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Pandemic Reflections

By Dr. Olivia Guerra This has been an unusual time for all of us. Whether we are staying at home or, for most of us in health care, going to work, somehow both options feel like a paradox. There is unease about our physical security if we go out, but strain on our social, emotional, mental, and/or financial security if we stay in.  Whatever your situation, most of us are feeling pressure right now. We are noticing parts of our lives that we may have taken for granted. A handshake or a hug now seems like an unaffordable luxury. A Read More …

Fighting Viral Discouragement

By. Dr. Brad Duce I agreed to write this post at the end of February, which, given what has happened since then, might as well have been 10 years ago. At the time, exams were still scheduled, schools were still in session, my spring break plans involved a lot more travel, and our society was a lot less focused on toilet paper. Covid-19 was a much more distant problem only a short time ago than the rapidly progressing global crisis that has been evolving over the past few weeks. While I had planned to write something a little more benign Read More …

The Harrowing Tales of a Transfer Resident

By Dr. Bernice Fonseka On the final night of our R1 year, a group of us juniors ordered an entire Peking duck to the MTU team room to celebrate and fuel us through one last call shift. When the others woke up the next morning (if they slept at all), they were officially R2’s, while I started fresh as an R1 all over again. A year earlier I had frantically opened my laptop on Match Day to find my CaRMS dream perfectly fulfilled. Location was extremely important to me; I was beyond thrilled to stay in the city where I Read More …

A Year in Review: On Gratitude

By Dr. Samantha Cheuk Several years ago, I started a daily gratitude journal.  It began quite simplistic and broad (i.e. listing things like laughter, a roof over my head and good food), but gradually morphed into a way to process both challenging and wonderful moments. I started journaling initially as an attempt to improve my self-awareness and heighten my experience of the world around me. Over time, an interesting phenomenon occurred – the more I reflected on the things that I was grateful for, the more things I noticed throughout my day that I could be grateful for. Although my Read More …

The Road to Residency for an IMG

By Dr. David Pinzon I was delighted when I was asked to write about my experiences working in an international health care system and becoming a resident at the University of Alberta as an International Medical Graduate (IMG). I came to Canada to complete a master’s at the University of Alberta five years ago. While completing my work, I became acquainted with the Canadian health care system. Comparing both Colombian and Canadian health care systems is difficult. Not only are the age population distributions different, but also the amount of resources that go into health in Colombia is far less Read More …