Category Archives: Residency

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How to Pack a Suit for CaRMS Part 2

I’m on the interview trail for my MSM (Medicine Subspecialty Match) for CaRMS. I’m starting to realize… the interviews never end. You just get more specialized and specific with each one. Medical school, residency, fellowship…. then jobs… Nevertheless, I would like to think I got better at packing and travelling

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Under Pressure

The weight of residency has been hitting hard lately. It’s akin to Atlas trying to hold up the world with his might but struggling. Struggling to find the time and energy to keep my life balanced. CaRMS fellowship applications are starting. There has been a flurry of activity in my personal life. Only thing I can do

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The Hundred Hour Week

During residency, there are ebbs and flows to each work week. In a typical 1 in 4 call schedule, you may find yourself working fifty to a hundred hours a week – based on a 8-10 hour workday, and 24-26 hour call shift. A light week would be doing a

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Tales From the Call Room – Medaholic’s Hierarchy of Needs on Call

If you’re familiar with 

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Residency Subspecialty Shortlist – PGY2

One of the biggest appeals of internal medicine is that it is such a broad specialty. Even within adult medicine, you can choose to sub-specialize or remain a generalist. In Canada, internal medicine residents go through a second CaRMS process called the Medicine Subspecialty Match during PGY3. In Canada, there

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Recharging the Mind and Spirit

It’s almost the end of my PGY1 (Intern) year and senior resident responsibilities loom nearby. Overall it’s been a good year. I got to see a lot of patients and be responsible for their care. Along the way I saw a wide variety of cases and learned to be a

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Residency Workload

Dr. Pauline Chen has written a great article on Workload for Doctors in Training, a topic I have been thinking about lately. From being feeling overworked to being on call by youself, it really makes you wonder if there is a better way to structure residency. The comments from the

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Recharging on Call

I’m on call and my pager has finally decided to quiet down for an hour (fingers crossed). My phone’s battery life is at 24%. It’s time for a recharge. I find an outlet to plug in my phone, and for the next while I recharge myself too. I kick off

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Pre-Call

You would think being on call for the last two and a half years would make this easier, a little more tolerable. Especially after doing 1 in 4 nights for the last six months, I should be used to it. Yet here I am again, getting this sense of anxiety

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Deciding on a CaRMS Residency Rank List

I have been chatting with some friends who are going through CaRMS residency match. They’ve finished interviewing at various programs and now they are in the process of coming up with a Rank List. In short, your rank list is the order of programs where you would like to do