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JOINING SOCASMA.   You can join online or by mailing a cheque to SOCASMA.  Your $20 membership fee entitles you and your family to membership and access to the MEMBERS ONLY part of our website.  Online:  Once you have paid your membership online, email us at socasma@outlook.com and give us (a) the names and email addresses […]

New Members: Activate your membership

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Members:  Welcome new members who joined at the AGM!  We have emailed to all our new members who joined SOCASMA at the AGM on November 20, 2014 authorizations to register on the website.  THESE NEED TO BE ACTIVATED.  Follow the link.  Click to fill out your profile.  Fill it in.  Change your password.  The next time […]

Government wants feedback from us for next budget

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Here is a letter from the finance minister asking for our suggestions for the next budget.  We encourage everyone to put in their recommendation to make residencies more accessible to CSAs.

NAC OSCE sessions in BC

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We are posting an invitation relating to the NAC OSCE that we received from our colleagues at the Association of International Medical Doctors of BC.  Each year they host educational sessions for the upcoming NAC OSCE examination.  Their website is aimdbc.org.  Here is their invitation: “We are excited to announce that on September 2nd we are starting the educational […]

Media: CSAs are not second rate medical graduates

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It is concerning that there is a promoted prejudice that Canadians who choose to study medicine overseas are second rate medical graduates.  A system that prevents competition on merit fosters a culture of entitlement and prejudice which harms CSAs, the public, and the medical profession.

Money Facts: The cost/benefit of resident physicians in B.C.

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What does it cost to train and resident and what would it cost to replace the work that they do? 

2014 Residency Positions–42 IMG spots in BC

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This year at the University of British Columbia, there were 42 positions in the IMG stream: 36 in Family Medicine, 3 in Internal Medicine, 1 in Pediatrics, and 2 in Psychiatry. You may find this information, and the information about all positions available in Canada through CaRMS here, then click Program Description Directories, R-1 Main […]

How to: access R-1 Match Results

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CaRMS has recently added a new video: How to access your R-1 Match result. Find it, as well as other instructional videos, on CaRMS’s YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/carmsvideo.

How To: Activating your Membership

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Members:  Welcome new members!  We have sent authorizations out to everyone who is a paid member to register on the website.  THESE NEED TO BE ACTIVATED.  Follow the link.  Click to fill out your profile.  Fill it in.  Change your password.  The next time you go to socasma.com, log in and all the MEMBERS ONLY sections […]

Frequently Asked Questions:

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Listed below are questions frequently asked about SOCASMA.  Read and learn about what we do, why we do it and how we work.  If you have any additional questions, please send us an email so we can answer your questions and then post them here.

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  1. JOINING SOCASMA

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    JOINING SOCASMA.   You can join online or by mailing a cheque to SOCASMA.  Your $20 membership fee entitles you and your family to membership and access to the MEMBERS ONLY part of our website.  Online:  Once you have paid your membership online, email us at socasma@outlook.com and give us (a) the names and email addresses of the people you would like on your membership, and tell us (c) the relationship of the people to you,  and (d) if you are a student what school you are attending.  Please take the time to fill out the personal profile online.   The information is kept confidential and is only accessible by the administrators of our website.    You can also join by mailing a cheque to 22879-29B Avenue, Langley, BC V2Z 3B1.  Please provide the same information as above.  If you have any questions or problems email us at socasma@outlook.com.

  2. New Members: Activate your membership

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    Members:  Welcome new members who joined at the AGM!  We have emailed to all our new members who joined SOCASMA at the AGM on November 20, 2014 authorizations to register on the website.  THESE NEED TO BE ACTIVATED.  Follow the link.  Click to fill out your profile.  Fill it in.  Change your password.  The next time you go to socasma.com, log in and all the MEMBERS ONLY sections will be open to you.

    All information that you provide is confidential.

    Your fee payment includes membership for your family and significant others.  So we also sent out emails asking that you advise us of the family and friends you want us to add under your membership so they too have access to the MEMBERS ONLY sections of the website.

    If you have not received these emails and you are a paid up member, there is a problem.  Please contact us at socasma@outlook.com.  Check your junk mail in the event the emails were directed there.

