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  1. Are all the IP interview invites already out? Anyone have any idea?
  2. So I've secured a little more than you, 200,000$, and I did this by having a parent take out the line of credit for me. So you need the collateral put up by someone. By the way, you mentioned 7-10k via the federal government = what is this program, I'd like to know as i might need more myself.
  3. Perhaps you are right - I am subject to the same, perhaps unsubstantiated, bias at times. However, in the end, who cares about biases and whether or not your diploma came from a 'diploma mill' as you said. The point is being able to practice in Canada (and/or the U.S.) - if the top 4 Caribbean schools prepare you for the licensing exams better than Australia and get you doing your clinical years in the U.S., perhaps that is the place to go if you want to get back to Canada or the U.S. However this bias against the Caribbean could be substantiated - Australia is a commonwealth country and I would think there should be some understanding between these countries - However, getting back to Canada seems to be unreasonably hard on all fronts. Perhaps you just have to get great marks on your exams and do electives here; in this reality all IMG's are considered equal - Caribbean/Western European/Australian IMG's being of course 'more equal' than the others. Knowing the difference in numbers of Australian trained vs. Caribbean trained graduates gaining residency spots in Canada would be helpful to know.
  4. I am wondering if Canadian University of Queensland graduates have been successful in attaining residencies in Canada (particularly Quebec) and if this would be a better path to take as compared to SABA - the latter did have some good matches this year... Anyone's comments are much appreciated.
  5. I applied early on, when it first opened. I don't remember precisely when. + I'm on SDN but I havn't talked about it there. rhl, have you decided absolutely to go? I'm getting that way, just a few more technicals things to sort out and some questions. For example, I have not seen any lists of alumni that have matched into residencies in Canada and the US after going to UQ. I'm wondering how successful other have been in getting back? If you know anything - or others do - I'd love to hear about it.
  6. MCAT: 28 GPA: 3.54 Applied: McGill, 4 Irish schools, SABA, University of Queensland. Rejected: McGill, 3 Irish schools. Accepted: University of Queensland. Waiting: SABA, UCD. To go or not to go?
  7. Check the 'borderline' thread in this section - there is a link to the stats in this thread. In general, a 33+ MCAT places you in a competitive spot from what I've heard from the admission com. members. A 30 might get you an interview at the private schools if your gpa is above average - i.e. 3.7 - 4.0.
  8. Alastriss, unfortunately those statistics are for applicants and not matriculants. However, I think we agree on what's important - 33+ MCAT.
  9. I was actually thinking of 400 per school - but its more like between 80 - 350 international applicants per school, with say 1 - 8 matriculated.
  10. I'm thinking that with anything less that a 33 MCAT, a Canadian has little chance of getting into an American school - and even with that score I think it is still hard to get in. I gather this from the few adcom members I've spoken with at US schools (Wayne State, Rosaline Franklin, etc...) You might be right about numbers matriculated vs. numbers offered a spot - but I would not think that these two numbers are that much different - maybe 30% more offered than matriculated - i.e. 12 offered admission out of 400, i.e ~3% - maybe 5%. 'Them ain't none good odds'... someone might say. And I'm not much of gambler to begin with. I'd be wrong if those 400 internationals were applying with low MCAT scores - but let's face it, they are not.
  11. What do you mean by first or second year research positions - I assume this means a good research position for your summer of the first year of your medicine degree? Concerning a high MCAT for the sates, if you're American, sure, it's the gold ticket. However if you're Canadian I think it only gets you a maybe at the 'third tier schools' or whatever they call them. When I talk to the frankly speaking adcom members in the states there is a hefty dose of doubt in the tone of their voices - and the statistics in the MSAR book show even less hope - maybe 8 Canadians get in here and there, out of how many applicants I wonder - at least in the 100s. Canadians are matching into Canada now from SABA and St. Georges - and the long way back (i.e., res in US) is also a possibility. Even SABA and St. Georges are stating that the stats and numbers of their candidates are raising so much that they are able to select the strong applicants - and these are now often getting competitive residencies in the US. Things keep on changing...
  12. I agree - It is a numbers game. I think often your file is not even considered if you don't reach a certain gpa/mcat - I mean for the schools that don't explicitly state that they have cutoffs - as they don't have the time to review 1000s of applications in detail. In the end, from what I see now, Canada is by far the most difficult country in the world to gain admission to medical school.
  13. Alastriss - You're right about parental pull not being the answer to getting into med school - that's why I put that comment as about a 50% joke. Perhaps half of the time acceptance is due to merit alone - that means great marks all around, the other half are 'known' to admissons commitees. This is not necessarily a negative thing - it is, often though not always, an implicit referal system that enables adcom members to have a personal understanding of the qualities of the candidate over a long period of time - the med school then knows more exactly who it is getting and what they are capable of. It does nothing to attempt to dismiss the reality that an old boys network is alive and kicking in medicine admissions today. I see admissions now as a cross between a meritocracy and an aristocracy - if two candidates were placed side by side with the same stats let us face it, the second, or 'known student' would win. Thus the student applying on merit alone, the 'unknown student', requires better grades. Perhaps you're right about the MCAT - that performance was a problem for me (I think I could get my mark up higher as I was above a 30 on my practice tests), yet rewriting in the fall means applying for US schools for entry in two years from now - and potentially not getting in. For Canada it might be worth it to write the MCAT again. Yet Canada for me means McGill... placing all bets on one school seems a little risky at my stage. I'm honestly not too sure what to do - other than to apply out of North America and do the extra work to get back here.
  14. Big Baller - I would agree with what you said if you mentioned that a 33-35 MCAT would make the file competitive enough to get an interview. I have the impression that it is getting harder to get in. With a low end gpa you need a high end MCAT - the latter is not easy to obtain (less than 10% have that high an MCAT score). Moreover, even with an ultra strong MCAT (and gpa for that matter), it is next to impossible to get into a med school as an out-of-province student(OOP) - in case you have not looked into it, the requirements are much more difficult for OOP entry than for your in province school(s). This latter statement applies to entry into a US med school as a Canadian as well - from the discussions I have had with adcom members in the states. I was tempted to ask any of the schools I contacted that if I had found a cure for cancer and AIDS would that give me a fighting chance to get into your medical school. The answer, most certainly, would have been a mere monotone "yes, I think that might give you a better chance, but it wouldn't be a guarantee." If only my father was a doctor... "Now we're talking" they would say. (50% humor).
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