The Reference Letter Triple Crown

In CaRMS Guide, Mentorship by Brent Thoma12 Comments

Interviews for the Canadian Residency Matching Service (CaRMS) are over and they were as difficult as ever. One thing nobody appreciates on the medical student side of the CaRMS equation is how difficult it is for the programs to come up with our rank list. The applicants this year were spectacular and ranking them was more difficult than splitting hairs. Fortunately, the depth of the applicants makes us confident that we will be …

Top 10 Ways to Rock EM Clerkship

In CaRMS Guide, Mentorship by Brent Thoma15 Comments

In our commitment to keeping posts up-to-date, this post was updated by Eve Purdy in December 2014.  You’re a bright-eyed young medical student and you think you want to be an emergency doctor. You haven’t made life easy for yourself. While it may not be the case in other parts of the world, Emergency Medicine in Canada has become a highly sought-after specialty. The stats from our matching service indicated that last year …

Uphill both ways … in my dad’s pyjamas!

In Education & Quality Improvement by Nadim Lalani6 Comments

Imagine being at a conference where 1 in 3 attendees are depressed and 1 in 5 wish they were somewhere else …  fun conference? I was reflecting on my residency when I wished that an attending would have stuck up for me just once when I was getting abused – three particular nurses, two residents and one physician stand out. I made a promise never to let that happen in front of me. …

Terrific T6 Talks – CanWHA?

In Education & Quality Improvement by Nadim LalaniLeave a Comment

Thanks to Rob Woods for this: CanMEDS is a term unfamiliar for many current practicing physicians. The term stands for: Canadian Medical Education Directives for Specialists.  It was born out of a concept called ‘Outcome-Based Education‘.  The idea is that you should first decide what the product you want is, then design your assessment tools to measure those competencies and finally develop the curriculum and teaching methods to help trainees achieve those assessment …

Terrific T6 talks – Teaching in a Busy ER

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The Learning Context: Includes: Physical climate Emotional climate Intellectual climate Has definite effects on: Academic achievement Satisfaction Aspirations It’s therefore important to foster a positive learning environment: Absence of hunger and sleep deprivation. Learning is perceived to be a priority. Safe environment. FUN environment. Individual needs and goals met. Learners are part of the team. Two recent publications by the Bandiera et al highlighted the following: The above publications showed that highly effective …

Terrific T6 talks – Assessment

In Education & Quality Improvement by Nadim Lalani1 Comment

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