I matched to Family Medicine in Moncton, New Brunswick, through Dalhousie University!
Like I discussed in my timeline and helpful tips posts for the application and the interview preparation, it’s helpful to see how the tasks are broken down into what needs to be done and when. In this case, it’s more to show a few markers during the tour. My disclaimer remains that I haven’t matched yet and that this list isn’t meant to be comprehensive!
This blog post will be the start of a series on the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS), the residency matching system used by all Canadian medical schools. I’ve benefited from the seasoned advice from a lot of good people, and I hope to pay it forward by having a series of reflections and tips. I’ll begin with the first step: the application.
My cousin and I went on a road trip to Hinton at the beginning of clerkship, and a gem emerged from our conversation that sharpened my focus as I head into electives and my fourth and final year of medical school.
When physicians are off-duty, they are regular people in the community with friends outside of work. These friendships can become complicated during visits to the doctor, especially in a rural community. One physician’s talk with a patient made a lasting impression about the boundaries of the physician-patient relationship, and it is one of my favorite lessons from Hinton that helped me to connect more strongly with my patients.
The habits to being successful in pre-clerkship are different from those needed in clerkship, and adjusting to the different process has taught me about patience in my learning and development as a physician.
The transition from pre-clerkship to clerkship may be the biggest change in the career of a medical professional. This is when we start seeing patients in the clinical setting, and I remember a thought early on that motivated me to press forward despite my uneasiness.