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    canon is offline Junior Member
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    transferring into Canadian schools

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    Does anyone know anything about the trasferring process from caribbean to Canadian medical schools? Is it even possible?
    Any input will be appreciated.

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    Cannot transfer

    Most Canadian Schools will not accept ANY transfer from anywhere, but I would check the schools admissions transfer policy. Canada has very strict rules, and I would think this is one of them. Besides the education is highly government funded and to allow a transfer in would impose a greater debt load on the education budget - likely not going to happen.
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    LoL

    Transferring is virtually impossible even if you're from a Canadian medical school. I'm 100% confident that the admission directors will be laughing fit the moment you mention transferring from, out of all places, the Caribbeans. As depressing as it is, after 6 months of looking into finding ways home, I've completely given up on coming back to Canada to practice. Not only is it difficult, but what's even more ridiculous is how utterly expensive, time consuming, and mentally degrading the whole process is. Why all that just to end up in the suburbans with lowest of the low salary, especially when you have $150K+ debt to pay in USD.

    If coming back to Canada is important for you, then continue to try your luck at a Canadian school. Or be ready to beat the odds and land a Canadian residency after finishing your degree in the Caribbeans and passing MCC EE, MCC QE Part I and Part II, plus all the required fees and processing time. Be sure to orient as much of your clinicals in Canadian hospitals in your 3rd and 4th year, but do realize that some competitive provinces don't let a foreign student rotate for more than 12 weeks. As well, keep in mind that you'll be reducing your chances at a US residency by focusing on Canada since clinicals are valuable ways to establish connections much needed for subsequent match.

    Hope I don't sound to cynical!

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    total agreement

    i agree totally with the above post by kirst from vancouver,
    canada is hopeless
    we need more people like her/him on this forum
    kirst, have you started med school? if so which one? let's discuss some issues like visa's, US residency etc. . . I need to know these things!

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    tobykeith

    Hi,

    If you would like, I can send you a summary of visa options and details for Canadian IMGs that I wrote for a prospect here who inquired me about it.

    I'll be going to Saba in January or Spartan in September, yet to be decided

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    KIrst

    Hey!

    This is Laura, guess what I too am trying to decide between Spartan in Sept vs Saba in Jan!!!!!!!!!! That is crazy! Have you applied to Saba yet? I did last week.

    Keep in touch

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    LoL

    It's you again! LoL hi Laura.

    My original plan was to go to Saba, to which I applied in February. My last recommendation apparently wasn't received at the admission office until Late April, which I didn't find out about until I called after tossing and turning for 2 months waiting to hear back from the school. My interview was scheduled in May and by the time the date came around, I found out the September class was completely full and wait listed. I was... OUTRAGED. Who'd have thought my reference would confirm with me that the letter was sent in late February, but it didn't make it there until Late April?

    I was accepted for January at Saba. I am really keen on starting this September like I mentioned before, so I applied to MUA in April. I was also put in its Spring class. Last minute, I applied to St. Eustatius and was offered a seat for this September. It was only then I started opening my eyes for Spartan and sent my application... this Tuesday. LoL

    I guess the moral of the story here... would be to apply early to ALL schools at once and request 5 letters of recommendation and cross your fingers that at least 2 will make it there on time I figured I'd save myself the application fees by deciding on one school. It didn't even occur to me that my application would remain imcomplete for months until the session I want is full

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    Transfers

    Anyway who decides to go overseas should accept this reality: You won't be able to transfer to a Canadian school....I have never heard of anyone doing it.

    I have however heard of people transferring to US schools...I don't know anyone personally but have seen it on forums....so maybe you can try and transfer there?

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    re: transfer to Canadian schools.....

    I agree with the general consensus that you can't transfer to Canadian schools. Most Canadian schools won't even take transfers from OTHER canadian schools!!!

    About 15 years ago one of my uncles transferred to McMaster after doing about 1.5 years at University College Cork. Even back then it was a pretty big deal (a rather large number of people applied for 1-2 spots available for transfer students).

    But, alas, nothing like this is available now.

    I'm content with the knowledge that if I want to be an MD, and to practice, I need to leave Canada, and perhaps never come back. While I love Canada a great deal, I think that I am in love with the idea of being an MD more.

    Cheers all

    Silenthunder

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    policy changes

    I think the policy will be revised in the near future. I have another 3 years so am hopeful. We cannot sustain our healthcare system as it currently stands. There was a great article in Maclean's called "A Scandalous Waste" - not too old. Anyhow, there are some groups in Ottawa now being set up to investigate how to give professionals trained overseas recognition. The first professions are to be engineers & doctors. I've contacted Macleans and the author gave me the name of the man who is running the working group at HRDC. I'd like to become a part of their group and offer OUR perspective. S-

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