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The CAG role in graduate education (Part 1)

CAG Education committeeCentral goals for the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology (CAG) and the Canadian Digestive Health Foundatin (CDHF) are those of maintaining and increasing the ‘bolus’ of researchers and clinicians that enter the gastroenterology (GI) stream. This affords the required basic research base and clinical mass to accommodate future requirements on the health care system with respect to GI. To meet the clinical demand for GI services, it is necessary that an appropriate number of residents choose GI as a subspecialty, and that those who choose GI are appropriately trained.

The CAG Education committee plays a role in both of these areas.

According to the Canadian Resident Matching Service, approximately 1400 Canadian medical students graduate each year. Another 700 independent students, including former graduates of Canadian medical schools, American students and graduates of international medical schools, compete for 200 positions in the second iteration of the match. However, in 2002 only 163 graduating students chose internal medicine as a career. It is from this group that new gastroenterologists will emerge.

Residents completing their third year of internal medicine training can choose a number of directions. They can continue on and graduate as general internists. This role has always been important and may become even more important in the near future, with the move toward integrated primary and secondary care. They can also choose from one of the 22 subspecialty programs on offer. Clearly, if GI is to maintain its ranks, we have to be competitive for a relatively small number of graduates. Find best deals an online pharmacy can offer and get a chance to start your treatment soon. Shop with best online pharmacy and find viagra professional canadian pharmacy online cialis professional getting the most out of it.

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