It’s crazy to think that in a little over a year, it’ll be Match Day, the day that I’ll know where I’ll be and what I’ll be doing for the next 3-4 years. With that hanging over my head, it’s currently M4 elective lottery season at my school. Although it’s pretty exciting to be able to plan a whole year based on my individualized needs and interests, it’s also pretty overwhelming.
Besides taking Step 2 CK/CS, two acting internships, with one in critical care, and four months of clinical electives, the rest is completely wide open. I have been debating whether it would beneficial for me to do an away rotation at another institution. Is it worth the expense and the hassle of applying, just for the sake of potentially making a good impression on a program that I’m interested in or simply to visit and work in a new hospital in a new city? There are rotations in pediatrics and family medicine that I’m interested in, not to mention the multitude of subspecialty consult services that sound nifty, from cardiology and pulmonology to infectious diseases, rheumatology, and GI/hepatology. I also want to experience the specialties that I won’t be able to delve into while in residency, such as dermatology, radiology, and ophthalmology. In doing so, I can explore in a stress-free basis and still be able to take away valuable lessons for my future career as a primary care physician.
Then, there are the multitude of fun electives that are offered by my school. For instance, I can structure an independent research projects or a reading month. I can take an elective offered by the Center for Human-Animal Interaction, which offers pet therapy for hospitalized patients. I can help teach the Practice of Medicine class for the first and second years. There’s even a study abroad elective offered in Italy and Spain respectively.
The choices are endless! I only hope I can come up with a manageable list to submit before the due date, which is fastly approaching!