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Why Physicians Should Maintain their Hobbies


Doctors often talk about wanting a good work/life balance, but this can be harder to achieve, especially in the early years of practicing medicine. Hobbies and extracurricular activities can help, and they can also go a long way to alleviating fatigue and overcoming physician burnout.

In the demanding world of healthcare it can be challenging for physicians to find time for a hobby. We all know what we should do but it is hard to find the time when so much is expected of us. Doctors expect a lot of themselves and others expect a lot of them as well.

But there is only so much practitioners can give, and it is important to do things for yourself. Everyone needs an outlet.

Finding healthy ways to unwind has been proven to be a great stress reliever. Interests outside of hospital or practice can teach critical skills that make us better leaders and better colleagues. Also, learning a new skill can give you the boost of confidence and encouragement you need in stressful times.  

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Healthcare Worker Shortage – A Global Concern


According to the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030 report, healthcare workforce shortages of up to 18 million are expected by 2030. This is predicted to be highest among upper middle-income countries, driven by economic growth, population growth and population aging. 

In 2019, the World Medical Association urged governments around the world to address the predicted global shortage of health professionals by presenting concrete plans for investing in the health workforce. This initiative no doubt was de-railed by the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic which took a devastating toll on an already existing global concern. 

Here in North America, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) predicts the United States could see an estimated shortage of between 37,800 and 124,000 physicians by 2034, including shortfalls in both primary and specialty care.

This issue is prevalent in Canada as well. Key contributing factors are similar to the global scale and include an aging physician and health workforce population as well as an aging patient demographic, which in turn typically requires more reliance on primary care. 

The global physician pool is comprised of at least 30 percent of doctors above the age 55. Factors such as semi-retirement and a new generation of primary care physicians who want a different daily structure have led to less than half of primary care physicians being available for after-hours care, which translates into more after hours care being provided in the hospital emergency rooms and longer wait times in walk-in clinics. 

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Pri-Med Toronto is on Now!


The Physicians for You team is on location at the May 2022 Pri-Med Conference and Trade Show happening right now in Toronto, Ontario. The International Conference Centre in Mississauga, where Prime-Med is hosted, is buzzing with excitement after a two year hiatus due to Covid-19.

Prime-Med is one of the largest medical education providers in Canada, offering this in-person event here in May, and a virtual event in June which you can still register for and earn 29+ Mainpro+ credits.

Family Physicians can access the one credit per hour Group Learning program that meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and has been certified by Queen’s University for up to 33 Mainpro+ credits.

Specialists can access an Accredited Group Learning Activity, Section 1, as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), and approved by Queen’s University Office of CPD, and claim up to 33 hours.

Pharmacists can access this this program for 33 CEUs, accredited by The Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy.

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New Guide Helps Family Physicians Caring for Canada’s Veterans

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Veterans represent almost one in 30 of the adult population in Canada. The population of living Veterans in Canada is approximately 629,300. 

When transitioning to life after service, family physicians are vitally important for Veterans.

Best Advice Guide: Caring for Veterans is a The College of Family Physicians of Canada™ (CFPC) collaboration with Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) and community-based practice experts. 

The purpose of this guide is to highlight special considerations for family physicians and other primary care providers in caring for the Veteran population, including contextualizing this information within the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Patient’s Medical Home (PMH) vision for the future of family practice in Canada. 

“Having a family doctor who understands the military experience will be a big help for Veterans and their families,” says the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence.

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WHO COVID-19 Solidarity Therapeutics Trial

The World Health Organisation COVID-19 Solidarity Therapeutics Trial is an unprecedented international collaboration to identify life-saving treatments for COVID-19. Fifty-two countries, including Canada, are participating in this global research on coronavirus disease, with 2,000 researchers, 600 hospitals, and 14,200 randomized hospitalized patients who are all receiving the local standard of care.

This large scale, global randomized control trial is designed to provide robust results on whether a drug can save lives in those hospitalized with severe or critical COVID-19, and represents the largest global collaboration among WHO Member States. 

World Health Organization expert groups recommended mortality trials of four repurposed antiviral drugs — remdesivir, hydroxychloroquine, lopinavir, and interferon beta-1a — in patients hospitalized with COVID-19. 

