I was wondering about how electives abroad work. Are these looked at positively or negatively later on for CARMS, or are they more for personal growth and *ahem an excuse to travel while still being engaged in medicine?
I am very interested in how other countries do medicine. Apart from my desire to help poorer countries, I'd also love to see how Australia, England and Ireland, for example, do their medical training. Even though I do not see myself investing in trying to practise medicine in those countries, I'd still like to have that experience. Do people do this? Would it be better to do electives elsewhere in Canada and perhaps get some contacts? I don't know if this is at all accurate, but I heard from some med students that you may want to be careful about doing electives in other schools if you're still at the beginning of medical learning in order not to get there and burn bridges by being unprepared and not as knowledgeable yet. Is this reasonable, or would staff be understanding that you are still a first/second year student?