Originally Posted by 1234
Most people feel the way Blackadder feels. You spend the better part of 4 years thinking about your specialty (for example, Radiology). You focus more when radiology content is presented during a lecture because you feel that is where you will end up. You do 14 weeks of electives in radiology, studying every night so you can impress your elective preceptors. Nearing the end of your electives, your knowledge with respect to radiology allows you to actually interpret imaging in a valuable way - and more capably that med students around you. You friends, family and collegues associate you with radiology before you have matched. You are on IM core, and a fellow core or resident comes to you asking for your opinion as they recognize your knowledge in radiology.
That is they way it is when people decide early on a specialty, especially moderate to extremely competitive specialty. And the time spent, studying, and reinforcement around you makes you feel as though you are in a particular specialty before you are actually there. It is tough to feel passionate about something you are pursuing as a backup. And for the great majority, it works out absolutely fine. For the small group, it is a tough reality. And that scenario cannot be avoided.
I hear what you are saying, but it dosen't have to be that way. I kept an open mind to a bunch of disciplines, did 6 weeks of Rad, in addition to family and internal pre carms. Ultimately I matched to my first choice. When it came interview time I was honest in saying I considered a bunch of areas, but rad was for me because of reasons z, y and z.
Also, the interview panels (with the exception of uoft and ubc who were more business) seemed more interested in the non-rad stuff and wanted to make sure you're a good fit, not that you have special knowledge about how to read an X-ray.