Humans of CaRMS – Internal Medicine 3

Which specialty did you match into? And where?

Internal medicine, Manitoba

At what point in medical school did you know what specialty you wanted to match into?

August before last core rotation

Do you feel that your choice of electives had any impact on your CaRMS match?

A little bit but more that my initial first choice was ruled out by a early summer elective

What did you do with your Med 1 and Med 2 summers?

BSc med for one summer then withdrew and second summer wrote step 1, asides from that, nothing.

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

For internal specifically, try to do well on your CTU rotation and get 1-2 reference letters from it; That rotation is the best indicator of how you are as a medical student as most of med school is geared towards internal medicine content.

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

In general, greater focus on fundamentals of the medical sciences, as well on clinical reasoning.

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

Especially during clerkship when you have more time to read things, creating your own agenda for learning. Frequently visiting the bookstore to scan various medical texts and seeking resources online. I wrote step one after second year and it was crucial for me and developing a passion for medicine. It created independence with studying and was a trial run for the nbmes that were around the corner.

Do you have any final words of wisdom or advice?

Your largest asset in the process is to have an authentic interest in medicine and/or the field you are pursuing (something based on my impression is scarcer than you would like to think). If you can communicate and demonstrate that, you will most likely be successful.