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    Speciality Choices

    My take: do what makes you happy. I'm not referring to a specific job title but the things in life that give you the most joy. Then decide whether you can put up with the things you hate in that field x 30-40 years. I really enjoy getting to know patients and digging deep into their lives. I like the concepts behind procedures, but I find the actual procedures more or less tedious. I value having time of my own, and being able to spend it with people I love. I like job market flexibility, and cannot tolerate the nebulous promise of a FT position 3 years after I'm done. Then based on my experiences in clerkship, I was able to narrow my selection down. My point is, don’t stress out too much trying to fit into a certain specialty because of the pressure to decide on day 1. I think some dissatisfaction comes from the incongruence between expectations and reality and it is made worse by getting pigeonholed too early. It is important to go out and experience as much as you can, but try to get a feel for yourself, instead of relying on second hand information or biased opinions.
  2. Has anyone used Family Medicine Notes? https://familymedicinenotes.com Worth the money? What other resource would you recommend?
  3. I actually think it's very healthy. Because the "I will be a doctor or I will die" dogma is not true. This is the reason why I would suggest you to put the MCAT on hold. If you write the MCAT and get a great score, you are still stuck in your conundrum, but the MCAT score makes it even harder to decide against medicine. Next thing you know, you are staring down the barrel of long years of training and a career you are at the very least unsure about. I say, go explore a little, and if you in the future decide that medicine interests you, go for it.
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    Feeling alone in med school

    OP, recognize that your perceived introversion is not a hindrance. I know that you are referring to not fitting in and feeling alone as a pre clerk - the day to day "which group do I sit with" or "what social event is coming up next". Find 1 or 2 people whom you can gel with a bit more and start there. You are already doing what you are supposed to do by being cordial and friendly and open. Keep that up. There is nothing wrong with you. I've felt the same way -- clerkship is such a breath of fresh air. It is your ability to connect with patients and the people you work with in a professional setting that matters. In life, you aren't going to form tight bonds with everyone, and that's ok. Do find supports in or out of the faculty. Reach out to your family and friends back home. Seek out interests outside of medicine. You are going to be a great doctor.
  5. OP I was in a similar situation. PM me if you want. Your chances/options would become more clear once you have done your MCAT. I think that is the first thing that you need to do.
  6. Thank you to everyone for your responses. The more I think about it, the more I think I am suitable for family. I like the patient population. I like the longitudinal relationship you build with patients. I like the undifferentiated (and mostly low acuity) problems. Prestige has never been a factor of consideration. I'm nontrad. I've done this enough times to not give a damn what people think about me. My reaction over the weekend as I hummed and hawed was from a place of cARMs/job market/career outlook uncertainty and anxiety. My two cents is instead of lamenting over a supposed lack of prestige, we should be thinking about how we can grow as a field and attract more dedicated candidates. Be hard to replace, and let the actions speak for themselves. Thanks again.
  7. At the end of a surgery rotation, my preceptor said the above. This was in the context of me answering pimp questions and then later at my eval. I just laughed it off, but it bummed me out a bit, so forgive me now that I feel a little weak. It was meant as a compliment (?) and I want to take it as such. I'm sure that it happens ALL THE TIME to other people. How do you handle it (externally and internally)? I eventually replied that I want to go into FM because of its flexibility and scope of practice. He said the flexibility in practice location is overblown for FM, and new grads have trouble finding FHO/FHTs in their desired locations and a lot resort to locums. How true is that? Earlier on in the year, I've been back and forth between many other specialties, but since I have been enjoying all of my rotations as a M3, and I like the relationship you form with patients, I thought FM is a logical choice. I still think so, but now I feel like I have an uneasy feeling I can't shake.
  8. I'm not sure your viewpoints contradict each other. You felt supported by your school's administration (which is wonderful). From my understanding, NLengr's point is about how in the future when it is expedient, what someone previously disclosed can be used against them. Not the same thing. OP - I'd also be careful with what you say and who you say it to. I went to health services on campus (who told me that on campus counselling resources are limited and I'm better off going off campus, which didn't help because our insurance covered very little of it, but that's another story).
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    2019 CaRMS unfilled spots

    I wonder if those spots are meant for their own unmatched students...
  10. Before she goes on that interview, I would think long and hard about what she would do in any of the scenarios. Because once she gets accepted, it would be even more difficult to turn down the offer. Income is a big factor, but not the only one. Only she can decide what she is better for her in the long run. How does she want to see herself/live her life ten years from now?
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    Baby shower gift

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    Baby shower gift

    What's the typical amount people spend on baby showers nowadays? I'm invited to a banquet hall type baby shower, and it would be from me and +1. $200? (I know the amount depends on how well I know that person and how much I can afford, but what is norm nowadays/how much would you give, assuming you know them well?)
  13. Those are 3 different fields in the same city, but not at my home school.
  14. 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.
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