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“30 minutes? That’s enough to stay well” | Emergency Medicine Wellness Week

In Education & Quality Improvement, Featured, Mentorship, Working in EM by Zafrina Poonja0 Comments

A typical day in the life of an Emergency Medicine physician: You wake up without an alarm after eight hours of undisturbed sleep. You enjoy a fresh cup of french press coffee while reading the morning news on your smartphone – along with a freshly baked croissant of course! Then you go to an hour long yoga session followed by a relaxing massage. Finally, you meet your friends for lunch at a local …

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Finding your niche in emergency medicine: The Canadian Fellowship Guide

In Mentorship by Jared Baylis0 Comments

The Royal College of Physicians of Canada emergency medicine Specialty Training Requirements mandate: “…a minimum of six months, usually in PGY-4, be devoted to achieving particular expertise either in a scholarly activity or a clinical area, pertinent to the practice of the specialty of Emergency Medicine.”1 You may have found yourself pondering what it is that you might want to do with your fourth year of residency that could provide you with a …

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CaRMS Rodeo – How to prepare for a crazy ride

In CaRMS Guide, Mentorship by Nadim Lalani0 Comments

In the Canadian Residency Matching Service(CaRMS) applicants apply to all programs and, if selected for interview, rank these programs. The residency programs also rank all the interviewees [which is becoming increasingly difficult]. The computer spits out a match. In bull riding, the rider is matched to the bull randomly before the competition, however, since 2008 some ranked riders are allowed to choose their own bulls from a bull draft for selected rounds in PBR …

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Making the Most of Chart Reviews

In Education & Quality Improvement, Mentorship by Nadim Lalani0 Comments

A few months back Dr Eddy Lang (@EddyLang1) [Co-editor of the Royal College Research Guide] graced us with his kind and friendly personality and dropped some pearls on retrospective chart reviews. Medical Record Review [MRR] Research in General aka Chart Reviews “Chart reviews don’t get  the respect they may deserve” Dr Lang Dr Lang lamented the fact that MRR doesn’t get the street cred it deserves. This is large part because of a historical …

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Publish your Research: Insights from Dr. Brian Rowe

In Education & Quality Improvement, Mentorship by Nadim Lalani0 Comments

Dr Rowe is pound-for-pound one of the best EM researcher in Canada, especially considering he completed the majority of his research on a shoe-string budget while managing a formidable career. His prolific and high-quality research has resulted in the publication of one book, 28 book chapters, and over 385 peer-reviewed manuscripts. It goes without saying he has a wealth of experience that, he humbly admits, came with many failures along the way. He is …