Wow. Thanks a lot, this is quite informative. All the best to you.Hey there,
Congratulations on your acceptance!
Re electives: I'm not entirely sure. As a GEM1 we're told to just focus on things year by year. GEM2 is focusing on the USMLE. In GEM3 its sorting out your North American electives between the summer of 3rd and 4th year. Ontario electives are a lottery system between all Ontario medical schools. I'm not sure about other provinces.
Re match: We have our match talk next week. I'm friends with 2 GEM4s, both matched back to Ontario. I'm not sure about the other North Americans.
Re life at UCD: It's great. The Irish have the work-life balance nailed in my opinion. Just yesterday was "Med Cup" where we played in a soccer tournament against all the med classes to raise money for charity. We didn't have lectures and there was a student-professor match too.
Hope that helps a bit- sorry I don't have a solid answer about electives/residency.