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  1. The reason why NP's will be successful is because NP's are united and have the power of government perceived cost savings on their side. They are actively lobbying for increased autonomy and abilities to work independently (which is dangerous, but dunning kruger is real). Seems like the media has chosen a certain angle too (CBC article is nauseating to read, especially being post call). Physicians, have conflicts within their own associations as certain specialties have their own interests in utilization of NP/PA model (specifically surgical specialties, where NP's are advantageous for sc
  2. Medical school shouldn't be an issue. CaRMs is where it could get harder in your situation (location restricted), but even then, in most cases it works out fine and all the people I know who were married/had kids have made it work. Some compromises and flexibility will be required. I would not delay writing your MCAT. Study and do well on it. Get it out of the way.
  3. This only makes sense if you truly don't care about the monetary/financial implications. You would lose out easily on 600k of not working as a dentist and also accumulate significantly more debt. With respect to age, it's not uncommon to finish residency in mid-late thirties, you would only be 5 years or so older than a typical royal college trained new attending. So I don't think that's a big deal. Family medicine is also a grind. A lot of random paperwork stuff, administrative things, other non medicine things that they have to deal with everyday. It can be a pain in the ass, and t
  4. Toronto Notes and UpToDate management sections were/are high yield in M3-4 and beyond.
  5. Are dental residencies/fellowships paid training positions? I've heard that they aren't, which seems to be massive worker exploitation. In fact, I've heard you might have to pay tuition for them...
  6. It saddens me that programs resort to such ridiculous new 'tools.' Just interview people, talk to them, get a feel for who they are. Candidates made it this far, they must be good quality candidates. I wonder who is getting paid/lobbied to implement these tools. All this stuff is nonsense IMHO. Validated by heavily biased studies I'm sure. Wouldn't persuade me to choose these programs tbh. Even Casper was ridiculous when I had to do it for residency applications. All of this stuff should be match violations and ultimately banned. But schools and programs hold the power. They can do
  7. Yes, residents are underpaid and in debt (at least those that don't come from $$$).
  8. As someone who matched to a 5 year specialty...being done in 2 years and making real money/living life without the control of hospital admins is definitely appealing. I would think a lot of people end up pretty happy in family medicine. There's a lot of flexibility. I was in the camp of people who had a preferred 5 year specialty, but would've been very much happy in family medicine as well. I wouldn't be surprised if at least 50-75% of the 25-30% who didn't rank FM as their first choice would be similar. But who knows, just my guess.
  9. Damn that sounds bad. I would really make sure to document everything. At least it is temporary then you can get out.
  10. Well, that would be wasteful considering how much easier it is to scale up than start something brand new. I think UBC will just expand and maybe throw on some red colours or do some sort of quasi partnership with SFU. NDP can then say they fulfilled their nonsensical election promise. Just my cynical opinion...
  11. General internists and general surgeons aren't primary care. Theres also no shortage of general surgeons, although there is a shortage of jobs. Odd proposal overall. I have a feeling UBC will nix this from happening, considering they are affiliated with all of the Fraser hospitals.
  12. Anyone who has been to medical school knows NP's cannot replace a family physician who has completed residency. Despite this, governments beholden to associations make decisions based not on the reality but by who has lobbying power, influence, and what saves them money. They will even push nonsensical research suggesting NP's/PA's/Pharmacists and so on can manage X as good as a FP. I do see a slippery slope with certain union affiliated governments. The UPCC is just one example. NP school in the US seems like a joke, and is actually a real danger to patient safety. There are not
  13. This is normal, but sadly some people get burned by applying to only two moderately competitive specialties. But still, I think the majority who do this end up fine and they often apply across the country to maximize chances. I don't think it is viewed as a "red flag"...that term is thrown too loosely. I think of those as like professionalism lapses/cheating/failing years etc. This is all anecdotes on my part though.
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