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  1. Very true that those choices could make me misconstrued as a sole Derm gunner. However, my plan is to aim for both Derm and Ped's (i could see myself happy in either career even if Derm is my #1 choice), so I could do Ped's Rheum/ID/Allergy electives and Ped's Derm electives to support my interests in both areas (while also doing a couple other electives in General Ped's and/or Derm). However, these decisions are premature and largely depend on what selection will even be available across the country...
  2. Thanks for the reply! It's quite challenging to fight for those opportunities, so hopefully some will come through this year. I agree that logistics once selecting electives will be hard to coordinate if aiming for both Dermatology and Pediatrics. However, based on my experiences so far, I know I'll have a strong case for Pediatrics so long as I do well on rotations and get a few electives across the country. It's Dermatology that will be much harder to stand out in. Furthermore, while pursuing a specialized career is more difficult, I can try booking Pediatric Derm (which there are many more of than 12 across the country haha...), Allergy, ID, and/or Rheum electives during CaRMS to show balanced interests. I'm also very flexible in terms of my specific career following CaRMS. I was just making a point how, if I did aim for both, that I could tailor my interests to either specialty. Clerkship will help me figure out more what I want to do, but right now I can't picture myself doing anything other than Dermatology or Pediatrics (and I have explored many avenues already).
  3. I'm in my second year of med school, and I recently developed a strong interest in Dermatology. I enjoy so many things about dermatology: visual pattern recognition; an array of differential diagnoses to consider from many systemic diseases; large emphasis on oncology, pathology and immunology; breakthrough treatments; etc. I did an observership recently and have realized this is what I'd love to do. This also scares me now knowing that I'm gunning for a very competitive specialty... I'm also interested in Pediatrics (which was my #1 choice before considering Derm). Now my plan is to apply for both Derm and Pediatrics since I could be happy in either specialty. I could tailor a career in Pediatrics around Derm (Allergy & Immunology, Rheumatology and/or Infectious Diseases) and vice-versa (Pediatric Dermatology). My question is regarding the competitiveness of Dermatology applications. I am trying to set up additional observerships and find ways to get some research in Derm before clerkship begins next year. However, being realistic, I'm not sure if I'll find many opportunities in that time frame. I have Pediatric research that I'm presenting at conferences this year, and it should be published by next year. Ironically, there are some dermatology findings in that research project, but they're not a major component by any means. My questions is whether missing out on research would put me largely out of the running for Derm. Any thoughts or suggestions from Dermatology residents or upper year med students would be very appreciated. Thanks!
  4. I'm in my second year of med school, and I recently developed a strong interest in Dermatology. I enjoy so many things about dermatology: visual pattern recognition; an array of differential diagnoses to consider from many systemic diseases; large emphasis on oncology, pathology and immunology; breakthrough treatments; etc. I did an observership recently and have realized this is what I'd love to do. This also scares me now knowing that I'm gunning for a very competitive specialty... I'm also interested in Pediatrics (which was my #1 choice before considering Derm). Now my plan is to apply for both Derm and Pediatrics since I could be happy in either specialty. I could tailor a career in Pediatrics around Derm (Allergy & Immunology, Rheumatology and/or Infectious Diseases) and vice-versa (Pediatric Dermatology). My question is regarding the competitiveness of Dermatology applications. I am trying to set up additional observerships and find ways to get some research in Derm before clerkship begins next year. However, being realistic, I'm not sure if I'll find many opportunities in that time frame. I have Pediatric research that I'm presenting at conferences this year, and it should be published by next year. Ironically, there are some dermatology findings in that research project, but they're not a major component by any means. My questions is whether missing out on research would put me largely out of the running for Derm. Any thoughts or suggestions from Dermatology residents or upper year med students would be very appreciated. Thanks!
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