More Canadians studying medicine abroad

February 23, 2011

According to the latest Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) survey, there are now about 3,500 Canadians studying medicine overseas -- a figure that has more than doubled in the last 5 years -- compared to about 10,500 in Canada. The survey identifies approximately 80 schools in nearly 30 countries as having Canadian students enrolled in medicine. The study observes that every year, new schools are emerging, offering foreign students the opportunity to study medicine, and the majority of these programs target North American students. While 90% of Canadians studying medicine abroad want to return to Canada for postgraduate training, they report frustration with the perceived barriers to pursuing postgraduate education back home, such choice of discipline, return of service, and the high competition for residency positions. CBC | Read the report