CBC Radio BC’s Early Edition: Incoming and Outgoing Residents
Canada Day or July 1st marks quite a few things:
– a celebration of the enactment of the Constitution Act, 1867
– free coffee in Khandahar, Afghanistan for our troops
– East Germany started using the Deutschmark again in 1990, an important part of the reunification process
– Doctor’s Day in India (per @scanman)
– the first day on the battle of the Somme in 1916, in WWI
AND (most importantly):
It is the day new residents begin – and old ones are fully-licensed, ‘real’ working doctors in Canada
Welcome to all the new residents. It’s going to be an incredible 2 to 5 (to 9, if you are crazy) years. High highs and low lows, responsibility and accountability like never before, and a general sense that you are finally starting the job that you went to medical school for.
Our provincial trade union/professional organization PAR-BC asked me to represent the ‘graduating resident’ side of July 1st on CBC Radio. Hopefully I did my fellow graduates justice and didn’t scare the newbies too much. David Migneault, an incoming resident in the 5 year Emergency Medicine program at UBC and a graduate of McGill University’s medical school provided the ‘incoming’ perspective.
p.s. David, I’m impressed! You’ll be fantastic.