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    Meet Canada's need for physicians

    Canada faces a growing shortage of physicians, and the problem is further compounded by capacity issues at its domestic medical schools. For example, in the 2018–2019 enrollment period alone, 13,929 students applied for just 2,614 available seats. As a result, thousands of qualified students are denied entrance to medical school each year.

    If you are a Canadian citizen with the desire and dedication to become a physician, UMHS may be the right fit for you. We have an extensive track record of helping Canadian students to pass their licensing exams and obtain residencies throughout Canada and the US.

    A clear path to licensure

    Canadian graduates of UMHS qualify to become fully licensed physicians in Canada upon successfully completing their licensing exams and residency program (they may attain residency in either the US or Canada). 

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    Canadian students attending UMHS benefit from a significant professional advantage: They may simultaneously apply for residency programs in both Canada and the United States. This qualifies Canadian students to apply for a total of more than 36,000 residency positions (4,800 in Canada, and 31,757 in the U.S.) Whether they attain residency in the U.S. or Canada, either path allows Canadian students to become fully licensed physicians in their home country.

    In terms of outcomes, our students perform exceptionally well on licensing examinations. We have a 94% pass rate on Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), with an average score of 226 for Spring 2017 to Fall 2018. Our students have also earned a 95% pass rate on USMLE Step 2 CK, with an average score of 228*. In addition, as reported, we have had a 100% pass rate on the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE) for the last four years.

    *For those who passed the Comprehensive Clinical Science Exam (CCSE)

    Admissions process and requirements

    Applicants from Canada must follow virtually the same admissions process and meet the same  admissions requirements as applicants from the United States. However, while Canadian applicants are not required to submit MCAT scores, it is still strongly recommended.

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    Learn more about life on St. Kitts by speaking with a current UMHS student or alumnus who can share their experiences with you.

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    Canadian alumni success stories

    Canadian graduates of UMHS have been extremely successful, and they can be found practicing medicine in interesting specialties throughout the U.S. and Canada. Learn more about their time at UMHS and their current careers.

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    Residency and licensure

    As a Canadian student, you can choose to compete for residency placements in the U.S. National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and/or the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS).

    CaRMS outlines procedures for obtaining a residency and license in Canada. Along with the national Canadian eligibility requirements, each Canadian province has its own rules regarding licensing and eligibility. We recommend that you conduct your own research on the requirements for each province you are considering. Our student affairs and academic advising staff can provide you with ample guidance and support as you navigate this process.

    Canadian graduates who wish to enter residency training in Canada must meet all certification and licensure testing criteria, including a passing score on the MCCEE, the National Assessment Collaboration Objective Structured Clinical Examination (NAC OSCE), and other examinations required by Canadian residency programs. 

    To qualify for licensure and residency in the United States, students must pass Steps 1 and 2 of the USMLE, which are already mandatory requirements for graduation.

    Visit our residency page for more details.

    Financial aid

    Canadian students at UMHS are able to fund their education through lines of credit from Canadian banks, Provincial Student Loans, or institutional loans, scholarships, and payment plans. For details, visit the Canadian loan programs page.

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