Introducing Dr. Anderson, PGY-1 Internal Medicine

The Reston Recorder featured Brady Anderson in the August 8, 2014 issue and his road to becoming a doctor. A lot has happened to Brady over the past year.  "In August 2014, I completed my core clerkship rotations and began several months of electives time which I spent the majority rotating through various subspecialties of Internal Medicine," explained Dr. Anderson. "During this time my classmates and I were also polishing our CVs and applications for residency programs. In Canada all residency applications are made annually through the Canadian Residency Matching Service, affectionately known as CaRMS. The process involves applying to as many or as few programs at various schools across the country, being offered or declined interviews, interviewing, and then each program ranks a list of applicants they would like in order of preference, and each applicant ranks the programs they would like in order of preference. All of these lists are input into a giant algorithm via CaRMS, and it culminates in one of the most anxiety provoking days in ones entire career, 'Match Day'."
At 11:00 a.m. on March 4, Brady and several thousand other medical students across the country held their breath while they received the news of their fate.
"I was elated to find out after interviewing for Internal Medicine programs in Edmonton, Saskatoon, Thunder Bay, Sudbury, London, and Winnipeg, that I had received my top choice and would be doing my residency training as close to home as possible here in Winnipeg."
This meant that beginning July 1st, of this year, Brady became a resident in the Department of Internal Medicine, University of Manitoba.
"After all that, I officially received the degrees of Doctor of Medicine, and Bachelors of Science in Medicine on one of the most exciting days of my life, - May 14, 2015," said Dr. Anderson. "With my parents and wife attending my first day as Dr. Anderson, it was extremely special."
Residency years are separated into 13 blocks of a mix of mandatory blocks and subspecialty electives. As a resident physician in medicine, Brady will be responsible for admitting patients to the wards, diagnosing, treating, managing and discharging when ready. This includes history taking and physical exams, ordering investigations, various procedures, and sometimes end of life care. The first 3 years of his residency is weighted towards learning general internal medicine, which means the majority of time is spent on medicine units in the teaching hospitals; most of the time St. Boniface Hospital and Health Sciences Centre.
"I do however get to spend a month practicing in Dauphin next spring. Dauphin is currently the only rural site that has a teaching unit and Internist willing to take on medical learners."
It is one of his goals during residency and beyond to help establish a teaching unit in Brandon and allow more learners exposure to Internal Medicine practice outside of Winnipeg, with Brandon being the major hub for specialists for most of western Manitoba and southeast Saskatchewan.
"After the first 3 years of residency, I will be once again be applying to residency programs for a subspecialty fellowship; this could be for anything within the realm of Internal Medicine, such as General Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Medical Oncology, Hematology, and the list goes on. Internal Medicine has many subspecialty areas, of which I am interested in pursuing a specialty related to oncology and palliative care," stated Dr. Anderson. "There are a few options for me in this way: Medical Oncology studies and treats solid tumors and cancers; Hematologists study and treat both benign and malignant disease like leukemias and lymphomas, and Palliative Care doctors specialize in symptom control and end of life care. There is a lot of overlap in these fields and they are all fantastic careers. What will ultimately help me decide what subspecialty to pursue will be my experiences in each during the next few years, as well as what I feel will be most impactful to have available for southwest Manitoba, which is where I intend to practice."
So after 3 years of Internal Medicine training, and then 2 additional years of fellowship training in oncology, Brady will write his last big set of exams to become licensed with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as an independent practitioner and set up a practice, which he feels based on the circumstances will likely be through CancerCare MB at the Brandon Regional Health Center.
"So later in 2020, I should be practicing medicine independently as an oncologist in southwest Manitoba. There is a long way to go but the path seems much clearer since I drove away from home in Reston 7 years ago."
Note: Brady is the son of Brenda Ellis and Murray Anderson of Reston.

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