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- Nov 26, 2019
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The main benefit to AUS/Ireland/etc. I think they're arguing is that you can practice there as a worst case scenario as opposed to Carib where you can't and even if you could you'd be making a very paltry salary. The main benefit to big 3 is USCE which is what helps in the US match. The 120+ programs is what is recommended very strongly to us no matter the step score. A few extra thousand in application costs is worth it to guarantee a match and a 250 Step 1 with no red flags will definitely match into a primary care field from a big 3.I think with any other country, the situation would still be the same. Canada with their CARMS prioritizes their own medical students over Canadians who went to the caribbeans. This is why we see Canadians matching into US residencies and then eventually transitioning back to Canada.
I agree it does suck, but also on the flip side, if they made it that far without any red flags, you only need one residency to say yes to you. Obv, if you were US MD/DO and made it that far w/o any red flags, it's a much easier process than coming back as an IMG.
I think people are delusional if they think SGU is significantly better than any of the other big 4. To be honest, if you're down in the caribbeans, there's not much of a difference. If you still have to apply to 100+, it doesn't make you any different than other IMGs.