The Canadian Treatments for COVID-19 (CATCO) sub study component of the global WHO Solidarity clinical trial researched the role of Remdesivir, a repurposed antiviral medication, in the treatment of patients in hospital with COVID-19. This article in the CMAJ details the findings. 

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12 Notable Statistics of Physicians in Canada (Quick Facts)

  1. The Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI) reported that in 2015, there were more than 82,000 physicians in Canada.
  2. In 2015, the average physician age was 50 years, and approximately 60% were male, and 40% female.
  3. In the span of 5 years, the CIHI 2020 report indicated that the number of physicians increased to 92,173 in Canada, with the proportion of female physicians in the workforce continuing to rise.
  4. In 2020, 48.5% of family medicine physicians and 38.8% of specialist physicians in Canada were female.
  5. The same CIHI data report showed the physician-to-population ratio as of 2020 was 242 doctors per 100,000 population, with approximately 26% being International Medical Graduates.
  6. CAPER (The Canadian Post-M.D. Education Registry) is the central repository for statistical information on postgraduate medical education in Canada. CAPER maintains individual-level data for all postgraduate medical residents and fellows.
  7. CAPER's Annual Census report provides comprehensive statistics on post-M.D. training in Canada.
  8. The 2020-2021 CAPER Annual Census of Post-MD Trainees found that among those completing their post-graduate training in 2019, 41% were completing family medicine programs and 59% were completing medical, surgical and laboratory programs.
  9. According to CAPER 2017 Report, there were over 16,000 physicians pursuing residency training in 2015.
  10. 72% of Canadian graduates do their post-M.D. training in the province where they earned their M.D. degree. This proportion has not changed substantially in over a decade.
  11. 74% of Canadian graduates choose to practise in the province where they graduated.
  12. Payment via fee-for-service 72%, and alternative payment plans account for 28% of physician compensation models.
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Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC) Service Launch Requirements and How to Apply

The much anticipated phase 2 of the new service dedicated to awarding the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC) was launched last week on January 20th, 2022.

Candidates meeting the established criteria are now able to submit and complete an LMCC service request via their physiciansapply.ca account. Once their eligibility has been reviewed and confirmed, the LMCC will be issued through their physiciansapply.ca account. The official LMCC documentation will be sent by mail or courier.

All candidates requesting the LMCC will be charged the LMCC application fee.

For in-depth information on the new LMCC service request, please refer to the MCC FAQs.

Helpful Guide – Before You Apply for LMCC

Required Medical Credentials Must be Source Verified

Both the Medical degree and an acceptable document confirming the successful completion of minimum 12 months of postgraduate clinical medical training must be successfully source verified.

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International Doctors Looking to Work in Canada: Licensing & Procedure

If you're a medical professional from another country considering finding a job and establishing your medical practice in Canada, you may be wondering whether you'll be able to work as a doctor here. The following article contains information to assist you in understanding how to get started working in Canada. You can visit our job board, if you are looking for Doctor Jobs in Canada.

To work in Canada as a physician, you will usually need the following at minimum:

A degree from an accredited medical school; postgraduate training that is recognised in Canada for either Family Physicians or Specialists, eligibility to the appropriate certification exams; Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam (MCCQE1); Fluency in English; and a licence issued by the provincial licensing authority.

If your postgraduate training is not recognised, you will have to explore what options are available to you before applying for licensure with any provincial or territorial licensing authority.

Doctors wishing to work in Canada should note that registration requirements vary from province to province and all details should be confirmed with the appropriate authority for your chosen region prior to applying for a licence. 

Family doctors with postgraduate training from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States have training and certification recognised by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC). Any family doctor whose postgraduate medical training is from a country not on this list will need to speak to the provincial licencing body to seek alternate routes such as a practice ready assessment before being eligible for registration. Practice ready assessments are not always available and will be subject to each province’s admission capacities and requirements.

