Canadians Studying Medicine Abroad: An International Medical Graduate’s (IMG) Perspective

According to the CaRMs Report in 2010, there were at least 1500 Canadians studying medicine abroad, and I was one of them. The decision to study medicine outside of Canada should not be taken lightly because Medicine in general is a long path without the added stress of being far away from home.  If you’re […]

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A Unique Perspective on CaRMS and Residency Interviews

First of all, congratulations on making it this far!  It must have felt like yesterday when prepping for medical school admission interviews right? Well, since you survived that, you can truly survive this. I want to reassure you that it is normal to have that anxious feeling you are feeling right now.  After all, you […]

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Medical School in Australia for Canadian Pre-med Students

As applications to medical school continue to open, some students remain locked into studying in Canada. There are options outside of Canada including the US, Australia and the UK which also have great medical schools to select from. All international medical graduates (outside of the US) are required to write the MCCEE to obtain a […]

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Caribbean Medical School Q&A – Part 2

Internal Medicine Resident, Anderson Lai, is answering questions to help students better understand the Caribbean and international medical school experience and how to improve your chances for residency matching. Here is Part 2 of his interview, make sure to check out Part 1 first! Q3. Do you think Caribbean medical school prepared you well for […]

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Caribbean Medical School Q&A – Part 1

Internal Medicine Resident, Anderson Lai, is answering questions to help students better understand the Caribbean and international medical school experience and how to improve your chances for residency matching. Q1. What’s the most challenging aspect about studying in a Caribbean medical school? A: The biggest challenge in my opinion would be staying focused. There are […]

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The Unique Experience of an International Medical Graduate (IMG) in the CaRMS Process

Fellow IMGs! Completing medical school abroad adds many challenges that are unique to IMGs in the CaRMS process. Being able to navigate the challenges is half the battle. Here are a few key points that I, along with the help of many others, have learned along the way. Electives Electives applications begin early – often […]

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CaRMS Tips & Words of Wisdom

By now, you are probably prepping vigilantly for CaRMS interviews, maybe boarding a plane for interviews, and desperately hoping that your flight won’t be cancelled. I can definitely relate to all of this, as travelling in Canada (especially Eastern Canada where I come from) is challenging in the winter at the best of times. You […]

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What to Know When Selecting a Residency Program

After getting into medical school, most of us take a HUGE sigh of relief, feel like the worst is over, and figure we’ll begin opening the books and start studying again. Then comes residency selection, and another interview process. In Canada, this is done through a centralized, nationwide matching process called CaRMS (The Canadian Residency […]

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Doctor standing in hallway discussing CaRMS Matching

CaRMS Matching All Time Low

The first round of CaRMS 2018 residency matching for Canadian medical students have left many spots without a student to fill. There are currently a total of 228 spots available across multiple disciplines and universities. The rate of unmatched students have continued to increase over the past few years based on the CaRMS R-1 Match […]

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Matching to Canada for Residency as a US Medical Student

A popular question I am often asked is: “Were you considered a Canadian Medical Graduate (CMG) when matching to Canada?” I am glad to tell you yes! If you are Canadian (citizen or permanent resident) and attended an LCME accredited medical school in the USA (i.e. the vast majority of schools in the continental USA) […]

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