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  1. A couple points. Source: was IM first choice, path second a few years ago. 1. Be cautious if you're backing up with internal. You really need to at least tolerate the life of an internal medicine resident (ideally, thrive and not just survive though). In my experience, it is very different from being a student rotating on medicine. I've heard of a number of people who ended up in IM as their 2nd choice and were very unhappy. 2. Path is significantly less competitive than IM, especially for some of the smaller path CaRMS entries like neuropath or general path. I'm assuming when you say path, you're referring to Anatomical Pathology, but these other specialties are also ones to have on your radar. 3. All this being said, I think it is reasonable to backup with the two. If you are set on doing this, I think your challenge will be accruing appropriate reference letters. In terms of experience/face time, you likely don't need much Pathology elective time. I would recommend 2-4 weeks of path electives and ensure you get to work with a few staff (don't get stuck with one for the entire duration because it will limit the number of letters you can get). However, most path electives are pretty good at moving you between different staff. 4. Probably goes without saying, but make sure you talk to residents in all the programs you're considering. Get a sense of what its like and if you could see yourself doing it. My understanding is that IM committees and reviewers can spot people backing up pretty easily based on electives. That doesn't mean you can't get in, however. Be ready to answer why you have most of your electives in another specialty when it comes time for interview. Path is way more lenient on who they give interviews to because they have significantly fewer applicants (and many unfilled spots historically).
  2. Any ethical thinking you'll need for interviews should have been acquired during your clerkship/electives. Sell it!
  3. I would ask your residents and staff how they feel about the fatigue. Notably, CTU is 3-5 blocks of the year for residents, so it's not what they're doing ALL the time. I personally really enjoy CTU for the reasons you've listed- it's just very tiring because of the demands on your time. Just because your colleagues seem tired does not necessarily mean they regret doing IM!
  4. Feels like yesterday I was waiting for the D-day. I know it's hard, but try and focus on other things- hit the gym, go for a run and spend time with friends. Good luck.
  5. Hi, I'm looking for a good number (~10 or so) of landmark internal medicine studies. Things like the HOPE trial. Studies that any internal resident should know about! Thanks!
  6. It depends on where you are placed for family practice (students do not get to choose or rank where they would like to go). Most family practice visit locations can be reached via transit, which is quite good relative to other Canadian cities.
  7. I would take it easy. If you want, organize some shadowing in the first few weeks of med school- there will be a shadowing database shared with you with contact information. I recommend this if you're really wanting to get a feel for what's out there before things get too busy. If you get along with them, you can also inquire about potential research projects for FLEX. Being keen early on isn't really going to hurt you (unless you go way overboard)- most docs understand that students are curious and the ones on the database should certainly not be surprised. I know a few! I wouldn't say it gives you a particular advantage or disadvantage.
  8. I believe that residency programs get to see pass, fail or pass with supplemental for each course taken (ie MEDD 411, MEDD 429) Other than that, there are also performance reports based on 3rd year rotations. My current understanding is that these sort of look like elementary school grades where your performance in a domain is ranked out of 5. Word from the grapevine is that this may change given that schools across Canada have different ways of sharing this information and so residency programs don't really look too deep into it.
  9. Those are part of the global health initiative and I believe you can participate in that program for your flex project. http://globalhealth.med.ubc.ca/service/student-groups/global-health-initiative/
  10. I don't think so. There wasn't one in my year one and two. You will likely receive pdf versions of those textbooks from the second years. I would hold off on buying any books (assuming you're ok with pdf versions) until you've met with your second year buddy. Also, I personally only really used a few books in first year. Harrison's, Toronto notes, bates clinical skills, the medical interview and the lipincott neuro anatomy book.
  11. This is a topic currently being discussed by the faculty as it is changing in the new curriculum. Last I heard was that there will be 24 weeks of pre CaRMS electives.
  12. No need to buy anything before classes start. Clothing: As stated above, you can buy some UBC Med swag at the Student recreation centre (I've only seen T shirts there), but most of the stuff (ie hoodies) will come from an online group order during the year. Our year's sites also did their own custom hoodie order to get our own designs. Books: Definitely don't buy until school starts. Many resources will become available to you. Steths: Not needed for the first few weeks- you can buy them online once the year starts.
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