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  1. Not guaranteed and it might make your calculations a bit more difficult but there's a chance family medicine residency length may be extended to 3 years in the future. The college is doing a review I believe given that Canada has one of the shortest family medicine training times in the developed world.
  2. It's interesting to hear the differences in American GIM training compared to Canadian training. Other than the residency time difference of 3 years in the USA vs 5 years in Canada (or 4 years for some community sites), American GIM's have much more of a focus on being primary care physicians whereas in Canada, GIM's are trained more as consultants and GIM subspecialists.
  3. I think this highlights the challenge of not having things like grades or exam scores to compare candidates with each other on during CaRMS. They're trying to introduce some sort of objectivity to the CaRMS process when the entire process is subjective and therefore open to things like discrimination, bias etc.
  4. I'm curious, you said most urban and sub-urban hospitalists in the US are IM, are there not many FM hospitalists there? I always thought it was common for FM in the states to work in hospitals too? Also, when there are FM docs working as hospitalists in the US, any difference in scope of practice between FM and IM? It's an interesting comparison since in the US, IM and FM residency are both 3 years long but in Canada FM is 2 years and IM is minimum 4 years (often 5 nowadays).
  5. This would be province specific but my understanding is that IM geriatricans have access to the IM billing codes which would pay better for consults etc. Some docs would also be on ARP's (especially given the nature of lengthy geri consults) which I imagine should pay the same for the same work done? Don't know for sure though.
  6. It differs city to city but from what I've seen, +1 COE docs work the same as IM geriatric docs ie they both work as geriatricians doing inpatient geri ward coverage, consults, and outpatient geri clinics. I haven't seen a difference in scope of practice or community consultations but again, this might differ city to city. Between CFPC and Royal College practice areas, I haven't seen much practical difference in day to day work between staff docs trained from either college in EM, COE, Palliative Care, Sports and Exercise Medicine, or Addiction Medicine. The areas tha
  7. These are not new programs, just that more and more programs that had previously interviewed and selected candidates directly are now also joining the CaRMS match process instead.
  8. You get a score and for IMG's, this will impact your residency applications and ability to get interviews during CaRMS.
  9. I've heard that research has shown that amongst patients, trust and respect is highest with their family physicians in general compared to other specialists. I think the 'lack of respect' thing is more of a perceived thing within the medical community (maybe more among medical trainees)? I say perceived because in practice I've seen numerous specialists praise family physicians in the past but maybe those are just anomalies.
  10. Not a dentist but isn't this a problem with the assessment/licensing system for dentists in the end? If dentists are passing the exam, obtaining their license, but still providing subpar work, it seems like the NDEB hasn't assessed them properly and the concern or advocacy should be with them in raising their standards and not with the dentists who follow their 2 year assessment process successfully to ultimately become licensed in Canada?
  11. I would honestly say that Australia is an amazing place to live if you're comparing it to the USA... especially nowadays with their mass shooting epidemic. But both countries and Canada obviously have their pro's and cons though Canada and Aus are fairly similar as I mentioned before, kind of like cousins in different hemispheres. In terms of medical training, I think the average standard in Aus is going to be higher than in the USA as there is a lot of variability in the quality of residency programs. There are obviously going to be some really top notch training programs in the USA at
  12. There are certainly regional differences in terms of how easily and how much of an urban academic teaching hospital you are likely to get for internship. As you probably know, some states will even prioritize their own Aus graduates who are international students over inter-state domestic students. However, for the vast majority of Australian medical graduates that want an internship, those that want one will get an offer somewhere, even if it's a super rural area or with some of the newer private hospital internships attached to a one year return of service contract offered now as part
  13. Unfortunately I don't think the rates of Canadian students who are Australian Medical School grads staying in Aus is really tracked publicly but the community of international students isn't huge so who is staying in Aus and who is applying to the USA or Canada for residency is generally known within the community, at least definitely within each medical school especially since people need to prep for the LMCC exams or USMLE exams ahead of time. The CaRMS data for just under half of Aus grads matching to a Canadian residency each year is just based on those who actually apply back
  14. Australia in general is a great place to work if you're interested! Similar to Canada but different in some quirks, and also warmer haha. Getting PR and eventually citizenship is generally not an issue once you start working as a doctor after medical school. There's usually ways around financing including personal savings, government student loans, and bank line of credits that get most people through. It certainly isn't cheap for international students but probably similar in tuition to what American medical schools charge.
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