Last year 6,847 aspiring medical students competed for 957 spots in Ontario’s six medical schools, according to data from the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre. That means only about 14 percent of applicants found a seat. In a province where many people do not have a regular doctor and fears of a physician shortage are growing, we can’t afford to turn away good future doctors.
Thankfully students from Ontario are taking advantage of the opportunity to attend medical schools in the Caribbean, like Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM).
Although far from home, they encounter faculty and fellow students who are native Canadians, and each year a number of RUSM graduates start medical residencies back home in Ontario. This is good news for qualified Canadians left out of their home province medical school — and for the province, which benefits from an established pipeline of new doctors.