Quote: Originally Posted by L Gilbert
It's about 120 in BC, Tracy. The problem is that about 100 are taken up by visa doctors. That leaves the remainder for BC people. If these people from rich nations like Saudi Arabia would stay at home to learn, we could train the people from underdeveloped countries as well as our own. It was on the show "Currents" on Global yesterday.
I don't know about the numbers. I do know that we should be grateful to Ontario for accepting people from all provinces. I know that I have two family members that without Ontario, would not be doctors. It isn't a simple matter of just applying to get into med school here in BC. My nephew tried hard and he was a UBC student with very high marks. He knew in advance that his chances of getting in were slim to none. Now Les you could be very right in your numbers because apparently (so says the grapevine) those spaces (20 you say) are reserved for the "children" of doctors. That leaves really none for BC. My niece started in Ontario too but she didn't start out to be a doctor but she was in the medical field. After making the decision to be a doctor after all, she was accepted by Ottawa on first application. Nothing here at home. Residency is another matter. It's not so easy either. When they are ready for residency, they must make applications all over Canada (where there are university hospitals) and then if the hospital is interested in them, they call them for an interview so they must fly to that (more expenses). I'm not sure if all I am about to say next is completely correct but as I recall, the next thing is somewhat like a lottery. If the hospital says yes (and more than one could say yes), then the resident's name is matched up with the hospitals that have agreed to them as a choice, then they are computer matched as to best choice of resident to hospital. Then they live for the next 5 years at least, in the city where they have been accepted. SirJoe can probably fill you in here as his son is in med school. It seems like it would be a whole lot less expensive if they could just go to the medical school in their home province and then do their residency in their home province. While the money is probably good from foreign students, obviously not good enough (or maybe too good) since there isn't enough room to train doctors for Canada. It should be Canadians first since this is the homeland of Canadians and if there is room - foreign students next. If this was the case, we would not have a shortage of doctors. I guess what they need to do is train some people to go to other countries and teach them in their homeland. Are we not in Afghanistan to teach them how to look after their own country? Have we not been in other countries to teach them how to train their police, to fly some planes etc. etc.
Last edited by VanIsle; Mar 16th, 2009 at 12:39 AM..