Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Forced Silence

It's weird not being able to write about the biggest and most important development in my medical education to date. Tonight I finished the final touches on my CaRMS application (for Canadian residency program). All my documents are uploaded, fees paid (ouch), letters in, and programs selected.

Now all I do is wait.

And attempt to get a good night's sleep.

I'd love to write about all the thoughts I've been having on my future career prospects, what I really hope to match in, where I really want to live and study. But I can't! The truth is, this blog is so easily linked to my name if anyone wanted to do a quick google search on their future resident it'd only take 2 seconds to find a treasure trove of ABB rambles on life and career choices.

So, as part of the game I can't really say where I applied or what I applied to. If you're reading this, dear Program Director, then rest assured yours is the ONLY program I want!

It has been a helluva few months. Between studying for the EE, hospital presentations, the Case Competition, my placenta study, school work, and CaRMS applications I truly have not had 2 days off in a row since I came back here in July. Even when I went for a little getaway weekend trip to Cromane I was working on personal letters most of the time. Now I have less than 2 weeks left in this rotation and then I am back to Canada for 8 weeks! Yep. I haven't been home for Christmas for NINE years. It's going to be unreal. Yes, I will be working on a lit review and doing an elective in general surgery but I will also be getting in some skiing, hot yoga-ing, novel reading, soup making, spinning, visiting, sleeping, studying, and full-on relaxing. And hopefully...residency interviews!!

Ahhh, it's going to be so good.

I will start finding out about possible residency interviews in roughly a month. Will keep the blogosphere posted, so to speak. And also, I hope to finally write about life for the last few months. There have been so many wild ups and downs. I feel like most days I am barely able to process what has happened before the next wave hits. Life moves so fast, in 1.5 weeks I am officially halfway through final year.

Thanks for coming along for the ride!

My current mantra.


dolce vita said...

Good luck! Been reading your blog for a while :) Cannot wait to hear about the next part of your journey.

Nature Nerd said...

Oh wow, can't wait to hear where you end up. Final year!!! Congrats.

Solitary Diner (Also Known as The Frugalish Physician) said...

Maybe I'll see you (even interview you) on your Canadian interview circuit! Good luck with it.

(If you do happen to interview at my school, I promise not to disclose the existence of your blog to anyone.)

Albinoblackbear said...

@DV--Thanks! I can't wait either! :)

@NN--I know. I often think of a walk we took one afternoon on the greenbelt before I started back at UBC. I remember you commenting on what a long and crazy road I was about to go down. I remember that afternoon so clearly! Crazy. But yes, this part of the road is soon coming to a fork. :D

SD--That would be SOOOO cool!!!! If I do interview there I am guessing that you will know me, please identify yourself! Would be great to meet. I did apply to where (I think!) you are.

Ann-Marie said...

Nicely done, Erin. Sounds like you're making headway. Perhaps our paths could cross in AB, depending on dates. I'll be under the knive in Banff Dec 12-13(ACL)...staying at A&L's.

Michael said...

You know where I am, so if I don't hear exactly when you're going to be in my neck of the woods, I'm going to be deeply and personally offended.