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  1. As long as some people are willing and able to move to the US for better wages, then Canadian provincial governments can't underpay Canadian doctors too much relative to what American doctors make. In fact, Canadian physicians, and family physicians in particular, earn some of the highest multiples of the median wage of their country among OECD countries. This is a symptom of a poorer (relative to the US) country having to pay US standard wages to avoid doctor flight. It should be noted that there are no cost controls in place for Physician compensation in the US. Barring the implementati
  2. There may be another option. Since you went to UofT I'll assume you're an Ontario resident. But if your GPA is decent by dropping your bad fourth year entirely, then you might have a shot if you're able to get IP status somewhere else, have good ECs, and greatly improve your MCAT. UofA, UofC, and UBC would drop your worst year and also include your masters grades in their GPA calculation. You'll be in decent shape with 3.7+ at the two Alberta schools and an 86+ at UBC, assuming you have good ECs, and retake the MCAT for a better score. A 504 is too low for those places and I'd aim for a 510+.
  3. I did my undergrad in the US on a scholarship as well(though not athletic) and I'm in med-school in Canada now. I would personally recommend against doing undergrad in the US, even on a scholarship, if her main goal is to come back to Canada for medical school, even though it would save money in the short term. This would be especially true if the student is an IP applicant from Ontario, Manitoba or British Columbia. Less so if they were IP in Alberta, Saskatchewan, the Maritimes, or Newfoundland. There a few reasons for this. 1)Grading: Medical School admissions in Canada is very GPA foc
  4. Someone else was in a similar situation with plastics but had matched to IM as their backup specialty. The following advice was given by forum members. I hope that you find this helpful. As I said in the other thread, I think that transferring into GenSurg since they usually have some attrition, followed by a three year Plastics fellowship in the US would be the most feasible option for ending up in Plastics. If you don't like FM and if you manage to transfer to GenSurg and you'll have the option of an ACGME fellowship in plastics down the road that would make you eligible to sit the boar
  5. They're the same thing for the semester system and Ontario schools. They say semester hour because some American schools like Stanford, UChicago, Caltech, Dartmouth, Northwestern, the University of Washington, and all of the UC's barring Berkeley are on the quarter system and have different weights for their credits and hours. I don't think any Canadian school is on the the quarter system.
  6. Yeah, I'm ugly and awkward so I can't swing for anything competitive. You can especially forget about Derm. Wish we had scored USMLEs like the US has.
  7. It's pretty clear IMO. Your graduate classes will be included in the most recent 120 credits for UAA calculation if they boost your UAA relative to your undergrad UAA. Doesn't matter if you are currently enrolled in graduate program or have finished one, the grad classes are included in the 120 credits for UAA if it's to your advantage. I repeat, any graduate classes finished by the end of December will be included in your most recent 120 credit UAA calculation if it's to your advantage. If you've completed your graduate degree by the end of December, they'll drop 9 or 15 of your low
  8. I know someone who got an offer on the 9th. Funny thing is they'd told me they hadn't applied this cycle but then I learn they've gotten an offer.
  9. I agree that there is no perfect solution for the issue, especially for subjective factors. But surely ignoring objective factors but singling out people by the colour of their skin is certainly not the best way to do it. Maybe I should have explained the Manitoba and Saskatchewan model a bit more. For example the DSAAP for IP applicants at Saskatchewan looks at family income(different tiers for lowest incomes levels) in the past five years, your parents' education level, refugee background, whether you required social assistance growing up, being in foster care, being in a large family o
  10. So even with it being supposedly accessible it's not actually accessible in effect. Anyway, the only way to increase under-represented matriculants right now is to have separate application stream. Treating the root cause, lack of opportunity, is much more difficult and a long term solution rather than the band-aid solutions you described. Additionally the lack of opportunity is in the hand of the government and broader society, not medical schools. If you want representation right now in medicine, the only other way is having different admission procedures with different criteria and quo
  11. It's quite higher in other provinces. The AFMC docs has a breakdown for the success rate for each school by IP or OOP status. For English schools MUN, Dal, Manitoba and Sask are all over 25 percent odds of admission for IP applicants. OOP is of course a different story. Since those provinces only have one school, it's easy to guess the IP admission odds. Quebec schools also have a ton of spots compared to Quebec's population but it's hard to make a direct comparison with CEGEP and everything. AFMC doc (ignore 19/20 data as it's broken for every school): https://www.afmc.ca/sites
  12. Considering nothing about this situation is unforeseen, I don't think this would count as extenuating. I've linked the necessary documents regarding this process below, maybe you could peruse this and form your own opinion. I'm sorry if that's not what you wanted to hear but that's my opinion according to the stated policy. As a side-note, the MD/PhD system at USask, similar to most Canadians school, is poorly set up in comparison to the MSTP system in the US. I would recommend doing a PhD during residency instead, unless you're doing the PhD to match into an uber-competitive specialty li
  13. It wouldn't expire for UofC. They have different definitions for IP status. The Alberta schools each has its own definition for IP status. It doesn't make sense why two schools that get the same funding from the same provincial government would have different definitions for IP status but they do. So it's possible to maintain IP for UofC indefinitely from having lived there for two years after the age of 15 even if those two years are now 15 years ago, while UofA only cares about the immediate year before starting your program.
  14. Yes it would expire unless you're a full time student somewhere else and come back for the summers. I quote the necessary bit below. "*A resident of Alberta is defined as a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident (Landed Immigrant) who has been continuously resident in the Province of Alberta, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories or Nunavut for at least one year immediately before the first day of classes of the term for which admission is sought. The one-year residence period shall not be considered broken where the admission committee is satisfied that the applicant was temporarily out o
  15. So CMG didn't have the QE2 before 2004? No "standardized" clinical skills assessment for CMG before that? 24 percent of the practising physicians in the US are IMGs. AAMC breaks down the data by specialty which is fun to look at.
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