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 …

Open Letter to a Patient

By Dr. Casey Chan It is 2 a.m. You have been feeling unwell the whole day. Finally, your name is called. Anxious, you step into the busy emergency room – the lights, the beeping, the noises, the hustle and bustle. What’s the doctor going to say? Who is it going to be? Is he or she going to be nice? Minutes later, a person in a white coat finally comes in and greets you with a smile. You can’t help but notice how young this person is. For the next half an hour, the doctor asks detailed questions about your Read More …

Five Minutes to a Better Me

By Dr. Kendra Houston We all love the holidays. It gives us residents a much-needed break. The majority of us make the most of our holidays by reminiscing with friends and family about the past year and all that we have accomplished. We get excited about all the adventures the next year might bring. Often as I reflect on the past year I ask myself if I accomplished what I wanted? Or, did my New Year’s resolutions dissipate as fast as I had formed them? The answer to the latter question is usually yes. I tend to keep focused on Read More …