10 Tips from Nurses to ...

There are lots of ways to prepare for clerkship, like finding mentors, reading up, and making learning goals, as outlined in this past post. While those tips will help you maximize your skills building and demonstrate your professional competencies, it’s also important to use clerkship...

Counterpoint: So you th...

Most medical schools and residency programs are not looking for a canned version of that clichéd answer – “I want to help people”,

Counterpoint: Think med...

It’s challenging to get into medical school and you are probably working diligently towards your goal.

Good luck – medicine can be an amazing career.

Counterpoint: Think med...

As an attending physician who is just about one full decade beyond your present point, I would like to thank-you for considering devoting your life to medicine.

Counterpoint: Think med...

Dear Aspiring Medical Student,
As a fourth year medical student I want to offer my perspective and support.
You’ve clearly worked long and hard to get where you are.

TipsforNewDocs: The Has...

For most physician training programs in North America, July 1st is the universal promotion day that transitions students to residents, juniors to seniors, and seniors to fellows or attendings.  This landmark event inevitably inspires the more experienced clinicians to wax philosophical...

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...