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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 …

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#TipsForNewDocs | How to give a great Consult

In Mentorship by Sarah Luckett-Gatopoulos1 Comment

There is nothing quite as daunting as dialing up a consultant service for the first time. As a clerk, I hated paging anyone because I worried that I would be interrupting them in the midst of something important or would get stumped by their questions. As a resident, I feel more relaxed because I’ve developed a smidge of consult-related finesse and been on the other side of the phone as an off-service junior. …

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Physicians as Humans Podcast E01: An Addiction that Almost Killed Me

In Mentorship, Physicians as Humans by Niresha Velmurugiah2 Comments

On behalf of the Physicians as Humans project, I’m thrilled to present the first episode of the series: An Addiction that Almost Killed Me. If you are unfamiliar with the project, please read this post for more information on the origin of this podcast series. In this first episode I speak with a Canadian medical student about his personal battle with drug addiction during medical school. He candidly describes his experience and the powerful impact it has had on his …