On the short list of international medical schools Canadian students consider, MUA is a top choice.
Canadians make up a large proportion of each incoming MUA class, and while they’re attracted to MUA for all the same reasons that draw non-Canadian students, these reasons stand out:
- MUA’s incredibly strong track record of securing clinical rotations and residency placements in Canada
- MUA’s tuition structure, which fits in with the financial resources available to Canadian students, both for provincial loans and private sources of funding
It also doesn’t hurt that MUA Executive Dean Gordon Green is Canadian—with an MD from the University of British Columbia. Or that the extensive prep that MUA provides for the USMLE (resulting in an exceptional first-time pass rate) also applies very well to the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE).
"I grew up in Toronto, and my ultimate goal was to come back home to serve the community I grew up in. MUA made that possible."
—Mamoona Rafiq, MD
2014 MUA Graduate
Residency: Family Medicine
University of Toronto
Clinical Rotations in Canada
MUA has been working with Canadian students for many years securing clinical rotations all across Canada. These rotations take place during the elective phase of their education. The process and timing in some ways mirrors that in the U.S., but there are nuances, and MUA works closely with its Canadian students to ensure that each is aware of the process and is able to target rotations appropriate to his or her line of study.
- Documentation: MUA’s familiarity with the documentation process at the various Canadian university-affiliated programs ensures an efficient path toward garnering electives of choice.
- Historical Data: MUA students are aware of both the programs and the rotations in which previous Canadian students have participated.
- Guidance: While electives are chosen by the students, an MUA clinical advisor will actively counsel students about appropriate selections.
- U.S. and Canadian Options: Canadian students have the option to pursue electives in the U.S. or Canada—or both.
- Reputation: MUA and its students have a strong reputation throughout the Canadian affiliate system, which assists in securing rotations.
Residency and Licensure
MUA has been one of the most successful international medical schools in placing Canadian students into residencies in Canada.
Canadian students are eligible to participate in both the U.S. National Resident Matching Program (NRMP)* and the Canadian Residency Matching Service (CaRMS), which take place on different schedules.
To be eligible to participate in CaRMS, Canadian students must pass the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination.
Specific rules on matching in Canada do vary from province to province. Please visit the CaRMS website for more detail.
"I applied both to the American residency program and the Canadian residency program, and I felt really well-prepared for both board exams."
—Samir Gandhi, MD
2014 MUA Graduate
University of Toronto
Recent Canadian Residencies
Below is a representative list of recent MUA residency programs and specialties:
- University of Ottawa: OB/GYN, Pediatrics, Anesthesiology
- Queens University: Psychiatry
- McMaster University: Neurology, Anesthesiology
- Memorial University: Psychiatry
- Western University: Internal Medicine
- U. Toronto: Psychiatry, General Surgery
- U. of Saskatchewan: Surgery
- U. of Western Ontario: Family Medicine
- University of Manitoba: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
In addition, many MUA graduates are currently in Family and Internal Medicine practices across Canada.
Financial Aid Options
MUA's Canadian students are approved to apply for financial aid through their provinces. In addition, numerous banks provide student lines of credit to supplement or substitute for the provincial loan alternative. Some of these banks include RBC, TD and BOM, among others.
MUA has a dedicated resource focused on assisting applicants in this process. Please contact the Admissions Department for further information at 978-862-9500.
*Eligible U.S. residency programs must accept H-1 and J-1 visas.