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Game Time: The CaRMS Interview

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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Tiny Tip for Acute Visual Loss: CAN U GO STARE at HIM

Acute visual loss is distressing to patients of any age. A careful history and physical exam alone may help direct you to the diagnosis in most cases. However, when the cause isn’t immediately obvious, it is helpful to have an approach to go to for considering all of the possibilities. If you’re a Canadian EM resident studying for your Royal College exams, you might also want to have this available for quick recall. Mnemonic …

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Physicians as Humans: Starting the Conversation

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

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.

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Tiny Tip: The NBG Pacemaker Code

Pacemaker codes. After our exams are over we do not think about them very often. However, they’re still a useful thing for us to understand when talking to educated patients and our colleagues. Unfortunately, their 5 letter code isn’t the easiest thing to remember.