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So You Think You Can Doctor

While you are in high school there are activities you can take part in and habits you can develop that will help you along your path to medicine….

Get Involved with Your Community

Volunteer and work experiences will help you develop important skills in life to “help you adult”, but will also help you become a great doctor someday.

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  • Create a portfolio of experiences, keep track of what you have done, where you did it, and record the name, phone, and email of a person who can verify that you participated in that activity (see example form below)
  • Getting involved in your community through cultural, sport, and/or arts organizations will give you insights into and understanding of the circumstances and health issues of the people you will serve as a doctor in the future. Community engagement is a key feature of the NOSM medical school program
  • Volunteer and work experiences are equally valuable
  • Take every opportunity you can to take a leadership role so that you can learn how to make good decisions in real life circumstances

    As part of medical school applications you are required to complete an auto-biographical sketch (ABS), where you list activities and experiences you have been involved in since the age of sixteen (16). Below you will find an example of a form you can use to track these activities.

    Example Auto-biographical Sketch (ABS) Tracker Form

Study Hard

Medical School is demanding and so you have to be a top notch student in order to learn and retain all the information you need to care for people as a doctor.

  • Form good study skills
  • Make use of your teachers and guidance offices to ensure that you are taking advantage of every opportunity your school has to offer you
  • Have fun while you study to avoid burn-out – a balanced lifestyle is key to academic success
  • When you are deciding what courses to take in high school, choose courses that give you options – be well-rounded in your course selection.
  • When choosing a university degree, choose something you are good at AND that you enjoy. Research shows that sutdents perform at a higher level when they are interested and passionate about what they are learning

 

Live a Balanced Life

Feed your body, mind, and spirit by:

  • Having hobbies and interests outside of academics
  • Being active and considering your health so you have the energy you need to do all the things you want to do
  • Ensuring that you make time for friends and family – those supports will be key for your future success as a medical student and doctor

 

 

Attend CampMed

Open to students going into grades 10 and 11 in the fall and who live in Northern Ontario and other rural and remote areas of Canada, CampMed is an annual summer camp hosted by NOSM on the Lakehead University campus in Thunder Bay and on the Laurentian University campus in Sudbury.

Formerly known as NOSM’s Health Sciences Summer Camp, CampMed features new branding and a renewed focus on four core learning areas: Interprofessional, Leadership, Cultural, and Clinical Skills

Below are examples of some of the activities and skills that campers have the opportunity to experience at CampMed.

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Suturing
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Casting
Camper performing CPR on SimMan 3G simulation mannequin while two fellow campers ventilate and other camper looks on in background
Simulation
Campers wearing CSI protective coats, caps, masks, and booties stand outside preparing for CSI activity
Crime Scene Investigation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on CampMed, including photo galleries from previous camps, dates, deadlines, and application forms visit the CampMed webpage.


The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada has created a framework that identifies and describes the abilities required by doctors to effectively meet the health-care needs of the people they serve. This framework of abilities is called the CanMEDS Roles.

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STEP 1: Read through the roles and get familiar with them

STEP 2: Think about what roles you need to get more experience in to develop those skills

STEP 3: Plan to work, volunteer, and/or get involved in your community in a capacity that will help you develop the skills you have identified as needing development

 

Communicator

As Communicators, physicians form relationships with patients and their families* that facilitate the gathering and sharing of essential information for effective health care.†¹

Note that the Communicator Role describes the abilities related to a physician-patient encounter. Other communication skills are found elsewhere in the framework, including health care team communication (Collaborator) and academic presentations (Scholar).

¹Neville A, Weston W, Martin D, Samson L, Feldman P, Wallace G, Jamoulle O, François J, Lussier M-T, Dojeiji S. Communicator. In: Frank JR, Snell L, Sherbino J, editors. CanMEDS 2015 Physician Competency Framework. Ottawa: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; 2015.

Collaborator

As Collaborators, physicians work effectively with other health care professionals to provide safe, high-quality, patient-centred care.¹

¹Richardson D, Calder L, Dean H, Glover Takahashi S, Lebel P, Maniate J, Martin D, Nasmith L, Newton C, Steinert Y. Collaborator. In: Frank JR, Snell L, Sherbino J, editors. CanMEDS 2015 Physician Competency Framework. Ottawa: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; 2015.

Leader

As Leaders, physicians engage with others to contribute to a vision of a high-quality health care system and take responsibility for the delivery of excellent patient care through their activities as clinicians, administrators, scholars, or teachers.¹

¹Dath D, Chan M-K, Anderson G, Burke A, Razack S, Lieff S, Moineau G, Chiu A, Ellison P. Leader. In: Frank JR, Snell L, Sherbino J, editors. CanMEDS 2015 Physician Competency Framework. Ottawa: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; 2015.

Health Advocate

As Health Advocates, physicians contribute their expertise and influence as they work with communities or patient populations to improve health. They work with those they serve to determine and understand needs, speak on behalf of others when required, and support the mobilization of resources to effect change.¹

¹Sherbino J, Bonnycastle D, Côté B, Flynn L, Hunter A, Ince-Cushman D, Konkin J, Oandasan I, Regehr G, Richardson D, Zigby J. Health Advocate. In: Frank JR, Snell L, Sherbino J, editors. CanMEDS 2015 Physician Competency Framework. Ottawa: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; 2015.

Scholar

As Scholars, physicians demonstrate a lifelong commitment to excellence in practice through continuous learning and by teaching others, evaluating evidence, and contributing to scholarship through research.¹

¹Richardson D, Oswald A, Chan M-K, Lang ES, Harvey BJ, editors. Scholar. In: Frank JR, Snell L, Sherbino J, editors. CanMEDS 2015 Physician Competency Framework. Ottawa: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; 2015.

Professional

As Professionals, physicians are committed to the health and well-being of individual patients and society through ethical practice, high personal standards of behaviour, accountability to the profession and society, physician-led regulation, and maintenance of personal health.¹

¹Snell L, Flynn L, Pauls M, Kearney R, Warren A, Sternszus R, Cruess R, Cruess S, Hatala R, Dupré M, Bukowskyj M, Edwards S, Cohen J, Chakravarti A, Nickelle L, WRight J. Professional. In: Frank JR, Snell L, Sherbino J, editors. CanMEDS 2015 Physician Competency Framework. Ottawa: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; 2015.

*Throughout the CanMEDS 2015 Framework and Milestones Guide, references to the patient’s family are intended to include all those who are personally significant to the patient and are concerned with his or her care, including, according to the patient’s circumstances, family members, partners, caregivers, legal guardian, and substitute decision-makers.

CanMEDS Diagram

 

 

For more information about the CanMEDS Framework visit the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada CanMEDS webpage.

 

 

 

 

 

Copyright © 2015 The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Reproduced with permission.

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