Canadian medical students are flocking to Ireland
- By: David Spurgeon
Despite a shortage of doctors in Canada, many good students are being refused admission to that country's medical schools and are flocking to Ireland's instead - so much so that the Canadian Medical Association's news and features editor, Pat Sullivan, calls Ireland the home of Canada's “17th medical school.”
In an article in the Journal of the Canadian Medical Association, he says that more than 100 Canadians are currently enrolled in medicine at University College Dublin, University College Cork, Trinity College Dublin, and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. “They outnumber the first year students at nine of Canada's 16 medical schools, and their total is roughly double the size of the first year class at the University of Saskatchewan,” he says.
Most are hoping that they will eventually be able to practise medicine in Canada but, as 28 year old Ilana Porzecanski, of Victoria, British Columbia, a fourth