Pandemics – Catalysts of Change

By Dr. Lauren Bilinsky We are now the “pandemic generation” of resident physicians. Like those generations before us who were shaped by major world events – Spanish Flu, international wars, AIDS – our careers will be shaped by the cultural and technological changes that have swept us up over the past year and a half. Some changes, I’m sure, we’ll be happy to see fade away while others we might wish to keep. Your voice matters and you can help determine the directions we go next. These major world events are catalysts for change and it’s exciting to think that Read More …

Hope for the Rest of 2021 & the Academic Year

By Dr. Amro Qaddoura To say that the past year and a half was tough is an understatement. Residency is challenging enough as it is and needs no compounding from a pandemic that has impacted our wellness through social isolation, virtual/teleconference meeting fatigue, missed travel and special occasions, canceled vacations, increased workload on the front lines and perhaps most importantly, the devastating loss of patients and in some instances, family members and cherished friends. These have truly been trying times and had upsetting consequences for all of us. I’m grateful for the supports in place, both formal and informal, as Read More …

Wellness in Residency and During COVID

By. Dr. Kai Yi Wu It is finally spring! The birds are chirping, the weather is warming up and my co-resident physicians and I can finally experience sunlight after work. It has been almost two years since I started my residency in internal medicine and over one year of being in a global pandemic. Residency has been both demanding and rewarding and these experiences have allowed me to reflect on what drives my motivation and the meaning of wellness. With May being  Resident Physician Wellness Month, I thought I’d share with you some strategies I use to keep well and Read More …

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 …