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  1. John Galt MD

    ID vs. MedMicro

    Does it still exist as its own specialty? I was under the impression it had been collapsed into Pathology. (Medical Biochemistry)
  2. WRC Mac has some great sports med preceptors through family med. Contact our WRC Electives Coordinator, she's amazing!
  3. John Galt MD

    Rad Onc + Internal Med

    Thanks a lot! I have a lot of oncology related research, multiple publications from before med school, several in progress that I'm hoping to publish before CARMS. Will VERY likely be at least submitted for publication before CARMS. The other field I'm considering is Medical Genetics, which I currently have an elective booked in. Basically, I saw a few patients in miscellaneous clerkship rotations that had interesting genetic conditions and I ended up REALLY enjoying those experiences extensively. (I also have an serious interest in both molecular genetics and cell biology {Planning on doing a CIP with a PhD in either Genetics or Cell Biology}, so it fits pretty well for me). Will my doing 1 or 2 electives in Medical Genetics look like I'm not serious about radiation oncology? After considering the points made by previous posters, I'm actually thinking less about Internal (would NOT enjoy GIM at all) and more about Radiation Oncology. I don't want to JUST apply to Radiation Oncology as there aren't that many spots, and I really would want to apply to at least one other specialty, and I honestly could see myself enjoying Medical Genetics. I want to see patients, so I'm not really considering pathology (not that I don't enjoy pathology, just no patient contact for the most part).
  4. John Galt MD

    Religious Apparel?

    Wasn't an issue for me! I doubt anyone will say anything.
  5. John Galt MD

    Rad Onc + Internal Med

    OK, so let's say I decided I was all in for Radiation Oncology. Would I then ONLY do Radiation Oncology Pre-CARMS electives? I could also throw in a Palliative Care elective to help with that if necessary? (Note I currently Have two Radiation Oncology elective booked out of my 5 pre carms electives.) Thanks in advance!
  6. John Galt MD

    Rad Onc + Internal Med

    Thanks a ton and to the previous poster as well. Only thing is that Internal med, people match with even 0 electives. Most last cycle did 3+ electives for Rad Onc. Do you think it would still be doable to match to Rad Onc with only two electives? Data per CARMS electives data on that site.
  7. Realized I would be equally happy as a Radiation Oncologist and Medical Oncologist. Yes, I know how different they are, but I genuinely enjoy both. (I did pre-clerkship electives in both and really enjoyed them, and both could fit equally with my research interests: Goal being Clinician Scientist through a CIP training program, heavily involved in research for a while, no MSc or PhD, but several published papers, most in Cancer related cell biology) Current strategy: (Only 5 preCARMS elective spots: 3 Radiation Oncology, 2 Internal (thinking 1 CTU, 1 Medical oncology/Hematology) Thoughts, ideas, tell me I'm an idiot? Thanks in advance.
  8. Hence the quotation marks. Not actually holistic lol
  9. The holistic thing, I think, is left over from a time when Mac actually looked at ECs. Like 10-15 years ago. I knew of a mac physician who was one of the most non trad applicants of all time. Guy was like a CEO of a major company who decided at like age 50 to go to medical school and got in, "based off his ECs". Not sure about his academics. These days, Mac puts a huge emphasis on GPA, CARS, with the only "holistic/EC" type metric being CASPER. (pre-interview at least) All this being said, there are some super interesting "holistic" applicants who are in my class. So it's not like Mac is screening these people out, they just put a huge emphasis on GPA/MCAT.
  10. I tried the first two. (can't do the third) DIDN'T work! Got URI and Gastro so far. Waiting to see what other fun ailments I can catch over the course of the rotation.
  11. I've been on a paeds elective the past couple weeks...and immediately got sick a few days in! I also noticed that a lot of the paediatricians, nurses, and other staff are also sick a lot (lots of coughing, sneezing, etc.). I know this could be a function of the time of year, but it really seems to me like being sick is a constant in paediatrics. Anybody else have experience with this? NOTE: this is a joke thread. I'm not trying to demean paeds!
  12. John Galt MD

    Pediatrics - How to be competitive???

    I've been told Peds frown upon people doing electives in multiple specialties. For example, I'm really interested in Radiation Oncology, but Medical Oncology and Pediatric Oncology I find interesting as well. I was told that because I'm not doing the majority of my electives in Pediatrics, my odds of matching are super low. From what you've heard is this true?
  13. Thanks. Yeah, checked program descriptions. A few require an undergrad transcript, the rest don't. Same with Radiology and Nuclear Medicine. (Those were the specialties I looked at descriptions for) Thanks!