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    dooogs got a reaction from hijkl in What would you tell your yonger self in the earlier years of medschool?   
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    dooogs got a reaction from CaRMSthrowaway__ in Trying to Decide Between These Two Specialties   
    A close person to me is a family doctor and it really depends on the payment scheme you are part of. If you part of a FHO you can make a LOT depending on roster. Friend quoted around 450k (before tax, before overhead, including access bonus) for 1700 roster. It also depends if you work in a cheap or expensive area, and how big the FHO is since that can increase/decrease your overhead. 
    No idea for internal but there were some numbers floating around in a Toronto Star article. If someone can dig that up. 
    EDIT: maybe "a LOT" is subjective. Some people may say 450k isnt a lot?
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    dooogs reacted to medigeek in Family Medicine Salary   
    There absolutely are family docs making mid 6 figures without working brutally hard (but still working hard). There are a million ways to make money in family medicine in Canada. If you're just doing basic FFS, you're doing it wrong. 
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    dooogs reacted to anbessa21 in The impact of CaRMS interviews on selection process...   
    I agree, very unforgiving. There is certainly an abundance of amazing applicants. Remember that you are amongst this cohort of 'outstanding applicants'. FWIW, 16 for 2 spots, while not great, isn't horrible - I've seen (and am banking on) worse odds. Remember some interviewees will rank other programs ahead of your home program. Consider what your home school competition is like (how many people from your school interviewed for those two positions). If that number is favourable, take solace in that. If not, oh well. You've done all you could, worked incredibly hard, and managed to receive multiple interviews for a very competitive specialty. All of this has shaped who you are today. Take pride in that. I wish you all the luck in the world and hope you match to your desired specialty. 
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    dooogs reacted to shikimate in Rank the 4 years of medical school from easiest to hardest   
    1st (easiest) > 4th > 2nd > 3rd
    1st (easiest):
    you feel like a million bucks going to medical school,
    spend the summer lounging and dipping in a pool;
    white coat ceremony you feel ever so  blessed,
    smile for camera because you are sharply dressed.
    banks eager to loan you 250K at less than prime,
    no longer rely on ramen counting nickels and dime;
    no need to aim for 4, because courses are all pass or fail,
    fancy yourself high class reading "Desire Caught by the Tail". 
    4th (not bad)
    fall of 4th year is a hectic and busy with electives,
    going new places and taking staff's stupid directives;
    feeling good you're gonna match to your first,
    hiphop to the hospital feeding that energy burst.
    come carms panic set in and not feeling so hot,
    worry not match, unemployed and you'll go rot;
    match day, and you get your second prize,
    hey, at least my debt is only half your size.
    2nd (so so):
    excitement of first year is already wearing thin,
    write a research paper only to throw it in the bin;
    do observership and feel like senior resident's tool,
    have no answer to the questions and look like a fool.
    go on vacation this summer and LOC is getting tight,
    can't repay, you know who'll call you day and night;
    how come everyone else know what they'll do?
    not match, and my pants will be soiled by poo.
    3rd (worst):
    first day at the hospital don't know where things lie,
    hyperventilate at arounds feeling you are gonna die;
    get asked to name 20 diseases, you can only name seven,
    the other 13? they are named after guys already in heaven.
    try to set up electives at some distant faraway land,
    COVID hit, and they might as well chop off my hand;
    finally finished calls and clerkship is coming to a close,
    better ace my electives or gonna regret the life I chose.
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    dooogs reacted to bearded frog in General surgery work hours   
    It varies, in med school we did 1 in 7 call for our surgery block, and we were there ~7:00 to preround before OR and would leave at the end of the OR/clinic day 16-17:00. The residents on the other hand worked much longer hours and were not expected to take post call days...
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    dooogs reacted to aray623 in Observerships at other medical schools?   
    ROMP is moreso involved with South Central Ontario! (https://romponline.com/partners/communities/). Not sure what you would use if you wanted to do electives in the North, but I would agree that it is probably affiliated with NOSM somehow.
    I did a pre-clerkship summer elective (1 week observership really) in Fergus (30 mins north of KW) which was arranged through ROMP, and it was a fantastic experience. Also my two 4th electives in Owen Sound and Wiarton were arranged through ROMP, and they were super helpful in getting that set up. Def would recommend. 
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    dooogs reacted to shikimate in Observerships at other medical schools?   
    UWO offer SWOMEN summer elective
    ROMP program for northern ontario, I heard it was really fun to go up north during summer. I think sponsored by NOSM.
    I heard UofT also offer some "rural" summer experience, although I heard they classify Newmarket as rural lol. If you have a giant SmartCenter with Walmart superstore in there you're probably not rural lol. Maybe seeing wildlife other than squirrels and racoons counts as rural experience for Torontonians. At least they can get their avocado toast and PSL in Newmarket.
