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  1. A friend of mine is interested in working in oncology in the future and is debating applying to both internal medicine (with goals of a med onc fellowship) or radiation oncology. They are doing electives in each and find both interesting. I don't know too much about either of those fields and am unable to give them good advice. I was wondering if people would be able to weigh in on the pros/cons of each profession including working hours, job availability etc.
  2. Thank you. I ranked Toronto first so I'm hoping that the fact that the sites aren't seperated out right now means that it won't be as difficult to get. I suppose all we can do is wait.
  3. Interesting. How competitive are the other greater Vancouver family programs and Toronto family?
  4. Do most people match to their first choice family program or is it common to slide down ones list? Thanks.
  5. Thank you for your advice. I have no more electives, as I just completed my last block of them. By the time I was having doubts earlier in the year, it was too late to change them and I doubt that any clerkship track changes could have been made so late in the game but perhaps I should have asked. I suppose I will have to be okay with whatever I end up getting. The rotation I am interested in is only half completed but I hope that one or two of the preceptors I have worked with thus far will be willing to write a strong letter. I feel it is especially a disadvantage at three year schoo
  6. Thank you for your feedback. I hope it doesn't look too badly that my core letter will be from someone working with me for two weeks (assuming they'll write one) and that the rest will be peds/family supervisors. I suppose I will hope for the best.
  7. As an m3 at a threeyear program, I am in the midst of my internal medicine rotation. I had planned my elective schedule to apply for peds or family but found that I enjoyed working in internal much more than I expected but my electives are over and carms is staring me in the face. Any advice on what to do at this point?
  8. For those of you in three year schools, have you realized you enjoyed a core rotation that was placed during or post carms more than the specialty you originally thought you were interested in/did you end up in a situation where your clerkship track placed preferred rotations during/post carms? What can you do about it?
  9. Just a question out of curiousity. When does residency start? I know the official start date is July 1 but with orientation and all that etc, when is your "break" between final year and PGY1 over?
  10. Thank you for the advice, I will keep this in mind as I book electives. Would psyc or another field serve as a better back up field than family?
  11. I want to have a safe elective schedule, with regards to matching to Peds most likely but I also want to be sure i am matched and does that mean I need to "back up" with family? How much splitting can I do with electives and still remain competitive for peds? thanks.
  12. How should someone split electives if they are attempting to match into either peds or internal? I'm leaning towards pediatrics but I am interested in general care so am also considering family instead of internal as a back up.
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