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Hi guys! Much gratitude in advance for the replies/advice/insight! I'm an M3 in Montreal, Med-P background, and only have eyes from Family Medicine. I just wonder too often whether, at this point, I'm strong enough of an applicant? I have no research experience, but do have years worth of community involvement (mostly from before Med-P, about 1 years worth during) and my own health literacy initiative. Apart from this, so far, my clerkship evaluations are good. I plan on pursuing electives that could help me refine skills that would make me a better Fam Doc. I am "well-rounded" with respect to my extracurriculars. However, that is about it. What can I do to make myself a stronger candidate? To match here in Montreal would be a dream, but I certainly will be applying broadly. To summarize, here are some questions I would hugely appreciate having answers too. 1) What makes a strong family medicine applicant? 2) Is research worth pursuing during M3/M4 given I have no previous experience? 3) Are some strong reference letters more valuable than others (i.e surgery vs psych vs fam med) 4) What do you recommend as far as electives for a Fam Med applicant? Thank you so much! Please excuse my anxious med-p energy (it's chronic).
Looking at the Duke CCM & Anesthesia fellowship page (http://anesthesiology.duke.edu/?page_id=818043) it would appear that you can apply having completed a CCFP residency (http://anesthesiology.duke.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/CCM-eligibility_recruitment_selection-11.2015.pdf) I know you can enter their hyperbaric medicine fellowship this way. They list two Canadian graduates: Jordan Cuthbert (University of Ottawa) and Duane Funk (University of Manitoba)-- both anesthetists by training, according to google. Is anyone aware of someone who trained as a CCFP in Canada and then did a CCM fellowship in the US? What did their practice look like? I'm gonna presume that this is not some secret fast track to running a toronto ICU as a GP, but are there docs out there working in community ICUs with this sort of background?