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FRCPC or CCFP-EM: What is best for you?

In CaRMS Guide, Mentorship by Brent Thoma28 Comments

  FRCPC or CCFP-EM? (FRCPC = Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada; CCFP = Canadian College of Family Physicians – Emergency Medicine certificate.) This is a question that EM mentors spend a lot of time discussing with their mentees. Why are there two EM designations in Canada? What’s the difference? Which route is right for you? These are great questions. Unfortunately, as with many important decisions, you’ll probably get as …

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Proposed Canadian Tax Changes: A Primer

In Editorial, Featured, Opinion by Brent Thoma1 Comment

There has been a lot of recent buzz and media attention around some proposed tax changes from the Canadian government. We’ve noticed that there is a lot of misconception and confusion regarding some of these changes, so we hope to provide some clarity into some of the issues as they affect small business and in particular, incorporated physicians. For the purposes of this article, the CanadiEM Editorial team has joined forces with Mrs. …

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Choose your own Adventure!

In CaRMS Guide, Mentorship by Brent Thoma2 Comments

When I became a medical student, I was astounded by the number of opportunities available. The more I looked, the more awesome things I found. My interests in policy and leadership development led me into a number of roles with my medical student society and a summer working in the Canadian Medical Association Leadership in Medicine office as an intern (program now sadly defunct) were the highlights. These experiences led me to discover …

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Do what you love, love what you do

In Mentorship by Brent Thoma18 Comments

Junior medical students get a lot of information from senior medical students. They have just gone through the system so it makes sense that these students would seek out their advice on everything from how to study to how to prepare for residency match. Generally, that advice is good. However, there is one statement that drives me crazy no matter what it is about. It goes something like this: You have to do THIS to get …

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The CanadiEM Junior Editor Program: Now Accepting Applications!

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While Free Open Access Medical education (FOAMed) has established itself as a key tool for the dissemination of medical knowledge, especially in Emergency Medicine,1 most of the authors are senior residents or staff physicians. While most trainees are using it for educational purposes,2,3 they are rarely taught how to produce this type of content. We designed a Junior Editor (JE) program for our blog with the goal of fostering the skills necessary to begin …