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United Kingdom Elective programs in UK and Canada

I don't have the ability to have a elective study in any of the top US collages because most require USMLE step 1 before admission. So due to shortage of my time I am forced to do electives in UK (Cambridge or Oxford) or Canada (Mcgill)

The question is.. When applying for residency matching in america, would an elective from a Low ranked US medical school still be better than a one from Cambridge or Mcgill universities although they are much higher in ranking ???

any advice will be welcomed and appreciated. Thank you !
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The problem is that the health care and the educational systems in USA are different from any other country in the world, including Canada and UK.

US physicians do not recognize other systems not because they think they are low ranked or bad or whatever, it's just because they don't know how it works and so they can't get an objective assessment of what you did.

A PD once told me. "I appreciate a Starbucks job in your resume more than a PhD from overseas!"

Am not saying that they won't recognize your electives in those great Universities but the problem is that US letters of recommendation are so mandatory for US residency matching so that US electives are better than any other country elective "for the purpose of US residency, not anything else".

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