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    UK med students matching in Canada?

    Hey everyone,

    My brother just finished grade 11 and is entering grade 12 this fall. He wants to do medicine but we are in Canada and the chances of him getting into a canadian medical school is very low. He is looking at options of doing an undergrad degree and then applying into medical school in US but again, it's a gamble.

    Recently he has shown a serious interest in going to medical school in the UK in the 6 year program right after grade 12. However, we have concerns about this. I am currently a carribean medical student and so do not have much insight into the UK schools.

    The first and foremost question is what are his chances in getting back into Canada for residency? I would greatly appreciate if any canadians that have attended the UK schools (esp the ones in ireland) could tell me their experience with getting a residency position in canada. He does not want to "just settle" for family med. Do students get decent residencies in Canada coming from the UK? By this I mean does he have chances for internal med, psychiatry, etc.

    I'm sure there is a bigger selection of residencies for these student in States....but he is interested in returning back to canada.

    We don't want to make the mistake of sending him there right after highschool without fully knowing all the facts of what to expect in the future.

    Any insight in this matter esp from fellow canadians having done this route would be greatly appreicated!

    Thanks.

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    meant to add, the great thing about UK med schools is that no high school leavers want to be a doctor in the UK, so there is no competition for places and you can get in with really low grades.

    warning: I may be joking here, depends whether English irony is at work or not. I leave you to guess.

    BUT: many schools have a specific quotas of international places, so you are not competing directly against local students, however you are competing against students from the British Empire. BUt Canada as a colony should be ok on that score. (still joking)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ForeignMed View Post
    meant to add, the great thing about UK med schools is that no high school leavers want to be a doctor in the UK, so there is no competition for places and you can get in with really low grades.

    warning: I may be joking here, depends whether English irony is at work or not. I leave you to guess.

    BUT: many schools have a specific quotas of international places, so you are not competing directly against local students, however you are competing against students from the British Empire. BUt Canada as a colony should be ok on that score. (still joking)

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    Hey Foreign MD thanks for the information u have posted. and i will follow ur suggestion to e-mail the universities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ind3r View Post
    i think the residency rate for one of the unverisity is 100% (including canada).
    WOW! hahaha! What's your source on that man?

    Not even Harvard Med school has a 100% match rate, even in domestic schools, lol.

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    Some provinces guarantee a residency spot to every graduate of that province (I know of Ontario and Quebec, there may be others). However, this does not mean a residency of your choice. Technically then, there could be a 100% match rate for all the schools of those provinces.
    Last edited by euromd; 06-25-2008 at 10:50 AM. Reason: spelling

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    I graduated from a university in the USA and am now in my final year at the University of Aberdeen medical school in Scotland. It is an EXCELLENT school and the staff are very helpful and friendly to international students (and their own of course!) I would suggest that you give the medical school you are interested in a call and speak directly to them about your situation. At the end of the day you brother will be an international medical student and the requirements are different for that student set. Thats the best thing to do; make a list of schools and give them a call and tell them exactly what his scores/marks etc are. They will tell you what his chances of getting in are and when to apply. I strongly suggest that he goes for it. The teaching is amazing. I am in the process of getting back to the USA now for residency and I am not really running into any problems. Its all about your USMLE scores, what you did in med school etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ind3r View Post
    Or if he has taken the IB program and is getting predicted 38+.
    You don't need to be getting 38+!!!

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