Humans of CaRMS – Family Medicine 9

Which specialty did you match into? And where?

Family Medicine, Winnipeg

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

mid 3rd year of clerkship

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

Yes, I wish I would have chosen electives in my top 2-3 choices instead of only focusing on my top choice. I also should have done more electives in the place where I had the highest chance of matching.

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


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

Your outcome may not always be what you initially thought you wanted but usually things will turn out well in the end and if they don’t/your unhappy there are other options that exist so you can change your speciality during residency..

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

During pre-clerkship I should have explored all specialties because it can be hard to make a competitive CARMs application (make connections and get good reference letters) if you decide that you would like to apply to a competitive program later in the clerkship year.

Do you have any final words of wisdom or advice?

Rank your top 2-3 choices! If you don’t match with CARMs and you are a good medical student the U of M will support and work with you to find a residency in Manitoba.