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CBC Radio BC’s Early Edition: Incoming and Outgoing Residents

July 1, 2011

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.

CBC Early Edition

The podcast of The Early Edition (with Kathryn Gretsinger in for Rick Cluff) can be heard HERE or on iTunes (July 1st). Our segment starts at 1:21:10 into the broadcast.

p.s. David, I’m impressed! You’ll be fantastic.

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