Hi guys, Thought I'd start a new thread. I know this info. is probably available but I want to get the most up-to-date since it probably changes frequently. I'm Canadian and have been accepted at Trinity. I'm interviewing at one canadian school and trying to weigh the options of turning trinity down to spend another year applying in the US/Canada again after writing the MCAT one more time (ugh). Here are my questions: 1) How much would you say you are spending aside from tuition? (ie. a breakdown of common expenses would be good... things I might not be considering like insurance etc.). 2) Are electives available in the curriculum or do we just do them in our summers? What are the term dates and do they coincide with common elective opportunities in Canada/states? 3) Is there anything there (specifically for those at Trinity) that you can say one must be aware of when coming over (maybe some downfalls to the education provided). 4) I'm confused about licencing. I know that we have to complete a post-grad training somewhere, but someone was telling me that you must complete 1 year of in-house training on top of the 5 years in Ireland. Is this true? Or once we get our degree and have completed all the required tests we are eligible to apply for residency directly? 5) Any canadians had any issues getting loans for their education in Ireland? 6) I'm east-Indian... do you find that Ireland is fairly multicultural or would I find some difficulty interacting with patients over there? 7) Do you have time to study for the USMLE to take step 1/2 in time before graduation? Or is it mainly during the summer that you prep? And would that mean that you wouldn't have time to pursue an elective? 8) Any other information you think I should know in making my decision? I have already read most of the threads on this board and am aware that becoming an IMG is not an easy route. But, I am a person who enjoys travelling... and I want to make sure I get a good education. The thought of taking the risk and seeing where I get in 5 years is an exciting prospect. While I have eyes on the US I can't say that it is my only option and I am ok with the risk of having an uncertain future as long as I'm not in a scenario where I'm unemployed Sorry for the long post. I guess it's just a really tough decision since I have something in hand here and I want to make sure that the decision to take it/give it up is as informed as possible. Cheers.