Medical schools in Canada set their own admission criteria. Collectively they are the guardians to the gateway of the profession. This is an important aspect of their social accountability mandate.
Geneviève Moineau, MD, FRCPC, is President and CEO of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC). She is an MD graduate of the University of Ottawa and completed her Pediatric Residency at the University of Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children. Dr Moineau is Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Ottawa and practices Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.
The following speech was given at the AFMC Presidential Address and Awards Ceremony on April 29, 2018 during the 2018 Canadian Conference on Medical Edition at the Halifax Convention Center.
We Have Come a Long Way
Well, our final year students have just submitted their applications for residency matching this year. They have undertaken the Herculean feat of trying to figure out which of 30 different types of doctors they want to become. This includes family medicine and 29 other specialties. Really? 29?I can't even imagine as a first year medical student who is just glad to have made it into medical school after years of work, to be told that now I have 30 different options to consider.
Congratulations! You’ve finally made it to Clerkship. After years of school, university courses, doing everything else it takes to get into medical school, and then hours of lectures and studying for Pre-Clerkship exams, you have finally reached the moment you’ve been waiting for: Clerkship. You will now be caring for patients as part of a health care team. As someone who has been through all this a long time ago, but still remembers it as though it were just yesterday, I will share with you a few tips that I wish I had been told at the onset.