Humans of CaRMS – Psychiatry 2

 

Which residency program did you match into? And where?

U of M Psychiatry

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

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.

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

4 weeks of early exposures each summer plus a Med II Research project. Plus travel. You should travel and enjoy summer.

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

Start working on your CV and personal letters early. It’s never too early.

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

Just generally not to put all of your eggs in one basket. It’s tough to predict which electives will get you the reference letter you need. Some students can have a great experience while others do not with the exact same elective. It’s very resident/attending-specific (i.e. luck of the draw and may not be related to your skill).

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

Probably focus more on Psychiatry earlier on. I was on the fence between specialties all the way through CaRMS. It was tough to decide without doing more electives in other specialties but knowing what I do now, I would have done more Psychiatry electives in different places.

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

I didn’t do this but you should keep a journal of all of your experiences during clerkship. This will be so so helpful when you’re prepping interview answers for CaRMS.

Optional: Do you have any final words of wisdom or advice? If yes, do tell.

Be yourself and relax. Once you do your first interview or two, CaRMS is a lot of fun!