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  1. Um. Do you routinely visit DO or CRNA blogs for the purpose of doing this? Why not just tell them straight to their face? And what interaction do you have with DO's? In can't be that significant as you live somewhere in Canada. And I am sorry but some people like to think they are important and have status for whatever reason . I guess may be even a few Canadian med students think this while in their bubble up north. But I don't know what they exactly hope to accomplish by posting on a board about American med schools and residencies when they really have not much to do with either.
  2. I respectfully disagree. There is a bias against Canadian med grads in the US despite their schools being school's also being LCME-accredited. A lot of it is based on unfamiliarity with places even like UofT or UBC and the rest has to do with visa issues. Matching into a competitive specialty or even IM at a top 30 US institution would be quite difficult for Canadian med grads. Same goes for fellowships. While even at schools like SUNY Upstate or Albany, a decent chunk of grads are able to do so. I think McGill still reserves at least 10 spots in its med school for internationals. Nearly all of these are taken up by Americans. Suffice to say, they have had a lot of issues matching back into the US into the specialties that they want. Many have regretted their decision to go there....
  3. I am just wondering what Canadian schools would you consider as no name? Cause the vast majority of them are no-name in the sense that outside of Canada barely anyone has heard of them. They are "famous" schools but only in the sense that they are well known in Canada. Outside of the country, you just get shrugs from most people. And those people that went to Albany U or SUNY Upstate have a better shot than any Canadian med grad of getting a top notch residency at the big places like you just mentioned. It's true. And you can't really compare places UWO, Mac, UBC, Sask, McGill, or Queen's to powerhouses like Duke, Columbia, UCSF, et al. There really is no comparison at the undergrad or med school level.
  4. I think that it's obvious most Canadians that traverse this path go in knowing that there is a good chance that they may have to do residency in the US. It's really about balancing expectations. While it may or may not be more difficult to secure residency at UBC or whatever, it is not the end of the world. You still have a great shot to live and pursue your dreams down here. If people can still be content with this possibility, I think going to a DO med school is a great option. Moreover, most US grads (whether MD or DO) are more inclined to stay here and not come back to Canada. And that's really not an option that one has when going the Irish or Aussie routes. Mash, do you intend to come back to Canada? Or are you planning on staying in sunny Cali?
  5. What I learned is that you got to go all out when applying down here. Just apply broadly. Your GPA is really good. Your MCAT though is ok but admittedly could be higher for a Canadian applicant. You have a decent shot as things stand stats-wise at least. That said, no need to throw money away. That's why you shouldn't apply to schools that are way out of reach (i.e. Harvard, Yale, Stanford, etc.) or one's that haven't accepted an international in years. Btw, I am no sure about Utah or Indiana. I didn't think they accepted any internationals....
  6. Get rid of all the California schools except maybe USC. Get rid of Hopkins, Duke, Yale, Columbia, Mayo, and Utah. Add in Loma Linda if you are a practicing Christian. Add more Michigan schools (i.e. Oakland, CMU, MSU, Western Michigan). Add FIU. Add VCU. Add the Texas schools which accept internationals.
  7. Dayne67

    Neurology!?

    I think the financial renumeration depends.... If you are in the hospital primarily and taking stroke call, doing EMG's on the side or other procedural stuff like sleep labs, then I think you should make much more than the average GP. On the other hand, if you do exclusively private practice with no EMG or procedure, then your salary will obviously take a hit. Maybe even less than family docs cause neurologists usually just don't have the volume of patients.
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    SMP programs in the US

    I haven't attend an SMP but did go to an American med school. From what I know of SMP's, it's a mixed bag. Some SMP's do have a good record of getting grads to med school. Some even have linkage programs to med schools (i.e. automatic interview/ or acceptance). But they can be quite expensive as well. And you do have to perform well in them to be considered a strong applicant for med school. It's really about researching each program and seeing what advantages they offer and how much the cost is.
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    Canadian applying to US

