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    SGU vs. DO?? Canadian perspective??

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    I know that the comparison of carib schools and DOs have been all over the place...people talk about residency chances, matches, and everything....But these are all US citizens that discuss this.

    So I'm asking to have the same discussion regarding the advantages and disadvantages of each considering the person applying is a Canadian citizen.

    As a Canadian citizen, my only chances of getting into med school are limited to either carib schools like SGU and DOs in the US. I would like to have the discussion focused on the following questions (or anything you like):

    1) which one is the better choice for a Canadian? (anything that comes to your mind)
    2) how harder is it to get a residency in the US for both paths as a canadian compared to an american?
    3) assume you graduate from SGU, do your residency in the US, and then decide you would like to move to another state or to Canada to practice medicine. how hard is this? do you get to keep your specialty in other states and canada or best they allow you to do is FP or easy residencies of that sort even though lets say you have done your residency in cardiology?
    4) any final thought for a canadian?

    inputs are appreciated.

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    Go DO. You can match into most provinces' specialties as a CMG and don't have to worry about the issues that IMGs have to deal with. If you can get over the DO stigma, and the fact that 99.9% of Canadians have no idea what a DO is, and that you'll have to explain what DO means and how it compares to MD for the rest of your life to your patients, then go DO.

    If your talking straight up opportunity, DO will unquestionably facilitate more than an IMG MD degree.

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    1) which one is the better choice for a Canadian?

    Irish Medical School is the BEST CHOICE for Canadians (for non-LCME schools). Then possibly SGU, depending on the specialty you are interested in. (but that is tied with dentistry or pharmacy school hahaha... but if MEDICINE is your only option, then SGU or SABA would be the option)

    2) how harder is it to get a residency in the US for both paths as a canadian compared to an american?

    HARD EITHER WAY. AGAIN, it depends on what specialty you want to do. If you go SGU or SABA and you want to do Cardiology, just plan on doing all of that in the USA. If you want to do FM, then Canada is very likely option.

    3) assume you graduate from SGU, do your residency in the US, and then decide you would like to move to another state or to Canada to practice medicine.


    If you get licensed in the USA, you can move to different states. If you do the Canadian Exams as well then you can work in Canada as well after you do residency in the USA. Just have to do all the exams and all the red tape.

    4) any final thought for a canadian?


    I am very bias, but I think no Canadian should do a degree that we don't have in Canada ie. DO. I know there are DOs practicing in Canada, but they are very very very few. Maybe 10 across the country.
    Last edited by CANeh; 05-19-2010 at 01:23 PM.

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    Why are Irish medical schools the best choice? Easier to get a Canadian residency i assume?

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    yea, apparently irish grad's match better than their carribbean counterparts....based on cARMS data.

    but IMO, it depends on how well u do in schools / test scores / volunteering and all that stuff FIRST!

    Besides irish schools cost almost twice as much than most schools

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    I was speaking with a friend of mine who is at the RCSI in Ireland. He told me that last year 28 students from RCSI applied for Canadian residencies and all of them matched successfully. He didn't have any idea what specialty they matched into.. which would be my big question...

    and yes.. 50,000 euro per year for the 4 year program is A LOT of money...

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    Quote Originally Posted by CANeh View Post
    1) which one is the better choice for a Canadian?

    Irish Medical School is the BEST CHOICE for Canadians (for non-LCME schools). Then possibly SGU, depending on the specialty you are interested in. (but that is tied with dentistry or pharmacy school hahaha... but if MEDICINE is your only option, then SGU or SABA would be the option)

    2) how harder is it to get a residency in the US for both paths as a canadian compared to an american?

    HARD EITHER WAY. AGAIN, it depends on what specialty you want to do. If you go SGU or SABA and you want to do Cardiology, just plan on doing all of that in the USA. If you want to do FM, then Canada is very likely option.

    3) assume you graduate from SGU, do your residency in the US, and then decide you would like to move to another state or to Canada to practice medicine.


    If you get licensed in the USA, you can move to different states. If you do the Canadian Exams as well then you can work in Canada as well after you do residency in the USA. Just have to do all the exams and all the red tape.

    4) any final thought for a canadian?


    I am very bias, but I think no Canadian should do a degree that we don't have in Canada ie. DO. I know there are DOs practicing in Canada, but they are very very very few. Maybe 10 across the country.

    Lets see many month later if my answers are the same.

    1) Irish Med School and Dentistry (tie). Really Dentistry is all about the money, exactly like Medicine, except you finish earlier. If you are planning on staying in the USA, a PA, CRNA are also great options. If your ego can handle it definitely look in to those options.

    2) It is hard to get residency especially as a non-USA citizen, best to find an American citizen and fall in love with them (or like them) and get your green card. It will make your life so much easier... including many more invites for interviews.

    3) Coming back to Canada is tricky. You can get licensed to work in most provinces after completing residency in the USA. You have to sit the Royal College Exams in your specialty (some provinces recognize USMLEs as equal, but to be safe you will need Royal College Exams). But this will not translate in you getting a cardiac surgery spot at a hospital. Remember most specialties in Canada, you need to be hired by a hospital. So you may get offers but usually in the rural or less desirable areas.

    4) Have you thought of Dentistry? Opening up a Tim Horton's?

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