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I am an IMG, I graduated in December of 2014. I have passed and completed all of my exams first attempt. (step 1:225, step 2 cs: 1st pass, step 2 ck: 214, step 3: 205). I had a few questions in regards to strengthening my CV. As I am a Canadian citizen, would it be possible for me to do an observership in the US? In terms of doing research, would it be okay if I do something in CANADA, or should it be necessary that I find one in the states? Any other tips on how to strengthen my CV would be greatly appreciated.

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Good morning,

I am an IMG, I graduated in December of 2014. I have passed and completed all of my exams first attempt. (step 1:225, step 2 cs: 1st pass, step 2 ck: 214, step 3: 205). I had a few questions in regards to strengthening my CV. As I am a Canadian citizen, would it be possible for me to do an observership in the US? In terms of doing research, would it be okay if I do something in CANADA, or should it be necessary that I find one in the states? Any other tips on how to strengthen my CV would be greatly appreciated.

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MY scores are 231/236/Pass/229. This was my 2nd match - I did not match after 9 interviews.
I know 2 guys who were both Canadian citizens - did not match the first time and then gained most of their experience in Canada - applied and MATCHED.
On the other hand, I know people who VERY strongly emphasize US CLINICAL EXPERIENCE.

I am a Canadian citizen (Mississauga, ON) and I know getting Canadian experience is not easy. You have to struggle a lot to find it.

To best answer your question - if you have close to 6 months of USCE, I think it is safe to spend time in Canada. If not, I do not think it is a good idea. However, research in Canada (especially published) is almost as good as in US.

Hopefully that answers your question.
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Hey, thank you so much for replying. I too am from mississauga and I am currently looking for some clinical experience and as well as a research position. Have you gotten a chance to do either of those here, if so do you mind sharing. Thanks
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Hey, thank you so much for replying. I too am from mississauga and I am currently looking for some clinical experience and as well as a research position. Have you gotten a chance to do either of those here, if so do you mind sharing. Thanks

I have 1 month observership experience at the University Health Network. But to be honest, I did not like it very much. I emailed a lot of doctors and did everything I could but only 1 replied back and it wasn't that great. And because it was observership with no hands on experience - I could not talk to patients or examine them and did not have access to charts. At the end, the supervising physician said that he can only write a letter indicating that I have completed an observership here and cannot give me a letter of recommendation because he did not get a chance to assess my clinical skills or knowledge.

For the past few months, I have emailed doctors here in Canada - nothing so far.

I already have 6 months of USCE and 5 months of research experience in the US. I don't have money so wanted to work and gain some experience here but so far nothing at all.
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Hi!

MY scores are 231/236/Pass/229. This was my 2nd match - I did not match after 9 interviews.
I know 2 guys who were both Canadian citizens - did not match the first time and then gained most of their experience in Canada - applied and MATCHED.
On the other hand, I know people who VERY strongly emphasize US CLINICAL EXPERIENCE.

I am a Canadian citizen (Mississauga, ON) and I know getting Canadian experience is not easy. You have to struggle a lot to find it.

To best answer your question - if you have close to 6 months of USCE, I think it is safe to spend time in Canada. If not, I do not think it is a good idea. However, research in Canada (especially published) is almost as good as in US.

Hopefully that answers your question.
Wow that's crazy. You have decent credentials and fair number of interviews! Did u have US lors?
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Wow that's crazy. You have decent credentials and fair number of interviews! Did u have US lors?
I have 6 US LoRs.
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Hi, I just wanted to chime in, being a Canadian, and having been in a similar situation before. I'm not sure if you read my thread on the main page but I matched in to FM after trying for the 3rd consecutive year! I also graduated in 2014 and had 1 attempt in step 1. You can read my thread there and all the details.

I just wanted to say that Canadian experience is similar to USCE. I had all my rotations in the US but also did A LOT of them in Canada including experiences AFTER my school - research, observerships, etc. Don't be fooled by anyone saying that only US experience counts. Of course, to be on the safe side and for self-reassurance, you can do that ESPECIALLY if you are getting a LOR out of it. If not, then it's totally fine to have Canadian experience. In fact, 2 of my LORs were Canadian. Canada and US are the same so if you can get something, just go ahead and do it right away and get yourself involved!
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Thank you for the reply and congrats on matching! I have been looking for research and observership opportunities in Canada, however I haven't succeeded as of yet. Do you mind sharing the places where you had done your placements, I would greatly appreciate it.
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Thank you for the reply and congrats on matching! I have been looking for research and observership opportunities in Canada, however I haven't succeeded as of yet. Do you mind sharing the places where you had done your placements, I would greatly appreciate it.
I emailed all the doctors at local universities because thats where all the main research takes place and there are not many local universities Also, as someone else mentioned, look into UHN as well.
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