Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Today I went to body pump for the first time in a long time. A half hour ago I tried to pick up my phone and talk on it - my arm started shaking so badly that I couldn't hold it up. I guess that's the definition of a good workout?

Starting working on personal letters today. It's surprisingly easier than I thought to tell people why I love family medicine. I guess that's the sign that it's a good fit!

Just an excerpt: I want to be a family doctor because I want to treat both individuals and communities, I am a passionate patient advocate, and I am dedicated to life-long learning in all aspects of medicine. I believe that preventative medicine is the best way to ensure the future health of Canadians in the most socially and economically responsible way and I want to deliver the highest quality of care possible.

Now I'm looking for a way to increase the personality factor in my letter. I'm not one for anecdotes so I'm going to have to find another way to inject a little bit of me into the text.


Xavier Emmanuelle said...

I have no idea what you're supposed to write about in such a letter so I'm of little use in this regard, but wishing you the best! If you want a literature/English nerd to look it over for you though, I'm around! (Gosh I'm a good procrastinator...)

Aaron said...

I have read a lot of these letters and they are all pretty similar. Remember that Fam Med is still the least competitive residency around so you are choosing the program more than them choosing you.

If you want mountains, a fairly independant program that will train you for more than just office based practice and where you don't have to move around I would recommend the UBC-Victoria program.

Good luck!
Dr. J.

Milk and Two Sugars said...

Your passion is sure to show through. I love that your plans and interests are of such wide scope, it's just the joy of general practice! And being a rural doctor will make you so valued to whatever community is lucky enough to have you. Good luck with the application process!