Posts tagged residency

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.

Penning a Curriculum Vitae

Being able to create a great Curriculum Vitae (CV) is an important long-term skill to have. Latin for “course of life,” it is a document that serves to represent you ahead of any formal face-to-face interaction, to tell the story of who you are and what skills and experiences you bring. Thus, making a great first impression on paper is very important. 

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That moment…

When you begin to second guess your crucial documentation during your application process. When you misread the submission guidelines about what needs to be included. When you make the mistake of speaking to a classmate about his CaRMS application.

It. Changes. Everything.

CaRMS Applications: Submitted.
500 dollars, 24 hours, and 21 applications later, I have submitted my hopes and dreams into the nebulous ether of the matching service. Now, we wait.

CaRMS Applications: Submitted.

500 dollars, 24 hours, and 21 applications later, I have submitted my hopes and dreams into the nebulous ether of the matching service. Now, we wait.

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I Feel That Too by Jessie Baylin.

Today, I received a call from a close friend and classmate on rotation across the province. It was a unexpected but pleasant surprise. We took a moment to catch up with how our respective electives were going thus far. Of course, the conversation eventually turned to CaRMS and we shared a collective groan.

"This is like applying to medical school all over again…but ten times over."

"Yeah, I feel that way too."

Stressed Out.
The CaRMS application deadline is fast approaching next week and I have yet to finish all of my letters of intent. While I could furiously work on that at my leisure, what is beyond my control are my letters of reference. Although, I have given reminders and received assurances, two key reference letters are still pending.
In addition, I have only recently come to realize how soon my next OSCE is and I have yet to study for it.
Colour me anxious.

Stressed Out.

The CaRMS application deadline is fast approaching next week and I have yet to finish all of my letters of intent. While I could furiously work on that at my leisure, what is beyond my control are my letters of reference. Although, I have given reminders and received assurances, two key reference letters are still pending.

In addition, I have only recently come to realize how soon my next OSCE is and I have yet to study for it.

Colour me anxious.

Road to Residency

Steven McGaughey, first featured here with his Gastric Subway illustration, has been hard at work on a new website for medical students. A primer to the residency journey, he and his fiancée have worked over the last few months compiling information and useful resources for the application, the interviews, and the match. Check it out.

I have a board exam in five days and I am freaking out. This is the culmination of my life. If I fail it I will have no job.
A R2 stresses over her upcoming OSCE and board exam.
Returning to Base.
Having finished my elective, I am set to return to my regular rotation. The last two weeks have seemingly whizzed by like a blur. It was challenging but also a great learning experience and one that I think will really influence my residency choices.
I will miss the great team of colleagues I had an opportunity to learn with and learn from.
With that said, I will be mostly travelling today back home. See you all on the other side.
Onward,Tom of the Medical State of Mind

Returning to Base.

Having finished my elective, I am set to return to my regular rotation. The last two weeks have seemingly whizzed by like a blur. It was challenging but also a great learning experience and one that I think will really influence my residency choices.

I will miss the great team of colleagues I had an opportunity to learn with and learn from.

With that said, I will be mostly travelling today back home. See you all on the other side.

Onward,
Tom of the Medical State of Mind

Even after consecutively long days, can I wake up and look forward to working?
The quintessential question that we must all ask ourselves as we consider our careers.