Newly Matched SGU Students Prepared to Strengthen Canadian Health Care

St. George’s University has long provided a pipeline for Canadian students to return to their home country to practice, and 2016 was no exception. Through the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS), nine students matched with first-year residency positions in Canada and will begin their postgraduate training this summer.

SGU students will complete their postgraduate training in internal medicine, family medicine, and psychiatry at such programs as Queen’s University, the University of British Columbia, the University of Manitoba, the University of Ottawa, the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Toronto, and Western University. A second match iteration will take place in April.

“We congratulate those students who were selected to launch their medical careers in beautiful Canada,” said St. George’s University President and CEO G. Richard Olds. “We firmly believe that program directors at these institutions will find that these future SGU graduates have the knowledge, skills, and bedside manner needed to shine from the moment they begin as first-year residents.”

Having earned his Master of Science from the University of Toronto, Jason Lam was delighted to match into U of T’s orthopaedic surgery program. He bolstered his credentials leading up to the match by completing electives in Canada, and worked closely with his Canadian clinical advisor to steer his way to his top-choice program.

“It was absolutely surreal,” Mr. Lam said. “Being able to return home and to train in a field I’m immensely passionate about is a dream come true.

“St. George’s University provided me with a wealth of resources to allow me to be prepared for both my exams and clinical training,” he added. “The diversity of my clinical experiences throughout medical school makes me feel very prepared for residency. SGU undoubtedly provides students with solid basic science education and superb clinical training, along with the opportunity to match into even competitive residency programs.”

Paul Howatt matched in family medicine at Western University, his top choice in the field. He enrolled at SGU through the Keith B. Taylor Global Scholars Program (KBTGSP), for which students spend the first year of their medical education at Northumbria University before one basic sciences year in Grenada and two more in clinical rotations.

“Attending SGU was an excellent opportunity for training to be a doctor, and it was particularly good at preparing me for the US board exams,” Mr. Howatt said. “I had a blast living in England for my first year, with fantastic teaching from the instructors.”

More than 1,200 Canadians have graduated from the School of Medicine since it opened in 1977, and over 600 Canadian students are currently enrolled at the University. SGU’s Canadian medical students taking the United States Medical Licensing Examination for first time in 2015 registered a 97 percent pass rate and highly competitive 228 mean score.

Published on 3/20/16