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7 Strategies for Building & Maintaining a Resilient Healthcare Team


Having resilient healthcare teams is essential for the immediate and long-term success of healthcare organizations. Resiliency is crucial and challenging now, considering the current pandemic, financial constraints, rapidly changing technology, and fluctuations within healthcare delivery systems. Even typically resilient workers are emotionally, physically, and mentally exhausted.

It’s critical to realize that resilience is a state of being that must be developed over time. While no person can ever achieve 100% resilience, individuals who possess the following traits will fare better than others under stressful circumstances.

  • Tenacity - positive outlook, problem-solving
  • Focus - attention to detail, memory management, self-initialization
  • Gratitude - optimistic and positive mindset, patience

So how can healthcare leaders help their teams develop these attributes? Let's explore 7 top ways of building and maintaining a resilient healthcare team:

1. Leaders must be able to demonstrate resilience through words and actions.

Practice what you preach. If team members see their managers working long hours to accomplish goals, they are more likely to follow suit. Team members want to feel valued and appreciated for their efforts. Look for opportunities to praise colleagues’ and employees’ resilience wherever it surfaces and be generous with your praise. It can be as simple as saying, “I appreciate the amount of on-call you committed to this month – we really value your hard work and dedication” or “I am grateful we have such a collaborative team who are committed to patient care.”

When you practice resilience, it can open the door to building trust and strengthening relationships.

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Obtaining a Medical Practice Licence in Canada

Canada is a sizable country that is composed of 10 provinces and three territories. Each province has a certain autonomy and responsibility for social programs including health care and education, yet all abide by federal and national rules and regulations as well. This is also the case for obtaining a medical licence to practice anywhere in Canada. 

All doctors, both Canadian and Internationally trained, must follow steps in order to obtain a medical practice licence in the province they choose to practice in by adhering to both national and provincial regulations and requirements.

The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) are the national organisations that establish the standards for and accredit postgraduate family medicine training and specialist postgraduate residency training respectively.

Each province and territory then has a medical regulatory authority that is responsible for setting the licensing criteria for that specific province. 

These are the organisations you may want to become familiar with if you are interested in obtaining a licence to practice medicine anywhere in Canada.

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Virtual Interview Preparation Tips for Physicians


International physicians applying for roles in Canada can always typically expect to attend at least an initial phone interview. Due to the pandemic, we have now seen a significant increase in virtual interviews for both national and international candidates, residents, and even medical school applicants. 

Most healthcare facilities now conduct all initial and even second interviews virtually or over the phone. With the exception of international jobs, face-to-face interviews have always been the “next step”, and not being able to do this has left employers needing to get to know you in a compressed amount of time. Selecting a physician candidate who meets all the clinical skill requirements and is a good culture fit for the facility and the community has the added challenge of potentially never shaking hands or meeting face to face before a hire. 

The good news is that this is a new and evolving experience for all involved. However, physicians should do their best to prepare themselves, their environment, and their devices for a successful meeting with their prospective employer, and attend the interview as professionally as possible. 

Prepare Ahead to Ace your Interview

The team here at Physicians for You will always help you with pre-interview questions to help guide the flow of the interview, and also to prepare you for some typical questions you will get asked. It is a good idea to rehearse answers to questions you’ll likely get. Preparing your answers in advance to the most commonly asked questions can help you come across confident and stand out from other physicians pursuing the same position. 

Questions such as “ Tell me about yourself” can catch you off guard if you are not prepared to speak freely about yourself. With this type of question, a three prong answer is helpful – brief training and experience overview, recognised achievements if applicable, and something more personal, like your specific goals or aspirations. 

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MCCQE Part II Exam Ceases & LMCC Developments

Covid 19 has had an effect on all aspects of medical practice in Canada, including the ultimate termination of a required Canadian medical licencing exam. Challenges facing the delivery of the exam began the previous year due to the pandemic, but have ultimately resulted in a re-assessment of the necessity of the exam, licencing policies, and processes.

The Transition

The month of June saw The Medical Council of Canada (MCC) officially cease delivery of the Medical Council of Canada Part II Examination. In the month prior, the MCC attempted a virtual delivery of the Exam; the challenges of that led to the suspension and subsequent ceasing of the exam entirely.

