Overseas degrees don't mean you can practise medicine

April 21, 2008

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta is warning students about an ad offering a shortcut to a medical degree. "American Dream Abroad" has been advertising in The University of Calgary's student paper about overseas medical degrees that can be completed in four years at the cost of $40,000. The College says that while the advertised schools are recognized in Alberta, students still require grad school and a residency in Canada to practice in this country. Also, there is no guarantee that a foreign program graduate would be accepted into an Alberta residency, and having a medical degree is not the same as being able to practice medicine.

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