Canada is one of the top medical education hubs worldwide, boasting an abundance of prestigious universities and colleges offering programs across various areas of medicine – drawing in students from all corners of the globe to study here.
According to statistics published by CaRMS (Canadian Association of Residents’ Programs), Queen’s University stands out as being one of the more difficult Canadian medical schools with an acceptance rate of only 1.8%. This may be a result of various factors; one may include many Canadian medical schools wishing for their graduates to stay and serve healthcare needs of Canadian citizens; additionally, government subsidies help keep these schools operating within its borders.
Canadian medical schools tend to impose stringent requirements on international applicants compared to medical schools in other countries, including requiring a bachelor’s degree in the sciences and an MCAT score at certain levels for acceptance into certain medical schools. Not every institution follows this model though – for instance, University of Manitoba Max Rady College of Medicine offers French-language track tuition while McGill also does.
Most Canadian medical schools feature a residency match system in which students rank their preferred hospitals and specialties prior to participating in an automated computerized match system that determines where they will complete postgraduate training – typically this process occurs during fall of their final year of medical school.