Posts tagged update

Four years of writing.
I have been so busy recently that I had frankly forgotten that this blog is officially four years old. 
With that said, a heartfelt thank you to everyone for your continued support and readership over these past four years. I still have many leagues ahead of me on this journey and though I now find myself with less time to sit down and reflect, I hope to continue writing for as long as I can. As you have given me the inspiration to continue writing, I hope I can in some ways return the favour. 
Thank you all sincerely,Tom of the Medical State of Mind

Four years of writing.

I have been so busy recently that I had frankly forgotten that this blog is officially four years old. 

With that said, a heartfelt thank you to everyone for your continued support and readership over these past four years. I still have many leagues ahead of me on this journey and though I now find myself with less time to sit down and reflect, I hope to continue writing for as long as I can. As you have given me the inspiration to continue writing, I hope I can in some ways return the favour. 

Thank you all sincerely,
Tom of the Medical State of Mind

Grounded

Bonjour tout le monde!

Let this be proof that Tammy and I are alive and well. I apologize for the lack of posts lately. There has be a significant challenge with usable internet that still plagues us. 

Currently though, I have enough down time to at least update everyone on how I have been.

Emails are still on the back burner at this moment but I am unfortunately grounded “somewhere in France” due to unforeseen events.

The Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français (SNCF) workers here have been on strike and our train that was to lead us on our next leg of the train was grounded. We have had to make some significant adjustments to our itinerary.

Having said that though, we are making the most of it and enjoying our slight detour in France for the next few days.

By the 22nd, I should be home, by which time postings should resume their normal schedule. 

Thanks to everyone for their patience and I look forward to updating you all again soon!

Sincerely,
Tom of the Medical State of Mind

EDIT: A reader has correctly pointed out that it is the SNCF that is on strike, not the entire EuroRail system. Thanks for pointing this out.

Honeymoon.
Tammy and I are starting our honeymoon today. In the coming two weeks, we will be travelling across a number of different countries. I will be away from the computer much more as we go about our day to day activities and commutes.
I will continue to update the blog as time allows. 
It has been a while since I had made any informative posts so if I may, I would like to share this little non-medical factoid.
Every month of the calendar year carries a different nickname for the moon. In June, the moon reaches its zenith in the night sky at its lowest point in the entire year. As a result of this and other astrological phenomena, the moon takes on a more orange or honey colour. This is where the term honeymoon originates.
All this to simply say, we are taking our honeymoon during the honeymoon.

Honeymoon.

Tammy and I are starting our honeymoon today. In the coming two weeks, we will be travelling across a number of different countries. I will be away from the computer much more as we go about our day to day activities and commutes.

I will continue to update the blog as time allows. 

It has been a while since I had made any informative posts so if I may, I would like to share this little non-medical factoid.

Every month of the calendar year carries a different nickname for the moon. In June, the moon reaches its zenith in the night sky at its lowest point in the entire year. As a result of this and other astrological phenomena, the moon takes on a more orange or honey colour. This is where the term honeymoon originates.

All this to simply say, we are taking our honeymoon during the honeymoon.

Thanks to everyone who has written in with well wishes and congratulations. Tammy and I are very humbled by your support as we approach our big day together.

On a different note, apologies for the break in form. There has obviously been a shortage of medically-themed posts recently but I assure you that will return in due time. Thanks again for your patience and understanding as we celebrate this once in a lifetime moment.

Sincerely,
Tammy and Tom

Mailbag: End of School Edition

This is a short mailbag. I have finally managed to answer every question that was sitting in my inbox. Again, I sincerely apologize to everyone for the long wait. It has been a very tumultuous two months. 

Unlike before however, I will not be re-opening my mailbox immediately. Instead, I will accept questions again at the beginning of July. In the next month and a half, my life will be changing dramatically and a lot still remains to be done: Graduation. Wedding. Honeymoon. Moving. Et cetera. 

I will be allowing the fan mail option for any other kinds of correspondence. My partner and I thank you all in advance for your patience and understanding. 

Sincerely,
Tom of the Medical State of Mind

I would like to extend my thanks to everyone, especially those who wrote in yesterday. I am happy I have made it this far and with all of your support over these past few years.

Thanks for making my journaling process an amazing experience.

Sincerely,
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

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

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

Two Week Break

The winter holidays begin today. I will continue to update regularly but expect some breaks here and there.

In addition, I will continue posting features, including Digital Medicine and the Year in Review. Stay tuned.

Sincerely,
Tom of the Medical State of Mind

It was only six months ago that I parsed the marketplace and surveyed my peers for what were considered the best medical apps for mobile devices. Following that three-part feature, I received a lot of positive feedback from the Tumblr community and beyond.
Over the next few weeks, I will be posting a mini-series of features under the heading Digital Medicine whose focus is on how to digitize your medical studies, resources that are available, and my must-have recommendations. 

It was only six months ago that I parsed the marketplace and surveyed my peers for what were considered the best medical apps for mobile devices. Following that three-part feature, I received a lot of positive feedback from the Tumblr community and beyond.

Over the next few weeks, I will be posting a mini-series of features under the heading Digital Medicine whose focus is on how to digitize your medical studies, resources that are available, and my must-have recommendations.