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    dooogs reacted to MrWesting in CaRMS 2021 Interviews--DISCUSSIONS   
    Maybe you should take a moment yourself to reflect on why you feel the need to lash out against a fellow classmate like this on an anonymous message board. Yes - many of us are on edge about getting less interviews than we had hoped for, but direct your frustration towards this shitty system rather than those that were fortunate enough to have more luck. You're making a lot of assumptions about the intent behind certain posts, when the reality is that this is a stressful situation for everyone involved.
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    dooogs reacted to bellejolie in Clinic Clothes   
    Dress pants and a shirt are usually fine! And by dress pants I don’t mean suit pants I mean like casual normal pants that aren’t jeans and come in various colours (grey, beige, navy blue etc), with a dress shirt or a sweater. Otherwise scrubs are also really common right now I honestly prefer not having to think about my outfits anymore haha 
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    dooogs reacted to bearded frog in Clinic Clothes   
    For men basically, black pants/khakis/chinos and a dress shirt. Tie will depend on the clinic, if its surgery then yes if medicine then probably no. On peds if you show up in a tie we will laugh at you. A sweater is fine too.
    Basically show up like this super generic outfit which is safe no matter what, then you can match what the attire your attending is wearing from then on.

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    dooogs reacted to sorrynotsorry in POC student experience at UBC med   
    Hi everyone, 
    I apologize in advance as my post might touch on some sensitive topics but I would genuinely appreciate it if someone could shed some insight. 
    As a first gen immigrant, I lived in quite a few Canadian cities across the country. I have always felt so blessed to be a resident of this accepting and diverse country. However this kind of changed after I moved to Vancouver about 2 years ago, and I have never felt so isolated. It was hard to make friends, and people don't seem to like me. I have experienced my first incidences of racism ever since I landed in this country, a stranger called me stupid on the street and someone told me I would never get into medical school because of my ethnicity. As an immigrant, I don't have my family here nor many close friends. I am confused, scared that life will go on like this. I feel hopeless and I do not know who to talk to. 
    I am extremely fortunate to have gotten an interview at UBC, I would love if some current students could shed some light on your experience as a POC at UBC and in Vancouver/BC. Did you have a hard time making friends in and out of school? Have you ever felt so alienated? Do you only become friends with others of your own background? Do you ever get left out because you are not "white" enough? Will my ethnicity become a barrier in residency applications or when applying for staff positions? Are things gonna get better? 
    I am so sorry for bringing up a personal issue and I will delete if it is not appropriate. But some honest advice would be very helpful.
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    dooogs reacted to PlasticSurgery in Applying to Second Iteration of CaRMS   
    Thanks for your reply! I messaged CaRMS so I would be able to get a copy of my letters  I had a longitudinal relationship with one of my letter writers, and the other 2 letter writers we physicians I worked with during my electives. But I had assumed they would be strong letters because they seemed very happy to write me a letter when I asked at the end of my elective.
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    dooogs reacted to PlasticSurgery in Applying to Second Iteration of CaRMS   
    Thanks for the advice! I honestly thought I had a strong application because I had publications in the the double digits in reputable peer-reviewed journals in this field and many presentations, as well as numerous leadership and mentorship activities throughout medical school. After reviewing my application, the only thing I can think of being a red flag possibly are my reference letters, as 2 of my letter writers hadn't submitted their letters until the morning of the CaRMS deadline, after I had to remind them daily leading up to that point including an email the day of. However, I definitly understand that it is incredibly risky to apply to this surgical specialty in the second round and even as a re-applicant the next year, where I would likely end up applying to similar backup programs as I did this year, which is why I was just considering putting up with my backup programs for the duration of my career. I just keep thinking of what a waste it was to do all that research and not even get an interview  
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    dooogs reacted to birdy21 in Think twice about matching to a residency program in Alberta.   
    This has been something that has been on my mind lately and I have actually asked about it in my Alberta interviews (something along the lines of "do you foresee any of the government changes impacting residency training?") and the answer I have gotten from programs and residents is that the changes don't really effect residents. I know the changes don't actually have anything to do with the PARA contract, but I still can't help but worry that training might be impacted, especially with the amount of animosity between the government and doctors right now. It's hard to tell if the programs are just saving face, I'm wondering if there are any other AB residents that want to (anonymously) weigh in on the situation? Especially family med residents! 
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    dooogs reacted to futuredoc206 in Emailing Programs for an Interview - Advisable or No   
    I got an email from the program stating that I will be contacted if there is an opening in the schedule and yes my status was changed from selected to waitlisted :((
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    dooogs reacted to Aetherus in How competitive is ophthalmology (or neurology -> neuro-ophthalmology), and how much research do I need to be the slightest bit competitive?   
    The misinformation on this thread is significant. 
    Neuro-Ophthalmology is a fellowship that can be entered from both Ophthalmology or Neurology. It is no considered a competitive subspecialty to enter as there are generally more spots than applicants, although almost all programs are offered in the USA.
