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
I have quiet time on call and I cannot bring myself to sleep. I feel like a zombie.
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.
After drafting and redrafting my rank list, I finally submitted my residency preferences to CaRMS, whose deadline was today.
Now, it is a waiting game until Match Day.
Some of the welcome but unscripted moments of joy in CaRMS come from the happy reunions with classmates in the airport.
In addition to seeing familiar faces at the various interviews, classmates interviewing in other specialities make regular appearances daily in the terminal. Some of them are flying to the same destination, on the same flight or another while others are making their way elsewhere.
Regardless, it is always nice to catch up as a group and see how everyone’s CaRMS tours are coming along.