The 3 Biggest Challenge...

Getting into medical school is hard. According to recent statistics, both applicants and University enrollment have been increasing. The desire to become a doctor is at an all-time high and many claim that the hardest part of medical school is actually getting in. Whether or not that...

#TipsforEMexams: Dr. Ch...

Name: Chris Hicks, MD, MEd, FRCPC, Survivor of the 2009 Royal College EM exam Where are you now? Emergency physician, trauma team leader at St. Mike’s in Toronto.  Associate program director, FRCP-EM training program, University of Toronto.   My Tips: ​Learn to think like an...

#TipsforEMexams: Heathe...

Survivor of the 1997 exam (wow… does the exam really go that far back?) There is not much to add to the excellent tips already posted. But here I go with my tips. Incidentally they are the same things that I frequently tell my children! Answer practice questions – over and over again....

#TipsforEMexams: The Ps...

So, I ran into my friend Meghan McConnell the other day and we got chatting about how to make examinations less of a horrible experience. Dr. McConnell is a PhD researcher in the world renowned Program for Education Research & Development at McMaster University. Her research...

#TipsforEMexams: Aaron ...

The snowball nomination fun has begun!  Originally I nominated Rob Woods, when then nominated Aaron Sibley from Dalhousie University (Halifax, NS).  Rob is currently an examiner for the RC exams, but he has kindly sent along some really good tips for studying that do not violate the...

CaRMS Personal Letters:...

Originally posted on September 16, 2013.  Staff Review added on October 1, 2014. More than any other component of the Canadian Residency Matching Service (CaRMS) process, personal letters seem to give medical students trouble. Most people find it hard to define themselves in general, let...

CaRMS CVs: Writing them...

Originally published by Brent Thoma on August 31, 2013.  Expert reviewed and re-published on September 23, 2014. How time flies. About 4 years ago at this time I was in Edmonton on an Emergency Medicine elective when the CaRMS website opened to applicants. The next few months were a blur...

CaRMS Application Prepa...

Originally posted on May 24, 2013.  Staff Review added on September 16, 2014. It seems like match season only just finished. And yet, as the last of the Saskatchewan snow drifts left us, a new crop of medical student clerks (or, as we call them on the prairies, JURSIs) began preparing to...