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  1. The best specialty is the specialty that you enjoy imo. You can have a rewarding career as a GP, a surgeon, an anesthesiologist, a pathologist etc. I am only a PGY-3 so my view may be a bit naive, but at the end of my 20th hour of my call shift, I want to have a good reason/justification of why I am doing this while I could be at home enjoying life and sleep like most (normal) people. And you know what? Every time I reflect on my journey and my choices, I can’t see myself anywhere else but where I am today, and in my current specialty. I still get excited about going to work when I am on service (despite sometimes brutal hours) and get miserable when I have to go to work on off service rotation where the hours are much more chill and it’s because I love the work I do. So ultimately, don’t worry about the compensation, the job prospect etc. All residency is brutal, doctors will be well compensated, and you will eventually be employed. The career you choose is going to last 30+ years, so find what you enjoy. I work with surgeons and other specialists very closely, and I am sure they are well compensated, have a prestigious reputation etc. But looking at their residency and life, I would never pursue that career... ever. I also know they fee the same way about my specialty. So honestly, pursue what you love.
  2. I don't know.... when I looked at an application for matching as a resident, those things always caught my eyes and I was like "this person is interesting. I want to get to know them better" and actually pay a bit more attention to their application (in a positive manner). Of course, this is just me and can't speak to other people reviewing your application, but I kinda like to see the applicants not be a cookie cutter. As much as it sounds pretty stupid, I truly believe diversity is the key to a good residency program! Even in my residency interview, I was never asked about my "more scientific" research like diabetes, but was always asked about my coffee research XD
  3. It must be very difficult for you. But if you have worked very hard for a long time (esp through your undergrad) it would be reflected on your previous grades, which is what will be used for medical school admission. It is great you are so resilient, and I am sure it will be reflected in not only your grades, but in your application and interview. As a resident, I would like to see my future colleges being not just book smart (which to be frank, most people getting 3.8+ GPA are) but also resilient and easy to work with. I value people's attitude more than anything else
  4. Oh completely. I whined and bitched about it up until the minute I wrote the exam. After I found out I passed.... I stopped thinking about it and was not my business anymore. Its terrible, but this kind of mentality is a barrier to change and progress (and yes, I fully admit it).
  5. Having been in your shoes before, I understand the frustration amongst the candidates. However, as a resident who is involved in the interview process this year.... I think it is for the safety of all the people involved. Most interviewers are medical students, residents, and doctors who directly involved in caring for the sickest and most vulnerable part of our population, and if infected (there will be huge number of people in a small space if interviews are done in person), have potential to transmit to not only our patients, but also to other health care professionals (or at least put them in quarantine). Our health care system is already pretty stretched out as is.... Imagine a resident on ICU rotation have positive COVID 19 confirmation. People who had contact with that particular person (a.k.a. all residents, attending, nurses in ICU AND the patients and their families) is now at risk. So who is going to take care of the ICU? Imagine that scenario for all the wards in the hospital... OR... ED. The magnitude of damage is huge. So as much as it may be "This is the most important job interview of our lives" (which, trust me, it is not even close to the most important job interview....) the benefits outweigh the risks. Safety of our society takes precedence imo
  6. I matched to my #1 specialty at #1 location. I still had post CaRMS blues up until July 1 because all my friends were being separated, big changes in my life, etc. I think it's common for many people to feel that way. The important thing is to talk to people you trust, and IT WILL GET BETTER
  7. I am just confused. If programs are so concerned about not filling their spots and so are "lying" to candidates such as OP.... why are they not ranking everyone?
  8. Also as a side and a disclaimer. I have gone through 2 CaRMS cycle after my own match, and it seems that the rank list is a confidential thing that even the people who participated in the selection process is not privy to. So how did OP know that he/she was not ranked at their preferred program? Maybe he/she was just ranked low?
  9. I stand corrected. I was under the assumption that the OP was asking about a situation where the patient has an active infection that was just diagnosed and not on active treatment. I am not an ID person, so I am actually not sure if you could have low viral load when first diagnose.
  10. I don't know why candidates get confused about this. YOU ALWAYS RANK BY YOUR PREFERENCES BECAUSE CARMS FAVOR THE CANDIDATE OVER THE PROGRAM. People need to stop over thinking and over analyzing
  11. tbh there isnt much controversy over this imo, pretty straight forward ethical situation 1. Yes, you are obligated 2. You try to involve the patient as much as you can (or as much as the patient wants) when breaking the confidentiality 3. The patient doesn't have to, but must cooperate with public health officers who will be tracking them down
  12. It happened to me. I had an early elective in a specialty at home school I wanted, couldnt get a very strong letter because I was shuffled between two sites and never had a consistent preceptor. They asked about it in CaRMS why I didn't have a letter from my home school, explained the situation. I matched to my home program in that specialty, so as long as there is a good explaination I don't think it matters
  13. Oh god are they still doing that? I interviewed in 2018 and came out wanting to cry, and decided we had to go get pedi/mani because the interviewer made us feel like shit. Def went low on my rank list
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