One year ago, the world took a turn none of us expected with the COVID-19 pandemic. It affected every aspect of our lives, from how we work to how we conduct our daily lives at home with our families. On March 16, 2020, the entire CaRMS team began working from home as part of our pandemic preparedness activities. This was originally intended as a two-day test to ensure we would be ready if we needed to shift to a fully remote work environment, but the public health situation evolved quickly. This week marks a full year since we’ve been in our offices in downtown Ottawa.
Like so many others, the location in which we do our work has changed, but the dedication, commitment and enthusiasm we bring to our jobs has remained constant. While the last 12 months have been filled with challenges, we are endlessly grateful for the dedication of our CaRMS team members and the collaboration of our clients and stakeholders across medical education. Our community has shown great resilience and adaptability—working together, we have been able to ensure the successful continuation of Canada’s postgraduate residency match system in uniquely challenging circumstances. We are also deeply thankful for the tireless work of those in the medical community who have spent the last year working on the front lines of the pandemic.
We’ve all been in this together, and CaRMS has never been prouder of our team, our clients and stakeholders.