a reference letter from your core internal medicine rotation then that would help to. I would recommend if possible using only internal medicine letters for when you apply to internal. As a UofT grad and previous internal medicine interviewer I would not penalize you for not having CTU rotations. Good luck!
  14. Well, the short answer is residency kinda really sucks. I work every other weekend, don't make a lot of money, my sleep schedule sucks because I do a lot of call and I'm not making a lot of money. People my age are partying, traveling, sleeping when they want to and have jobs that are a lot of fun. That being said, would I trade this? No, because I love what I do and would do it over and over again. I run into people who aren't in healthcare and lost their jobs because of covid, while I know mine is secure. I know I will make a lot of money later in life and I think I'm having fun. Here'
  15. I always asked for feedback mid rotation or a couple of days in and said something wonderful like "we've been working with eachother for a couple of days now. I'm really interested in this specialty and was wondering if you had any feedback on my performance and about what I can do better moving forward" this puts the thought in their mind. At the end of my time with them, I would ask for a letter to see if they will sat yes or not. If not, then oooo poopy. if they say yes, then I would just something like "AMAZEBALLS" or "WOWZY" followed by "thank you so much, do you prefer that I reach
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