What are your options?

Canadian medical schools 


The academic standards for medical school are high and the competition is stiff. The ideal path towards becoming a licensed physician in Ontario lasts at least ten years starting from first year university and includes: 3-4 years undergrad (B.Sc/B.A.), 1-7 years for Masters and PhD,  3-4 years Undergrad Medical Program (M.D.), 2-6 years Residency, 2-3 years Subspecialty/Fellowships.


Pre-requisite courses are different for each school, and you need to know them when you enrol in an undergraduate program. GPA and MCAT cut-offs are also different and increase every year. You should aim to apply to a few out of province schools such as Dalhousie, UBC, or Alberta. As a Canadian graduate you are required to write only two residency exams: MCCQE parts I and II.

US medical schools

A number of US medical school accept out of state or international students. Most US schools have very strict prerequisite that vary broadly, but have larger ranges of GPA and MCAT cut-offs. We will help you identify those schools that match your interest and qualification and narrow down your options. There are about 75 American medical schools offer a combined BS/MD program for students applying from high school that lasts 6-9 years. In general tuition costs are higher than Canadian medical schools and you have to arrange your loans for fees and living costs. These programs are extremely competitive. You are required to write the residency exams USMLE Step 1, 2, 3 to obtain residency.

For more information refer to AAMC (American Association of Medical Colleges) website. US MD can do their residency in Canada and go through the same process as Canadian grads via CaRMS. 
 

1 year pre-med program with direct admission into med school or transfer to 3rd year BSc

While for many Canadian students going directly from high school to medical school is just a dream, for most medical schools in Europe, Australia, and elsewhere this is the norm! With increased competition in medical schools in Canada and USA, many students who can not get in even after completing a Master or PhD degree, lot of effort and financial  burden, prospect the opportunity of going from high school directly to med school. 

We have created the first pre-med/postbaccalureate program in Canada that offers an intensive pre-med program (92 credits) in a year in Toronto. This program is designed for mature high school students who are committed to a career in medicine and want a fast track to med school. We have direct acceptance in several medical schools after graduating from our 1 year program.

We also have a transfer program into a 3rd year BSc after completing our premed program that ensures best chances of applying back to Canada and to many American schools.

International Medical Schools

Every international school has their own admission requirements and training.
 Off shore medical schools in Caribbean Islands offer a combined program with half of the study time in the island and clinical rotations in USA, UK, and Canada and use the American curriculum. 

Many European schools take student directly from high school but have a 6 year program (UK, Ireland, Australia, Poland, etc.).

With over 60 off shore medical schools listed in the International Medical Education Directory (IMED), the Caribbean region is the preferred destination for US and Canadian students seeking alternatives to North American medical schools. The quality, fee, success rate varies from school to school. For our premed program we have selected only schools recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and listed in IMED - a joint collaboration by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER).
 
By attending a medical school outside of Canada and the U.S. you will be considered an IMG upon return to Canada. Students write the USMLE (step  1-3) and can match there for residency. You can also match in Canada but you have first to pass the USMLE and then the Canadian licensing exams (MCEE, MCCQEI and II). Some off shore schools require MCAT and have quite competitive GPA requirements.
             
Things to consider in an international school:

  • Professional Certification
  • Accreditation by the World Health Organization
  • GPA, exam requirements
  • Faculty
  • USMLE passing rate
  • Residency matching success
  • Support for residency matching
  • Location
  • International student loans/OSAP
  • Scholarships
  • Travel time and accessibility
  • Tuition and living expenses
  • Campus
  • Student life/Housing
  • Family/Child services
  • Jobs for spouses

For a list of the accredited schools, visit:  http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/WDMS/PRELIM.pdf

Accelerated admission from high school to Canadian med school

Queen’s University Pre-Medical Program QuARMS offers 10 exceptional high school students a unique 2-year undergraduate educational opportunity that prepares them for direct entry into Queen’s medical school. Chancellor’s Scholarship nominees enter medical school after only two years of undergraduate study.
CGEP/Med-P Programs (McGill U, Quebec)

Career Alternatives in Health Care/Back-up options
 
Depending on your motivation to apply for medical school (intellectual stimulation, dedication to helping others, prestige, income, because my parents want me) we will help you create your exit strategy in case none of the above alternatives work for you. For those whose driving force is a passion for health care there are many medically related careers such as Doctor of Osteopathy, Chiropractor, Physician’s Assistant, Naturopathic Medicine, Nurse Practitioner, Dietitian, Physical and Occupational therapy, Psychology, Optometry, Speech-language pathology, Genetic counseling, Forensic Science, etc. We can help you explore these careers and prepare your application.


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