Wanted to add to this as I also personally know quite a few internationals who failed a year. At least three of them dropped out of med altogether during MS3 after failing 3rd year while the other ended up taking 6 years to complete the 4 year program (failed multiple years).Something to note my cohort( small sample size) 40% of the internationals failed a year = more tuition/ stressful position to be in.
Everyone seems to ignore the difficulties of going through medical school, and only worry about the job prospects.
The failure rate for USyd was about 5-8% of the cohort (domestic + int'l) per year when I was there, which is similar to USMD school stats.The fact that 40% of the international students failed a year at USyd is shocking. At my school, I think only 1 international failed in the last couple years
He's probably talking about Wollongong if he's an international in NSW and not at Sydney. You have to remember there are only like 12 internationals per year there so if 4-5 repeat a year you get 40 percent. That seems more plausible.The fact that 40% of the international students failed a year at USyd is shocking. At my school, I think only 1 international failed in the last couple years
1. I have not done much travelling prior to starting medicine, so initially it was very exciting, if you come from Canada, the people and culture is more or less the same. Probably more on the conservative end here compared to Canada. Beautiful country lots to explore. I love the weather so that is a big plus for me, its basically an all year summer. Costs in certain aspects are higher, restaurants /eating out here is much more expensive than Canada. However, I find groceries cheaper. Rent is expensive and there is big variance depending where you live. Overall living here has been a wonderful experience, but you may not enjoy it as much because of all the studying/stress throughout medical school.Hello redhawk98, thank you so much for offering to answer questions for us. this is very kind of you.
I made a post about this and was just wondering if you perhaps would have any insight on my questions:
1. How is your experience in Australia in general, do you like living there? Where were you living before if you don't mind me asking
2. How is the work-life balance for med students and doctors in Aus (In terms of # of hours in residency, responsibilities, studying etc)
3. Approximately how much would it cost to study in Aus or NZ (Tuition+living costs), I heard it was around $400,000. Whats your plan to finance your education if u dont mind me asking
4. If I were to get partner visa in Aus/NZ, would I be able to switch over and pay domestic tuition instead -- are you aware of anyone doing this?
5. I was thinking about becoming a pediatrician, and was wondering if I could come back to Canada as a pediatrician after training in Australia?
Yup I have encountered actually a few specialists who are American, and work in the ED. In terms of logistics I would have no clue. Probably some visa hurdles as well. At least you wont have to do Step1/2!Yes, thanks for doing this!
As a US medical student married to an Aussie I've been trying to strategize how to spend a year or two there. Currently my plan is to do residency in the US, and then apply for either A) Postdoctoral research positions or B) locum tenens positions in Australia. One of my clinical mentors did a locum in NZ post-residency, but she is family medicine and worked in a more rural community, whereas I am planning to specialize at this point and my in-laws are in a large Australian city... I have time to work on the plan, but I'm wondering if you've encountered US doctors taking either of these paths?
Pretty sure US residencies still require Step1/2, but I appreciate the optimism . I'd be eligible for permanent residency through my spouse, but it's quite an expensive process and I have no clue how it might affect the job search one way or the other. You're right that there's probably a ton of logistics to sort out, but nice to know it can be done.Yup I have encountered actually a few specialists who are American, and work in the ED. In terms of logistics I would have no clue. Probably some visa hurdles as well. At least you wont have to do Step1/2!
I deleted my post b/c I think I was misinformed a bit.You just need your general registration before you can apply.
What is the differences between the two pathways in the long term? For instance, is there any difference when seeking residency, or differences in terms of how it impacts your career.Rural medicine is very fufilling; hard work but very rewarding career track. Are you going to go via FRACGP+FARGP or FACRRM route?