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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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Post-game: The CaRMS Rank List

In CaRMS Guide, Mentorship by Brent Thoma17 Comments

Even after CaRMS interviews are over there is a lot of “stuff” to do. Should you send a thank you note to the programs that interviewed you? How is the program going about making their CaRMS rank list? How should you go about making your CaRMS rank list? Should this change if you’re entering the couples match? And what really happens if the unthinkable occurs and you go unmatched? This post will cover these topics and more.

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Game Time: The CaRMS Interview

In CaRMS Guide, Mentorship by Brent Thoma7 Comments

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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Pre-Game: CaRMS Interview Preparation

In CaRMS Guide, Mentorship by Brent Thoma19 Comments

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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The Reference Letter Toolkit

In CaRMS Guide, Mentorship by Paola Camorlinga1 Comment

With the CaRMS process fast approaching, medical students across the country have started putting together applications. When not battling procrastination on the part of the application that students do have control over (i.e., the personal letter and CV) , many students stress about the other part of the application that they feel they have less control over: the mysterious and all-important reference letter (1,2). As a student in EM, you will work with …

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How to survive (and like) your emergency medicine clerkship core rotation

In CaRMS Guide, Mentorship by Anali Maneshi1 Comment

Chances are that if you are reading this blog post you already have an interest in emergency medicine. In fact, you’ve probably spent countless hours learning about the field, perhaps by reading articles on this very blog. My hope is that this post will give you some tips and tricks to help you survive and thrive during those all-important core and elective emergency medicine clerkship rotations. On the off chance you’re thinking of …