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  1. Those are 3 different fields in the same city, but not at my home school.
  2. 1. I go to an Ontario medical school. I'm somewhat geographically limited because my spouse has a permanent job that is not relocatable, and being an older student, I would like to start my working life sooner rather than later. My hope is to match to Toronto/Mac. For FM, does one still need OOP electives "to prove you are willing to move"? (I prefer to not go OOP, but I also want to match) 2. What's higher yield for carms? An elective at a satellite site or the main site? (I will be applying to as many sites as possible) 3. Would 3 electives in one city be too much? 4. Is there a FM program that has more of an emphasis on psych/psychotherapy/CBT? Not necessarily a +1 but a residency program with greater exposure to it. 5. Any recommendations for a prenatal/maternal fetal medicine elective? I'm looking for outpatient prenatal care/US screening/genetic counselling type of exposure. 6. Any recommendations on where to go for adolescent medicine?
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    Summer Break Pre-CaRMS Electives

    My first reaction to that was "that sounds like med school". In particular, the entire elective year. Agreed. I don't blame those who opt for a "Block zero" elective. The game is getting harder to play, and we all want to maximize our chances. Some people have a lower threshold for risk than others. Other people are trying to juggle a few carms specialties and want another elective to fully complete their story. They may want the momentum they build with a throwaway elective to start. It doesn't mean it's wrong. It can work very well for some people. I'm a bit of a lazy bum so I'll take my vacation, but to each their own. This is a problem because of the way electives are actually implemented and used to evaluate candidates in the carms selection process. It's a bigger problem now because of the supply/demand imbalance of residency spots. Maybe someone can enlighten me as to why the AFMC portal exists. Or any of the arcane rules and confusing timelines put forth by each of the different schools. If you want an elective in a specialty you are gunning for or at a specific location so as to show your "willingness to move", and you are 10 seconds late on hitting the submit button on portal, what are you going to do? You take matters into your own hands.
  4. 1) Graduating at 32: Not a problem at all. See above. 2) Switching careers: I did it. I'd probably do it again. However, everyone has a different background and different reasons. You mentioned: If that is your goal, medicine isn't the only answer. Only do it if there is nothing else you'd rather do. If you can derive any kind of joy and satisfaction from your current role or any role you can get with your qualifications, and achieve the goal quoted above, then I personally wouldn't make that switch. Income is a consideration, and having lost income through the opportunity cost is a definite drawback, but if there is nothing else you'd rather do, then go do it. I completely get it. P.S. Planning your life is hard in medical training, if not most things in life. Go be your best self and the rest will follow.
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    Struggling in Med School ...

    I'm not going to repeat the above responses but I think you may need to change your expectations about med school. Perhaps as a premed, you felt like you needed ECs like club execs etc. That's not really the case anymore. You may think now that you like IM and IM only, and everything else is a field you don't like. Try to focus on learning all that stuff that makes you shine as a clerk. You may change your mind about residency choice later.
  6. I agree with you. I think the responses you get here are going to reflect how people view themselves in the class. There is nothing good or bad about it, and it's just life that you get different kinds of people. You are going to be friends with some of them and not with others. You may become friends with some people because of shared experiences i.e. pressure cooker of medical school, or a similar childhood/upbringing. I think the *kind* of social bonding some people speak of is overrated and involves only a relatively small group in the class anyway. Ultimately, everybody should function well together and be professional first and foremost, because that's what expected in real life, where not everyone is your buddy. Other than that, be kind to your patients and everybody you work with. You are here to be a doctor.
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    Are there any normal non arrogant pre-meds?

    Insecurity. You are going to find insecure people at every level. The competition doesn't stop after you get into med school and beyond, but as long as everybody is collegial and can function together as a group, just move on. If they are being judgmental about something that is actually legit, take that as a reminder, learn from it, and brush it off. I tend to keep quiet and let these people talk about themselves. I know who I am and I really don't need them to figure me out and tell me who/what I am. They don't matter, and I really don't give a damn what they think.
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    This Is Insane

    (aside: Maybe I'm behind the times, but unless they have this side business etc., why does a third year undergraduate student need a linkedin page?) This person has full editorial control of what goes on their linkedin page. Can you even find their publications on pubmed?
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    Losing My Mind!

    I'm not entirely sure what you mean by that? OP said they are passionate about medicine, why are we questioning them? That's between OP and their interview panel or at least whoever that's going to read their essays. I'm sure OP has their own reasons, just like all of us. We don't really have a metric for passion for medicine, and it certainly does not include whether someone is confident in their math skills or the ability to do well in a math course in a psych major. OP, I do agree with everything else. Work hard. Keep your eyes open for all options available to you. You have more doors ready for you to open than you imagine.
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    Losing My Mind!

    OP also asked for advice, which is what everybody else has been kindly offering. OP, marks are not everything, but you need good marks to get your file looked at in most if not all places, as you know by now. I took courses in math throughout high school and undergrad, got good grades, but didn't retain much of it because I didn't need to. The math you need in medical school is fairly basic. Do whatever you need to do (take summer courses, self study the MCAT, take a MCAT course) to get yourself a good MCAT score, and take whatever courses that interest you AND get you a good mark (assuming they go hand in hand - I enjoy whatever I'm good at, definitely doesn't have to be math/science). It's good that you are cognizant of the challenges ahead, because then you can find ways to fix those problems and improve. TLDR: Nothing you mentioned is going to make or break your application. It is what you do in the next few years that is going to matter going forward. Don't compare yourself with others. Recognize your strengths.
  11. Freedom of speech isn't absolute. Being free to speak doesn't mean the spoken words are right or appropriate. Describing them as mean or harsh is almost flattering, although I get the sentiment. OP, focus on yourself. Those other people you call perfect, aren't, I guarantee you. There is no such thing as winners or losers in life. I see that medicine has been a dream of yours, and that's wonderful. But nobody is going to believe in you if you don't believe in yourself. Work on improving your self image by finding your voice and channeling what make you unique into something that makes you bigger and stronger. You need to do that regardless if you go into medicine or not.
  12. Hi, this is very much a newbie clerk question: I get that this is part of growing pains, but I think my note taking for H&P is a bit too cumbersome. I often use a blank sheet of paper and jot down a few things to remind myself to ask, and immediately upon walking out of the room I try to fill it in. I circle the pertinent parts I want to present. After all that is done, I sit down and write my note. Apparently this is tedious and takes up too much time? I'm not comfortable yet jumping straight to the chart. At this stage, how should I streamline it to make it faster? Any and all ideas welcome.
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    LORs

    Good to know. Thanks!
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    LORs

    I honestly don't know. I'm new at this game. I've worked with the team mostly during the week (and I got along well with them), but the consultant was fairly hands on. They also saw me do an exam. Thanks for the advice!
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    LORs

    Hi, brand new M3 here: - Just spent a week with a consultant who offered to write a letter if I want it. It's in a specialty not in any of the core rotations like IM, FM etc. I was going to go with "the more the better" mentality, but looking at the carms website under early letters of reference, I can't even submit anything because I'll be in the 2020 R1 match. So did I read it right? I would have to wait a year anyway and hope that they still remember me? It's also early on in clerkship - I'll be the first to admit that I don't know much. So should I just let it go and then see in a year whether I still want to take them up on their offer? - On the carms site, it says LORs can be provided by someone non-clinical. I've worked with someone who is quite well known on a research project in a field I might be applying to, but they are non-clinical faculty (PhD specifically). Would they be someone I should ask or would programs frown upon that?
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