  3. Government wants feedback from us for next budget

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    Here is a letter from the finance minister asking for our suggestions for the next budget.  We encourage everyone to put in their recommendation to make residencies more accessible to CSAs. (more…)

  4. NAC OSCE sessions in BC

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    We are posting an invitation relating to the NAC OSCE that we received from our colleagues at the Association of International Medical Doctors of BC.  Each year they host educational sessions for the upcoming NAC OSCE examination.  Their website is aimdbc.org.  Here is their invitation:

    “We are excited to announce that on September 2nd we are starting the educational sessions for the upcoming OSCE exam with three exclusive speakers: 

    ·         On September 6th a really great presentation on Acute abdomen will be done by a resident from Montreal that has great reviews for the way he teaches other medical doctors and IMGs. 

    ·         On September 7th our ex-board member, Dr. Pedro Jara, who just recently graduated the residency in Family medicine, will give a lecture regarding MSK. 

    ·         On September 10th a tutor and OSCE examiner from UBC, Tricia Hughes will teach us Breaking bad news. 

    Also, the educational session series for this fall will have presentations for Neurology, Psychiatry and CVS by very knowledgeable residents from UBC.  The final schedule with dates, time and location is below.  All sessions will be in St. Paul’s Hospital. 

    We encourage everybody interested in the format of the examination, and especially the ones that are going to take NAC OSCE this coming month and QE2, to join us starting from September 2nd.   

    Members have free access.  Nonmembers can join us on an annual membership that will provide you with access for all the upcoming sessions and other events.  The annual membership fee is $ 25.  If you wish to have access just for a presentation, the fee is $ 10. 

    We believe you will find it very useful for your upcoming exams.  We hope you will be able to join us. 

    AIMD BC board.”

     

    September 02

    6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

     

    Neurology

     

    Dr. H. Xu, R5

    Small

    Lecture Theatre

    (Room 1477)

    September 04

    6:00 – 8:00 pm

     

    Cardiology

     

    Dr. A. Chou

    Small

    Lecture Theatre

    (Room 1477)

    September 06

             2:30 – 4:30 pm

     

    Acute Abdomen

     

    Dr. H. Elmansy, R4

    Small

    Lecture Theatre

    (Room 1477)

    September 07

    2:30 – 4:30 pm

     

    MSK

     

    Dr. P. Jara, Family Doctor

    Small

    Lecture Theatre

    (Room 1477)

    September 10

    6:00 – 8:00 pm

     

    Breaking bad news

    Tricia Hughes

    UBC Faculty of Medicine Tutor and OSCE Examiner  

    Small

    Lecture Theatre

    (Room 1477)

    September 12

    6:00 – 8:00 pm

     

    Psychiatry

     

    Dr. N. Grishin, R5

     

     Small

    Lecture Theatre

    (Room 1477)

     

     

  5. Media: CSAs are not second rate medical graduates

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    It is concerning that there is a promoted prejudice that Canadians who choose to study medicine overseas are second rate medical graduates.  A system that prevents competition on merit fosters a culture of entitlement and prejudice which harms CSAs, the public, and the medical profession.

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  6. 2014 Residency Positions–42 IMG spots in BC

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    This year at the University of British Columbia, there were 42 positions in the IMG stream: 36 in Family Medicine, 3 in Internal Medicine, 1 in Pediatrics, and 2 in Psychiatry. You may find this information, and the information about all positions available in Canada through CaRMS here, then click Program Description Directories, R-1 Main Residency Match.  Then click on first iteration, and “by university” on the left-hand side.  Scroll down and click on the University of BC.  You can also see the IMG spots for all other schools by clicking on the respective university name.

  7. How To: Activating your Membership

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    Members:  Welcome new members!  We have sent authorizations out to everyone who is a paid member to register on the website.  THESE NEED TO BE ACTIVATED.  Follow the link.  Click to fill out your profile.  Fill it in.  Change your password.  The next time you go to socasma.com, log in and all the MEMBERS ONLY sections will be open to you.  All information that you provide is confidential. Your fee payment includes membership for your family and significant others.  So we also sent out emails asking that you advise us of the family and friends you want us to add under your membership so they too have access to the MEMBERS ONLY sections of the website.  If you have not received these emails and you are a paid up member, there is a problem.  Please contact us at socasma@outlook.com.  Check your junk mail in the event the emails were directed there.

  8. Frequently Asked Questions:

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    Listed below are questions frequently asked about SOCASMA.  Read and learn about what we do, why we do it and how we work.  If you have any additional questions, please send us an email so we can answer your questions and then post them here. (more…)