    Neuro-Ophthalmology focuses on the treatment of Afferent and Efferent disorders of the Eye-Brain Axis. The bread and butter things you will see are Optic Neuropathies, Disc Oedema, Strabismus, Nerve Palsies etc. You will not be managing glaucoma macular degeneration etc as a Neuro-Ophthalmologist.
    The difference between Ophthalmology trained and Neurology trained Neuro-Ophtho is mainly what you do around Neuro-Ophtho. As an Ophthalmologist, you can continue to have a comprehensive practice and see Cataracts, Glaucoma etc. As a Neurologist, you can combine with another subspecialty such as Neuro-Otology, MS, Neuro-Immunology, Stroke etc. If you want to have a surgical component to your practice, than you must go through Ophthalmology. If you don't want to operate, you can go through either one.
    In terms of matching to Ophthalmology, you do not need to take a year off to do a masters etc. Just use your summers to liaise with Ophthalmologist and do research. Elective performance is important as well. 
    If you have any specific questions, feel free to message me privately and I can probably answer most of your questions.
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    dooogs reacted to w8list in Would using my LOC for investing affect my OSAP amount?   
    Last March was a great entry point for this strategy, however at current valuations I would wait for a near term pull back. I reported my TFSA amount to OSAP and as far as I'm aware my funding did not change significantly. (not investment advice)
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    dooogs reacted to robclem21 in What’s maximum number of hours that clinical clerk can work per week?   
    It may not be 80 hours every week, but there are certainly many weeks where hours worked top 80-90, even as medical student. Furthermore, those hours don't even include when you are coming up to an exam as a clerk and your "not-at-work-hours" are spent studying. As a resident, the number of weeks where you clock 80-90 hours is increased and when you work 1 in 2 weekends, it doesn't take very long for those 80-90 hour weeks to go back to back. If you want to do any 5 year speciality you better be CAPABLE of doing extended work weeks.
    As far as how to get to 80 hours per week.... easy... 2 call (26hrs x 2 = 52) + 2 post call days (0) + 2 x 12 hours days (=24) = 76 hours (plus miscellaneous crap incl. research, teaching, etc. that easily adds 4+ hours) or if you are working a weekend (which is every other weekend for residents and usually once per month for clerks) - 3x 26 hour call (3x26 = 78) + 3 post call days (0) + 1 x 12 hour day = 90 hours followed by right back to work for another 50-60 hour week on Monday (or more with more call). Again, plus any studying or work that needs to be done on your own time. I will also add to this that many small specialties aren't even guaranteed their post-call days or do 1:3 home call that often turns into a busy in-hospital call with no post-call day guaranteed.
    I think there is some value in overnight call (whether its 24 hour or 16 hour) for clerks. Clerks are already shielded from a lot of the work residents and staff do, and its important for them to have a real experience before committing to a 5 year residency and lifetime of a specialty. I don't think it needs to be 1:4 as it is for residents, and even on call they don't deal with much of what residents deal with, but I do believe its important experience. There are lots of cases and other grunt work you do on call that you don't always get exposure to during the days thats an important component of any specialty.
    Anywho... call is shit, and it's not just people on this forum exaggerating. The burnout, fatigue and work are real so I think saying its not 80 hours of actual work is BS and naive. 
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    dooogs reacted to shikimate in Ranking specialties in CaRMS   
    And yes, 5 year residency can be quite draining, especially I'd say year 2-3 when it's a steep hill to climb and you gotta get into the deep end of learning that specialty. Gather resources, that's key, get all the notes, past tests, and whatever your specialty uses that's "high yield". Yeah it's nice if you can do some projects on the side but your first and foremost goal should be to 1) get certified, 2) get a job.
    I would say finding like minded people/residents is the key. Not all your co-residents will have the same aspiration as you, and that's fine. If you can find 1-2 people that you really get along with, that could instantly boost your synergy. Don't just talk about residency stuff, talk about job searching, investing, relationship etc, look for synergy in every aspect of your life. Find a few staff who you also work well with. Do lots of electives and learn the world outside your academic center.
    Don't waste your time trying to please everyone, maybe at beginning when you are weak and newbie it's ok, but once you are in PGY3 and ready to carve out your own path, start really contemplating and reflecting who's been your ally and who's been your enemy for the last 3 years. Don't get trapped in academia, I've seen that happen all too often, people get so happy like they won Lotto Max when their poster gets accepted to some Garbage Journal of Medical Oddities.
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    dooogs reacted to Bambi in Ranking specialties in CaRMS   
    I ranked FM last and the other specialty which did not select me first. This was only b/c I had to rank. I repeat, in my mind, I ranked them equally. My so-called 1st choice I had wanted ever since I was a child, OBGYN, and where I landed, I only thought of applying literally in the last days prior to CaRMS deadline.
    Oh, in my Motivational Letters, each were told this was my dream and they were first choice - which, in a sense, was the truth.
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