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Canadian Match Statistics

CanadianBoiii

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Hey, looking for some hope as a Canadian student hoping to specialize. From the 2019 "Combined Phase I & II Statistics for Applicants" (Dental Match | Statistics of the Match) the proportion of Canadian grads that actually match seem incredibly low - almost unrealistically and discouragingly low.

For instance, for the 230 OMS spots available, 2 Canadian grads matched or for the 294 Ped spots, 4 Canadian grads matched. Is there some hidden factor or hidden statistics that I"m unaware of? Seems nearly impossible!
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I could speak for OMS residencies.

You get paid a salary that is funded through the GME (Graduate Medical Education), that receives money from Medicare. Since this Medicare is funded by the US tax payers, it is common sense to train an American resident, who would more likely stay in America and contribute to society, along with taxes on future earnings. Most of the OMS residency requires you to be at least a green card holder before even considering your application. There are certain hospitals (mostly private) that do not have such strict policies, and will accept international applications. Some off the top of my head include Upenn, Harvard, Uconn, Nova, Vanderbilt, Montifiore, Mount Sinai, Case Western... The tough part is that most programs don't advertise if they accept Canadians or not, so you would have to contact each program coordinator directly to see what their policy is.
 

CanadianBoiii

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I could speak for OMS residencies.

You get paid a salary that is funded through the GME (Graduate Medical Education), that receives money from Medicare. Since this Medicare is funded by the US tax payers, it is common sense to train an American resident, who would more likely stay in America and contribute to society, along with taxes on future earnings. Most of the OMS residency requires you to be at least a green card holder before even considering your application. There are certain hospitals (mostly private) that do not have such strict policies, and will accept international applications. Some off the top of my head include Upenn, Harvard, Uconn, Nova, Vanderbilt, Montifiore, Mount Sinai, Case Western... The tough part is that most programs don't advertise if they accept Canadians or not, so you would have to contact each program coordinator directly to see what their policy is.

Thanks for the context - i didn't know that. Do those private programs also participate in the Match? Are there OMS programs that are not included in this Match aggregate?
 
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Hey, looking for some hope as a Canadian student hoping to specialize. From the 2019 "Combined Phase I & II Statistics for Applicants" (Dental Match | Statistics of the Match) the proportion of Canadian grads that actually match seem incredibly low - almost unrealistically and discouragingly low.

For instance, for the 230 OMS spots available, 2 Canadian grads matched or for the 294 Ped spots, 4 Canadian grads matched. Is there some hidden factor or hidden statistics that I"m unaware of? Seems nearly impossible!
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I went to Canadian dental school and subsequently matched in the US. As mentioned above, a lot of schools require you to be a US citizen or permanent resident for your application to even be considered. Also, Canada really doesn’t produce many dental graduates and very few try to match OMFS. So you have a small pool of applicants trying to get spots at a small number of programs (which are also considering all of their US applicants). This is the primary driver for the relatively small number of Canadians matching annually.

One thing I did notice is that the programs I was granted interviews at all had multiple Canadians at the interviews. I would assume that at most programs where Canadians are considered, that they are considered equally to US residents (but obviously only the program people would know for sure). Ultimately this means that your odds at these particular programs may not be as bad as the overall Match stats would suggest.

No doubt though, it’s more difficult to match as a Canadian. It’s also very difficult to match at Canadian programs, simply because there aren’t many programs.
 
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