Posts under Clerkship

CaRMS Journey: The Team Behind Every Applicant

  • Posted on: 17 January 2016
  • By: OMSA Admin

CaRMS is like a black box. It is a step in medical school that you always know will come, you realize everyone makes it through, but what exactly happens in between is a mix of rumours, some facts and a healthy dose of faculty injected fear. 

The best I felt I could do to face this was to make lists and be organized which kept me focussed and on track. It avoided going back to re-check my past steps to make sure things were complete. 

Starting early and working on the application nearly daily were

Reflection on a Life: My First Palliative Care Experience

  • Posted on: 18 June 2014
  • By: OMSA Admin

Last Friday I had the opportunity to meet a palliative care patient in the community. She was a soft-spoken elderly woman suffering from metastatic colon cancer. Her story was heartbreaking and made me think more deeply about how I will live my life to its fullest. The most disappointing surprise of that experience was that the visit ran as I expected it to.

Reflecting on CFMS Lobby Day 2014

  • Posted on: 20 February 2014
  • By: OMSA Admin

Earlier this month, medical students from across Canada gathered in the nation’s capital to participate in the Canadian Federation of Medical Students' Lobby Day.  As they do every year, many Ontario students travelled to Ottawa to spend the weekend discussing health care policy, learning from talented peer speakers as well as leading physician advocates. On Monday, they took to the Hill to engage Canada's leaders in a discussion of health human resources and accessible housing for all Canadians.

The Last Day

  • Posted on: 21 December 2013
  • By: OMSA Admin

Today I signed off on my last chart as an M4. I carefully placed my last sutures in my last patient as a medical student. I helped cardiovert a gentleman in SVT. I reduced a Colle's fracture. I spoke to a patient about their depression. I got the chance to ultrasound a woman to alleviate some stress regarding her pregnancy. I wrote and explained, created plans, followed up on my own patients, and laughed with my colleagues about how fast the past 16 months have gone.

The Essentials of Staying Awake

  • Posted on: 26 November 2013
  • By: OMSA Admin

After spending four weeks on general surgery, I have come to the conclusion that the secret to staying awake is not to ensure enough sleep the night before, but to be constantly doing something so your brain doesn't dare to fall asleep... and prophylactically drinking coffee before you start feeling tired.

Anonymous Clerk, Western University

Editor's Note: OMSA does not support dependence on any substance, delicious or otherwise. Except for chocolate.

Arrival in Moose Factory

  • Posted on: 12 November 2013
  • By: OMSA Admin

On Mon Oct 21, I arrived at the Kingston Airport, all set to board on my 18 seater Air Creebec flight to Moosonee Airport. The pilot himself gave us the intro talk and safety chat. Of all the travelling I have done in my life, this would be the smallest flight I would have taken.  What does the interior of an 18-seater look like? The flight from Kingston to Moose Factory was ~2hrs. I enjoy daytime very much as I enjoy seeing the sunrise, clouds and the skies!  (For those who know me,

Book to Bedside 2013

  • Posted on: 10 November 2013
  • By: OMSA Admin

Over the past weekend I had the opportunity to visit the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University for their annual "Book to Bedside" Internal Medicine symposium. Organized by McMaster medical students in their final year, this event provided a great combination of information about choosing Internal Medicine as a career, information about McMaster’s Internal Medicine residency programs, and hands-on, interactive workshops geared towards students in their last two years of medical school. As a third year medical student at Schulich


  • Posted on: 2 November 2013
  • By: OMSA Admin

Surgery clerkship is amazing and I'm sad it's going so quickly. I think I'm experiencing gen surg withdrawal already and it just ended today. It's been the most fun month of med school so far!

Anonymous Clerk, Western University

Editor suggests: Thirteen-hour work day + sleep deprivation, once daily, prn for withdrawal symptoms