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  1. No repercussions! I wrote mine in late October of PGY1 and was never asked about it by my PD or other admins
  2. No need to get it done before residency starts. I took it during my intern year and didn't study at all, because every day I was doing clinical medicine and the info stuck in my head so much more. Closer to the exam I brushed up on peds and obs/gyn but otherwise, I just showed up to work and read around my cases. YMMV but yeah, no rush to do it especially if you're having to move before residency starts. Now that's the real time and money sink, hahah
  3. Personally, I made a chart comparing all the different programs for the specialty I applied to. I gathered all the reliable information I could, such as unique features (e.g. ability to integrate a master's degree during residency training), number of residents in the program, info about the PD, training locations, options to do away electives. The info was from places like their CaRMS page, program website, approved program/resident blog posts. I stayed away from forum hearsay, as honestly it's too high-risk to take the things on here as facts. A lot of the intel on this site is true, but the
  4. 100% this. It is simply not enough to work longer hours than everyone else, be smart, be technically capable, etc. There are reasons why people say to only do surgery if you cannot imagine doing anything else. The road is long and you'll pretty much consider quitting on the daily. Just met a colleague the other day who is on his third ortho fellowship, after being on literal opposite ends of the country for his previous fellowships. Also consider whether there is a certain idealization of these big cities/large centers. The cases may be higher volume, more difficult, more acute, etc. but
  5. If not willing to go unmatched, most ophtho applicants back up with neurology. If wanting to stay within the surgical realm, ENT is possible but I also hear general surgery just because it has more spots. As stated above, can do FM and IM but some of my colleagues who matched to these were profoundly unhappy (others came to terms with it and made it work well for themselves)
  6. Obviously this is a personal choice and you'd have to weight the pros/cons yourself, but I would caution against taking an extra year if you intend to apply to just family med (different ball game of course if you're considering another competitive specialty than your initial one). No one knows how carms is going to look like going forward, and maybe 2022 will have a whole bunch of new rules that change the playing field AGAIN. With the flux and uncertainty of this current application cycle, I doubt programs would be too tough on you for not having 3 letters from GPs. When I applied to family
  7. Woah, that is a ton of people leaving. Obviously your co-residents at the time left for various reasons, but it does seem surprising as I thought Ottawa radiology was a top 3 program. And as you said, people leaving would damage a program's rep
  8. https://www.carms.ca/data-reports/msm-data-reports/ may have some fun (or anxiety-invoking, depending on what you're looking at) stats for you. I don't know any Endo people, but one of my best buddies matched to Rheum this year. He said it was quite doable, but as alluded to above, he absolutely hated the first 3 years of IM residency and said he'd actually quite medicine altogether if he had to do GIM. Not trying to scare anybody, but it is something to consider. Matching IM is really like deferring the carms process others went through, except the second time around it's arguably harder
  9. Why is community rads no longer ROAD whereas academic is in your estimation? (I guess none of the ROAD specialties are very ROAD anymore, but it's always nice to hear your opinion/insight, @rmorelan)
  10. I don't know how radiology groups work, as I've only known academic radiologists who've taken years practicing elsewhere to get jobs in the big cities. And even then I don't know much as my interactions with them have been limited to being sent down by my surgical teams to review a scan (hahah). There is probably no right answer but word of mouth will probably be a bigger friend than simply choosing the "right" fellowship. Two of my friends worked hard EVERY day of residency - literally never took a day off in their whole 5-7 years. Everybody in the hospital knew and liked them. They are
  11. How does the situation in Alberta directly affect residents? I can imagine it's a tense atmosphere to train in and there may be an exodus of docs (depending on the specialty) but overall it sounds like it's business as usual for residents (except maybe for the seniors who were planning on practicing/already got job offers in AB)
  12. I really hope this is true...nothing we can do except stay optimistic. Literally every single ortho resident I've talked to over the years says "things are finally opening up" and "yes the job market isn't great, but it's not as bad as people think. on par with most other surgical specialties".
  13. Yeah I believe @helloworldz brings up salient points. To determine province of residency for tax filing purposes, the CRA looks at where you have the most significant ties. Those include things like where you own property, where your spouse and dependents are, which province your vehicle is licensed and registered in, which province's health card and driver's license you have. For most of us, the majority of our identification will be coming from our new province...so pretty hard to argue to file in our previous province. Plus many of us will be claiming moving expenses, which althou
  14. For sure, not a great situation at all. Basic consensus from asking around and reading online: if you move to ON from another province after 2017, you can't claim your unused tuition and education amounts from another province. And from what I understand, there is no ON S11 so no paperwork to show the CRA that you have carry-forward provincial amounts. I.e. poof, your provincial credits are gone
  15. Hmm so it seems like we're SOL and just lose our OOP tuition tax credits, eh? And no way to somehow bank them until we move to a province that does recognize provincial tuition tax credits... And on a semi related note, I guess that means only federal tuition tax credits should be entered on a T1213? (Which, to clarify, does not force us to use all our tuition credits if we have other available credits to deduct, right. This form merely shows that we have x amount of credits so our employer should withhold less tax? We don't actually use the credits until we officially file?)
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