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how did this guy do it at mcmaster?


Shin, John Junwon

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Active Member as of 01 Jul 2020


30 Jun 2023


Postgraduate Education as of 01 Jul 2020


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Gender: Male

Languages Spoken: English

Education: University of Ottawa, 2020

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Parkdale Medical Centre
204 - 132 Parkdale Ave S
Hamilton ON  L8K 3P3 Electoral District: 04



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(1) Dr. JOHN JUNWON SHIN shall practise medicine only as required by the postgraduate medical education program in which Dr. SHIN is enrolled at MCMASTER UNIVERSITY;

(2) Dr. SHIN shall prescribe drugs only for in-patients or out-patients of a clinical teaching unit that is formally affiliated with the department where Dr. SHIN is properly practising medicine and to which postgraduate trainees are regularly assigned by the department as part of its program of postgraduate medical education;

(3) Dr. SHIN shall not charge a fee for medical services;

(4) The certificate expires on the earlier of the following times: when Dr. SHIN is no longer enrolled in a program of postgraduate medical education provided by a medical school in Ontario, or when Dr. SHIN no longer holds Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status or a valid employment authorization under the Immigration Act (Canada).

Note: This certificate expires on 30 Jun 2023.

Postgraduate Training

Please note: This information may not be a complete record of postgraduate training.

McMaster University, 01 Jul 2020 to 30 Jun 2021
PostGrad Yr 1 - Family Medicine

McMaster University, 01 Jul 2021 to 31 Jan 2022
PostGrad Yr 1 - Anesthesiology

McMaster University, 01 Feb 2022 to 30 Jun 2022
PostGrad Yr 2 - Anesthesiology

McMaster University, 01 Jul 2022 to 31 Jan 2023
PostGrad Yr 2 - Anesthesiology

McMaster University, 01 Feb 2023 to 30 Jun 2023
PostGrad Yr 3 - Anesthesiology

Registration History


First certificate of registration issued: Postgraduate Education CertificateEffective: 01 Jul 2020

Expiry date attached to certificate of registration.Expiry Date: 30 Jun 2023

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Transferring is joke easy lol... if they like you.

I transferred to IM and it was incredibly easy... My close friend transferred to anesthesia from FM as well. another friend transferred to peds.

People transfer in and out all the time.

Most of the people who transferred out of FM never wanted it but it was their back up from a very competitive specialty.. and these people are usually quite strong candidates and they usually have  strong transferrable experiences to other fields that are close to their initial field of interest.  For instance, my friend currently in anesthesia wanted EM in his first match, but did not match to it. So after his first year of FM he transferred to anesthesia.  He had the knowledge, skills, and experience to be able to do it and impress the PD - so they can allow him into their program.

Don't stay in FM if you don't really like it. 



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57 minutes ago, shikimate said:

Coincidentally I know someone who transferred into Mac Anesthesia some years ago from FM. It seems Mac Anesthesia might be more receptive to transfers for the right candidate?

Knowing nothing about the program you also have to ask why are there spots in anesthesia as well for them to go into, and if it is because people left. That door swings both ways unfortunately so you have to do some research. 

most places are pretty good at attempting to arrange transfers. The main problem is if there simply isn't any spots available where you want to go. 


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Know of a FM R1 who recently transferred to anesthesia. He has already started and will begin his R2 year in July. His advice, make contact with the PD and residents, research the profession, do electives if possible or in areas with transferable skills (icu, cardiology etc.). But, as mentioned above, a spot needs to be available. Usually someone transfers out, LOA’s or outright drops out.

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