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    BlueLion45 is offline Newbie 510 points
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    WUSOM and Certificate of Equivalency

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    Has anyone at Windsor tried to get a Certificate of Equivalency from a place like WES? Looking at Government Jobs in US many require an equivalency. Was wondering if someone can share about the process.

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    WES Evaluation

    I have recently gotten an equivalency eval from there. This is after completion and having your MD windsor and no previous undergrad. Just the Windsor premed to MD program.

    U.S. equivalent - 177 Semester Credits 4 years professional study in medicine at an offshore university. So it does not give you a exact degree equivalent because there is no way from them to determine that without having access to ECFMG which also unfortunately only provides recognition of education for purposes of USMLE examination. I was, however, able to use the evaluated transcript to bypass admissions requirements for several Masters programs. I don't know if it will help you in your purpose but if you are looking to get a second degree or into a different career path it will definitely help. I am glad it did because I wasnt sure if it would come back as anything quite frankly. Good Luck

    Quote Originally Posted by BlueLion45 View Post
    Has anyone at Windsor tried to get a Certificate of Equivalency from a place like WES? Looking at Government Jobs in US many require an equivalency. Was wondering if someone can share about the process.

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dadaatl View Post
    I have recently gotten an equivalency eval from there. This is after completion and having your MD windsor and no previous undergrad. Just the Windsor premed to MD program.

    U.S. equivalent - 177 Semester Credits 4 years professional study in medicine at an offshore university. So it does not give you a exact degree equivalent because there is no way from them to determine that without having access to ECFMG which also unfortunately only provides recognition of education for purposes of USMLE examination. I was, however, able to use the evaluated transcript to bypass admissions requirements for several Masters programs. I don't know if it will help you in your purpose but if you are looking to get a second degree or into a different career path it will definitely help. I am glad it did because I wasnt sure if it would come back as anything quite frankly. Good Luck
    My son is a high school student in Canada. He is interested in going to a medical school most likely in Caribbean. Would directly going (after fulfilling pre-med requirements) to a medical school after completing a high school have any negatives? This will save him few years. Is there any benefit of earning a bachelor’s degree i.e. BSc degree before or in conjunction with an MD degree?

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    This is a question asked by many people around the country. After being an Engineer for last 30 years now I am in the school studying to become a Medical Doctor. I have seen different countries and how their educational system is organized. I know countries like India students go to medical school right after the high school and they come to US after passing the ECFMG exams and they are given the same residency position that US graduates would get. I have 3 daughters and one completed her ** in US and now looking for MD school admission in US. On the other hand my younger daughter is doing advanced college credits while in the high school and skip college and go straight to Med School or complete ** in a year and go to medical school. In US there are also **/MD programs where you can complete High school and go straight to **/MD school where you have guaranteed admission to MD if you do well in ** program. There are several different ways to look at the Medical Schools around the world and how to prepare for the education. In the end it all depends on how well you child does in the USMLE STEPs and how well he/she applies her self towards the studies. It is important to have to strong foundation in Organic Chemistry, Cell Biology, Biochemistry along with Physiology, Pharmacology to be successful in the Med School. It is better to build strong foundation in these subjects before going to Medical School. Any way these are my observations from my personal experience and I am not commenting on any particular school or educational system or methods a country uses in training their physicians. There is no right or wrong way to study. It all depends on the individual student and their ability to learn and master the subjects. Feel free to send me a PM and I'll be happy to share my thoughts and suggestions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kam2020 View Post
    My son is a high school student in Canada. He is interested in going to a medical school most likely in Caribbean. Would directly going (after fulfilling pre-med requirements) to a medical school after completing a high school have any negatives? This will save him few years. Is there any benefit of earning a bachelorís degree i.e. BSc degree before or in conjunction with an MD degree?
    The benefit is your child will have time to mature before he takes on one of the hardest challenges of his life. No matter how mature you think he is, he will be walking a tightrope with no safety net if he decides to start med school right away. If he falls, he will have wasted your money and his time at a Caribbean school. If he makes it through with flying colors, good for him. I wouldn't risk sending my child to the Caribbean without a degree. Forget about right after high school. It sounds like someone is forcing him to take the quickest and seemingly easiest route to becoming a doctor.

    Whatever your impressions of how tough it is to be a doctor from the US, Canada, or even India, it is ten times harder doing it from a foreign country and then trying to come back and practice in the States. You are from Canada, so there is even an extra step after the US.

    If he can not earn a degree in Canada, he will not make it through the Caribbean system. I guarantee it. That is not to say there are no people without degrees that did not make it through the Caribbean. But if he can not handle the course load of college, the Step 1, 2CS/CK will kill him.

    Do not do it
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