1. Johns Hopkins, UPenn (but I think only 1 person can go), may be missing some These aren't affiliated but people have successfully submitted applications and gotten elective here: Harvard isn't associated. Its a lottery system where you apply and see if you get it Mayo clinic (just toss in an application Cleveland clinic 2. Their just like lectures in the first 2 years. You attend. You have small group learning as well where you present on a specific part of a topic. 4. It is extremely pressed for time. Plan ahead. Most gunners can do around 6 electives abroad throughout med school. It would help if you have connections to get electives outside the normal route to maximize how many electives you can do. You can do certain core rotations abroad (OBGYN, Psych, Internal, and I think one more) during the academic year. In third year, you have 3 months off for the summer so you can arrange to do up to 3 electives while writing USMLE STEP 2 CK, USMLE STEP 2 CS, and NAC. This is probably the most stressful summer and advise you strongly to plan 1 year ahead of time. To give you an idea of what is like: June - First elective. Don't underestimate how tough electives are. You will be sucking up, last to leave, first to show up, begging for extra things to do to look good. July - Second elective. While on elective, take time off to write STEP 2 CS before deadline otherwise your score wont be ready for ERAS. Write STEP 2 CK on time before deadline for scores to be reported on time for ERAS. Aug - Elective, start working on ERAS applications, collecting reference letters which is due in Sept? Sept - School starts. Return to Canada to do NAC OSCE at assigned date and location. Oct - US interviews roll out Nov - CARMs application due. If someone doesn't match this is the time they usually mess up. Failed CS, bad NAC, late CK. Not sure how things will change since they are replacing the MCCEE with MCCQE1 for Canada in 2020. This means by the time your doing med school you might well be doing QE1 in the same summer because its so similar to step 2 ck than to step 1. As for USMLES. It depends on the person. The people that scored really high tend to be top of the class to begin with. We tend to score higher than other Irish schools. You dont really get support for USMLE other than a mandatory exam that you have to pass before you can write Step 1. 5. Most people live in Sheare's gate in first year. Its very much overpriced but it makes sense because you don't know anyone there and might not be there physically be there to check out apartments. Campus is very close. <10 minute walk from Sheare's gate, 7 min walk from Dennehy's cross (another popular place). City Center is probably 20 minute walk from campus but there are buses along the way that take you right into town. Public transportation - bikes for rental in certain areas (mainly downtown), lots of buses, bad roads for driving (think the steering wheel is on the right).