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levski

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I am entering the GEM UCD 2018 class in September. I am already starting to stress about matching back to North America after browsing some of these threads. It would be really helpful to me if anyone gave me their experienced advice having gone through this process, and helping me take the right steps to ensure I get the residency of my choice.

Some background info about me:
-applied to Canada once, and was rejected pre-interview everywhere.
-33 MCAT, 3.8 GPA, research experience.
-Western Biomed Graduate
-EU citizenship

What is the process like for applying for residency in Canada, the US and in Europe? Which exams do I have to take? What advantage does having an EU citizenship give me? Where in Europe are my chances greatest at attaining a residency? What should I do during my summers? When do you apply for a residency? How many residencies can you apply to?

My knowledge on the process is very limited, and I want to make sure I understand it perfectly before I start medical school. If anyone can answer any of those questions, or provide me with a link to read up, I would be grateful.

Thank you.
 
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What is the process like for applying for residency in Canada, the US and in Europe?
In Canada you match to residency through CaRMS which is a computer generated matching system with matches medical students to programs based on how the program ranks the medical student and how the medical student ranks the program. In the EU you will just apply to be an intern during your final year of medical school.

Which exams do I have to take?
Canada: LMCCEE and LMCCQE1
EU: You need to pass your final exams
USA: you have to you USMLE step 1 , 2 , and 3

What advantage does having an EU citizenship give me?

Having an EU citizenship will give you an advantage over non-EU classmates when applying to internship programs in the EU. It will also make you life a heck of a lot easier when you fly into and out of the EU for the next 4 years

Where in Europe are my chances greatest at attaining a residency?
I am not sure about this but most likely in the country you trained in

What should I do during my summers?
Electives in the areas you are interested in ( i would recommend doing electives in family medicine at some point because this area is your best chance of matching to in Canada/USA)

When do you apply for a residency?
You apply for residency in your final year of medical school

How many residencies can you apply to?

you can apply to as many residency programs that you are willing to fly to for interviews

Sincerely,
Fathead Minnow (TCD 2102 graduate, FMR2)
 
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