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    stacy_de_lin is offline Member
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    Can Canadian grads practice in the US?

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    Hey there. I have a friend who lives in BC who is encouraging me to apply to UBC Medical School. I was wondering if Canadian grads, even if they do their residencies in Canada, can eventually practice in the US. I have been told that docs workng in Canada aren't compensated very well because of the national health care system so I would want to be able to practice in the states for that reason, as well as to be close to my family.

    Thanks all for your help!

    Stac'

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    US practice

    Since you are still at an early stage in your pursuit of a medical degree, I will simply state that YES you are free to go to the US after Canadian training. I don't think you need to worry about the details until you are in med school.
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    Re: Canada

    Hmmm... does that mean that you are suggesting that I would want to stay in Canada anyway? Just curious.

    Stac'

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    stacey, info for you

    stacy

    if you do a residency in canada and then want to go work in the U.S. you would have to do a residency all over again

    yes this is true

    THE ONLY way to practice medicine in the United States is to first do a residency in the U.S.

    if someone has completed a residency in their home country and then immigrates to the U.S., they MUST obtain and complete an entire residency all over again in the U.S. in order to be able to practice in the U.S.

    and just to obtain a residency you would have to pass USMLE Step 1, USMLE Step 2, get the appropriate work Visa etc etc

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    re: complete residency again

    This issue is complicated,

    It is NOT necessarily true that you have to redo an entire residency in order to practice in USA, if you have completed a residency in Canada.

    This is true for some areas of specialty, but not others.

    You WILL need to complete all stages of USMLE however.

    I am looking into the issues surrounding this, and don't wish to comment further until I know a bit more about it. I can state that I do know 2 doctors personally that have emigrated from Canada to USA without completing an entire residency again.

    sorry I couldn't help anymore, I"ll post more when I know more.

    Cheers,

    SIlenthunder

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    Re: Canada

    Quote Originally Posted by stacy_de_lin
    Hmmm... does that mean that you are suggesting that I would want to stay in Canada anyway? Just curious.

    Stac'
    No, I'm just saying I won't bore you with details that won't mean much to you right now (ie, exams you'll need to pass, visa issues, etc) and are really inconsequential to your desire to get into a Canadian school. Apply to UBC and take it from there, I wish you luck.
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    UBC

    University of British Columbia has an excellent medical school and you shouldn't have a problem if you wish to practice in the US. Most likely you will have to do a residency in the US. From what I heard, UBC is the #3 medical school in Canada after McGill and U of Toronto.

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    states

    Well... one of my attendings graduated from McGill, did his OB/GYN, then did a 2 year highrisk fellowship at Albert Einstein and now is assistant program director in queens NY. I don't know if he did his gyn in Canada..but I think so.
    Geoff

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