MCCQE Part II Exam No Longer A Requisite

Physicians no longer require the MCCQE Part II Exam as part of their requisite to obtaining an independent medical licence in Canada. Physicians will still need to be granted the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC), with revised criteria outlined in this statement. According to the MCC, it will seek to collaborate with the Canadian Faculty of Medicine Postgraduate Medical Education offices to confirm that candidates meet the required post-graduate clinical training months.

Last week, on July 15, 2021, the MCC  announced the launch of a new business service dedicated to awarding the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC) as a stand-alone process. This will be realised in a two phase process, allowing those who were already registered for the exam to apply for the award, followed by phase two, which will allow all other eligible candidates who meet the new outlined criteria to apply.

Each provincial Medical Regulatory Authority (MRA) is anticipated to revise their licencing policies in response, and to effect the smooth transition eligible candidates. This is a current and ongoing process, and as the roll-out of the MCC’s new business service unfolds, we will continue to provide updates.

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Physician Recruiter in Canada Helping Doctors Find Jobs - Press Release


 
Offering tailored recruitment services, Physicians For You is catering to the healthcare industry’s staffing needs, featuring opportunities for both Canadian and international family physicians and specialists. The recruitment process is complemented with expert support, advice, and guidance that is available every step of the way.
 

Physician For You is one of the most well-known Physician recruiter firms in Canada, offering talent acquisition services to healthcare facilities and job search resources and assistance for doctors. Physicians are provided with full-service recruitment as well as placement services. The recruitment agency helps international medical graduate doctors find jobs in Canada and prepares them with how to go about obtaining a licence in their province of interest. Physicians for You helps with interview preparation and arranging site visits to match them to the right medical facility. Matches are always made organically, where both the physician candidate and the medical facility see it as a good fit.

For available Physician jobs or Doctor jobs across Canada, visit https://www.physiciansforyou.com/search-jobs.html

Canada’s health practitioner licencing system is not standardized across the country. That’s where Physicians for You’s expertise comes in. They provide doctors with step-by-step guidance on how and when to apply to the various regulatory medical colleges and licencing authorities, what to do before and after applying for assessments, and at the later stages, when to apply for a work permit. IMG candidates looking for roles in Canada are provided with complete guidance that makes the job search and licencing process a less daunting experience. Physicians For You has helped many Doctors from the USA, the UK, Australia, New Zealand & South Africa to find jobs across Canada. They work with family physicians and specialists who are either already fully licenced in Canada or are CCFP or RCPSC eligible meaning their training is considered on par with Canadian training.

Physician roles are available in rural communities, towns, and cities, and their job board helps job seekers look for career pursuits that match their lifestyle and interests. They have job opportunities in family practice and walk-in clinics, multidisciplinary medical facilities, specialty practice settings, community health centers, and hospitals. Technology is also changing the healthcare landscape, and virtual care is now an integral component of services provided in medical facilities across the country.

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MCCQE Part II Exam Now Offered Virtually!

Fantastic news!

The Medical Council of Canada is changing to a virtual exam delivery for the MCCQE Part II, to begin in May 2021. The MCC plans to offer the exam over 20 days including weekdays and weekends in May and June 2021.

At this time, they will not be accepting new applications for the May/June 2021 session of the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part II. Priority will be given to those who were not able to write their exam due to the postponed exams in May and October 2020 and February 2021 since many now have a provisional, temporary or restricted license. They will also prioritize access to those further along in their training, including those who have completed all requirements for licensure except for being awarded the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC), which requires a pass result for the MCCQE Part II.

According to the MCC, only when the delayed candidates have been processed will new registrations be accepted in future sessions.

It is important for new applicants to get in line as soon as possible, so that your application will be in the queue for future sessions. notified when pre-application to a future session opens

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Dr. Ann Collins – President of the Canadian Medical Association

The Canadian Medical Association has a wonderful series called Physician Changemakers, which features physicians around Canada, and highlights their unique story. This feature is all about Dr. Ann Collins, who has recently taken on the presidency of the CMA after serving on the board of directors for seven years.

Follow her story in the article here as Dr. Collins weaves through her life, from mere thoughts about working in the field of medicine to taking on many different roles including part-time hospital emergency department work, running her own family practice, and medical director of a local nursing home.

