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    harder to get into canadian or us medical school?

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    i go to mua, and a lot of the canadian students are saying that the canadian med schools are harder to get into than us medical schools. is there any truth to this? or is it that they're just sayin' that b/c they're from canada........

    by the numbers, canada has 17 medical schools for 30-million residents.

    by comparison, the us only has 125 medical schools for 300-million residents........

    so percentage wise, there are actually more medical schools per person in canada........so why is it harder to get in over there??

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    the thing you probably need to look at is how many spots are there in those schools.
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    I have 35 MCAT, 3.8 gpa by Canadian standard, and I am applying to Caribbean schools, hope that answers your question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doctormua View Post
    so percentage wise, there are actually more medical schools per person in canada........so why is it harder to get in over there??
    The medical school system in canada and in quebec is, in facts, very elitist. For example, if you do a bachelor before applying, all your courses must have been took on a full time basis (5 courses x 3 credits/semester). Some school accept that you made 1 or 2 semesters on a part-time basis, but those courses will not count in your GPA when it's time to apply.

    And, the GPAs are very competitives. Plus, you have to make many hours of volunteering. What does it mean?: If you don't have a mom and a dad paying for you in all time, you won't be able to study on a full time basis + do volunteering + get a GPA>3.7 etc (I know people who did however, but it's rare).

    In some canadian schools you may have a certain chances however, because some of them calculate only the GPA of the last 2 or 3 years. But in Quebec, they count ALL. It means collegial + university (but you do not need to have a university degree for applying in quebec). If you ever failed a course, or had Cs and Ds, forget it.

    Also in quebec, as I said, people apply directly from the collegial (collegial is only 2 years). So they have 18yo, good grads and a lot of volunteering; but a lot of them never had a job, and have no life experience. But the system works for them.

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    You have to look at the total number of seats and the total number of applicants.

    In Ontario, about 14% of applicants will be admitted somewhere. In the US, it's close to 50%.

    For some schools you need a 30 MCAT (min. 10 in each section) just for an interview, let alone an acceptance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clive View Post
    In Ontario, about 14% of applicants will be admitted somewhere. In the US, it's close to 50%.

    And what is the minimum GPA for having a chance to get in?

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    For that specific school, 3.7 for the best 2 years with a full course load

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    Quote Originally Posted by clive View Post
    For that specific school, 3.7 for the best 2 years with a full course load
    ...no I meant for getting in a US school...

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    Quote Originally Posted by POPO View Post
    ...no I meant for getting in a US school...
    The avg US matriculant has a 3.6. In ontario it's 3.8-3.9.

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