New in Practice: Transitioning from Resident Physician to GP
The Canadian Medical Association’s “New in Practice” guide is out. It is the only one of its kind for Canadians – I know, as I’ve searched far and wide for tips about the transition from Residency to Practice.
Check it out:
(and I’m not just telling you about this because I’m in its pages… it’s actually a very useful resource!)
They also have a “So you are finishing Residency” document which outlines some of the nitty-gritty of the TO DO list but it’s outdated – 2006.
I know I’m struggling with the catch-22s that arise when trying to make the move to “real” doctor. First off, I’ll be locuming in Nunavut, but to get licensed there I first need to be licensed in BC. To get that, I must have my College of Family Physicians of Canada exam results. I also have to have my ACLS recertified, get 3 references for all my licensing and send notarized copies of my identification. In case I want to work at my home hospital, I’ve submitted an application for hospital privileges. Eventually, I’lld do the same for the Health Centre in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut.
I need to find jobs for the future, so I’m signing up for Health Match BC and the BC Rural GP Locum Program. But for these, I need to show that I have Canadian Malpractice Protection Association (CMPA) coverage. I need to apply for a provincial billing number to get paid, however, this will change when I incorporate – a whole different thing to think about.
Add to this deciding which disability insurance fits me, hiring an accountant, and getting names for a lawyer in case I need their help with locum contracts (or worse!).
And I’m supposed to be studying for the aforementioned CFPC exam which will dessimate my energy in a mere 8 days? That, and try not to upset any children, parents, or pediatricians on my current pediatric rotation!?
Oh boy. Are you in this boat too?!