Giant super computers and the future (at least for med students)

Everyone is continuing to ask me to explain the CaRMS process.  Really, I don’t know how to explain it any better than we pick programs and apply, then they look at applications and select people for interviews (I am here now).  Then, the candidates rank their programs and the programs rank their candidates.  These all get hammered into a giant computer (I picture a super computer, like one from television, perhaps Star Trek, in the 70s) and the computer regurgitates a “match.”  The match is in favour of the candidate, so you get your highest choice program that has a spot available.  Translation: you do a ton of stuff and then a month later, a computer tells you your fate for the next 5 years.

A guy that trained the year ahead of me with significant artistic ability has concocted this process into a lovely video. 

As you can see, “Match Day” is the culmination of the event and is celebrated with great joy (unless one does not match, then there is much wailing and gnashing of teeth).  It is so acclaimed that many of us take vacation to celebrate (and not loose our minds or kill someone on the wards while waiting for the results to appear).

Currently, in the midst of interviews, Match Day seems a really long way away.  Like I feel like it would be more efficient to travel to the Arctic or something.  But I can’t.  So, I will sit here, wait for my delayed flight and go to bed too late again in order to go to yet another interview.  At least this is all working towards what I want to do for the rest of my life.  It will be worth it.

To Match Day and beyond…


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