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    Practicing in California?

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    Hi,
    I'm a Canadian high school student, and I want to practice medicine in California in the future. I have a few questions, if someone would be kind enough to answer them :
    1) If I do my bachelors and get into med school here, what are my options for going to Cali? Is it hard to get licensed to practice there, and if so how many years am I looking at after doing my residencies here?

    2) Should I go to the Caribbean and do my med there? How hard would it be to go to the States considering I'm not a US citizen and I'd have gotten my degree in the Caribbean?

    3) Or am I better off spending tens of thousands of dollars extra and just studying in the States as an international student right out of high school?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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    i wish you all the best

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    I'm a Canadian student straight out of high-school and will practice in California after my studies are complete at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

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    1. Im not 100% sure but I think if you graduated from a Canadian Med school, you can practice anywhere in the US. Since you are still in high school, work your butt off to get into a Canadian med school. If you end up at a Caribbean med school, it will be hard to get a competitive residency so unless if you're happy with being a family physician/primary care, you need to get into a Canadian med school.

    2. Some Caribbean schools are not recognized by many states. So if you would like to practice in Cali, check to see if the school has Cali licensure.

    3. can't help you with that one

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    1) If I do my bachelors and get into med school here, what are my options for going to Cali? Is it hard to get licensed to practice there, and if so how many years am I looking at after doing my residencies here?

    If you graduate from a Canadian medical school there is absolutely no problem with practicing in California. In fact, you could apply for residency in California, which would be an ideal situation because you would train there and be able to transition straight into the work force.

    2) Should I go to the Caribbean and do my med there? How hard would it be to go to the States considering I'm not a US citizen and I'd have gotten my degree in the Caribbean?

    No, not if you are a Canadian and you want California. It is hard enough to get US residency as a Carib grad, adding the visa requirement only makes it tougher. Remember that only four of the Carib schools are California-approved (Ross, SGU, SABA, AUC). Your first best option is to get into a Canadian school. In my opinion, your next best bet after that would be a Commonwealth medical school, meaning Ireland, England, Scotland or Australia. You can check out the Irish schools at Atlantic Bridge: US and Canadian students studying medicine, dentistry, and veterinary medicine in Ireland. Note that Ireland has some programs for students straight out of high school, as well as graduate programs for those with bachelor's degrees. SABA has a lot of Canadian students now, so that is probably also a viable option.

    3) Or am I better off spending tens of thousands of dollars extra and just studying in the States as an international student right out of high school?

    It is not easy to get into US medical schools as a non-citizen, although I know a couple of guys who did it. (Getting into Canadian medical schools is really competitive at the moment, judging by the credentials of rejected applicants Up North). Good luck!

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