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Just One More.
My CaRMS tour is now drawing to a close. The only hurdle that stands between myself and the finish line is the final interview happening tomorrow. It is time to saddle up for this last hurrah. 

Just One More.

My CaRMS tour is now drawing to a close. The only hurdle that stands between myself and the finish line is the final interview happening tomorrow. It is time to saddle up for this last hurrah. 

Airport Reunions

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.

A Journeyman’s Inspiration.

Despite how busy this CaRMS tour may be, it has been a great experience exploring the cultural diversity of the country. Every city carries its own charm and personality while the people have been bigger than life and lively even in -40 degrees Celsius weather. Their energy and resilience were infectious. 

In the midst of the chaos of interviews, for fleeting moments through the city on the streets, buses, and trains, I felt alive.

A Journeyman’s Inspiration.

Despite how busy this CaRMS tour may be, it has been a great experience exploring the cultural diversity of the country. Every city carries its own charm and personality while the people have been bigger than life and lively even in -40 degrees Celsius weather. Their energy and resilience were infectious.

In the midst of the chaos of interviews, for fleeting moments through the city on the streets, buses, and trains, I felt alive.

City Hopping.
Arrive. Explore the city. Interview. Tour the hospital. Depart. Layover. Depart again. Repeat. Ad nauseam.
String a couple of these together along with adjusting for time differences and you get one tired and sleepy medical student.

City Hopping.

Arrive. Explore the city. Interview. Tour the hospital. Depart. Layover. Depart again. Repeat. Ad nauseam.

String a couple of these together along with adjusting for time differences and you get one tired and sleepy medical student.

First class in economy.

By some design, I was assigned a seat next to the emergency exit at the wing of the plane. That is quite the responsibility. The bonus? All the leg room I could hope for.

The simple pleasures in life.

First class in economy.

By some design, I was assigned a seat next to the emergency exit at the wing of the plane. That is quite the responsibility. The bonus? All the leg room I could hope for.

The simple pleasures in life.

Wrinkle Free, Worry Free Travel

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One of the biggest challenges travelling for my interviews was my suit. I was about to take this sophisticated and important piece of clothing with me on a trip across the country. On a plane. For three weeks.

The problems I faced were two-fold: a) I did not want to check in my suit lest it gets lost for the rest of my interviews and b) I did not want to use a case that could wrinkle the cloth.

Searching around, I found myself in the company of garment bags and special suit cases that could allow transport so long as it was folded in half or thirds. In the context of a three-week trek, the worries of progressively apparent creases or lost luggage were too much.

Preparing for this trip, I remembered I had read about SkyRoll some time ago (Forbes, Nerd Wallet) and decided to look for it. It was a tubular piece of luggage designed to carry suits, sports jackets, dress shirts, or dresses for business trips. After seeing it in person and comparing it to many other garment bags, I decided to give it a try.

I am pleased to say that the SkyRoll works beautifully. I have never had such a wrinkle-free travel experience.

The garment bag is made of a tough ballistic fabric, making it quite sturdy and weather resistant. The inner tube has two end compartments, allowing me to fit my dress shoes, toiletries, clothes and undergarments. The outer garment bag houses my suit, with two pockets remaining for my ties and dress shirts. The garment bag is subsequently rolled around the inner tube and fastened. Because there are no acute edges, the suit remains wrinkle free. While slightly longer in order to accommodate the suit, SkyRoll still abides by carry-on requirements. 

The SkyRoll, coupled with other packing and travel techniques have allowed me to focus my attention on answering questions instead of worrying about how my suit looks. 

The Pilgrimage Begins

Today, hundreds of medical students start their pilgrimage across the country, myself included, for the three-week journey to interview at our programs of interest.

I will be flying out today to begin the first leg of my journey and may not be posting as frequently during this period. I will post updates as I am able. Thank you for your understanding and I will see you all on the other side.

Sincerely,
Tom of the Medical State of Mind

The Art of Packing from Louis Vuitton

As I start preparing to travel for my CaRMS interviews, I will need to put a lot of thought into what I can and cannot bring.

Here is an elegant and interactive website that covers some great packing tips that I use in practice.

I’m Not Having Fun!
Booking flights and accommodations is almost worse than submitting the applications. Like a jigsaw puzzle, every piece of logistics needs to fit. In the mad scramble competing with hundreds of other students for the best deals during the three weeks of interviews, we all lose a bit of our minds.

I’m Not Having Fun!

Booking flights and accommodations is almost worse than submitting the applications. Like a jigsaw puzzle, every piece of logistics needs to fit. In the mad scramble competing with hundreds of other students for the best deals during the three weeks of interviews, we all lose a bit of our minds.

On to the next rotation.
Yesterday, I completed my first elective in internal medicine. Today, I move on to the next one. The weather forecast is looking bleak but the drive cannot be postponed. I have a lot of ground to cover. 
I will see you all on the other side.

On to the next rotation.

Yesterday, I completed my first elective in internal medicine. Today, I move on to the next one. The weather forecast is looking bleak but the drive cannot be postponed. I have a lot of ground to cover. 

I will see you all on the other side.