hmm what do you mean by electives?I have also been told that doing your electives in Canada is a must for anyone who plans on coming back. Choosing an elective that is affiliated with the school you plan on doing your residence is essential; that way you can start networking and even make it clear to your supervisors that you would like letters of reference in the future.
Hey Deltoid,Electives are 4-8 week attachments that are a standard across UK medical school curricula. During the elective period you can go anywhere in the world to do something involving medicine. People generally go to third world countries to learn about medicine there, or to developed countries to pursue a speciality that interests them.
Most electives are held towards the end of the 5/6 year medical degree, either before or after finals.
It seems like everybody is talking about CARMs, residency programs etc. I will tell you how I made it Canada. It is a quite different route.
I am Belgian and lived in Germany. I went to med school in Germany and did my residency in otolaryngology, head and neck surgery there as well. I tried for years to get into the Canadian system without any success. After finishing my residency, my wife being from around Winnipeg, I asked all the Regional Health Authorities (RHA) in rural Manitoba if they were interested in having an otolaryngologist. Single rural RHAs wouldn't take a specialist but several together would. So the RHA central Manitoba asked the Brandon RHA and the other RHAs around if they were interested in having an ENT surgeon. (My advantage is that I am french speaking (official language in Manitoba) and I know German and there is a very fast growing German population in Manitoba). They all agreed and the RHA central Manitoba sponsored me for a 6 months assessment (NRSAP see website of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba) with salary of a 5th year resident plus moving costs from Germany and a signing bonus. I passed the assessment and started 1st August 2008 my practice for otolaryngology in Portage la Prairie, MB (70km from Winnipeg where there is everything you need) and 2 days a month in Brandon, MB for surgery and clinic. I can also now apply through the FMRAC program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons to check if I am eligible to write the board exams. So, Canadian board certified otolaryngologist without Canadian Residency.
The only inconvenient is that as long as I don't pass the specialty exams I can only bill my consultations and referrals as a General Practitioner, but the surgery like an ENT-surgeon.
Fact is Canadian graduates want to go to big Canadian Cities. I they don't get it, they go to the U.S. Logically there is a shortage of physicians in rural areas.
Summary: If you are flexible, ask everywhere, especially in the region where you come from (or where you wife comes from in my case) but in rural areas (sometimes only kilometers from big cities), you might be successful. Rural areas are looking for physicians, who will stay not for physicians staying there for a few years to get there license and leave again. One more thing: rural RHAs want to be independent from tertiary centers for most of their patients, which means rural RHAs in Manitoba are recruiting all kind of specialists at the moment and try to work independently from Winnipeg
I haven't mentioned that I passed the MCCEE and that I have to to pass the MCCQE I and II within 5 years.
Good luck guys,
Hey henryanaest, not really sure how I can advise you. I've only looked into gaining entry into Canada as a junior doctor, not as a more experienced senior clinician.First of all, I want to congratulate you for getting the job.Well done!
I graduated from the Philippines and finished my residency in Anesthesia, passed the specialist exam and worked on my field with additional emergency experience since then.
But on 2005 I decided to work in Australia and got a job here in area of need as a principal house officer first( a junior position), and then shifted to General practitioner. Note: I have already passed their english exam and amc mcq but I still need to take their clinical to become fully registered instead of having conditional licence.
Now, I did applied for Canadian permanent resident 4 years ago and successfully got it last year.Ofcourse as a rule we need to fly there to validate our PR status hence, we did last August and just came back last month.
I'm preparing for my MCCEE right now, do you think I can land a job there in Manitoba as a GP and can you tell me how to proceed with the application.I really need your help because if I don't go back to Canada after 2years I will lose my Permanent resident which I don't want to happened for the reason that my kids WANTS TO STAY THERE FOR GOOD.
Hey adrianus, being outside the Canadian at the moment I'm not sure whether I'm the best person to advise you. From what I understand though, if you do manage to get into McGill (or any other Canadian university) you should be classed as a regular Canadian doctor.Hi,
I am a non-Canadian non-US citizen planning to study MD in Canada. Is there a realistic chance for me to continue for residency/specialist training in Canada after I graduate? I am applying to McGill University.
The policy keeps changing and I couldn't find information specifically directed for my case. Will I be included in the first iteration or second iteration of matching? Will I be classified as IMG?