CaRMS Personal Letters:...

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 alone in a 500 word essay written for a critical audience with their career...

CaRMS CVs: Writing them...

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 of an empty word document in need of a personal letter, many frantic e-mails to my references (that I tried to...

Tech Corner: Podcasts i...

I’m Maxim Ben-Yakov (aka @DocMaximum) - PGY4 in the FRCP (EM) program at University of Toronto, and current 1st year Fellow in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Sick Kids. Often folks ask me: “what’s that awesome lecture or podcast you were talking about?” or “What do you think...

FRCPC or CCFP-EM: What ...

FRCPC or CCFP-EM? (FRCPC = Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada; CCFP = Canadian College of Family Physicians – Emergency Medicine certificate.) This is a question that EM mentors spend a lot of time discussing with their mentees. Why are there two EM designations in...

CaRMS Application Prepa...

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 sweat through the annual ritual they had been hearing stories about since...

Choose your own Adventu...

When I became a medical student I was astounded by the number of opportunities available. The more I looked, the more awesome things I found. My interests in policy and leadership development led me into a number of roles with my medical student society and a summer working in the...

Do what you love, love ...

Junior medical students get a lot of information from senior medical students. They are the ones who have gone before and it makes sense that they would seek out their advice on everything from how to study to how to prepare for residency match. Though often the advice offered is sound,...

FAQ About Medical Stude...

One of my twitter/blog/FOAM buddies Eve Purdy (she blogs at Manu et Corde) recently e-mailed me and requested a mentorship post on setting up medical student electives. She is working through this right now and had a lot of questions. This is another of those topics for which the...