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  1. Exactly my scenario too! Anecdotally, I know a handful of RCSI graduates and students but know nobody who went to Australia for Medicine. And as "la marzocco" (I love their coffee) said, those 2018 CaRMS stats are making Ireland look much more attractive. They say that the lower matches in Australia are due to less students submitting an application and choosing to stay in Australia. Not sure if I should read that as more students are unable to get presentable stats to submit an application(due to weaker curriculum) or is it the Australian lifestyle and medicine pathway is more attractive. I'm also skeptical on how UQ sells itself as a super attractive school yet it doesn't have a screening process that requires a personal statement, LORs, or even an interview. The potential safety net of maintaining the Australian medical pathway if unable to match back to Canada is the only real reason why I'm so inclined to go to Australia but it also seems too good to be true. Seems like there is something I am missing to the whole story. Similar to most people, I know and hear a lot more about Canadians who go to Irish schools rather than Australia. I'm trying to find someone who can say that RCSI is the better choice if you have the means to support that route. Because Australia seems way too easy and safe for not to be teeming with Canadians (again anecdotally). Thanks for the help guys!
  2. I didn't think of that option beforehand and now I'm not sure if I want to risk waiting another year. I'm in my late 20's and I'm also afraid of my 2016 MCAT score expiring soon. To be honest, I am not sure what requirement of DO school is compared to MDs and where to start researching which schools are good/compatible.
  3. Hi everyone! I am a Canadian graduate that got accepted into both graduate entry medicine program in University of Queensland (UQ) in Australia and Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) for this upcoming cycle. I was wondering if anyone has any advice on which one I school should I go to. I do want to come back to Canada (this is my last ditch effort with a 513 MCAT but a 124 in CARS and cGPA: 81%, Strong ECs [suicide prevention volunteer, special needs swimming head coach, volunteer science teacher, hospital volunteering], and research [1 publication as 2nd author and working in research since graduation]), but at this point in my life I am flexible to pursue medicine elsewhere. Here are some pros and cons I can think of: RCSI - Ireland Pros: - Reputable school with stronger curriculum - I have connections with people who have graduated from RCSI (Some of which came back to Canada), people who are graduating, and people are still in this school, so I will have a huge support network for guidance - School is known to help support and provide resources to get students back to Canada - Higher match rate to Canada as an IMG RCSI - Ireland Cons: - Expensive - If you can’t match back to Canada, you can’t stay in Ireland to continue training - Lots of rain (superficial reason!) UQ- Australia Pros: - Less expensive - Can apply through the Australian pathway and stay in Australia if can’t match back - Have some family in Australia - More sun (superficial reason!) UQ- Australia Cons: - Less support for students coming back to Canada - Huge class size - Weaker curriculum - Was really easy to get in. There was no letter of references, personal statement, or interview (really skeptical about this) - Lower applicants applying back to Canada (although higher success rates) Overall the UQ option is more attractive because of a “back-up” plan in place but the ease of getting into that school has made me skeptical. Also the lack of knowing anyone that has gone through that pathway has made me uneasy as well. Thanks in advance for any help and advice!!
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