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The Right Occupation For Me: Family Doctor

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Eva Lan

on 20 January 2014

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The Road Ahead: Becoming a Family Physician
Step : High School
Grade 9:
Step : University
Step : Medical School
Why a Family Doctor?
I want to become a doctor because I really enjoy working with people
I want to help those in sickness get back onto their feet
I want to aid in bettering the lives of my patients
I want to guide and encourage people to be healthy both mentally and physically, because I believe that happiness starts with being in good health
Why This Career Is Suitable For Me
Multiple Intelligences:
Two of my three top intelligences were interpersonal and linguistic. This makes being a family doctor suitable for me because I will need to be able to work with people well and be able to speak/write down medical instructions clearly.
Left - brained:
As a left-brain dominate person, I am logical, rational, can analyze people and situations well and am methodical. These are useful skills for a doctor. In order to properly diagnose patients, I'll need to be logical and analyze the symptoms. I'll need to be methodical in doing check ups so that I will not miss any subtle signs of illness or unhealthiness.
Work Preference:
One of my work preferences is social. This means that I enjoy caring for others, assisting in identifying needs and like to help others solve their concerns. A family doctor's duties include many tasks that involve these.
I've taken Bronze Cross and have knowledge of emergency first aid and CPR. I find it easy to understand the material, memorize symptoms and the procedures for treatment. I also find the medical material interesting and would like to learn more.
I prefer a broad area of knowledge, rather than specializing. This makes the occupation suit me because family doctors must possess nearly equal expertise on many different fields. Also, I also believe in life long learning, which doctors must be willing to do. I'd happily agree to updating my skills and facts.
Courses/Courses I Plan To Take:
English, Math, Science, Geography, Drama, Business, French, Physical Education
Grade 10:
English, Math, Science, History, Careers/Civics, French, Guitar, Biology (Gr 11)
Grade 11:
English (U), Math (U), Advanced Functions (U), Biology (Gr 12U), Chemistry (U), Physics (U), Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology
Grade 12:
Calculus and Vectors (U), Chemistry (U), English (U), Physics (U), French (U), Advanced Functions (U)
By: Eva Lan
So... how do you become a family doctor anyways?
Ooh, boy.
It's a long journey...

To University!
Medical Sciences First Entry
University of Western Ontario
4 years
Bachelor of Medical Sciences
Life Sciences
McMaster University
4 years
Bachelor of Life Sciences
After graduating university, it's time to write the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)! When the results are obtained, I can then apply for medical schools of my choice and hope I get accepted!
After taking the MCAT, going through interviews and waiting for weeks, it's finally time to attend medical school (if I'm accepted!).
There are many medical schools in Canada, and even more all around the world that Canadians can attend!
The two medical schools I've been looking at are:
Western University's
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
McMaster University's
Michael G. Degroote School of Medicine
Medical School typically lasts
covers general knowledge; students learn about the human body, how it functions when it is healthy and when it's ill.
includes clinical placement where students learn in
different professional settings (e.g. hospitals)
After successfully finishing medical school, graduates
must take the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination
(MCCEE) part 1. When the graduate passes, they can now move
onto residency!
Onto Residency!
What is Residency?
Residency is additional training for graduates of Medical School
Residents work in teaching hospitals or clinics affiliated with the schools to learn from senior doctors.
How Long is Residency?
Typically, residencies for family medicine last approximately two years
After the first year, residents are eligible to write the MCCEE part two which is needed to become a certified doctor
When a resident has competed their residency, they can now write the College of Family Physicians of Canada Examination (CFPC Exam). Upon passing this, he/she will be certified to practice medicine without supervision.
In other words, they will have become a full-fledged family doctor!
After becoming a doctor, what are the responsibilities?
Some of the responsibilities include:
examine patients and take their medical history down
order lab tests, x-rays, and other diagnostic procedures
consult with other medical practitioners to evaluate patient's health
prescribe and administer medicine
advise patients on health care matters (e.g. health promotion; disease, illness and accident prevention
inoculate and vaccinate patients
perform/assist routine surgery
provide emergency care; acute care management; provide, coordinate and manage continuous care for patients
deliver babies, provide prenatal and postnatal care
report births, deaths, disease to government
supervise home care services
provide counseling and support
perform patient advocacy
What about the money?
How much do doctors make?
less than $ 100 000 - $250 000 or more
During the two years of residency,
only about $44 000 - $65 000 are
made annually!
Did you know?
Anyways, there are many factors that affect the income. Some include:
geographic location
whether you are self-employed or work in a hospital or group practice
How are family doctors paid?
It depends on how they're employed!
Two ways are...
By Contract (e.g. Hospitals)
These doctors are paid a set yearly salary or by contract, in which they are employed for a fixed amount of time and are paid a set amount of money.
These doctors are paid directly by the government. Their pay depends on how many patients they see and the number of medical procedures they've performed.
Employers: Where Do Family Doctor's Work?
Family physicians are either self-employed or work in group practices
Self-employed: they work in community-level offices and clinics, or private clinics
Some employers include:
health authorities
Family doctors usually work:
long hours and have irregular work schedules (e.g. work during the weekends and evenings) in order to accommodate patients
some may even need to do administrative tasks (usually the self-employed)
Health and safety hazards:
patients come to the doctor in order to get diagnosed
so, family physicians are exposed to a variety of illnesses every day and must be prepared.
health risks can be minimized by taking precautions
Volunteered at Bendale Acres:
gained experience working with all sorts of people
gained experience with working with people with disabilities/impaired people
Babysat, volunteered at Chinese school and at a Child Care Center:
learned how to care for young children
learned strategies on how to make children comfortable and open up to me
worked on being compassionate and patient
Done Bronze Cross and Emergency First Aid & CPR Training:
basic medical knowledge
I have...
What can I do to prepare?
I can:
continue to volunteer at long term care centers
volunteer at hospitals, retirement homes and/or child care centers
work part-time as a lifeguard, lifeguard instructor and or camp counselor
borrow books on medical topics that interest me to read during my free time
These activities can give me experience related to working closely
with people and introduce me to the world of medicine.
How I'm Going to Pay for My Education:
I can work part-time during the summer as a lifeguard
I can work harder to get scholarships and apply for loans
I can use the money in my RESP
What Barriers Could I Face?
Fear of Failing
Balancing My Studies, Fitness, Social Life and Hobbies
Health Issues From Overworking, Stress and Neglecting Health
Overcoming this obstacle:
I can just do it
If I practice taking risks and prepare myself beforehand, I will be able to learn how to overcome this fear
Experience can give me confidence
When I take enough risks, I'll be less afraid because I'll be more resilient/know how to bounce back onto my feet
Overcoming this obstacle:
I can start getting into the habit of scheduling my daily activities
by following the schedule, I can manage my time wisely and avoid procrastination
Overcoming this obstacle:

I can set time limits on myself (e.g. cannot spend more than 2 hours for leisure time)
I can start getting into healthy habits/a healthy lifestyle (e.g. eat clean, sleep earlier, workout more and etc.)
I can make sure that I am prepared for any weather (e.g. bring an extra sweater on cold days in case I'm dressed inadequately)











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