Do US Med schools accept international students?

<p>I did my HS and will be doing my Bachelor's here in the US. I want to apply for med school after this. When I looked at some Med schools on the internet some require a green card. I dont have one! I am here on a visa - dependent on my parents. We applied for a green card but it is still processing. It's weird becausE I am not necessarily an international student because I didnt do my edu in a foreign country. But legally I am here on a visa without a green card.
Help me please. If I knew this earlier I would've done something about it.
Are there any med schools that would take me in the US?
Thank you</p>

<p>I've really only heard of schools taking Canadian students on visa (ie don't have a green card). So if you're Canadian, there are at least a handful of schools that will consider you. I can't really speak to other international students, sorry.</p>

<p>I am Canadian! But By the time I apply for med school I will be living here for more than 7 years.</p>

<p>Here's a somewhat dated list of of US med schools and their admission policies for international students.</p>

<p>NAAHP:</a> Medical School Admission Policies Towards Non-U.S. Citizens</p>

<p>And it doesn't matter how long you've lived in the US when it comes to admissions. It only matters what you're immigration status is.</p>

<p>But the good news is that some schools have more lenient policies towards Canadians than other foreign applicants.</p>

<p>However, the bad news is that you're not eligible for any financial aid and must be able to demonstrate you have the funding to pay for your entire 4 years of medical education before you can be fully admitted to medical program.</p>

<p>This is awful!
The problem is that the US is not giving out green cards as easily as it used to before. It takes longer to get a green card now-a-days.
Well Thanks for all the info.
I will probably just transfer to a Canadian university later on to get my bachelors and apply for med school there. Would that be a good idea?</p>

<p>Both US and Canadian medical schools use the same accrediting organization and I believe that means Canadian and US universities are equally acceptable as a place to get your undergrad education. (IOW US med school accept credits from Canadian universities and Canadian med schools accept credits from US universities.)</p>

<p>But whether a US undergrad education is acceptable w/r/t the internal politics of Canadian med schools admissions--I have no clue. There may be a bias towards accepting home-grown applicants.</p>

<p>You might ask about this in the Canadian student subforum </p>

<p>Canada</a> - College Confidential</p>

<p>to see if you can get a Canadian perspective on it.</p>

<p>What I've heard, but can't confirm is that Canada has fewer med school slots per capita than does the US so the competition for acceptance into Canadian med schools is particularly strong.</p>

<p>Okay I will check that link. Thank you.</p>

<p>unlike us schools, they really consider that goofy mcat essay score. you need a much higher essay score in canada.</p>

<p>Check too on the residency requirements, you might be a Canadian citizen but not have residence in the province for that medical school since you have been in the US, and if you are in line for a green card, you are not paying Canadian taxes. As I recall UBC required both citizen/PR status and residence in the province.</p>

<p>yuck, somemom. "pre-med without a country". that would be one suck-y book.</p>

<p>students, think about this stuff when choosing where and to whom you are born. A little planning would be helpful.</p>

<p>Is there a solution to my problem? What are my options? What should I do?</p>

<p>I never moved here on my own. I had to move with my family. I was a kid...</p>

<p>I do hope you understood that my post at 11 was sarcasm. Clearly you had zero/little input in the decisions that put you where you are. As somemom is familiar with canada, i'll defer to her.</p>

<p>OP, Occasionally, some international may still get into a medical school somewhere in US. But it is an uphill battle in general. These successful internationals tend to be an academic superstar but some research-heavy research medical school may think they can make some use of these students. So all hopes are not lost.</p>

<p>curm, I heard of "doctors without borders." Maybe we could use the term "premeds without borders." LOL.</p>

<p>I suspect some European countries may have more of these kinds of premeds or medical school students, because the medicine career in US may be too lucrative as a career (at least as today, not sure about it in the future) to let new comers who have not paid enough due to this society yet to break into this career path (unlike some of the engineering/science-research careers.)</p>

<p>Marry someone.(;</p>

<p>I know someone who qualified as BC resident based on 5 years there or something like that (this was a while ago) but was not a PR/citizen so would not be able to gain admissions.</p>

<p>It's a lot like being in state or OOS, there are many hoops through which you must jump and they are different at each school.</p>

<p>Because we moved when DD was in university, I did a great deal of research as to what she needed to do. She not only had to pick her state, she had to have done it by 12 months before the application NOT 12 months before matriculation.</p>

<p>She could actually have ended up not a resident for admissions purposes in either state if she'd made an error. </p>

<p>If you are a Canadian citizen, but living in the US on a green card. First investigate whether or not you can even qualify in Canada. Then check with your US state school's medical school. Find the residency dept and learn what those rules are (hint- look for a PDF form to download somewhere and that should show you what they look for)</p>

<p>As to the green card thing, are your parents working here? Is their employer helping them obtain green cards? A Canadian friend of DDs parents moved from an abroad posting to one stateside, they had green cards very quickly for the entire family and it was all done via facilitation by the employer.</p>

<p>I am trying to recall the precise timing, I think they moved there when DD was in grade 11 and were state residents in time for their oldest to attend a flagship state U as a resident. I would have your working parent ask the human resources department for some help.</p>

<p>OP, let's put it this way.</p>

<p>If you can get accepted into a US allopathic medical school as an international student, then you should not pursue medicine. </p>

<p>You should pursue something greater.</p>

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It's weird becausE I am not necessarily an international student because I didnt do my edu in a foreign country.

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<p>Sorry, but incorrect (and poor logic). Try again. :)</p>

<p>For $15, you can subscribe to USNews online or for similar $$, you can purchase msar online. You'll have to look up each school individually, but since there are only 120+, it shouldn't take too long to see which schools accept international students.</p>

<p>Okay I will look them up. Thank you.</p>