London offers a range of exciting professional opportunities to young rheumatologists.
Practicing in London
There is a a long wait list to see a rheumatologist for patients in and around London, even for inflammatory joint disease, which means that you have an opportunity to choose the terms and scope of your practice.
London has a wide referral base from London itself, as well as the surrounding areas of Tillsonburg, Woodstock, Chatham, Sarnia, Owen Sound, and even as far as Windsor and Kitchener-Waterloo. Western University is also a source of number of referrals.
Practice in London can be very challenging and rewarding. Rheumatologists see a mix of patients from both urban and rural/farming areas, offering generally high levels of satisfaction in terms of both the physician and patient perspective.
One of the best things about practicing in London is the fact that there is a tertiary-care academic hospital in the city, which provides great professional support from other medical and surgical services, including Nephrology, Neurology, Respirology, and Orthopedics. This is fantastic for the really sick patient where consultation and shared care with other services is critical. The rheumatology community enjoys a collegial and friendly relationship with the Arthritis Society in London.
Rheumatology rounds are held approximately every week and visiting professors often attend.
Community Practice Opportunities
Rheumatologists entering community practice in London could choose to have a purely inflammatory joint / systemic connective tissue disease practice, with the option to be busier for those who wish to see non-inflammatory conditions. The city offers the potential to balance an interesting and challenging practice with an enjoyable lifestyle that includes weekends off, no call, and shorter commutes than Toronto/GTA areas.
Your options include joining an existing practice with mentorship and guidance (and full EMR support), or you could open a new practice with the guidance and support of the ORA. Dr. Nikhil Chopra, London’s RheumCareers ambassador, is eager to assist and offer prospective rheumatologists the “low-down” on establishing a practice in the city and is also welcoming to potential associates who might wish to join his established practice.
To learn more about London from the rheumatologists that practice there, and to set up a funded visit, please contact the Ontario Rheumatology Association or our London Ambassador:
Dr. Nikhil Chopra, RheumCareers London Ambassador
Ontario Rheumatology Association Administrative Office