    I wouldn't say that's the case. I think generally things have stayed pretty steady stats-wise. I still think a 33 MCAT and ~3.70 GPA will get you in somewhere - just as it did for me when I applied four years ago. You have good stats. Just apply very broadly. In other words, even if a school even takes only one international student per year, you should still apply there. You should not waste money unnecessarily, but you got to go all the way when applying to the US. As for your list: Also, include Tulane, Vandy, NYMC, FIU, UVA, Emory, Maryland, and Tufts to your list. Or at the very least, make sure that they haven't interviewed any Canadians in the past couple of years. If you are an under-represented minority, for sure add Meharry, Howard, and Morehouse. If you happen to be a practicing Christian, add Loma Linda. And do not forget about the texas schools - even if they have a separate application process because some of them do interview Canadians and they offer very cheap tuition for OOSer's.
  10. Dayne67

    Canadian applying to US

    I would still apply to Dartmouth and Boston. They are Canadian applicant friendly - or at least they used to be when I interviewed there with a similar GPA and much lower MCAT five years ago. His/Her MCAT is really good. And 3.68 is an acceptable GPA. I would say that he/she should be able to secure an acceptance somewhere - assuming of course, decent extra-curriculars and volunteering experiences. As for EVMS, contact them directly to find out if they do accept Canadians. I was accepted there four years ago, but of course things change. For example, UVM and Albany used to interview lots of Canadians, but now only accepts Americans.
  11. Dayne67

    Neurology!?

    I am about to start my neurology residency in the US. I'm from Canada and was wondering about how the field is doing north of the border. 1) Is it financially possible to sustain a private practice? 2) Is there demand for neuro-hospitalists? 3) Is there good renumeration for procedures like NCS, EMG's, EEG's, sleep studies, etc.?
  12. I think that going to the Carribean is the better option. It's usually much cheaper. You get really good step 1 as part of your curriculum. You usually rotate at US sites known to take previous grads from your school. Moreover, the rate of acceptance into Canadian residencies is only a small notch below their Irish counterparts. I would go with SGU or Saba over Irish or Australian. And I just wanted to add something. And this is MY opinion of course. The whole FMG's being phased out of US residencies is overblown IMO. Sure, it's quite difficult for them to match into really good academic programs, but other than that, there is still ample space to accomodate decent candidates. You definitely can't be too selective but if you are okay with going to lower tier academic programs or decent community one's and you are okay with IM, peds, psych, FM, neuro, PM&R, OB Gyn etc, then the Carribean is still a viable path to achieve your goals. For instance, the class composition of most IM (and even this year's incoming class) programs in Michigan is >60% FMG. And I don't see that changing anytime soon. Ideally, though, like leviathan has just said, make sure you can't get into a US MD or DO program before going the foreign route.
  13. Yeah, you got to be careful with some of these AOA (osteopathic) residencies that pop up at low funded hospitals for higher end stuff like ophtho and I guess even rads. Sometimes they just suddenly close up shop. So it can be risky to go there.
  14. Dayne67

    Best MED SCHOOL FOR IMG?

    If only things were that simple......A more thorough analysis says otherwise.... http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/12/21/kelly-mcparland-report-says-ontario-is-big-loser-in-broken-equalization-program/ Ontario gets payments now but it dishes out still way way way more than it receives. In other words, it is subsidizing the medical education of not only OOP students attending their schools but also of OOP attending schools outside of Ontario....
  15. I think the AO is irrelevant. They are only interested in your total GPA and to some extent your BCMP. I would still try to boost the GPA to 3.5. I think for Canadians applicants, especially, it is the magic number for MD schools. Anything below that can hurt your chances to a degree IMO. You could start trying to boost your GPA right away by taking relatively easy courses on the side while finishing up your masters. And then you could do your one year of post-bacc. The US med schools will not care if you did your reqs at Ryerson, Waterloo, or wherever.
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