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Hi, I am currently a Year 11 who is about to do their GCSEs in the UK and after the exams, I will of course have to pick my Sixth form subjects. Currently, I have an option to stay at my school and continue to do IB, or continue to do A-Levels at another sixth form. I want to pursue medicine as a career preferably in the US or Canada. Baring in mind that I am a dual-citizen of the UK and Canada, I have a couple of questions:
1. Should I continue IB for a potential international study or do A-levels
2. Should I do my Uni in the UK (for its lower fees ofc) or do uni in Canada/USA
3. Finally, Would it be better to do medicine in the UK or the Canada/US
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Original post by Lethal/jd
Hi, I am currently a Year 11 who is about to do their GCSEs in the UK and after the exams, I will of course have to pick my Sixth form subjects. Currently, I have an option to stay at my school and continue to do IB, or continue to do A-Levels at another sixth form. I want to pursue medicine as a career preferably in the US or Canada. Baring in mind that I am a dual-citizen of the UK and Canada, I have a couple of questions:
1. Should I continue IB for a potential international study or do A-levels
2. Should I do my Uni in the UK (for its lower fees ofc) or do uni in Canada/USA
3. Finally, Would it be better to do medicine in the UK or the Canada/US

1) A levels if you want to do med. Came from a school that offered both and those that did IB but went on to pursue med reported higher stress. + all IB exam sittings are in May in done within 2 weeks. A levels = more spread out + more in depth in all subjects (compared to HL in IB).

2/3) It's up to you. But, as I'm sure you are aware, in the US and Canada you gotta do a 4 year undergrad and then take the MCAT (harder than any med entrance test in the UK = UCAT for now) and pray you snagged an interview. Plus you gotta maintain that GPA and take extra classes + your core major classes to fulfill you pre-med reqs. In the UK you just gotta get predicted 3 A's at A levels, do work experiences, get a good UCAT score and smash the interivew. If it's cheaper why not do attend uni in the UK? Plus med school is 5/6 years.

But working as a doctor, I've been told that the US/Canada pays more and that the work life balance (even if you chose to work for public hospitals) = better than in the UK.
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Original post by Tulipbloom
1) A levels if you want to do med. Came from a school that offered both and those that did IB but went on to pursue med reported higher stress. + all IB exam sittings are in May in done within 2 weeks. A levels = more spread out + more in depth in all subjects (compared to HL in IB).
2/3) It's up to you. But, as I'm sure you are aware, in the US and Canada you gotta do a 4 year undergrad and then take the MCAT (harder than any med entrance test in the UK = UCAT for now) and pray you snagged an interview. Plus you gotta maintain that GPA and take extra classes + your core major classes to fulfill you pre-med reqs. In the UK you just gotta get predicted 3 A's at A levels, do work experiences, get a good UCAT score and smash the interivew. If it's cheaper why not do attend uni in the UK? Plus med school is 5/6 years.
But working as a doctor, I've been told that the US/Canada pays more and that the work life balance (even if you chose to work for public hospitals) = better than in the UK.

Thanks a lot!

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