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.
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.
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!
Thanks for your words of support! I am actually planning to write a more comprehensive post about how to gear up towards residency matching. Be sure to look out for that.
I think that it is important to find electives that give you a balanced but focused experience. Here in Canada, we are required to do at least one of medical, surgical, and primary care electives. Everything else is to your choosing. If it is anything like our system here, there are two schools of thought: maximize elective time in your specialty of interest before your application is closed or rotate through multiple smaller disciplines to get a better sense of what’s available. Obviously, the former works best if you are sure what you want to do and the latter when you are still undecided.
However you decide to go, always try to diversify your locations to better understand how other places differ or appeal to you. Also, try to work with respected members of the programs. Sometimes there is no guarantee but you should always consider who will be assessing you and who can write you a strong reference letter.
I opted for longer rotations initially in internal medicine to get more informed reference letters and pursue enriching and interesting electives after the application closed. There was no more need to impress anyone for a reference letter and nothing I did after would allow me to change my application anyways.
It is definitely a balancing act and you just need to find what feels right to you. Take care and best of luck.
To everyone following me on Tumblr, I send my sincerest apologies. You might find a lot of answered questions tonight from me populating your dashboards. I need to do something to keep my mind off of things.
I hope you can be understanding.
Tom of the Medical State of Mind
Thanks! I appreciate it!
Sitting in the deafening silence of the call lounge with nothing but my thoughts to occupy me, I wait. My phone has yet to buzz with the tease of a new consult. My mind races about tomorrow’s match results.
Did I make the right choices? Will I match? What will happen if I do not?
Tonight will be the longest call shift of my life.