Canadian Medical Association predicts a shortage of over 26,000 physicians in Canada by the year 2012. Admission to the very few Canadian medical schools is increasingly competitive and restricted to residents of that province only. International American University welcomes applications from Canadian residents and citizens to enter the Four Year MD program. The first four semesters are administered on our campus in St Lucia, Caribbean and the remaining six semesters in various teaching hospitals in the United States. Students must pass the USMLE Steps 1 & 2 before a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree can be conferred.
Upon graduation, Canadian nationals are eligible to apply for US post graduate residency programs via NRMP or seek to prematch. Candidates who have completed the MCCEE and MCCQE may apply to Canadian Residency Program via the CaRMS as well. Upon completion of US or Canadian residency, candidates become eligible to apply for physician licensure in the both countries. At IAU, we are committed to not only providing Canadians with the best possible medical education, but also ensuring that they meet requirements for physician licensure in the US and Canada.
Below you will find useful information on the new formed Canadian Students Assocation (CSA), financial assistance for Canadian nationals, clinical rotations, and residency and licensure in Canada. For more information, please feel free to contact our admissions representatives located in Vancouver or Toronto.
Srushti Shah (Toronto, ON)
Canadian Students Association (CSA) strives to promote, celebrate and appreciate Canadian Culture here at the College of Medicine. CSA helps to develop a comforting atmosphere in which students feel 'at home' while on the island. The CSA also helps ease the transition for incoming Canadian students and help answer questions about student life in St Lucia.
IAU offers Canadian students a number of scholarship programs to recognize outstanding performance of applicants in various fields. Scholarships are granted as credits to basic sciences tuition and fees for semesters one to four. Detailed information on scholarship awards may be found at http://iau.edu.lc/scholarships.html
Canadian Banks Offering Student Lines Of Credit
Canadian students attending IAU are currently not eligible for provincial student aid until 2013. However, Canadian citizens are eligible for private loans from several major Canadian financial institutions, based on their academic standing, credit rating, collateral and additional criteria set forth by the bank:
Bank of Montreal
Bank of Montreal offers students a credit line to fund their educational needs. Bank of Montreal encourages students planning on attending IAU to contact the bank by phone and discuss their needs with the education lending team. The terms and structure of the program do allow for a modest amount of customization. Students with an existing relationship with BMO may score higher on the overall credit evaluation.
Email: Simmy Kahlon at email@example.com
Phone: (780) 408-0123 and speak to Simmy Kahlon
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)
CIBC provides educational loans to all students starting or completing a degree in medicine. Under the CIBC Professional Edge Student Program, you can borrow up to $150,000 (depending on your field of study) to use for your education, living and residency costs
Phone: 1-800-465-2422 ask to speak to a representative
Toronto-Dominion Canada Trust (TD)
TD Canada Trust offers financial assistance via their “Student Line of Credit” These programs are customized to satisfy the individual needs of each student. TD Canada Trust does not maintain a centralized education funding team. They recommend students visit branch locations and discuss funding alternatives with the branch manager. Depending on previous relationship and credit worthiness, TD Canada Trust may modify normal program terms to better accommodate student needs.
Phone: 1-866-222-3456 ask to speak to a representative
The Medical Council of Canada provides helpful information and an outline of procedures for obtaining residency and licensure in Canada. The Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) and IMG-specific programs are the main points of access into postgraduate training program located within Canada
Graduates of our program are eligible to apply for the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS). To be eligible to participate in the CaRMS you must be either a medical student or graduate having obtained or obtaining a medical degree by July 1 of the match year from a school accredited by the LCME/CACMS or an International Medical School approved by the IMED/Faimer.
Please visit CaRMs Website for more information.
Medical Council of Canada: www.mcc.ca
Information for IMGs in Canada: http://www.img-canada.ca/
Educational Committee for Foreign Medical Graduates: www.ecfmg.org
International Medical Education Directory: www.faimer.org/resources/imed.html
Canadian Residency Matching Services: www.carms.ca
Flights to St.Lucia from Canada: www.westjet.ca