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Old 08-15-2014
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Hi folks,
I need your advise and suggestion since most of you have or are in the process of completing all the exams to apply for CaRMS this year.
I am a CSA. I have not taken any exams yet, neither USMLE nor Canadian exams (EE, QE or OSCE).
However, I have 2 fail attempts on EE & 1 Fail attempt on CS.
I am at this phase in life where I feel like I can either study for only Canadian Exam. PASS EE by March and then study some more for QE and NAC OSCE and apply next year for CANADIAN Match.
OR
Study for Step 1, finish it by Jan or Feb. Take CS in March. And then Study for CK for 5 months and take it by August (that will be too late for CK results to come out, so may be push it before July).
I am soo confused. I dont know what route to take? Where I got chances? Ofcourse US will be higher. I got few connections in Canada but they are extended family who knows some1 who works at a hospital, or my aunt who works in this hospital where UofT family med students rotate, etc.
I mean no one in higher authority. Some aunt or uncle who can recommend me to someone else. And I cant even approach them until I have completed all my exams.

So here, I am confused, frustrated, depressed and out of clue. US exams will be like cutting it too close for the match (WITH 1 FAIL ATTEMPT ON CS). Canadian exams could be manageable since NAC OCSE happen later on during the year, giving me more time (BUT 2 FAIL ATTEMPTS ON EE).

So please help me guys. I am really frustrated with this.

Thanks.
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I meant I have not PASSED exam yet....

anyone??
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Are you a Canadian citizen/ permanent resident? As far as I know one of the requirements for applying to CaRMS is to be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

You can check the requirements here:
https://www.carms.ca/en/new-to-canada

That might help you make your decision.

From a personal point of view, I did two clerkships in a Canadian hospital and my attendings always recommended to go for US residency because they said very few IMGs actually get picked out of the applicants even if they are citizens/permanent residents. In fact, that's why I decided to go for residency in the US!
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If you are Ireland/UK grad, your odds might be a bit higher than other CSA and they do look into your undergrad GPA if you have done your undergrad in Canada or US. I was told by Docs in Canada, NAT OSCE performance is very important, even more so than EE. And if you got the connection to put a word or two in for you, then its even better. But its no brainer, there are more programs in the states. I think last year In Canada, around 1000 folks fought over 100-125 dedicated spots in FM. I think there are 20 IMG spots in IM. So if you think your chance in Canada is higher than US, then go for it. Otherwise, prep your USMLE and try your luck in the US. CS attempt does lower your chance, but you can still match. I know ppl in my community who sounds like broken record in English, some passed CS on 2nd or even 3rd attempt, but they did matched(Pathology). Note those folks with CS attempts who matched into Path, have been working in US as researchers for years, truck load of publications under their belt and they got green card. ANyways, good luck
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That sounds very very disappointing.
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