Emergency Medicine – Manitoba
Do you feel that your choice of electives had any impact on your CaRMS match? If yes, please give a brief description?
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 as is often seen in Family Medicine. Med 2 summer – 4 weeks in Switzerland in Pediatric Surgery – I was interested in Pediatrics at this point and this 4 week elective gave me a good experience both in Peds and Surgery – I decided surgery was definitely not for me, but was still very interested in pediatrics.
“It will probably all work out”
What was the most valuable lesson or experience you had while going through the match process? Can you describe this?
Apply very broadly and take your letters seriously. Make them stand out, don’t be afraid to talk about a hardship and how you overcame it.
I took pre-clerkship and clerkship seriously but still managed to have fun and enjoy myself, I don’t know that I would do it differently.
What did you do in your four years of medical school that you found to be the most helpful during the CaRMS process?
I managed to maintain my pre-medical school interests and activities – I continued to train and managed to balance this with the demands of school – I was able to speak to this during my interviews which I think showed that I could be a well rounded physician.