I just received an acceptance for the GEP from UCC and would love to go. I would like to come home to Canada for residency after school but am realistic about not being able to match into a specialty. I would also like to enter the US match (on an H1B) and am married to an Irish citizen so will be able to obtain my Irish citizenship and stay there for residency if need be.
It seems to be a very complicated process to enter the match in all 3 countries so I was hoping somebody could double check my time line.
Year 1 Aug. 24/09 to July 3/10
Spend this summer studying for USMLE 1 and MCCEE
Year 2 Sept. 1/10 to July 3/11
Write the USMLE 1 and MCCEE at the end of summer 2011
Year 3 Sept. 1/11 to May/12
Write the USMLE 2 CS and CK and try to get as many rotations in Canada and the US as possible completed.
Year 4 Sept. 1/12 to May/13
Try to do all rotations without any major breaks so all are completed by November. Get ECFMG cert., write USMLE 3 and MCCQE 1 and enter US and Canadian match. Will graduate by the end of May and should have an internship spot in Ireland if I don't match in Canada/US.
I guess my main question is whether Cork will issue your diploma any earlier than the end of May if all rotations are done so you may enter the US match and be eligible for an H1B without losing a year?