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  1. Why are you not applying if you don't mind me asking?
  2. I was initially going for IM and FM but I feel like if I do 4 weeks of derm electives let's say, I would decrease my chance for FM and iM since I would not have enough electives. I think if I want to apply for derm, I have to forget about IM and only do FM...
  3. I just finished my derm rotation before COVID and also did pediatric derm and I really enjoyed the experience. It has changed my perspective on dermatology, I realized that they deal with a lot of systemic diseases with dermatological manifestation. I am a result-oriented person and I also liked how you can see the result of your management quickly and how it can affect patient's self confidence and quality of life. I also did one day in MOHS surgery clinic and that was just another amazing experience. I never thought I would like it in first and second year because I thought it would be boring but now I see that there are many niches in derm: MOHS, pediatric derm, systemic illnesses, etc. But I understand that this is risky given the situation but also could be possible considering that no one is able to do OOP electives now and electives are generally possible and programs are understanding of that ... I don't know
  4. Hi, 4th year med student here. I just realized that I like derm but I also like other fields such as IM and FM. We are choosing our 4th year electives soon and the electives are limited due to COVID and I might only be able to do 4 weeks of derm if I really want to do it. I don't have any research or volunteer activity related to derm and I don't want to go unmatched so I guess I have to definitely back it up with FM. I just need some suggestions on how to proceed? should I completely forget about it considering how competitive it is and there are so many people (in my own class) who have been planning for it since year 1 or should I just take a chance??? any suggestions would be appreciated.
  5. I need some advice for choosing my electives for 4th year. I am interested in both IM and FM as back up as I really prefer to stay in my home province of BC. We have 20 weeks of electives pre-carms considering the new date of CaRMS and if things do not change in terms of pandemic. I was initially planning on doing 12 weeks of IM and 8 weeks of FM; however, I know that a lot of people going for IM are doing most of their electives in IM. I am interested to get some advice/suggestions on how to choose my electives considering that I am ranking based on location and would love to stay in BC?
  6. If that's the case, wouldn't it be more reasonable to go into FM route and save yourself another 2-3 years of brutal residency to be a GIM doc since you are doing what a GIM does basically with a lot less complexity ... That's my internal dilemma for pursuing FM versus IM ...
  7. Can you comment on the lifestyle/hours/call and income of a family physician working as a hospitalist at a community centre? Are they mainly on salary or is it FFS? do they get benefits like extended health benefits and dental benefits? Thank you
  8. Hi, 3rd year medical student interested in IM and potentially GIM. Would you mind sharing how your work-life balance is as a GIM staff compared to residency? I have heard IM residency is very brutal and I am wondering if that becomes better once you are a staff? Also, do you still have to do 1 in 4 call as a staff GIM.
  9. I am a third year med student interested in FM and GIM. I was wondering if anyone can comment/suggestions about 4 year vs 5 GIM. I am interested to work in community hospitals and I was under the impression that a 4 year GIM would be sufficient to work in community settings. I am wondering if there is a possibility that this changes in the future? Also, what is the job prospect for a 4 year GIM in urban areas?
  10. Does anyone has any info about hospitalists income and how is the job in general including calls, shifts? and how does it differ from GIM ... 3rd year med student trying to decide between GIM vs FM
  11. Thanks for your insight. How many weeks of electives did you have in total?
  12. Hi all, I am at the end of my clerkship and in the process of choosing my electives for next year. I am very torn between FM and IM, some days I'm leaning towards FM and other days I am thinking more about IM. In terms of interest, I enjoyed pretty much all of my rotations and I can't say I really loved CTU, although the idea of being a specialist and have the opportunity to spend more time with the patient and really delve into their complex problems sound appealing to me and I was more thinking of doing GIM, or clinic-based IM (Rheum/Endo). On the other hand, when I think about 3 years of residency, 1-4 calls, applying to CaRMS for the second round with possibility to not matching to my desired location, unstable job market and possibility of working in an undesired location makes me to think about my decision. Family medicine on the other hand is very flexible with only 2 years, stable jobs, ability to do whatever I enjoy (EM, women's health, etc) seems appealing. Financial aspects is not really part of my decision as I think FM can be quite decent in terms of compensation with optimum billings from what I understand and not too much different from GIM or clinic-based IM. So right now, I am doing 6-8 weeks of FM and 12-14 weeks of IM. I am from BC and I really want to stay in BC. Knowing that IM is very competitive and FM in BC has always been competitive, makes me think that I should make my decision and direct all of my electives towards one or the other. If I have to go OOP for FM, it's fine since it's only 2 years but I know I can't do 5 years of tough IM residency away from family and significant other. As I get closer to CaRMS and finalizing my electives, I feel very anxious and I would really appreciate if I could have anyone's suggestions/advice
  13. Just wondering if I should do ICU or an IM sub specialty elective if I am applying to IM? Is ICU a must do elective for applying to IM?
  14. 3rd year medical student here. I just want some insight about the OB/GYN specialty, competitiveness, residency, lifestyle after residency? I was interested in FM and IM before but now thinking about OB/GYN ... it's probably too late but I have a great reference letter from one of the staff here. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
  15. Thanks for your post! Can you also comment about more lifestyle sub specialties of IM like endocrinology and rheumatology? Are these fellowships paid since i have heard some IM fellowships are not paid! Also, can you comment about the job prospect of these sub specialties? Thanks
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