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Matching & Moving: My CaRMS Experience

By Dr. Munaha Mostofa CaRMS season has officially come to an end and I’ve been spending many evenings as of late having lengthy discussions with friends who were going through the match process, helping them decide what they want the next phase of their lives to look like. After all, during my own CaRMS circuit, I had made the decision to move across the country to pursue residency in a program and city I had no familiarity with. I now consider myself somewhat of an expert on making dramatic life decisions. I had been in the Maritimes for nearly half Read More …

Maintaining relationships during residency

By Dr. Florence Chan “Hey Florence. I know you’re busy, but I’m in a moment in time where I really need you and I really want to talk to you. Can you call me as soon as you can?” This message from my dearest friend arrived in my inbox while I was deep asleep after my 24-hour call shift on General Surgery. Needless to say, when I finally woke up six hours later, I scrambled to call them right away. As I was waiting for my friend to pick up the phone, I couldn’t help but to feel this overwhelming Read More …

Supporting One Another: Interpersonal Wellness and the Science of Kindness

By. Dr. Kieran Steer BEEP BEEP BEEP – my pager squawks at an hour of the night that no human eyes should know. I pull away from the gummed-up keyboard tied to admission notes to answer the page. I return to my note. Another page rings, “we have a new admission, can you get to it ASAP.” This renowned cycle of the on-call junior resident physician pounds through the night – soothed only by the comfort of stale saltine crackers and vending machine diet Coke. But, as the smiling sunlight rises and the new welcomed workday floods the hospital halls, Read More …

Looking Ahead in 2021

By Dr. Hamna Tariq It is finally 2021 and I don’t think I am exaggerating when I say we have been waiting all year for this. I think we can all let out a collective sigh. To be perfectly honest, while I feel like I should be happy, I’m currently struggling with balancing positivity with negativity. As happy as I am that what feels like the worst part is over, there is still a lot of frustration about how 2021 has gone so far. It is still very early on in the new year however and a new year brings Read More …

These Are a Few of my Favourite (2020) Things

By Dr. Annie Duan Okay, so 2020 has been tough. There’s been a plethora of missed weddings and graduations, canceled vacations and holidays and a general sense of loneliness as a whole generation of PGY-1s moved across the country during a pandemic. When I was asked to write a reflection of 2020, I started with a month-to-month play of 2020, which turned into a shockingly miserable diary of complaints. So scratch that – in the spirit of Julie Andrews, these are a few of my favourite (2020) things instead: Lack of morning traffic jams There are two things in this Read More …