Being a medical student can be hard sometimes. When you’re digging your car out from under the snow to go to 6 AM rounds and haven’t done your laundry or eaten a well-balanced meal in weeks, it can be hard to take a step back and see the whole picture. It’s super important to spend time doing the things we enjoy, and to practice mindfulness and gratitude in our everyday lives. Here are a few TED talks that I’ve loved, bookmarked, and watch periodically that help keep me well, balanced and grounded:
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It is with great pleasure, and a slight bit of trepidation (I’m not used to writing about myself!), that I start off this series of blog posts about wellness. In the coming weeks, you will hear from my colleagues on the OMSA Wellness Committee - a group of driven individuals who are passionate about the self-care and balance in medical students - about their views on wellness.
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
Meet Gerhard Dashi (Queen's University), our student of the month for December 2015!
Meet Amanda Sauvé (Western University), our student of the month for November 2015!
Meet Sarah-Taissir Bencharif (Queen's University), our student of the month for October 2015!
Sarah is an enigmatic individual who lives on the bright side. She radiates positivism, making no task seem too daunting or impossible likely because she, herself, has some truly amazing achievements in her lifetime.
Meet David Chan Chun Kong (University of Ottawa), our student of the month for September 2015!
David Chan is September's Student of the Month for many different reasons. His colleagues and friends always comment on his amazing work ethic, his many accomplishments, and his desire to always be there for his friends, no matter what.
As medical student representative organizations, both the Ontario Medical Students Association (OMSA) and the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) believe it is important to inform our members of an impending reduction in the number of residency positions that will be available in the province of Ontario for the 2016 and 2017 R1 Main Residency Matches. This reduction will impact the 2016 and 2017 graduating classes.
This is the third and final post of a special three-part OMSA wellness series from the OMSA Wellness Committee 2014-2015. Want to join our amazing team? Look out for applications for the OMSA Wellness Committee and OMSA Wellness Liaison in September! Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the roles.