Medicine Journey Updates…Residency Preparation Begins!

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My base hospital where I’ll be starting residency in July! Photo credit: wikipedia

Today was a beautiful day as I visited the base hospital where I will be starting residency in July. I parked my car some distance from the hospital so I could enjoy a 10 minute walk in the brisk fresh air. I had flashbacks of me walking the same route before dawn during my Surgery rotations in medical school!

Today, we were scheduled to have our hospital ID cards done and be fitted for our N95 masks. It has been nearly 6 months since I was last there and it was nice to be back wandering the halls of the hospital revisiting memories of my Internal Medicine, Surgery and Geriatric rotations that I had the privilege of doing there last year. Of all the hospitals that I rotated through during medical school, this one really won my heart for its collegial atmosphere and community spirit. It also has a wonderful view of the St. Joseph’s Oratory standing majestically on Mount Royal.

Saint Joseph's Oratory, Montreal

Saint Joseph’s Oratory, Montreal. It is the largest church in Canada and one of the largest church domes in the world. Photo credit: Canadian Immigrant

Today, despite the fact that the hospitalย  was much quieter than one would expect for a week day, I received friendly nods from behind faces with masks and one or two people with twinkles in their eyes as they asked if they could help me find what I was looking for. It really is an answered prayer that I was assigned to this hospital for residency as it was my top choice!

It was really special to see some of my medical school classmates who I have not seen in person since schools and universities were closed 2 months ago, and it was a pleasure to meet new residents from other regions who will be joining us on the 2 year journey to completing our residency in Family Medicine.

This week, Iย  managed to schedule a date for my first licensing exam (the MCCQE1) which I will sit on June 14th. I also have a few pending immunization requirements to complete. I’m getting really excited (and of course slightly terrified) to be starting residency in 1.5 months. It will be a new phase, a new journey, with new challenges in a COVID-19 world but I remain optimistic that it will be a wonderful journey despite the challenges.

25 thoughts on “Medicine Journey Updates…Residency Preparation Begins!

  1. Congratulations! Thank you for sharing your journey. You have been an inspiration as I prepared to go back to school to complete my prerequisites for medical school. Good luck navigating residency during this pandemic.

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    • Yes, thatโ€™s Saint Maryโ€™s! Glad you recognized it ๐Ÿ˜Š Actually med school was 4 years! Itโ€™s amazing how fast it went by. Thank you so much for your continued prayers Catherine. Itโ€™s always appreciated! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  2. Hi Malaika! This is wonderful and starting residency must be so exciting! You are such an inspiration to me! Take care and I will be sending super positive energy your way on June 14th!

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