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Part 4: References

The crux to any good application is the reference letter. You could have a stellar application but if there is no one to vouch for you, it can be an uphill battle to the specialty you want, especially if it is highly competitive.

Part 3: Understanding CaRMS

Since 2002, the residency application process has been managed through the Canadian Residency Matching Service (CaRMS). Everyone who is a Canadian medical student is automatically enrolled into the service. Others can apply to be apart of the process. For medical students in their final year of training, this is where the magic happens.

Post-CaRMS Sentiments.
I have had the pleasure of meeting a number of my classmates while on rotation. We discussed not just our match results but also how our respective electives were going. With the anxiety and tension of CaRMS gone, the sentiment has been universal: boredom.
To be fair the learning on service is impeccable and the opportunities great. But having reached the climactic finish we have worked towards for the better part of year, there is now the slow creep of impatience. The effect is only compounded if one is not on a service they have matched to.
"Are we there yet?"
74 days until graduation.

Post-CaRMS Sentiments.

I have had the pleasure of meeting a number of my classmates while on rotation. We discussed not just our match results but also how our respective electives were going. With the anxiety and tension of CaRMS gone, the sentiment has been universal: boredom.

To be fair the learning on service is impeccable and the opportunities great. But having reached the climactic finish we have worked towards for the better part of year, there is now the slow creep of impatience. The effect is only compounded if one is not on a service they have matched to.

"Are we there yet?"

74 days until graduation.

Making The Match

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

Cannot Sleep

I have quiet time on call and I cannot bring myself to sleep. I feel like a zombie.

Pre-Match Jitters

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.

139 plays

Anything by Hedley.

One more week until Match Day. The suspense is killing me. There is this gnawing feeling that I did not match but I have to believe that I did what I could and that everything will turn out all right.

For Your Consideration

  • Attending: I think you are doing great. Keep it up.
  • Me: Thanks for the feedback.
  • Attending: I think you would have done well in the specialty.
  • Me: Well...
  • Attending: Ever give us any thought?
  • Me: There was a time, but CaRMS is now over.
  • Attending: There is always the future. Just something to consider if you have a change of heart down the line.

The Next Fifteen Days

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.

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Let’s talk about CaRMS.
Given that the whole residency application process is still quite fresh in my memory and I now have some time to catch my breath, I think this is an opportunity to talk about it.

On Friday, 7th of February at 3pm PST/6pm EST/11pm UTC, I will be doing an informal broadcast about CaRMS and my experience applying to residency. During this time, I will also take some time to answer questions about it, either live via the comments section, or previously submitted to my inbox.
If you have a specific question about applying to residency, submit a question in my inbox with the preface: “CaRMS Q&A.” 
An embedded feed will appear that day on the blog. I look forward to chatting with all of you. 
Cheers,Tom of the Medical State of Mind

Let’s talk about CaRMS.

Given that the whole residency application process is still quite fresh in my memory and I now have some time to catch my breath, I think this is an opportunity to talk about it.

On Friday, 7th of February at 3pm PST/6pm EST/11pm UTC, I will be doing an informal broadcast about CaRMS and my experience applying to residency. During this time, I will also take some time to answer questions about it, either live via the comments section, or previously submitted to my inbox.

If you have a specific question about applying to residency, submit a question in my inbox with the preface: “CaRMS Q&A.” 

An embedded feed will appear that day on the blog. I look forward to chatting with all of you. 

Cheers,
Tom of the Medical State of Mind