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  1. Yea subsecialty electives are not counted towards the 8 week cap so you can basically take 20 weeks of IM ... I am just thinking if I can safely back up with 4 weeks of FM given that my other IM rotations such as addiction med, geri are kind of related to FM? how many electives do you need to back up with FM?
  2. Thank you so much for your input. I don't really know how other students in other universities are doing and it's good to know people are in similar situation. In my class, there were some people who were decided on IM and are not planning to back up and they are doing all their 20 electives in IM but there are other students who are parallel planning or who were not lucky enough to get enough IM electives like me and at this point, it's very difficult to find a spot. I really hope the program directors are mindful of that this year
  3. By good IM elective, i mean something that I am interested in and it's worth changing my rural FM. I am hoping to back up with family because I want to match and I am a bit worried about this year with virtual interviews and no OOP electives. I was hoping to change my 4 weeks of rural FM to IM CTU but there is literally to CTU available and even there is not enough spot in GIM
  4. That's interesting! I wonder if it holds true for large programs like IM too? ... I am just hoping that I am not going to be at a disadvantage because I am not doing all of my electives in IM and I am also doing some in FP ... At this point, it's so difficult to change anything as there are no good IM electives available in province
  5. I hope I am just overthinking it but with the covid situation and last year competitiveness, I am worried that I might lower my chance of IM if I don't do most of my electives in IM... some people in my class are doing 16-20 weeks of pure IM!
  6. I am a 4th year med student, just starting my 4th year electives. I had a difficult time choosing between FM and IM when I was choosing my electives so I ended up doing 8 weeks of FM (combination of rural and hospitalist) and 12 weeks of IM (combination of CTU, GIM, and subspecialties). However, after finishing all of my core rotations, I believe that I am more suitable for IM but I would like to match at all costs and therefore applying to FM as back up. I am concerned that with the level of competitiveness for IM last year, my 12 weeks of IM electives are not going to be enough since I also prefer to match to my home school if possible. I am wondering if I should change my rural FM electives to an IM subspecialty or just keep things as is??? I would really appreciate any suggestions/tips as I am feeling really worried about my elective selection.
  7. Why are you not applying if you don't mind me asking?
  8. 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...
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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?
  12. 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 ...
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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?
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