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hey evey1!

ok i am in a lil of a frenzy ... I NEED HELP...

I am originally an ontario high school graduate with a 92.5 % average,, english brought me down .. without it ,, i would be i would have like 95% average.

I applied to various programs for science in canada,, i got in,, but ended up going... to egypt for medical school...BIG MISTAKE! as i found out later,, now i am looking for a way out,,, i am scared after i finish i'll be looked down on b/c i graduated from the middle east, so i won't get residency and less work opportunities ( I wanna do surgery)

So neways, I applied to the carribean for med school (windsor univ) and was accepted to the premed-MD program.
(2 yrs on the island and 2 years in the states) . I also applied to ireland... RCSI, UDB, and trinity... i applied late.. actually my application was forwarded a cpl of days ago... louis got on my case about the letters of recommendation being confidential... first i asked my references to type the letters and email them to me so i could fedex it to AB... (didnlt want to wait long,, and didn;t want to cost my references anything).. she told me that they were non- confidential,.. so i contacted my references again and asked them to print out the letter of recommendation, sign them , include their contact info and mail them... after a long time, they finally reached her office,, then she said that the letters are no good. because i have seen,, i got fed up,, and told her to just forward the application anyways,, I dunno,,, how the admission comittee's are gonna look at it.... she is saying that i am not willing to follow admission procesudres, and getting all pissy about it.... has anyone ever been thru anything similar? please let me know...

The more important question is I can;t decide whether to study in the caribean (shorter/cheaper ...5000 USD/term) or Ireland (longer/ more respected/ more expensive ) or stay in egypt.. or try my luck in canada.. I have been racking my mind for almost a year and i can;t seem to be able to chooose,,,,


MY DREAM IS EVENtually to come back to canada,, i am the kind of person who needs fun to work to my full potential....
ANY INPUT on my dilemma IS GREATLY APPRECIATED!!!


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What schools would give you the training that the Canadian Dr's would respect the most? If that's your main goal, work for that.

I am currently working with a Dr. trained through a NYU affiliate college in Beirut (he did residency at Baylor). Our FP went through medical school in the Phillipines. A local cardiologist also went through med school in the phillipines, practiced there briefly, and then came to the US where he taught at Temple for awhile.

The Dr.'s from the phillipine schools think their education was great. I really don't know, but thought if I mentioned all the hearsay I hear it might make things more difficult for you :p

Best of Luck.
Final hint:
DON'T go to med school in Iraq.
 
Are you trying to transfer medical schools? I'm a little confused. You might find more informed answers in the international forum. One thing I do know is that surgery residencies, at least in the past couple of years, are getting easier to match into from foreign medical schools. A lot of US grads don't want the horrible lifestyle it seems. Of course, with the new cap on resident hours, that may be changing. But again, that's in the US, don't know about Canada. Unless you go to Ross or St. Georges, I don't know if any Carribbean school will be better than any other foreign one and I think the schools in the UK are more respected than any in the Carribbean. Again, probably more a question for the international forum.

Good luck and don't get into too much of a frenzy, you'll figure it out. :)
 
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hi,
sorry, i know i took a long time to reply. But yah, i am trying to transfer skools if possible. I don;t want the year that i started to go to waste.
I am thinking, if it really doens;t matter where u go to med school, then why are ppl goin into 300 k debts?
i just cant seem to decide whether to stay in egypt and work my ass off, or go to the carribean or ireland?
 
Originally posted by irene_s01
hey evey1!

ok i am in a lil of a frenzy ... I NEED HELP...

I am originally an ontario high school graduate with a 92.5 % average,, english brought me down .. without it ,, i would be i would have like 95% average.

I applied to various programs for science in canada,, i got in,, but ended up going... to egypt for medical school...BIG MISTAKE! as i found out later,, now i am looking for a way out,,, i am scared after i finish i'll be looked down on b/c i graduated from the middle east, so i won't get residency and less work opportunities ( I wanna do surgery)

So neways, I applied to the carribean for med school (windsor univ) and was accepted to the premed-MD program.
(2 yrs on the island and 2 years in the states) . I also applied to ireland... RCSI, UDB, and trinity... i applied late.. actually my application was forwarded a cpl of days ago... louis got on my case about the letters of recommendation being confidential... first i asked my references to type the letters and email them to me so i could fedex it to AB... (didnlt want to wait long,, and didn;t want to cost my references anything).. she told me that they were non- confidential,.. so i contacted my references again and asked them to print out the letter of recommendation, sign them , include their contact info and mail them... after a long time, they finally reached her office,, then she said that the letters are no good. because i have seen,, i got fed up,, and told her to just forward the application anyways,, I dunno,,, how the admission comittee's are gonna look at it.... she is saying that i am not willing to follow admission procesudres, and getting all pissy about it.... has anyone ever been thru anything similar? please let me know...

The more important question is I can;t decide whether to study in the caribean (shorter/cheaper ...5000 USD/term) or Ireland (longer/ more respected/ more expensive ) or stay in egypt.. or try my luck in canada.. I have been racking my mind for almost a year and i can;t seem to be able to chooose,,,,


MY DREAM IS EVENtually to come back to canada,, i am the kind of person who needs fun to work to my full potential....
ANY INPUT on my dilemma IS GREATLY APPRECIATED!!!


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I don't know where to start!:eek:

Irene,

You haven't yet gotten into any Caribbean or Irish school so the decision may be out of your hands if you don't get accepted at all. The theory that it doesn't matter where you go to school only applies to people attending us med schools (on mainland anyway) because not matter where a person goes, her/she will match *somewhere* in the US.

By switching in and out of medical programs, you are taking the risk of portraying yourself as someone who can't commit! Not a good thing to residency directors!:( You've already done a year in med school in Egypt? Things have been iffy in the mid-east for the past decade to say the least...What's changed in the past year? I mean unless you think your life is actually in danger or something due to the political environment, your reason doesn't make sense here. You are worried NOW (after 1 year) that your choiced may be frowned on? You should have considered these implications before you committed yourself! :rolleyes:

"MY DREAM IS EVENtually to come back to canada,, "


You say that you want to return to Canada..well, Canada is not part of the active military alliance in the mid-east.... they don't like this current turn of events...so why would you suffer? Also...aren't you a canadian citizen? that should help too.

"i am the kind of person who needs fun to work to my full potential...."

I sincerely hope you're not trying to pick the "funnest" med school environment! :rolleyes: If this is what its about...then I've got nothing to say!:rolleyes:

I have to say that your choice of words makes you seem very flighty. I hope I'm wrong. These are life-altering decisions and you shouldn't just drop one thing for another without thinking it through.

good luck,

Maple

ps: who is Louis?
 
hi,

to clarify things a little: i have been accepted to a carribean school: Windsor university at st,kitts
I came to egypt, after thinking that a medical education is the same world wide. Being so told by my father, his friends, some of my friends who sat the canadian boards and did exceptionally well.
But I also saw many others fail (more than those who failed)
Back then, i didn;t know that my chances would be less to gget a residency in canada/states if i graduated from the middle east.

As for already wasting a year, i am still young. I have no problem with that. Some people go into the medical field at 30-somin.
It's not about wasting time, i believe I have learned a lot in the past year.

It;s not that i didn;t do my homework before i came, it;s that I talked to too many ppl who made it. But the circumstances were different then; canada needed doctors. I am afraid that by the time, I graduate canada will be fed up, and i will be thrown somewhere far.

I can;t seem to chose
 
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