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CARMS: Student Heading Back to Hometown for IM Residency

April 18, 2016

Mike Radford, a 2015 RUSM grad, attained a residency this year at Western University, in his hometown of London, Ontario.

Mike Radford, a 2015 RUSM grad, attained a residency this year at Western University, in his hometown of London, Ontario.

Mike Radford learned a lot during his time at Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM), but one lesson stands out that has nothing to do with disease pathologies, anatomy, or biomedicine. It has to do with taking personal responsibility, and about putting your heart and soul into achieving your goals—regardless of what obstacles get thrown at you.

Radford, a 2015 RUSM graduate who attended McMaster University for undergrad, wasn’t able to secure a seat at a Canadian medical school. That didn’t stop him, though—he found his opportunity at RUSM. Another potential obstacle on his road to residency: He knew that at the end of the day, matching back home in Canada wasn’t going to be easy, as matching through the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) is notoriously competitive. 

The common thread here is that Radford didn’t give up. And it paid off.

Matching for Residency Right Back in His Hometown

This year, Radford matched to Western University in London, ON—his hometown—through the first iteration of CaRMS, and he’s thrilled to be heading back home to start his internal medicine residency. “I always wanted to pick an area of medicine that involved a challenge, continuous mental stimulation, and patient interaction,” he says of his chosen specialty.

Throughout his education at RUSM, Radford had support from his school—in particular, he credited RUSM clinical advisor Dodson James and Canadian advisors Tom Harkness and Chuck Furey—but he also realized the onus of matching in Canada rested, ultimately, on what he was willing to put in to his education. He earned his residency, he says, by holding himself accountable for his own success through hard work, dedication, and commitment.

“I learned that the responsibility was on me to achieve my goals, and not on administration, professors, or other faculty members,” Radford says. “Nothing is impossible—you can be successful. You just have to stay focused and dedicate yourself to achieving your goals.”

Looking Ahead

As far as future plans go, Radford is in something of a wait-and-see phase. He’s still mulling the idea of a critical care or hematology/oncology fellowship, but he plans on seeing whether he changes his mind and goes in a different direction based on his residency experience.

To future RUSM students from Canada, Radford has this to say: Work as hard as you can, with no regrets.

“RUSM gives Canadian students an opportunity to pursue medicine where it may not have been possible in Canada,” says Radford. “Take advantage of this opportunity and never stop working to be a better, smarter, more confident individual, and you will succeed and be recognized.”

Radford starts residency at Western in July.

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