FAQ

HAVE ANY QUESTIONS YOU’D LIKE TO ASK AN ER PHYSICIAN BUT HAVEN’T HAD THE CHANCE? 

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General FAQs
1. How do I become involved with the EMIG?

Sign up for our mailing list by 1) visiting our booth at the Interest Group Night (Wed Sept 16th) or 2) shooting us an email: uottawaemig@gmail.com.

2. What does the EMIG do?

We are an interest group at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine. Our purpose is to expose students to the specialty of Emergency Medicine. To do this, we host lunch talks by emergency physicians who comment about their career paths and subspecialty choices (e.g. Dr. Kari Sampsel talking about her specialization in forensic medicine and experience as a coroner). We also run workshops involving intubation, ECG interpretation, and casting. We host an ambulance ride-along where you can tag along a shift with Ottawa Paramedics (or Ottawa Police). Lastly, we facilitate students with research and elective opportunities.

3. what is a “mspr hour” and how do you keep track of these?

MSPR stands for “Medical Student Performance Record”. If you attend a minimum of 10 MSPR hours of talks, workshops, etc. of a particular interest group in your first 2 years, you can have this officially recorded on your MSPR. During talks, a sign-up sheet will be circulated. Note: the MSPR hours rewarded for a talk/workshop/volunteer event do not always represent the actual amount of hours participated.

Generally, talk = 1.0 hrs, workshop = 2.0 hrs, ride-along/volunteer event = 3.0 hrs.

Completing a feedback form (under the MSPR header) will net you an extra 0.5 hrs for the event. (e.g. attend 1 talk + complete survey for that talk = 1.5 hrs).

4. do i need to email you to figure out how many mspr hours i have?

No sir. Please click “MSPR HOURS” on the menu bar, enter the password (to be emailed after our first talk), and view the spreadsheet. If you find a discrepancy, please do email us.

5. What do FRCP and CCFP-EM stand for?

A common question heard among EM keeners is “Should I do the 5-year program or the 2+1 program?”.  Note: the 5 year program refers to the FRCP residency program, while the 2+1 program refers to the Family Medicine 2-year program and additional 1 year of EM residency.

FRCP: Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians – A five year residency program in Emergency Medicine leading to the designation of FRCP-EM. These physicians tend to work more in urban centres and follow more academically oriented careers. The fourth year of this program is a fellowship year allowing you to pursue a subspecialties of Emergency Medicine, such as: toxicology, critical care, paediatrics, disaster medicine, wilderness medicine, a MSc Clinical Epi, MPH, etc.

CCFP-EM: College of Family Medicine Physicians of Canada – Following completion of the 2 year family medicine residency, you can complete an additional 1 year residency program leading to the designation of CCFP-EM through the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Yes, you will have to go through CaRMS again. CCFP-EM physicians tend to work primarily as clinicians in smaller centres.

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