Fair enough, but as someone who has been through the Canadian university system and NOW is contemplating Irish medical schools (along with many of my colleagues), I would say that it is an important option to consider.Let me be the first to tell you right now, DO NOT APPLY TO THE IRISH SCHOOLS WITHOUT GOING TO UNIVERSITY FIRST!!!! Staying in Canada to do your medical training is a much better option in terms of residency and other headaches. You are better off doing two or more years in a Canadian university and applying to medical school here. Only apply to the Irish schools if you have difficulty being accepted here. You do not want to put yourself into massive debt unless you absolutely have to.
Fair enough, but as someone who has been through the Canadian university system and NOW is contemplating Irish medical schools (along with many of my colleagues), I would say that it is an important option to consider.
I would agree with asd979 in that there is significant value to pursuing undergraduate education prior to medical school. However, I disagree with him/her for the reasons why. I believe that undergraduate education teaches you things (maturity, responsibility) that are essential for the practice of medicine, and that could greatly aid your progress once you do enter a medical program.
Agreed, there could potentially be a greater barrier to pursuing residency in Canada, however as far as international schools go, the Irish schools have excellent matching rates. Long story short - it is possible to come back and do residency in Canada. It may be more difficult, but not impossible.
Secondly, it is almost IMPOSSIBLE to do two years of undergraduate education and then get into a Canadian medical school. Most medical schools in Canada won't accept your application until third year. Additionally, it is unbelievably competitive in Canada. Depending on which province you are from, there are significant (SIGNIFICANT) barriers that prevent many extremely intelligent people from obtaining a medical education.
If you do decide to stay in Canada to pursue medicine, take my advice and go to the easiest undergraduate school you can go to. Stay far far away from U of T St. George. Take a balanced course load. There is no need to overload in science courses - take what is absolutely necessary, and then take easy courses as options. The key for a premedical education in Canada is not only getting a 4.0, but getting a 4.0 and being well-rounded, and even then...getting into medical school is not guaranteed.
If you're from Ontario, the approximately 18% of applicants get into medical school each year. If you're from Alberta, the numbers go up to 30(something) %. It all depends where you're from...but coming from someone who has spent the last nine years working towards medicine in Canada and NOW is deciding to go to Ireland...it is an option to seriously consider.
My two cents. Good luck!
Currently, I'm in grade 11, and I have been researching and contemplating applying to University of Medicines (such as Antigua, Xavier, UMED, Manipal, St.George's) and going the usual path and going to University and then Med School. I am a Canadian student, so I know it is extremely difficult to get into medical schools and residencies in Canada. However, I want to complete my residency in the US. I am going to open houses for the Universities of Med's, but I want to know whether it will be worth doing it the "short cut" way, or going the longer way.Heyy peeps, so I'm gona be applying to all Irish med schools this year, I'm a senior in high school. I'm doing the IB program (yes IWantaJob, it's a pretty intense program indeed!) Anyways I'm applying through CAO, what are my chances??
Like I meet all the requirements but I'm not Thatt competitive.. Soo I dunno what do u guys think?
Anyone else applying from high school?