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  1. Are you sure you need an additional year? I have friends in the boat as you who came back to Ontario to practice general IM without needing additional training.
  2. In the US, there's no doubt DOs will have preference over IMGs. In Canada, probably not as DOs are considered IMGs now. That being said, the majority of Canadians in USDO schools end up doing residency in an ACGME program in the USA, they then return to Canada through reciprocity agreements such as with family med, or work to practice program (province dependent) in the specialties. It really is not as hard or as bad as you think. The main road block appears to be the rat race that is the CaRMs match. The moment you have an ACGME accredited residency behind your back, the Canadian institutions typically will work with you to figure out ways you can work in Canada. Once you have a US residency, no one cares where you went to med school or what degree you have. I know this as most of my friends who were DOs or Caribbean grads with US residency have moved back to Canada and are doing very well for themselves. Some are even able to get out of their ROS agreements.
  3. http://www.carms.ca/en/residency/r-1/eligibility-criteria/provincial-criteria/nova-scotia-new-brunswick-pei/ USDOs now eligible for IMG match in Nova Scotia!
  4. You are not screwed. Apply to DO med schools. You'll be in first year by this time next year. Try Touro California, and Western University Pomona. All in California.
  5. I would strongly encourage you to drop that B. Don't worry about the financial aspect of it. It may seem like a bit now, but that is a small price to pay compared to years of GPA repair to bring it back up to 3.9+. Not too many schools give you the "full course load" discount. Certainly not for US schools.
  6. Good day to you and your family You really have to work on your patience and a better bedside manner than your behavior here. Not everyone trying to help you is "mocking you", it certainly was not my intention. What do I care? I'm done with my training, and just trying out help out other premeds going through a similar thing I went through. Some might think the experience I offer is of value, in your case, if it feels like a dog's fart in the wind, forget everything I said then. You shouldn't take every critique or comment that doesn't conform to your pre-held views so negatively. At any rate, good luck, i hope you find whatever it is you are looking for across the pond.
  7. Knowing the hardships of the IMG routes now, are you still so gung-ho about going to the UK and somehow ending up in Neurosurgery in Canada? You don't need a DO letter of recommendation for most schools. It's still not too late for you to reconsider the DO option
  8. It might matter for calculation of cGPA. I did something similar to this. Went to another institute other than my degree-granting institute to finish off some prereqs for US schools. But if the point is to get the necessary prereqs, it doesn't matter.
  9. USDO would be an excellent option. Yes, you would get a seat without any problem (assuming you did the application/interview correctly).
  10. To the OP, out of curiosity, what exactly is it about USDO schools that turned you away from it? With your current stats, you basically have a DO spot. But if you insist on a US/CAD MD, it could take many more cycles, or it could be forever out of your reach. It's not the 1990s anymore, a DO degree can allow you to practice in Canada after US residency training, just as a US MD would allow you. There are no provincial restrictions anymore for USDOs in Canada, you get full practice rights in all provinces, just like the MD degree. If you are interested in something simple like family medicine, it is an absolutely viable option. That's not to say that you are "stuck" with family medicine as a DO. We actually have a fair representation in Canada as of 2017, psych, IM, ER, OBGYN, Anesthesia, FM (of course). I honestly think that it is still a route not too many Canadians are familiar with, and are ignoring for (often times) egotistical reasons. I hope you are not that type. Take it from a "being there, done that" guy. Under the circumstances, going to a DO school was the best career move I made.
  11. I would strongly recommend against the Caribbean or any international options. See my thread on my signature. It's basically tailor made for situations such as this
  12. Regarding your comment on US DOs It's now a 80% match rate in the US in 2016, not 70% Tend to be primary care also is not true. We have psychiatrists, IM, OBGYN, ER, FM, even anesthesiology working in Canada as of 2017. In general, it's about how competitive you are as a med student (board scores, class rank etc) than whether you are a MD or DO when it comes to getting into specialty programs. Psychiatry is not competitive, you don't need USMLE for that. Cost will be no more than what would have cost you had you gotten into any other MD school in the US. Regarding possibly being looked down upon as a DO, that is a myth that basically only concerns premeds. Professionally, I have never encountered it, nor have my colleagues who are also DOs. None of my patients have questioned it.
  13. Simply put, to be a competitive applicant is to not be an IMG.. Are there even neurosurg spots in Canada reserved for IMGs? Do you have UK/Canada dual citizenship? How do you propose to do any training in the UK after med school if you don't have UK citizenship? My advise, look into US med school.
  14. There's more to life than going to school all the time! Instead of doing more education (i.e., a Master's program) that may or may not help with your med application. Why don't you go on a vacation lol, Better yet, try for American med schools.
  15. I'm not sure why you are already jumping the gun for international schools at your stage... I would strongly encourage you to research international options before heading off. I strong strongly recommend that you check out my thread below, it deals with going out of Canada for med school, and what you need to know after you leave Canada.
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