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I apologize if this question has been asked before. If an international student(Canadian) is looking at matching back in the USA in a MD residency what would a potential hierarchy be. Would a Canadian studying Osteopathic Med in the states in comparison to a Canadian studying in Ireland or Carrib with the same board scores have preference in matching(fam or internal meds)? Would an MD (MBBS) from Ireland be regarded due to the long history of the schools in that nation?

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A DO from a US school is better than any international degree for matching in the US.
 

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I apologize if this question has been asked before. If an international student(Canadian) is looking at matching back in the USA in a MD residency what would a potential hierarchy be. Would a Canadian studying Osteopathic Med in the states in comparison to a Canadian studying in Ireland or Carrib with the same board scores have preference in matching(fam or internal meds)? Would an MD (MBBS) from Ireland be regarded due to the long history of the schools in that nation?

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Not sure if I completely understand all of your questions, but here is some background information that may help.

For the purpose of residency applications, students at Canadian medical schools are NOT considered international medical graduates in the strictest sense of the word (The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) is the nationally recognized accrediting authority for medical education programs leading to the M.D. degree in U.S. and Canadian medical schools. The LCME is sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Medical Association). Canadian graduates are usually viewed equally during the residency match process.

Generally, if you are a graduate of a US or Canadian allopathic school or an osteopathic school, you tend to fare better in the US match process than if you went to school in Europe or the Caribbean (true international medical graduates). It matters more where you graduated from medical school than where you are from as a citizen.

MBBS's are usually accepted at US GME programs as long as the applicant went through all of the steps to become eligible for US residency.

-senior medical student / admissions committee interviewer