Congrats, doc. So glad that you didn't give up your dream of practicing medicine after moving. It has been a long road but you made it. Life is good again. Best of luck.Hello gswarriors, after reading your post it made me go back and read all 60 pages as well. Looks like I did say goodbye to this forum sometime in 2013 after the exchange with Time2evacuate.
But reading the posts I realize that I have been fortunate to have many forumers encouraging me all this time to get back into medicine in Canada.
Just a refresher and an update to my journey in Canada.
July 2010 - Moved family to edmonton
August 2010 - moved myself permanently to Edmonton.
September 2010 - 1st job in PVC window frame company as general assembly line laborer
Nov 2011 - Passed MCCEE exam
Jan 2012 - 2nd job as Land Administrator at Surface Land company in oil and gas industry
May 2012 - Passed MCCQE1
Oct 2012 - Passed NAC-OSCE
Dec 2012 - Passed MMI exam
Jan 2013 - Promoted to Project Manager handling big oil and gas company account
Feb 2013- invited for interview with U of C Family Medicine Residency Program
March 2013 - accepted into Land Agent (Landman) course in Alberta
March 2013 - successfully matched to U of C Family Medicine Residency Program via AIMG Program
April 2013 - commenced 3 month Externship program with the AIMG Program
June 2013 - Successfully completed Externship
July 2013 - Commenced Residency training in Family Medicine (2 year program)
Oct 2013 - applied for Canadian citizenship
Feb 2015 - Passed Canadian Citizenship exam
April 2015 - received Canadian Citizenship
May 2015 - Passed CCFP and LMCC Part II exams
July 2015 - Attained Certificate Registration with the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC), Certificant in Family Medicine with the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CCFP), Granted full independent practice permit with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA).
July 2015 - started independent practice at a clinic in Calgary and taking new patients.
It's been a few days since I started and it sure feels good to be free again. 2 years residency was a chore. It's like having to drive with the driving instructor with you all the time for 2 years! Now I am free to drive on my own.
Fully booked everyday so far. Clinic is mainly serving chinese/cantonese speaking patients. This was actively my choice and intention, leveraging on my language abilities and familiarity with the cultures. I observed that some Family Practices have been rather quiet and empty. Each year the residency program graduates about 70-80 new Family Physicians. My analysis was that Mandarin and Cantonese speaking doctors were a rare commodity. I was right. There are so many Mandarin speaking patients currently looking for a family physician that speaks their language. While they can speak English, they much prefer a doctor who can communicate with them in their native language. It's working out very well for me.
and for all those friends here who kept telling me and encouraging me to get back to medicine, I thank you wholeheartedly. I understand why now. It is much closer to how I have always wanted to practice medicine and help people. at the same time be well rewarded for doing so.
Another chapter has closed and a new one has opened.
And for Time2evacuate.....if you are reading this.......yes I am fully licensed now. But I do not have an MD. I have an MBBS. But it doesn't matter anymore. I am free to apply to any province and Territory to work as a specialist family physician. (all family physicians are considered specialists in Canada and I totally agree it is rightfully so having undergone their training)
The old delphiforums sammyboy had a more lively emigration thread. This Canada thread was doing well for a while but then individual spats somehow curbed the activity. A friend in Vancouver asked me what reasons I thought the thread here has died? I don't know. Is it less Singaporeans looking at Canada now? Honestly I don't really care if Singaporeans want to move here or not. But I hope my story is testament that dreams do come true.
Good luck and thank you to all the forumers in this thread. Hope you come back and chat once in a while.