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Post-game: The CaRMS Rank List

Even after CaRMS interviews are over there is a lot of “stuff” to do. Should you send a thank you note to the programs that interviewed you? How is the program going about making their CaRMS rank list? How should you go about making your CaRMS rank list? Should this change if you’re entering the couples match? And what really happens if the unthinkable occurs and you go unmatched? This post will cover these topics and more.

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Physicians as Humans: Supporting #BellLetsTalk

Mental health is an area that is wrought with stigma. As healthcare practitioners, we all know that “we should know better” than to fall into the trap of perpetuating stigma and misunderstandings about mental health… but sometimes we forget to be as kind to ourselves as we are to our patients and clients. The CanadiEM team is hoping to foster a national conversation about the struggles physicians face (including mental health!) with our healthcare colleagues. At …

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Boring Question: Fecal Leukocytes. Eh?

What are Fecal Leukocytes? Exactly what they sound like – white blood cells in liquefied poop. They can represent an inflammatory cause of diarrhea (acutely from infection or from an initial presentation of inflammatory bowel disease).

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Physicians as Humans: Physician Mental Health

In the competitive and paradoxically-isolating era of modern medicine and social media, we must reduce the stigma of not only mental illness, but also of occasionally being less than stellar. Improvements in work environment and lifestyle balance are key to improving the physician condition, but we must also endeavor to support each other with empathy and compassion for the benefit of our patients and our health care system.