33 episodes

Every two weeks, Specialty Café connects medical students to specialists and residents of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Hosted by med students, this series provides a glimpse into the reality of a day in the life of a specialist and/or a resident. Who knows – you might find your chosen specialty!

We want to hear from you: share your feedback and ideas at fellowshipaffairs@royalcollege.ca. Transcripts are available on request.

Specialty Caf‪é‬ Royal College Canada

    • Health & Fitness

Every two weeks, Specialty Café connects medical students to specialists and residents of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Hosted by med students, this series provides a glimpse into the reality of a day in the life of a specialist and/or a resident. Who knows – you might find your chosen specialty!

We want to hear from you: share your feedback and ideas at fellowshipaffairs@royalcollege.ca. Transcripts are available on request.

    Plastic Surgery

    Plastic Surgery

    Do you see yourself as a surgeon serving patients from the cradle to the grave? Does the idea of working on all parts of the body, including reconstruction and function – appeal to you? Settle into this episode as host Cameron Wong leaves no stone unturned with as he chats with Shane Seal, MD, FRCSC about his life as a Plastic Surgeon.
    Dr. Seal’s path to Plastic Surgery wasn't straightforward but was certainly meant to be. He shares insight into his busy and fulfilling life in Newfoundland and Labrador with his wife Melanie (a medical oncologist) and his four children. He delves into the ins and outs of his work day (spoiler alert: no day is ever the same). And takes great measures to ensure we all know that every member of the health care team is valued and integral to successful patient care. Collaboration is key!
    Work hard. Persevere. And always know there are options. These are Dr. Seal’s words of lived experience and wisdom.

    • 29 min
    Family Medicine

    Family Medicine

    (Family Medicine is a specialty of the College of Family Physicians of Canada)
    Humanity - emotional beings - connection with patients – beauty in medicine - trust. Do these words, on their own, resonate with you? Listen on to this inspiring episode. Family Medicine might just be for you.
    Stephanie Smith, MD, CCFP shares her undeniable love of being a Family Physician in the Canadian Armed Forces. She takes host Emily Wu through a myriad of global experiences that continually validate why she is a doctor. A couple of deployments in Afghanistan have strongly impacted the type of doctor she is today.
    Dr. Smith delves into the abundance of career opportunities available in this diverse field, both in the military and civilian environments. She shares insight into what her training looked like through the Military Medical Training Plan, and tips on how to choose a Family Medicine program to ensure a good fit.
    A bonus: Dr. Smith imparts words of wisdom on how to not just survive your journey in health care, but indeed how to thrive!
     

    • 38 min
    Neuropathology

    Neuropathology

    A joyous overview of Neuropathology awaits you!
    Ever since she was six years old, Laura Schmitt, MD, FRCPC, knew she wanted to go into medicine, work on the brain, and cure epilepsy (for dogs & humans!).
    Join host Cameron Wong as he delves into this huge field of medicine with Dr. Schmitt. You’ll learn why Neuropathology is at the cutting edge of change, what residency looks like, what a typical work day looks like; and more!
    According to Dr. Schmitt, one of the best things about Neuropathology is sitting at a microscope looking at the brain, neurons, and glia... every… single… day!
    Some simple but candid advice for med students on their journey to choosing a specialty: Make sure you love what you do. Not only will you be happier – but you’ll just be a better medical specialist!

    • 29 min
    Medical Microbiology

    Medical Microbiology

    Can you see yourself in a field where it’s truly possible to cure your patients? Are you aware of the amazing opportunities available in this niche specialty called Medical Microbiology?
     
    Tony Mazzulli, MD, FRCPC debunks a few myths about this every-changing field… namely about being locked in a lab staring down a microscope! Medical Microbiologists indeed interact with clinicians and can do clinical work and see patients. Dr. Mazzulli walks host Emily Wu through his incredible experience with the first SARS outbreak and shares how his career spans across other diseases such HIV, Hepatitis C, West Nile Virus, and COVID-19.
     
    If you're looking for a specialty that involves research, lab work, collaboration with many specialties including Public Health, teaching, and even some clinical work (if this is how you want to shape your career) .... then Medical Microbiology might just be for you.
     
    And… lab specialists have better control over their research (after all, it’s their lab!).

    • 26 min
    General Pathology

    General Pathology

    Let’s debunk a few misconceptions about General Pathology – starting with specialists in this field are introverts. It’s just not true!
    Join host Cameron Wong (btw – he’s a new host to the show, and this is his first ep!), as he sits down with Deepti Ravi, MD, FRCPC to delve into this enormous specialty and all that it encompasses. They’ll touch on the many opportunities in rural/community practice and academic practice; life/work integration; qualities residency programs look for, and more! Learn about the many leadership and collaborative roles available in this specialty. 
    You’ll hear genuine passion as Dr. Ravi shares her undeniable affection for her specialty. She quite simply highlights respect and admiration for her introvert and extrovert colleagues. Let’s just say her humility and patience are true traits of a General Pathologist. 

    • 28 min
    Dermatology

    Dermatology

    Our guests today are quite simply passionate not only about being physicians, but about making sure patients live their best life. If you’re looking for a specialty that incorporates medical and surgical management of skin diseases and concerns, and has vast career opportunities, well… listen on!
    Join host Emily Wu as she dives into the diverse world of Dermatology with Laurie Parsons, MD, FRCPC and Emma Heck, MD. They share insights into their rewarding practice and residency.  
    This specialty allows you to practice all age groups and all genders. Dermatologists can have a general practice and really be part of their community, or indeed sub-specialize in many areas.  It’s exciting and satisfying to be practicing Dermatology in an era with new therapies and molecules to treat patients’ diseases! Bonus - you can practice this specialty for many, many years! 
    In case you’re wondering – no…Dermatologists are not just pimple poppers (they do in fact dissuade this habit!). Stay tuned as our guests debunk a few more myths about this specialty! 

    • 31 min

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