Chances for an American in Canada?

pipermn

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    Greetings! I'm currently taking the pre-med prereqs in Minnesota and was thinking of applying to and possibly moving to Canada. I have read that the Canadian system is far more competitive than the US. I have a cumulative gpa of 3.9 and so far a cumulative science gpa of 4.0 though that will change after this semester as I'm in organic chem and have a B going. :) I know a lot of Canadian schools don't look at the science classes as much or the science portion of the mcat (which I will be studying for this Summer).

    I also have over 100 hours of volunteering at a hospital and a lot more volunteering for other various groups. Anybody know what my chances might be of getting into a Canadian medical school, particularly Toronto? Or perhaps know if any good resources/info? Thanks!

    Tom
     

    BetrayingChopin

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      Greetings! I'm currently taking the pre-med prereqs in Minnesota and was thinking of applying to and possibly moving to Canada. I have read that the Canadian system is far more competitive than the US. I have a cumulative gpa of 3.9 and so far a cumulative science gpa of 4.0 though that will change after this semester as I'm in organic chem and have a B going. :) I know a lot of Canadian schools don't look at the science classes as much or the science portion of the mcat (which I will be studying for this Summer).

      I also have over 100 hours of volunteering at a hospital and a lot more volunteering for other various groups. Anybody know what my chances might be of getting into a Canadian medical school, particularly Toronto? Or perhaps know if any good resources/info? Thanks!

      Tom


      If you haven't, please check out the following document:
      http://www.afmc.ca/pdf/2012_ad_bk.pdf
      It's like the (crappy) Canadian version of the MSAR.
      Your GPA looks good for pretty much any Canadian school including UofT, and you're right in that Canadian schools don't seem to emphasize on MCAT scores as much as American schools.

      Tip for you: getting a lot of shadowing will help you stand out. As you probably know, physician shadowing is a major pain in the *** for most Canadian students, but rather easy to do in the US.

      Good luck!
       

      pipermn

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        I was not aware that shadowing was so difficult for Canadians. I would have thought with the privacy laws here that it would be difficult too but thanks for the info and recommendation.

        I had seen the "7 out of 259" figure for Toronto, which is part of why I'm asking. It does seem a lot more competitive there and it seems that a lot of Canadian students are going to other countries for their MD education.

        Thanks to you both for the info!
         
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