Before medical students become resident doctors responsible for patients, performing surgery, delivering results, or diagnosing issues, they must first be matched for residency placement through the CaRMS process. The Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) facilitates medical students’ application to residencies across Canada and the CaRMS interview plays a critical role in students’ future as doctors.
On January 6, 2018, Doctors of BC and the CMA brought students together for annual CaRMS Mock Interviews. One hundred and twenty students took part in 20 group sessions over the day held at the Doctors of BC building in Vancouver. The mock interviews provide students an opportunity to answer practice questions from resident doctors who have recently been through the process. Students experience actual CaRMS interview questions, and have the opportunity to ask residents questions of their own such as what to expect, how to pack, and any tips and tricks.
The feedback from students throughout the day was overwhelmingly positive with participants saying “Thank you so much, this was amazing. It really got me thinking about how to approach my interviews,” “This was so awesome, thank you for organizing this event!” A full survey will be distributed after the actual CaRMS interviews are done to allow students to best assess the usefulness of the program.
This is the third year the CaRMS Mock Interviews event has been held in BC and is one of a series of events Doctors of BC runs to support our members throughout their careers.