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Adventures in Guyana

By Dr. Beauty Sandhu “Guyana? Is that in Africa?” “No, it’s a country in South America, but it’s considered Caribbean by culture.” This is usually how the conversation starts with people who ask about my international elective in February-March, 2018. I landed at Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Guyana on a bright and beautiful Sunday morning and picked up my luggage from a very small terminal. It was warm—a stark contrast to the weather I left behind in southern Alberta. As I exited the terminal I saw a seating area with white plastic seats. “Ma’am, do you need a taxi?” Read More …

Make Your Voice Heard

By Dr. Mim Fatmi, Psychiatry  I’d like to think a lot of us went into medicine with the intention to contribute to something bigger. For some, that may be the act of service itself, knowing that they are making a difference in the health and lives of so many people. For others, it may be making their way up to chief resident, contributing something significant to their program. Some resident physicians take on advocacy roles, some go into politics, and some simply educate their friends and family while recognizing that their voice as an MD can speak volumes. But when Read More …

A Salute to Partners

By Dr. David Sessford “Most marriages don’t survive medical training.” I remember a senior resident telling me this in a crowded bar during the first social event as a first-year medical student. It was unsolicited advice provided to me when I shared that I had moved to Calgary with my wife and two children. It’s interesting how this conversation stuck with me through medical school and now into my residency. I met my wife in high school. We married young at 19 years old, and so started our life together. This week we celebrate our 18th anniversary, and the truth Read More …

It’s never too late to follow your passion

By Dr. Alex Ragan It was a Thursday afternoon when I stepped into my boss’ office. She worked on the top floor of our building in a sunny, glass enclosed space. “Can I speak with you?” I said. Something in my tone or expression must have betrayed me because she immediately propped her head in her hands with a distressed look. “You’re leaving, aren’t you?”. It was both a statement and a question. I nodded. “Where?” she queried. “Nowhere,” I responded. “Nowhere?” She seemed incredulous. “Nope,” I responded. It was 2011 and I had just quit my job as legal Read More …

Reflecting on my CaRMS Experience: Couples Matching and Finding Community in a New City

By Dr. Kiran Dhillon Having just gone through the CaRMS recruitment process within my program and as the end of my time in residency approaches, I’ve been reflecting a lot recently on my own CaRMS experience and what it was like moving to a new city with my partner to start our careers as physicians. My CaRMS experience was not a typical one, as I couples matched with my partner. He is in Internal Medicine and I am in Family Medicine. We could not have been more pleased with how our match turned out, but during the CaRMS process, it Read More …