Event Summary: Panel and Q&A Visiting Electives

April 13, 2022 | 5 min

On March 28th, 2023 the COSIGxCCOR team hosted a panel of residents to discuss experience with visiting electives. After cancelling visiting electives for the 2021, 2022, and 2023 classes, the AFMC Board of Directors approved the resumption of visiting electives for the class of 2024. After three years of pandemic restrictions, it was an honour to have two residents provide guidance and thoughtful advice to medical learners as they undertake and plan their visiting electives.

Our first speaker was Dr. Anastasia Faggioni who did her medical education at NOSM and is currently a PGY-3 at the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at the University of British Columbia. Our second speaker was Dr. Rachel Martin who did her medical education at McGill University and is currently a PGY-3 at the Department of Ophthalmology at Queen’s University. A summary of the insights shared is below. 

Essential Advice:

Booking Electives:


Navigating Around:

What If I Don’t Get An Elective At A School?

You Got a Visiting Elective- Now What?

After The Visiting Elective:

We hope this advice was useful as you begin planning for your visiting electives and CaRMS applications. Stay tuned for our annual post-match event happening on April 18th where you will get to hear from students who matched into ophthalmology in the recent 2023 CaRMS cycle!

Author: Aya Alsefaou (M1, UofT)