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CaRMS Mentorship Series | Life after CaRMS

In Mentorship, National by Sarah Luckett-Gatopoulos1 Comment

Editor’s note:  Another version of this piece previously appeared on Luckett’s own blog (“This Liminal Space“).  We asked her to revise and add to it so that it might become a permanent part of the BoringEM CaRMS advice section. It was initially published on BoringEM on April 15, 2015 and is republished on the ‘Throwback Thursday’ following the release of the CaRMS results yesterday – TC   I remember submitting my CaRMS rank …

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Post-game: The CaRMS Rank List

In CaRMS Guide, Mentorship by Brent Thoma15 Comments

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: Physician Mental Health

In Featured, Physicians as Humans by Bruce Alex Fage2 Comments

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.

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Game Time: The CaRMS Interview

In CaRMS Guide, Mentorship by Brent Thoma7 Comments

This is part two of what I have decided will be a trilogy, kind of because it fits nicely with the topics, but mostly because Star Wars convinced me that trilogies were full of win. It will focus on CaRMS interviews. See: CaRMS Pregame: Preparing for the Interview and Postgame: CaRMS Rank-lists for discussion of other aspects of CaRMS and the full CaRMS Guide for the complete series of medical student mentorship posts. …

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Physicians as Humans: Starting the Conversation

In National, Physicians as Humans by Niresha Velmurugiah2 Comments

Lately, I have been thinking about the lies we tell each other as doctors. Mostly, these are lies of omission. We share stories of slick procedures, clever diagnoses, and post-shift half-marathons. We skip over the mediocre feedback that followed us home. We hide the weekends that we waste wallowing in exhaustion and self-pity. Sometimes it seems harmless – considerate, even – to keep this heavy stuff to ourselves, but these lies create a climate of inadequacy and isolation. There is nothing lonelier than believing that no one is struggling but you.

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Pre-Game: CaRMS Interview Preparation

In CaRMS Guide, Mentorship by Brent Thoma19 Comments

It’s that time of year again. The references are in, the applications are complete, interviews have been accepted, flights are booked and medical students across Canada are preparing themselves for the rigamarole known as CaRMS that will determine where they will be living for the next 2-5 years and what kind of medicine they will be practicing for the rest of their lives. All you can do now is some CaRMS interview preparation.