Taking on this role during an unprecedented time with the pandemic has also presented its challenges, where virtual care is becoming the norm, and both doctors and patients have had to grapple with a lot of changes, at a very fast pace.

Physicians for You is proud to share the story of this successful Canadian physician who has deep roots in her community of Fredericton, New Brunswick, and is dedicating her wealth of experience to the Canadian Medical Association. Thank you Dr. Collins!

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Canada Ranks #1 for Quality of Life Again!

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Canada has ranked #1 in the world for quality of life for the 4th year in a row and we cannot be more proud. 
 
Countries were ranked on nine metrics: affordable, a good job market, economically stable, family friendly, income equality, politically stable, safe, well-developed public education system and well-developed public health system.
 

Check out the full article from the Vancouver is Awesome for full details.

Interested to learn how you can make Canada your home?
 
Physicians for You is here to help you with all your doctor specific licence, registration and recruitment needs. 
 

We have physician jobs across this beautiful country. Contact us today! 

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Searching for the Best Healthcare Jobs in Canada?

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Always loved the idea of living and working in Canada?

One of the great things about being a qualified Physician is your services are in-demand all over the world. That’s never been truer than in the current climate.

Physicians for You has been continuing to operate during this time to help people find healthcare jobs in Canada.

Whether you’re interested in relocating from the USA, the UK, Ireland or Australia, we’ve helped people from all over the world to find their dream job in Canada.

A leading medical recruitment company, our team is committed to building strong relationships with clinics, hospitals, health authorities, and medical colleges across the country.

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Are you a skilled physician who’s interested in working overseas?

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If you’re looking for positions in Canada, Physicians for You can provide expert guidance, advice and support throughout the entire recruitment process.

Our recruitment company help individuals relocate to Canada and work in a setting of their choice, in a role which reflects their skills and experience. If you’re looking to work overseas, there are many reasons to choose Canada, whether you’re relocating from the USA, the UK, New Zealand or Ireland. 

For instance, Canada is 23% cheaper than the USA, with transportation, housing and restaurants in particular much more affordable. It is also more affordable in many respects than the UK, and even though it’s much larger than Britain, the population in Canada is actually smaller.

Canada is therefore ideal for anybody looking to move to a country which offers more space and is more affordable.

Our hard-working team want to make overseas medical recruitment easier and more straight-forward. We work closely with clients to help them find their dream position in Canada.

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Searching for a Medical Recruitment Agency for Canada?

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Canada’s leading medical recruitment agencies, Physicians for You can provide expert guidance, advice and support throughout the entire recruitment process.

Over the past decade, Physicians for You have worked with clinics, hospitals, health authorities, and medical colleges to make the recruitment process smoother and easier.

Whether you’re a skilled Physician looking for work in Canada or run a medical facility that requires medical professionals as soon as possible, our recruitment agency has extensive knowledge of the processes and how to make it easier.

Our friendly, knowledgeable team offer step-by-step guidance for both our clients and physicians.

Candidates include Family Physicians with postgraduate training from Australia, Canada, Ireland, United Kingdom and the USA. We are also looking for specialists with postgraduate training from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom and the USA.

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Physicians for You - Searching for Specialists in Physician Recruitment in Canada?

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The world is going through unprecedented challenges due to the Coronavirus pandemic, putting pressure on the healthcare system like never before.

Here at Physicians for You, we want to reassure our valued physicians and clients that we are continuing to operate throughout this time. Whether you’re a new or existing client, we are still working hard to meet your requirements.

We remain ready to respond to meet the needs of our Canadian medical community, no matter how the situation develops in the future.

Our team expert guidance, advice and support throughout the entire recruitment process. We can also offer information on the benefits of working in Canada for physicians compared to other countries like the USA and UK. It’s extremely easy for physicians to check their eligibility on our website.

Whether you’re qualified in anesthesiology, dermatology, diagnostic radiology or emergency medicine, Physicians for You can help you take the next step in your career. No matter if you’re newly qualified or have many years of experience, our recruitment specialists can help you find your dream position overseas.

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