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  1. I've been spending so much time thinking about this and haven't gotten super far, so I'm curious to hear what specialties you guys think I should further consider. - I'm introverted. I enjoy both independent work and patient interaction/working with others, but I would prefer something that doesn't involve talking all day. - I am very passionate about tech, data, and innovation in medicine. - I enjoy the idea of being the expert in something but I don't want to be super specialized. - I like variety; I get bored easily. - I am a creative person so I would like to be able to think creatively in my work. I also like the arts and humanities. - I would prefer some acuity to keep things interesting but not the extreme as that would make me too anxious. - I like the idea of doing some procedures as it would be nice to directly solve patient problems. - I'm willing to work hard but would like to have a life outside of my work.
  2. Hahaha that’s pretty true Those are mainly the med students, though. I’ve learned some cool things from physicians, etc. on there
  3. Depends on what you define as "important." Twitter has definitely helped me stay up to date on medical news, and also connect with people in the medical community that I wouldn't have been able to otherwise (eg. students from other schools).
  4. I'm curious about how feasible it is to become a researcher as a family physician - would it be more difficult than if one was a specialist? As well, are you limited to researching topics within the scope of family medicine or could you go beyond that (or would people/funding bodies/journals not take you as seriously)? For example, I'd love to do research about healthcare data and AI, but that doesn't seem particularly relevant to the field of family medicine in comparison to other specialties.
  5. Thanks so much rmorelan for the helpful answer. Do you know how radiology compares in terms of those factors to other specialties, say General Surgery or GIM?
  6. Hi all, I've read a lot of the threads in this forum and get the sense that radiology is no longer a lifestyle specialty and like all specialties, has challenges in terms of residency workload and finding a job in a bigger city. However, I'm interested in knowing how does it compare to other specialties (in particular surgery and internal medicine) in terms of: 1) Residency lifestyle 2) Staff lifestyle: # of hours worked? How easy is it to work part-time, take time off, etc.? 3) Job market: Finding a job in a more urban centre? Thanks!
  7. Also thinking about radiology and IM, mainly. There are a lot of specialties I ruled out based on limited clinical experience or simply reading about them, so nothing is really set in stone for me
  8. I'm coming towards the end of my pre-clerkship (I'm in a 3-year program) and I'm still feeling pretty unsure of what specialty I want. To be honest, I'm mentally tired. I've been thinking about this so much lately (what with COVID impacting our clinical opportunities and the compressed timeline looming over me), on top of doing a lot of research projects and studying. It's a lot of stress and I feel so lost. I've been doing a lot of reading about specialties and discussions happening on this forum and it's cleared up some things for me, but there's nothing I've come across that feels "right" yet. I'm stuck between being practical and just building my CV towards something versus first finding something that really fits. I'm considering FM partly because the idea of getting out sooner is appealing right now, but I don't want to/think I should choose based on that. I'm usually a very ambitious person, but I also want to be happy. There are specialties that are more interesting to me, medically, and I enjoy research/innovation, but when I imagine doing residency and my future career, I just feel exhausted about the prospect of it. Thinking about all the stress, lack of free time, exhaustion, the constant grind of having to prove yourself... it makes me not want to do anything at all. And right now, the stress of not having it figured out, in case I do want a competitive specialty, is eating at me. I know there are worse things in the world going on right now and I'm fortunate to be where I am, but this is almost all that I can think about. Not sure what I'm exactly looking for, posting here, but any advice and words of wisdom on how to move forward are appreciated.
  9. Just declined my offer for the English stream today—I hope this makes someone happy!
  10. Amazing, thank you for such a detailed and helpful response! This makes me feel much more confident about the decision I'll be making.
  11. I've read posts stating that despite Mac being a 3-year program with no summers, students are still able to make it work in terms of building their CV, doing research, etc. I've also heard that the program is fairly chill during pre-clerkship with lots of free time to do the aforementioned things. As someone who is leaning towards picking Mac, this is good to hear. However, what I'm wondering is, does Mac's condensed program and lack of summers lead to a lot of stress and burnout during clerkship (in comparison to 4-year schools)? Or do most students find it manageable? Thanks
  12. I was accepted off the waitlist today (English stream)! Likely going to decline this offer
  13. Bumping because I'm interested in the answer to this!
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