Medical School acceptance rate
I graduated with a B.Sc in Biochemistry. Got a B+ cGPA. Is it out of the question to apply to medical school? Anyone have an idea of what % of applicants actually get in? I've heard it's extremely difficult.
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Their acceptance rates and average cGPAs are usually listed on their websites.
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true. their MCAT/GPA requirements lower than those in Canada but it will be very expensive. I knew someone mortgaged their house so their kid can go to med school there. Also there is a very high chance that you won't be able to come back to Canada for residency or practice after you finish
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I went to a Caribbean school and am on the verge of completing my residency in Canada. I wouldn't put a blanket disclaimer to simply not go, but would agree that it's a lot tougher than most people realize to make it through and succeed. With a B+ you might have an outside shot in Canada if you can really shore up the rest of your application, perhaps consider a Masters and/or a PhD...and move to another province if you're in Ontario haha.KPanOpto wrote: ↑ With your average, you have a really low chance of getting into medical school in Canada. However, there are some schools that look at your two best years, so if you pulled off a 3.8ish for those two years, then it would be worth applying to those schools ...
Whatever you do, DO NOT GO TO A CARIBBEAN MD SCHOOL. Although it is a lot easier to get into those schools, MANY drop out and it is quite hard to land a residency position as a IMG (FMG?). You will literally have to ace your Step 1 to at least have a fighting chance against students from Canadian/US MD schools. Match rate is about a 54% for IMG (FMG?), while it is almost guaranteed if you go to school in Canada/US (~ 97%). If you do not end up matching, you can try applying again, but odds are less (on top of being from a Carribean school as well). You can end up graduating as a MD without matching, but you will likely not be a working physician, which will leave you with tons of debt if you take out loans.
Mar 14th, 2017 8:05 pm
This. I admire your dedication! Another consideration is that it's getting more and more difficult every year to match back to Canada/US as an international medical graduate. And a big emphasis on making sure you're fully committed to following your dream if you're going international. The path is much more difficult, riddled with much more uncertainty, and in some cases is even longer than if you had just stayed in Canada. A lot of the residency positions for IMGs have a pesky return of service contract stuck on them where you are required to work in an underserviced community for 5 or so years.oilerfan4lyfe wrote: ↑ I went to a Caribbean school and am on the verge of completing my residency in Canada. I wouldn't put a blanket disclaimer to simply not go, but would agree that it's a lot tougher than most people realize to make it through and succeed. With a B+ you might have an outside shot in Canada if you can really shore up the rest of your application, perhaps consider a Masters and/or a PhD...and move to another province if you're in Ontario haha.
If you have no interest in doing further training or still don't think you'll ever get in, you can consider going abroad. If you're in a good Caribbean school (most of them are crap) and you make it through with no problems, the chances of you matching are still quite reasonable. You'll most likely end up in primary care in the States because of how hard it is to match in Canada as an IMG. It's certainly not easy to match in the US either...you're competing against Americans who have visas whereas you'll need a visa to do your residency there...simply, you'll have to be better than your fellow American to have a shot.
If you want more info, feel free to send me a PM. Don't give up on your dreams if it's really want you want to do, but make sure you're fully committed if you go down the international route.
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