CaRMS Guide

In CaRMS Guide, Mentorship by Brent Thoma9 Comments

The posts below have been arranged by the phase of medical school that they are most relevant to. Taken together, they form an organized “CaRMS Guide.” While reading them in order would be best, they were all written independently and should be able to stand alone. As you read them, keep in mind that they are only one opinion. Seek out others from your own mentors and form your own opinion on the best way to go. For more information about these articles see below. Happy CaRMSing!

I. CaRMS Guide: Pre-Clerkship Phase

Do what you love, love what you do

Choose Your Own Adventure

FRCPC or CCFP-EM: What is Right for You

Finding a Mentor

II. CaRMS Guide: Clerkship Phase

FAQ About Medical Student Electives

Interview-inducing Elective Behavior

The Reference Letter Triple-Crown

III. CaRMS Guide: Research in Medical School

Introducing Canada’s EM Researchers

Tips from successful medical student researchers

Using and participating in research as a medical student

Things I Wish I knew as a Medical Student: reflections from a research pro

IV. CaRMS Guide: Application Phase

CaRMS Reference Letter Toolkit

CaRMS Application Preparation

CaRMS CVs: Writing them Right

CaRMS Personal Letters: You in 500 Words or Less

V. CaRMS Guide: Interview Phase

Preparing for Virtual Interviews

Pre-game: CaRMS Interview Preparation

Game Time: The CaRMS Interview

Post-game: The CaRMS Rank List

VI. CaRMS Guide: Life after CaRMS

Life after CaRMS

CaRMS Guide History

One of the reasons for starting the BoringEM, the original blog, was to provide a stockpile of the CaRMS advice that I have been providing to medical students on a one-on-one basis to a wider audience. Unfortunately, as the mentorship section that the CaRMS articles have been posted to is arranged by the date of publication of each article, it is not very easy to work through it. While I tried to make these posts as comprehensive as possible, I’m sure there are some gaps. If you have questions that are not answered in any of them, please get in touch with me, and let me know. I’ll either try to incorporate an answer into one of the existing posts or write a new one to address it.

Dr. Brent Thoma is a medical educator, blogging geek, and trauma/emergency physician who works at the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine. He founded BoringEM and is the CEO of CanadiEM.