Humans of CaRMS – Family Medicine

Which residency program did you match into? And where?

Family Med at UBC

Do you feel that your choice of electives had any impact on your CaRMS match? If yes, please give a brief description?

I did somewhat random electives at my school of choice, but not in the specialty I wanted. However, in my other electives, I treated family med like any other specialty and devoted a lot of elective time to it.

What did you do with your Med 1 and Med 2 summers? (i.e. exposures, research, etc...)

I did early exposures in Med 1 summer and Home for the Summer in Med 2.

What was the best piece of advice you received while going through the match process?

Take time to reflect on the events that have shaped you in life and in medical school. Better yet, keep a journal as you go through clerkship, because it can be easy to forget all of the things you see.

 

What was the most valuable lesson or experience you had while going through the match process? Can you describe this?

Be yourself. It was most calming to me to remember that I was also assessing the school/program to see if it met my own standards. Being true to yourself and knowing what you want in a program demonstrates confidence and insight.

If you could go back and change anything during pre-clerkship or clerkship, what would you change?

I wish I had plucked up the courage to ask more of my preceptors for reference letters during core rotations. I left it all to electives, which ended up being really stressful.

What did you do in your four years of medical school that you found to be the most helpful during the CaRMS process?

I pursued what I am passionate about, both within and outside of med school.