Closing It Down

26 Jun

With residency looming around the corner, it’s time to close down this blog. A lot has happened since the CaRMS match, so I want to recap the conclusion of medical school.

Whether I liked it or not, school continued after the CaRMS match! We were back in the classroom for review block. It was strange to be back in a lecture theatre with the rest of the class again. We made the most of it, though – meaning we spent most of our time catching up!

We only appear to be studious...

We only appear to be studious…

Our medical school runs an annual variety show called “Med Nite”, and the fourth year students are responsible for running it and providing the bulk of the content. Our class had a great turnout with a variety of performances.

How appropriate that we performed a song named "Fourth Year's Lazy"!

How appropriate that we performed a song called “Fourth Year’s Lazy”.

The show closed with a medley of medical parodies of Disney classics.

The show closed with a medley of medical parodies of Disney classics.

The medical class of 2015 hosted a battle of the bands charity fundraiser, so we revived the 2013 band, the Ectopic Beats. There’s nothing quite like playing a concert for your friends!

The Ectopic Beats revved up the crowd with high-energy tunes.

The Ectopic Beats revved up the crowd with high-energy tunes.

The comprehensive exam at the conclusion of review block helped to prepare us for the big exam at the end of medical school: the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part I. While the sheer volume of material to cover can be daunting, I was surprised by how much I learned in clerkship – it becomes easier and easier to recognize the right answer with increasing experience and exposure.

It's way more serious when there's official letterhead.

It’s way more serious when there’s official letterhead.

After the MCCQE, there was a grad class trip to the Dominican Republic. A total of 84 people went – the biggest group ever! That just goes to show how much we enjoy hanging out with each other!

No medical class has had a grad class trip as big as ours.

No medical class has had a grad class trip as big as ours.

We settled around the beach volleyball court and essential took it over for the week.

We settled around the beach volleyball court and essential took it over for the week.

I took advantage of the time off between the MCCQE and convocation to visit my family and see other important people. It was a rare period where we didn’t have any medical responsibilities or demands on our time!

My ambitious travel plans were either now or much-much-later!

My ambitious travel plans were either now or much-much-later.

By the time convocation rolled around, we could barely contain our excitement for reaching the end of medical school!

Let's go cross the stage!

Let’s go cross the stage!

Proud families clamored to take photos of their graduating Bonesaw.

We felt like celebrities they way that the masses of photographers followed us!

We felt like celebrities they way that the masses of photographers followed us.

The grad committee set up a fun photo booth with a Bonesaws-themed backdrop.

What's a photo booth without a few silly faces?!

What’s a photo booth without a few silly faces?!

One of my favorite things about my class is how much we like each other. Long after the program was done and late into the night, we’re still in the lobby talking and sharing laughs.

The venue was abuzz with good vibes all night.

The venue was abuzz with good vibes all night.

So there it is – the end of medical school. I can’t believe that it’s here. What an experience it’s been. I think it’s safe to say that I savored as much of my medical school experience as possible, and I hope that my musings have shed some light on the life of a medical student in clerkship.

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I’m still sorting out how I want to interact with my Dalhousie University Family Medicine residency in Moncton, New Brunswick. I may keep the same blog format or change to a different outlet to document what I’m thinking and learning about medicine. Either way, it’s been fun to work on this project.

Thanks for reading!

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