At some point in the natural order of things, you begin to realize that the journey to medicine is not as straightforward. There was once upon a time when being a doctor meant knowing everything about everything. In this day and age, that has become an impossibility.
With that in mind, you reach the crossroads for a second time: what should I do with my life?
There are many ways to conceptualize the thinking process but it always boils down to three simple questions you should ask yourself:
For example, someone who enjoys working with his hands, is comfortable not knowing the full picture and likes a wide but shallower pool might be better suited for emergency medicine.
These three questions are fundamental to understanding where your values and interests lie. As your education progresses, take a moment to reflect. You might be surprised how often and how dramatically things change.
The most crucial time to consider these questions is in the clinical year. Consider how your newfound experiences change or reinforce your choices.
This becomes important when choosing your fourth year electives.
Late Night Poutine.
Between the senior and I, we were on call covering three hospitals. It had been a particularly busy night, travelling from one hospital to the next seeing consults. At last, we finally had a chance to catch our breath.
And what better way to spend that time than to enjoy a late night snack.
24/7 poutine? 24/7 poutine.
On Call with Style.
It is turning into a busy night. However, that will not stop me from being fashionable. Haters going to hate.
The process of applying for a residency position is a long and arduous journey. The mere mention of “CaRMS” can make a medical student tense. What follows will be a multi-part series on what to expect and advice for the CaRMS touring process.
(The following list is a guideline and is subject to change)
Part 1: Knowing yourself
Part 2: Choosing electives
Part 3: Understanding CaRMS
Part 4: References
Part 5: Research and preparation
Part 6: Creating a schedule
Part 7: Travel planning
Part 8: Interviewing
Part 9: Ranking
Anonymous asked: Hi, congratulations on your match! I was wondering why you chose family practice over internal medicine. I've been thinking about possible residency options myself (just recently accepted into med school), and I felt that IM opportunities would provide more opportunities than FP, though you'd probably be working your bum off more. Sorry if it seems like such a blunt question, considering that you just got matched up!
Thanks for your question. To be perfectly honest, I am more interested in internal medicine and ranked both disciplines. Through fate, chance, and a computer algorithm, I have been matched to the specialty of family medicine.
I have spent the day with friends going over our results. Some of us certainly did get our first choice; others like myself matched a few rungs down the ladder. However, overall I am happy with the results. While I may identify myself somewhat more with the practices of internal medicine, the two are distinctly different but equally rewarding specialties. I look forward to what new challenges this will bring.
It is official. For the next two years, I will be in Family Medicine.
Congratulations to everyone else who matched this iteration.
I have quiet time on call and I cannot bring myself to sleep. I feel like a zombie.
Anonymous asked: Hi! When you are applying to a Canadian residency do they take into account your medical school grades and if so how much importance is placed on them? Thank you!
Thanks for your question. Everyone in Canada needs to submit a transcript to the residency matching service. Your academic transcript is seen as a pass/fail.
The other key component is the performance record. This is a record to track if you have met or exceeded requirements for different specialties. The opposite would of course be to see if there were areas where you did not meet requirements.
Together this makes up the medical student performance record or MSPR. It is really just there for programs to check if there were any concerns. The majority of students will have “pass” and “meets requirements” across the board.
compoundfractureofthemind asked: As a premedical student, your blog is such a great place to see both clinical and personal aspects of your journey through the field of medicine, so I just wanted to say thank you!
Thanks a lot and I appreciate your support. It means a lot. Take care and all the best to you in your future studies. Cheers!