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Dear First/Fourth Year Me

Dear First/Fourth Year Me

I imagine that it’s normal the last week of medical school precipitates all sorts of feelings but my absurdly objective self was not quite prepared for the spectrum of emotion I’m experiencing. Gratefulness, pride, fear, happiness, nostalgia, sadness, regret, anticipation and excitement have made their way through my stream of consciousness since starting to writeContinue Reading

Don’t stop.

Don’t stop.

It happened innocently enough. I had just finished a half marathon and I figured a week of post-race rest would do no harm. The timing of this rest week happened to coincide with the beginning of my sixth block of clerkship and the beginning of eight weeks of surgery. I stopped running in July and for reasons I amContinue Reading

A medical student’s guide to owning your learning experience

A medical student’s guide to owning your learning experience

The topic of learning environments is a hot one at the Queen’s School of Medicine. Administration has been working carefully with students, residents and faculty to evaluate and improve the learning environment. This discussion doesn’t stem from any seriously identified problems unique to Queen’s but has precipitated out of a deep care and desire toContinue Reading

March Madness: CaRMS Style

March Madness: CaRMS Style

Editor’s note: This guest post was written by one of my close friends, Nina Ramic (@stalldown), who is a fourth year medical student at Queen’s University. She is not only an awesome medical student but she is also a star Ultimate Frisbee player.  In addition to playing Ultimate she organizes many frisbee tournaments too. She decidedContinue Reading

In the nick of time: resources used in the Pediatric ED

In the nick of time: resources used in the Pediatric ED

I recently had the pleasure of doing an elective in the pediatric emergency department at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. I would highly recommend this rotation to medical students who are looking to set up a fantastic experience. Targeted and thoughtful teaching, interesting presentations, a well-designed department and cute kids made it a great place to workContinue Reading