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    kam2020 is offline Junior Member 510 points
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    My son is a high school student in Canada. He is interested in going to a medical school most likely in Caribbean. He would do 1 year of pre-med courses then go to a MD program. Would directly going (after fulfilling pre-med requirements) to a medical school have any negatives? This will save him few years. Is there any benefit of earning a bachelorís degree before or in conjunction with an MD degree? In US and Canada it is very competitive to enter a med school. As per some statistics the acceptance rate for first-time applicants in Canada is under 30% and in the U.S. it is 44%. So my point is why waste time, go directly to Caribbean school, study hard and graduate. Please advice re: positives and negatives of pre-med vs. bachelor degree and US/Canada Med Schools vs. Caribbean Med Schools, and doing pre-med courses in Canada/US vs. doing pre-med courses in Caribbean. Thanks!

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    There are a lot of gaps in this plan.

    First of all, the residency match rates in Canada for foreign med grads (even Canadians) are pretty freaking abysmal. Even worse than the US, which is far from guaranteed in and of itself. The point is not just graduating, per se, the point is to graduate and then actually be able to train and work as a doc in the specialty and location of choice. That is a hell of a long shot coming to Canada from the Carib. Some people manage it, yeah, but it is getting more and more challenging and the chances are not improving.

    There are not any shortcuts in medicine. Foreign medical school is a significantly tougher path to the goal, and it does not make things easier... it definitely also makes a successful residency match less likely.

    If your son really wants to be a doc in the US or Canada, then he should bust his butt and get into medical school there. He will have FAR better chances and options for specialization than he will if he goes overseas. If he does not get in, the Carib and other foreign schools will still be there as a backup, if he still wants medicine and wants to take a chance.

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    He is young, he has time. I would recommend to do a bachelor degree in Canada and put in a lot of effort to do well and get accepted to a Canadian or US medical school. If his goal is med school from the get go and if he is bright enough to consider medical school right out of high school then I think he would not have trouble getting into a Canadian or US medical school. Carribean schools are for those who may have had other goals in mind first and later decided they wanted to go into medicine or those who did not do well enough in undergraduate studies.

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    30% is pretty spectacular compared to the odds he will face trying to come back to canada after medical school.

    I'm sure you want whats best for your son. BA --> Canadian/US MD

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