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March 19, 2012

Your Canadian Residency

I have mixed feelings about writing this post, since I'm by no means an authority on the topic of how to get into a residency program. But I have on several occasions scrolled through the comments section of posts I've written dealing with the Canadian medical system and found questions from readers (presumably Canadian) who are in medical school overseas and would like to return to Canada for residency, who have questions about the process.

So, I'll take a stab at it. There are two "streams," if you will, of medical school graduates when it comes to applying for residency training in Canada. There are the Canadian medical graduates (a pool which includes Canadian ...

Posted By: Alex Folkl  

March 18, 2012

The artful arrangement of language in medicine

Jhumpa Lahiri, the author of The Namesake and The Interpreter of Maladies, has a wonderful essay in the NYTimes today about the strength of clear,...

Posted By: Samyukta Mullangi  

March 17, 2012

Next to Match

I was running to the Match Day ceremony to see classmates and colleagues open the envelope with their futures when I ran into my medical school advisor. He said he was really happy to see how his advisees had matched, most getting their top choice. Then, without missing a...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

March 16, 2012

Live from Match Day: T-Minus 1 Hour

Having just arrived at George Washington University School of Medicine for Match Day ceremonies, tension seems to be pretty high...and contagious. Even though I'm not in this year's Match, it's so exciting to join my classmates -- who have worked...

Posted By: Elizabeth Wiley  

March 16, 2012

To dissect or not to dissect?

I really dislike the act of dissecting --I'm not sure that I get much out of the four hours I spend separating fascia. I tend to learn anatomy after the fact, when everything is already clean and structural relationships are made crystal clear. Less guess work and more active le...

Posted By: Jennifer Anyaegbunam  

March 16, 2012

Medicine: is it all about the climb?

I recently started reading a book called Hot Lights, Cold Steel, by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Michael J Collins. The book opens with the following statement:


"We start here, and we go there. But it's not that simple, is it? Our paths may be circuitous or dir...

Posted By: Jennifer Anyaegbunam  

March 14, 2012

Film & Medicine

This week I began a two-week elective called “Film & Medicine.” As is usual for fourth years, a lot of conversations eventually arrive at the topic of what elective is up next. And after revealing that I will be (or are) on an elective called “Film & Me...

Posted By: Jeffrey Wonoprabowo  

March 13, 2012

What I don't know can kill you

Now that residency is only a few short months off, I've found myself getting more and more nervous regarding all the things I don't know, all the things I do know but can't pull the trigger on when it's time for a decision, and everything in between. The list is long, and...

Posted By: Alex Folkl  

March 13, 2012

The Child Within

In response to my question whether my young patient wrestled with his brother he answered, "Maybe yes, but...yes."

Thinking back, I probably would have answered that question the same way, wondering how much trouble I would get in if I had been wrestling my brother and the...

Posted By: Joshua Batt  

March 13, 2012

The Secrets We Tell

"You won’t tell my Mom, right?” The young girl looked back at me with her eyes open wide, pleading with me not to reveal her secret. The boo boo on her elbow had come after she’d been playing in the off-limits lot next door, not the backyard like she&rsq...

Posted By: Rick Pescatore  

 
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