A journey through time and space

By Dr. Aquila Gopaul IMGs come in all shapes and sizes I am sure you are familiar with the phrase “IMG”, International Medical Graduate, or CSAs, Canadians studying abroad – or maybe you aren’t. But after doing electives across Canada, a one-year research fellowship, and beginning my residency training here in Calgary, I do know one thing: everyone has a preconceived idea of a “typical” IMG. Whatever image the word “IMG” conjures for you, I can assure you that it does not encompass the spectrum of individuals who wear that badge. In the Calgary family medicine program alone, we have Read More …

The Bigger Picture

By Dr. Becky Phillips It can be difficult to explain to people outside the field of medicine just how important Match Day is to graduating medical students across the country. After months spent preparing for CaRMS, collecting letters of reference and attending interviews, the outcome of Match Day not only represents the hard work and preparation preceding it, but it also serves as the first day of “the rest of your life.” With your career finally determined, your formerly undifferentiated feet can begin confidently walking the path of your future. Well, this is what they tell me anyway—I wouldn’t know. Read More …

26hrs

By Dr. Rebecca Hay A lot can happen in 26 hours. Many of life’s most significant moments happen in the hospital; a baby is born, a major surgery, a trauma, a loss. As physicians working 26 hours, we are with patients and families as they go through several of these moments, sometimes all in a single shift. To experience this and to be present with families in what may be one of the best or worst moments of their lives, is both difficult and an incredible privilege. Some days are harder than others and there are certainly times when the Read More …

A Letter to R1’s

By Dr. Nazia Sharfuddin Congratulations on starting residency! This milestone is sure to be one of your most memorable, especially given that you start your venture as a physician during a global pandemic. I remember the anticipation of July 1 astutely and it is a day that is similarly memorable for most. I acutely remember the combination of nerves and excitement the night before, unable to catch any proper sleep. It was certainly foreshadowing of the sleepless nights to come as an Internal Medicine resident. On July 1, what surprised me most was how seemingly ordinary the day was. I Read More …

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 …