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    ShimaMD is offline Junior Member 510 points
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    How will the residency matches look like by 2019?

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    Hi guys,

    I am new to this, and would love to get some feedback from you guys about my situation

    I am a Canadian student hoping to go to SGU in 2014. I have approximately 1 year left for my undergrad, and will be studying for and taking the MCAT after I graduate. If I go to SGU in 2014, I am anticipating that I will be applying for residency matches in 2018-2019. I understand that a lot can happen in the next couple of years, but with the new medical schools that has opened in US and the DO schools, I am worried how the residency matched will look like for IMG's that want to be matched in US. I understand that going to Caribbean school, you have the added hardship of having to do better than average US graduates and chances of being placed into more competitive specialities are very rare.

    I am interested in primary care (FM/IM), and would like to put all of my effort in being matched in FM especially. Let's say that I do great in my first 2 years, I get a competitive score for USMLE step1, etc.. , does anyone know how the residency placements will look like for SGU graduates wanting to go into primary care like FM??

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    Are you currently in HS or undergraduate? Instead of "let's say I do great in my first 2 years of medical schools", why not study well for your MCAT now and get into US MD or DO school? You've still got time and it will make your life a lot easier.

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    If I were you, SGU or any other carribean school wouldn't be in my mind. Like my above poster mentioned, i'd rather focus on MCAT, ace it and try to get into a canadian or US school. I'm a Canadian myself, in the match process right now and trust me..its not getting any easier. Even if you have a green card...i wouldn't think about this pathway. Try to get the highest GPA/MCAT score u can and apply to both Canadian/US schools, D.O. included if you're ok with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hongkildong View Post
    Are you currently in HS or undergraduate? Instead of "let's say I do great in my first 2 years of medical schools", why not study well for your MCAT now and get into US MD or DO school? You've still got time and it will make your life a lot easier.
    Im currently in my undergraduates, and I have 1 more year to go. Do you think I can get into a US school with a 3.4-3.5 GPA and a good score on the MCAT?

    Anyone knows any US schools that are "canadian-friendly"?

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    I have done some research, and it seems like Canada (particularly BC) is increasing the IMG residency slots by 2017, and USA as well is thinking of doing that. I know right now since the residency slots are not increasing in the same rate as new medical schools in USA, those that are hoping to match in 2015 are in trouble. But what about in a few years from now like 2019 or 2018? Also, remember I am interested in Primary care (FM/IM), and I know that PM is always in high demand.

    I will try my best in the MCAT and increasing my GPA however I have a weak record:I have not been taking 5 courses per semester (which is something majority of the canadian schools are looking for), I have 1 WE (withdrawal under extenuating circumstances), and in 1 year the most I can probably bring my GPA upto is 3.5. Do you think I stand a chance with this record at a canadian/us shcool?

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    To be honest with you, with 3.5 gpa, you had little or no chance at all at canadian medical school unless you're currently residing in Quebec and applying in state (their in-state acceptance gpa is similar to your gpa). However, if you're either in Ontario or in BC, then your chance of getting accepted in canadian med school is really low. That being said, you still have shot at some US MD schools (low tier) or DO, assuming you do well on your MCAT. American med schools tend to weigh heavily on the MCAT score, therefore it's completely upto how well you do your MCAT. I wouldn't rely on what would happen in 2018 or 2019 because it's even hard to predict the next few years. The bottom line is, going to foreign school as non-us citzen, is a gamble and you don't want to rely on what could "potentially" happen in 2019.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hongkildong View Post
    To be honest with you, with 3.5 gpa, you had little or no chance at all at canadian medical school unless you're currently residing in Quebec and applying in state (their in-state acceptance gpa is similar to your gpa). However, if you're either in Ontario or in BC, then your chance of getting accepted in canadian med school is really low. That being said, you still have shot at some US MD schools (low tier) or DO, assuming you do well on your MCAT. American med schools tend to weigh heavily on the MCAT score, therefore it's completely upto how well you do your MCAT. I wouldn't rely on what would happen in 2018 or 2019 because it's even hard to predict the next few years. The bottom line is, going to foreign school as non-us citzen, is a gamble and you don't want to rely on what could "potentially" happen in 2019.
    Thanks so much for your help. I agree, I find canadian schools just look at applicant as machines and not necessarily "human". Can I ask which med school you are currently attending? Are you canadian or US citizen?

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    i almost feel its better to not do medicine if you can't do it in the states or your home country. the doors are closing more and more every day for IMGs, if you want some friendly advice, i say don't bother doing it, its not worth the headache

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    Quote Originally Posted by jumar1281 View Post
    i almost feel its better to not do medicine if you can't do it in the states or your home country. the doors are closing more and more every day for IMGs, if you want some friendly advice, i say don't bother doing it, its not worth the headache
    Well, that's discouraging! Medicine is something that I have always wanted to do. It just turns out that I live in canada where there is only 17 medical school and very little chances of getting in unless you are literary "perfect". And US schools give priority to their own resident rather then candians. So, if I have to go to the Caribbean to be a doctor, then I will. The only think that worries me is the residency placements. Although, it is a relief knowing that I am interested in FM/IM and doing well, I have a good chance of getting placed. However, my match year is most probably going to be during 2019, and I am not sure how residency placements are going to look like by then.

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