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    HELP PLEASE, 31 year old wants to go to med school

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    Hi all,

    I have a huge dilemma. At age 31 , after 6 years as a professional in the computer industry, I have come to realize that I want to get out of the corporate rat race and that I would really love to be a doctor more specifically in the area of internal medicine. I would like to practice in either the US or Canada. The problem is obviously my age and the fact that I did not do too good in shcool during undergrad where my objective was to get a job asap.

    Therefore I am considering to apply to polish med schools with the english language program since they are the most flexible in terms of admission not to mention the short curriculum. Now here are my concerns and questions.

    - Are there people as old as me in those schools, are only early 20's people?

    -Which of these medical schools are the best in terms of being integrated back into the North American market. (USMLE, residency etc)


    -How do I know i can master the material? I am a computer grad, did not have to memorize lots of data rather than be a logical thinker

    -I am a canadian citizen, does the us prefer us imgs over canadia ones( due to visa issues and such)?

    -If I obtain a residency spot in the us can that be counted towards canadian residency time considering i pass the canadian tests?

    -What other countries offer residencies which would be recognized by canada or the us?

    I am very grateful for any replies. I am currently going through a terrible internal conflict which makes me loose sleep . If anyone has been in my shoes and can help me out here it is greately appreciated.

    R-

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    Hey,

    first of all if your only goal is the US, I think the carib may be a good route for that. There is 2 years of basic sciences and then another 2 years of US clinical rotations. The carib degree will give you a lot of problems in Canada (both if you try and apply for a residency after graduation or if you try and come back even with a US degree).

    the thing you will have to realise about Canada is that it's virtually impossible to get a residency, (though some ppl do) so it's not that wise for you to plan on it (but you may as well write the tests and see what happens).

    Getting back to Canada is a different issue. If you look up my posts on the topic some provinces will give preferences to graduates from Western countries (NZ, Australia, UK, Ireland etc) with newfoundland and Manitoba being ones i can remember off the top of my head. But the trick is that you have to COMPLETE the residency in these countries befor eyou attempt to return to Canada. the US will not recognize any residency for your purposes (except a Canadian one, and even then only for grads of a Canadian med school, and even that for only certain states). So basically choose either the US or Canada to help you out. another problem that u could potentially encounter trying to return to Canada with a US residency is that some residencies from the US are shorter than their Canadian equivalents. I have yet to meet a Canadian who has successfuly been able to complete the supplementary one or two years required to make it equivalent, where you to get a rez from the UK or Australia it would be the same length or greater than a Canadian one, so u wouldn't encounter htis problem. However I believe that a US FP residency is equivalent to a Canadian one (because it's slighthly longer).

    In short if your goal is the US, consider the carib.

    If your goal is Canada consider the UK, Australia (but then only undergrad ones as you will require a PR (permenant residency) to be able to do a training program here which means either 5/6 years as opposed to four). It's very difficult to complete a residency from either Ireland or New Zealand, so I wouldn't recommend those either.

    Potential things to think about are whether you are 100% sure you don't want to practice elsewhere. the only real way to figure this out is to do some research on the countries yourself. There are a lot of great places to live/ practice other than N. America. Unfortunately with the carib degree most of these places will be ruled out...so consider that as well.

    anyway best of luck.

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    Thank you for the reply. Now my question is how easy is it to get a residency spot in the UK or Australia or NZ? is it as easy as the US? and if so would they recognize an eastern european school and what tests are involved? Thanks for any replies you might have

    R-

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    hi

    It's much easier getting a Canadian residency as a US medical school grad than as an Australian, UK, Irish, etc. grad. This is because US schools are LCME accredited.

    You can also try US osteopathic schools, if you haven't looked into that already. They accept a lot of older applicants (average age at many of these schools is 25-26) but it might be harder to get back to Canada.

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