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  1. Hi All, I am an MS3 and have to choose my electives including OOP electives pretty soon. I am thinking between IM and FM and I cannot decide which one is my preferred choice at this point. Location is very important for me so I would rather stay here in BC where my family is. So I would rank IM and FM in my current location first but if I have to do residency OOP, I would rather do FM so I can come home after 2 years rather than having to stay there for the next 5 years. Knowing that both FM and IM in my home province is increasingly competitive, I would like to know how you would advise me on choosing my electives considering that I have 20 weeks electives allowance.
  2. Thanks for all of your posts. Third year medical student here, seriously undecided between FM and IM (GIM or lifestyle sub specialties like endo and rheum). Do you have any suggestions/insight on the lifestyle and job prospect of these two and how to make this decision considering that CaRMS is getting a lot more competitive and most people choose to do most of their electives in one specialty? Really appreciate it.
  3. Thanks for the info. Would you mind sharing if you are in an MI-related specialty?
  4. I have read this forum and want to thank everyone in advance for all the helpful information. I am currently in third year, in the process of choosing my electives and cannot make up my mind between IM and FM. The 2 year residency is attractive considering that I am an older/non-trad applicant and also the flexibility and job prospect is very appealing. I feel like the breadth of FM is too broad for me as you have to be able to deal with pediatrics issues, OB/GYN issues, mental health, and etc. I have also heard from various family doctors complaining about how they are not compensated enough and one told me he makes only slightly more than what he made during residency. Regardless, there flexibility, job prospect, and the 2 year residency is very appealing. I enjoyed my CTU rotation and although the hours are long, the depth and the detailed-ness of the consult and problem solving aspect was enjoyable. I've heard from multiple residents that the job prospects for some IM sub specialties (GI, Cardio, resp, nephro) is not good so if I pursue IM, I'm interested in either GIM at a community hospital or endo/rheum sub specialty. I am wondering if I can get insight about people who were kinda in the same position and if they can elaborate more on how they chose between the two. Some info about the lifestyle/job prospect/ and income of FM and GIM/Rheum/Endo would be very helpful. Sorry for the long post and thank you in advance.
  5. Hi, I am choosing my 4th year electives now. I am currently interested in FM and IM and unfortunately I can't make up my mind between the two at this point. I am currently doing 6 weeks of FM electives and 10-12 weeks of IM electives. I currently have 4 weeks of CTU at my home school and 2 weeks of ICU. I am thinking of potentially doing another 2 weeks of OOP CTU as I've heard a lot of people do 6 weeks of CTU in total. I am wondering if 4 weeks of CTU is enough to match to IM or should I do an additional 2 weeks (total of 6 weeks) or is it going to hurt my application to FM in case I decide to rank FM higher? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
  6. Thanks for your advice! I am just concerned that if I do let's say 6 weeks in derm, 4 weeks in FM, and 10 wks in IM, I would not be competitive enough for IM and FM as my back ups and I really don't want to go unmatched! I have also heard that FM and IM are getting more competitive each year and don't rank the applicants using them as a back up high enough. I guess I am just getting really anxious about the whole CaRMS and elective stuff.
  7. I am an M3, in the process of choosing my electives for 4th year. I am having a difficult time deciding between IM, FM, and Derm. I had very little exposure to derm in my first two years but I really enjoyed my derm rotation. I understand that Derm is very competitive and considering that I am late into the game, my chances are perhaps low but I have also heard people have been matched to derm by doing only 2 or 4 weeks of elective and I would like to try my chances. I am planning on doing Derm research in my summer break between 3rd and 4th year to make myself more competitive. At the end of the day, I believe I would be fulfilled in any of the above three specialties. So far, I have been thinking of doing 4-6 wks of FM, 4 wks of derm, and 10-12 wks of IM but I am not sure if that's a good strategy. I am wondering if anyone has any suggestions/advice. I really appreciate it.
  8. I was just wondering if I should buy the stethoscope now or if there is going to be a discount or group order when school starts? Also, where do medical students usually buy stethoscope or other required medical equipment?
  9. On the Orientation Checklist, it is mentioned that the registration is on July 4th but when I log in to my SSC, I don't see anything about the program or any registration info! I wonder if anyone has been assigned with a registration date?
  10. Thanks for the clarification. I called them today and they confirmed they have received it. It's a good idea to send the documents through registered mail tho and I'll keep that in mind for next time
  11. I registered first and sent them the documents but I can't see it on my account. I called them today and they said they have received it. Is there anything else I need to do?
  12. Is there anyway to see if the college has received the required documents? I logged in to my account and there is nothing there?!
  13. I have a question about StudentAid BC Loan Application. For line#19, I selected the Program of Student as "VANCOUVER: Doctor of Medicine -- M.D. -UNDERGRADUATE (RAA3)" from the menu but line#20 showed as the dates not found/not listed. Apparently, there is an Appendix 3 that needs to be filled in by the faculty. Does anyone have the same format? Also, what should I put in for the "End Date"?
  14. Hi everyone! Just a quick question about disability insurance. I know the first year students are covered by Doctor's of BC; however, I was wondering if there is any specific insurer that medical students tend to go with for the disability insurance? Thanks
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