10 Things You Should Know about How entry into the Medical Profession is Managed

Did you know:

  1.  That UBC admits into medical school students with GPAs as low as 70% and poor MCATs while students, some of whom have GPAs in their 90s and MCATs in the high 99th percentile, are not admitted?
  2.  That Canadian universities control who gets resident physician training jobs in Canada. This means that it is really the universities, not the Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons, that determine admission into the profession?
  3. That Canadian universities do not allow international medical graduates, with the exception of American medical graduates, to compete against their graduates for government funded jobs as medical resident physicians?
  4.  That a UBC graduate who barely scraped through medical school is given a resident physician training job before a British Columbian who ranked first in his class in an international medical school ranked internationally ahead of any Canadian medical school?
  5.  That a Canadian Rhodes scholar from BC who studied medicine at Oxford on a Canadian scholarship, cannot be considered for 61 out of 64 types of specialist resident physician positions unless there are jobs in these fields leftover after all Canadian and American medical school graduates have had their first choice?
  6.  That in BC, unlike the rest of Canada, Canadians who studied medicine overseas cannot compete for any residency physician jobs in the year that they graduate? Almost all of them take jobs in the United States and Australia?
  7.  That in 2012, in BC, the average age of a family doctor was 58 and the average age of a specialist was 61?
  8. That hundreds of millions of dollars are spent by BC to try and deal with the doctor shortage through recruiting foreign doctors, restructuring and increasing fees to practicing physicians, and incentive programs, while British Columbians who chose to study overseas are refused access to compete on their merits to work as resident physicians?
  9.  That UBC says it cannot train more doctors because it lacks the human resources and infrastructure to train more resident physicians? But that UBC sells medical physician resident training positions to foreigners from oil rich countries for up to $75,000 per position per year for a total of $7.13 million in the 2012/2013 year?
  10. That UBC uses our doctors to train these foreigners, but will not sell these training positions to Canadians.