In my time, my school was actually 70% Canadian. It's probably more like 40-50% now because of the exchange rate and my school getting US federal loan approval. It's WAY easier to get in, especially if you have a Canadian undergrad. You can say that it works, but you don't hear as much about the people that fail or the people that don't match because they tend not to tell anyone. I think only about 50% of my original class ended up graduating on time.motime wrote: ↑Mar 15th, 2017 12:56 pmI honestly know at least 15 people who couldn't get into medical school in Canada but went to the Caribbean and are now doing residency or practicing in US and Canada. I don't know how much easier it is to get into Caribbean schools but everyone seems to be going there, and it does seem to work. A lot of these people were not outstanding students at all, neither were they from well off families.
It's easy to say that people weren't outstanding students, but most of them did poorly in undergrad for a variety of reasons (excuses) and just needed some time to get their crap together. My excuse was that I had no idea how to study in my first two years and because of that my overall GPA was atrocious despite me figuring it out later in undergrad. Several of the kids in my school had 3.7+ GPAs and simply didn't want to wait for their chance in Canada. All of those students did really well so matching wasn't an issue for them as long as they were okay with primary care. One guy got into U of T med after starting with me so it's not like we were all underachievers. It's a little mean for me to say this, but the kids that didn't get their act together in undergrad and that were poor students all along ended up failing out pretty quickly because they didn't belong in med school in the first place. Medicine isn't for everyone and some people just can't excel in an academic environment even if they're otherwise intelligent.
Cost wise, it depends where you go. A school like St. Georges or Ross is pretty expensive, whereas Saba and MUA are more reasonable. Your province also determines your government funding. Ontario kids got very little from OSAP or whatever they call it. I got 3x what they got being an Albertan and of course there are $150k lines of credit to cover the rest. I paid for the entire thing myself as I'm not from a well off family and I somehow have less debt than many of my Canadian colleagues. Mind you, they used their lines of credit to go on vacation and buy themselves nice things whereas I lived on instant noodles.
Yep, though it's crazy expensive. Two years in Ireland is about what I paid for my entire education. If you go from high school then it's obviously better, but I don't see why people go to Ireland if they already have an undergrad. After talking to my Canadian IMG classmates, I probably would have done Australia if I could do it all over again and money wasn't such an issue. They seemed so much happier than I was in the Caribbean.