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Do what you love, love what you do

In Mentorship by Brent Thoma17 Comments

Junior medical students get a lot of information from senior medical students. They have just gone through the system so it makes sense that these students would seek out their advice on everything from how to study to how to prepare for residency match. Generally, that advice is good. However, there is one statement that drives me crazy no matter what it is about. It goes something like this: You have to do THIS to get …

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The CanadiEM Junior Editor Program: Now Accepting Applications!

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While Free Open Access Medical education (FOAMed) has established itself as a key tool for the dissemination of medical knowledge, especially in Emergency Medicine,1 most of the authors are senior residents or staff physicians. While most trainees are using it for educational purposes,2,3 they are rarely taught how to produce this type of content. We designed a Junior Editor (JE) program for our blog with the goal of fostering the skills necessary to begin …

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Congratulations to CrackCast on receiving the Herb Parkin Award!

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CanadiEM is happy to announce that our partner podcast, CrackCast has recently been selected as the winner of Royal Columbian Herb Parkin Award. As outlined on the award page (which has yet to be updated to reflect the team’s selection as this year’s recipients), Dr. Herb Parkin was: “…a pioneer in Emergency Medicine. His efforts were instrumental in building our EMS system in British Columbia. He was also an advocate of seatbelt legislation, …

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FAQ About Medical Student Electives

In Mentorship by Brent Thoma5 Comments

This is a topic for which the “how to” seems to be passed down from senior to junior medical students and never written down. I remember being pretty clueless about this process when I went through it. I was a relative late-comer to the Royal College EM sweepstakes, having decided to pursue that program only during the summer before fourth year. This was compounded by my inability to plan anything in advance, ever. I …

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Congratulations to Sameer Sharif, 2017 Essentials of EM / CanadiEM Fellow!

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On behalf of the CanadiEM and Essentials of Emergency Medicine teams, we are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2017 Fellowship contest is Dr. Sameer Sharif! Sameer is a 3rd year resident in the FRCPC Emergency Medicine program at McMaster University. His submission, entitled ß-Blockers for Refractory Ventricular Fibrillation in Cardiac Arrest was rated highly by all three of the Editors who reviewed it. Beyond being well written, appropriately referenced, and interesting, …