Report Having diverse electives vs showing interest in Clerkship Rotations and Electives (Med 3 and 4) Posted December 20, 2019 Hi everyone, Currently, I'm interested in psych and derm, but I haven't completely ruled out family medicine yet. Reading the CaRMs website, most of these programs want diversity in their electives. However, how do you balance showing interest in the program by taking the max number of electives in one specialty (8 weeks) vs having diversity in electives? For the 20 weeks of electives we are allowed, I'm thinking of taking 6 weeks in each of psych and derm, 4 in family, and 2 weeks IM and 2 weeks emerg, or 4 weeks emerg. I would still enjoy a short rotation in IM or emerg and would not be taking them just for the sake of showing diversity. I would not pursue either specialties as a career though. I have also thought about 8 weeks in psych and derm, and then 4 in family, but wonder how much difference two additional weeks in each specialty will make and whether it is better to use the extra four weeks to explore careers/show diversity. On the other hand, I would assume that for a competitive specialty like derm, schools would prefer (some more explicitly than others) that you have taken electives at their location. Taking 8 weeks in derm would let me take derm electives at more schools. Also, I would assume it is ideal to take an OOP elective in a specialty you're interested in applying to, but how much does it matter if you take an OOP elective in another specialty? Is taking an OOP elective at another school enough to show interest? Any thoughts would be appreciated!