Humans of CaRMS – Emergency Medicine 2

  Emergency Medicine – Manitoba Yes – I only interviewed to programs where I had done electives Med 1 summer – 6 weeks of rural Family Medicine – I was interested in Family Medicine at that time, and although I had a great experience, I was less convinced that I wanted to do chronic care […]

Humans of CaRMS – Psychiatry 2

  U of M Psychiatry I think so. It seems that certain programs require you to do an elective in order to get an interview. Also, too many electives in one place or region could signal to programs in other areas that they are not a top choice for you. 4 weeks of early exposures […]

Humans of CaRMS – Family Medicine 3

  North Bay- NOSM- Family Yes- did a month in North Bay, wouldn’t of got it without that. Exchange in portugal (fun but medically worthless), Trained and raced Make your letters sparkle, and get the best possible letters for LORs (best written) Literally no one on the other end really knows what’s going on. They’re […]

Humans of CaRMS – Family Medicine 2

  Rural Family – Boundary Trails Yes, I chose electives that were mostly all things I could see myself doing in my future practice and one elective that took me out of my comfort zone in terms of working with a patient population I hadn’t before (homeless/ addiction shelters in Hamilton, ON). I knew I […]

Humans of CaRMS – Anatomical Pathology

  Toronto Anatomical Pathology Yes – my electives were heavily geared towards my top match choices Research in Toronto in Med 1, Med II research project in Med 2. 1) From Dr Horton: regard your elective time as precious investments to place in your future, esp. for competitive programs. I dual applied to pathology and […]

Humans of CaRMS – Ophthalmology

  Ophthalmology, Winnipeg Yes. Programs are more likely to interview applicants that do electives with them. By no means the rule, but often the case. Family medicine exposure (1 mo.) after Med I, Thoracic Surgery exposure (2 weeks) after med 2. Had prior research experience before entering medicine so less pressure to publish while in […]