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    Apply to Hungary next year, vs finish my major and apply in two years/(Quebec,Canada)

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    Hi, I am a Quebec citizen, student at McGill U majoring in biomedical sciences, U2 by fall 2013. (Medicine is my passion). I would predict that my GPA would be around 3.4 by the time I apply from U3. It may be lower (3.2, 3.1) or slightly higher (3.5) but I stay positive and work hard regardless. I heard of the good reputation of the Semmelweis U in Hungary. I also know of Caribbean medical school.

    My question is: should I apply to Hungary next year (saving me a year from my major), or make it to U3 and apply everywhere then. This, considering the residency problems I might encounter with the foreign school vs the low chance of me getting accepted in my own country. I will for sure take every advice with a pitch of salt although looking at every point made very closely.

    What do you think?

    Thank you all.

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    Apply in U3. Work hard super hard, you know its a tough situation so that should be your motivation. Apply everywhere, the standards in Eastern Europe are no where near the standards in the West. I've heard things about Charles Uni in Prague like horrible hospital facilities.

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    thx for the reply.

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    agree. do the extra year. saving a year can cost you more time and money in the long run.

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    I don't know about your finances but I would consider the US and Ireland. If you can get into the US go there. They are only slightly easier than Canadian schools so you will need to really reach your target of 3.5 to have a shot. Try and stay in Canada. Some schools only look at your best 2 years. If you have to take a year off or do a masters I would consider that if you are borderline over going IMG.
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    Anyone doing his/her IMG right now and is from the American continent?
    I had positive (to go to Semmelwes) and less positive feedback so far.

    Is getting an IMG putting me in an inferior position when applying for residency here in America/Canada?

    It would be nice to hear an insider's opinion as well (of someone who was on a similar path before).

    Thank you guys for the replies.

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    No problem. I just want to let you know that coming back to Quebec is very difficult as an IMG. You will have to take a year or maybe even 2 off just to meet their requirements, and then you will end up with a return of service in the middle of nowhere.

    Its not just about matching back, its also about your life. Where do you see yourself in your 30s. If you don't mind living in the middle of nowhere then i guess its alright to go abroad but there are just so many hurdles.

    I think if you go abroad you should probably just give up on Canada. Its just not worth it, with the return of service and all.
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    Thank you for this insight. I kinda found out the same thing. It is can be emotionally hard not to do what I want to do in life, so I kinda try to speed things up a little bit.

    Good to read replies.

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    Thank you for this insight. I kinda found out the same thing. It is can be emotionally hard not to do what I want to do in life, so I kinda try to speed things up a little bit.

    Good to read replies.

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    If medicine is such a major passion, think about that every time you study for an exam and complete assignments. Many Canadian medical students apply a few times before they get in. If you are still early in the process and know what you want there should not be any reason you can't to well. also, going abroad, means not only will it take you longer, but you will have many more exams to do. going abroad is a last resort.

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