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  1. Then you have 0 chance at getting into a Canadian medical school, US MD school or DO school and will probably need to go down to the Caribbean. A masters will do very little for you. Even better international options like the UK/Ireland and Aus would probably be a lot harder with a 2.7.
  2. I would apply one more time in Canada. If you got into an Australian school this year you will probably get into one next year too. Applying in Canada one more cycle would be worth it to avoid the headache of being an international med grad. Does your family know that it is a very complicated process to come back to Canada and most Canadians either stay in Australia or go to America? Because that is the reality of the situation.
  3. I agree a lot with YesIcan55. If you have only applied twice in Canada then you should not go the IMG route. Apply 3 or 4 times minimum before you go off on that path. With that being said if you are still insistent I would choose to go to Australia. I also have an EU citizenship but it doesn't matter anymore because Ireland changed the rules. Contrary to what people have said the internship crisis in Australia has actually been largely fixed but 4 years from now you can't know what will happen. In NSW this year only 5 international medical graduates did not receive an internship. So the statistics are somewhat favourable https://www.heti.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/485002/Annual-Report-for-Medical-Graduate-Recruitment-for-the-2019-Clinical-Year.PDF You really need to be realistic about your odds of matching back to Canada though. They are not good and you should be ready to write the USMLE's in order to apply to the USA and/or get ready to stay in Australia. Out of all the Canadians (32 total) who applied through CaRMS, barely more than half matched back. And you also need to be realistic about which specialties you will likely be able to enter. Unless you have some amazing luck or connections you are pretty much limited to primary care specialties such as pediatrics, family medicine, internal medicine, and psychiatry. I think pathology is also pretty popular for IMG's actually, at least in the USA, according to the NRMP data http://www.nrmp.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Charting-Outcomes-in-the-Match-2018-IMGs.pdf. Residency in Australia for internationals is not impossible, but you should be prepared to work in a rural area, probably in Northern Territory. If you do your residency in family medicine though, the process of coming back to Canada is actually pretty straightforward as there are reciprocity agreements between the Canadian and Australian royal colleges. You would not have to "redo" residency or anything like that. Regardless though, if you do this, you need to realize that you will essentially have very little control over where you will live/work for the next 10 years. There is a very real possibility that you won't match in the USA or Canada, and it will be very expensive. You need to weigh just how much you want medicine and why.
  4. Sure I'd be happy to! Just let me know what the best way to get in touch with you guys is.
  5. I'm also a psych student, in a similar boat. I opted to personally skip taking orgo and biochem mainly just because I don't want to risk bringing my GPA down. I wouldn't be able to fit them into my course schedule anyway if I want to graduate on time. Self studying/ possibly hiring a tutor/prep course is the way I'm planning to go about it although they are expensive and I'm really on the fence about it. I've been told by quite a few people that the MCAT doesn't have a ton of orgo on it and biochem is way more important to focus on. Unless you are planning on applying to US MD schools or the few Canadian schools that have pre-reqs I don't think it's a must to take orgo/biochem.
  6. Congrats dude, really inspirational. Reading non trad success stories gives the rest of us in a similar boat a lot of hope. And now you don't need to worry about going to Australia ;)
  7. Not a stupid thread! Both are good schools and it's a smart idea to weigh the pros and cons of each. Deciding where to spend 4 years of your life is a big decision. Good luck in medical school regardless :)!
  8. I'd probably choose UBC to be honest. It's good to have a support network close to you and getting a residency in BC is probably more likely. Go to school where you want to practice is generally what I've seen people say on here.
  9. Second undergrad or alternatively going abroad (more expensive+more risk) but even for some international schools a 2.93 may not cut it.
  10. It depends, it's possible from what I have seen. Someone correct me if I am wrong but I believe the University of Calgary will only count the years in which you have a minimum of 24 credits. In other words a 4 course course load will be ok for that school.
  11. For the most part I agree with what you're saying. Casper is pretty much a "filter" tests to assess personal qualities and characteristics. Trying to "game" it or reduce it into some sort of formula that one must "master" in order to do well totally defeats the purpose of the test although yes, typing speed is probably crucial.
  12. I contacted the admissions staff at McMaster
  13. I would suggest you also consider applying to McMaster. McMaster to my knowledge does not include college courses in GPA calculation (even if university transferable). So in that sense you will have a "clean slate" as far as GPA goes.
  14. AI will complement the work of physicians. It is unlikely you will see full outright replacements. Lawyers on the other hand....
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