My kid showed me this New York Times article. Why don't Canada and US offer medicine as undergrad?
If you want to go to medical school in Australia, you need to sit the UCAT in your final year of high school.
In the UK, it can take either 5 or 6 years for the undergraduate degree, then enrol on a 2 year foundation programme, during which they must complete work placements according to their specialisation, before applying to Medical Specialty Training. In total, then, medical studies in the UK can take up to 8 years.
In Canada, medical study is only available at graduate level, so you must take 4 years of a pre-med undergraduate degree (although some institutions will accept only 2 years of this or offer a fast-track option), with the graduate medical studies taking another 4 years. After this, you must complete a residency training programme, which can take between 3 and 8 years, depending on your specialisation. Medical studies in Canada, then, take a minimum of 11 years.
This is because the UK undergraduate qualification is equivalent to the combination of undergraduate and graduate degrees in Canada.