Now that you have done some work experience and decided that you want to study Medicine, you will need to start thinking about choosing a Medical College and what course do you want to pursue. Every year, thousands of Indian Medical students face the prime concern of getting admission in a good medical institution for higher studies. Few students manage to clear the entrance tests for government universities while others keep looking for options in private universities. Most of the students cannot afford the high donation the private universities ask for. In such circumstances come the foreign medical universities to the salvage of Indian medical students. Many universities in different countries are offering MBBS and other medical programs at an affordable price which is certainly not the case in Indian universities.
Nowadays, many countries offer high-quality medical education at very affordable prices. The students from various countries including India, China, Nepal and Bangladesh etc. are willing to study MBBS in foreign countries. Amongst the top picks, come the countries like Russia, Ukraine, Germany and many such countries. The medical universities in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Germany and many other countries follow the international curriculum. The universities in these countries are approved by the major organizations like WHO, UNESCO and MCI.
Nowadays, students not only look for affordable medical education but also the quality of education provided in medical colleges abroad. The process of admission in MBBS in medical universities abroad is very simple and hassle-free. In such destinations, there is no need to clear any entrance examination like TOEFL and IELTS.
The major questions students have in their mind is – Which college and Medical Course would be ideal for you. Here are a few tips that can help you with the same. Let’s divide this article into 2 sections - a) Choosing a Medical College b) choosing a Course Choosing a Medical College: What Are The Different Medicine Course Types?
There are three different course structures in Medicine. Please click on the links to read more detail about each.
There is also a fourth option, called Case-Based Learning (CBL). Similar to PBL, CBL is used by many international Medical Schools and is now starting to appear in the UK – in universities like Cardiff, for example.
The key with course structure is first to understand the differences between them, and second to reflect on which system best suits you. Can I Do A Foundation Year?
Foundation Courses at medical schools are designed to prepare you for medical education. They might also be referred to as a ‘pre-clinical year’.
They can be a useful way into Medicine for those who didn’t get the grades required, who studied the ‘wrong’ subjects, who are coming from overseas, or who didn’t get an offer the first time. How Important Are UKCAT And BMAT?
Different universities place different levels of importance on the UKCAT.
You can learn more about this by visiting the dedicated guide we have created for UKCAT, as well as by using the Medical School Comparison Tool.
You will know your UKCAT score by the time you apply to Medical School, so that should be a major consideration.
You can find out which universities use the BMAT by visiting the dedicated BMAT page.
Unlike the UKCAT, the BMAT will be sat after your application is submitted. So you might want to hedge your bets by applying to no more than two BMAT universities when choosing a medical school. How Important Are Grades?
Grades are very important to study Medicine. Your GCSEs and A-level grades will ultimately dictate which Medical Schools to apply to. To view the entry requirements for every UK Medical School, please see our Medical School Comparison Tool.
Importantly, with the new Linear A-level system, there has been increasing confusion over how applicants’ grades will be assessed.
How Important Is Location?
When you eventually interview at Medical Schools, you will stress that the course itself is the primary reason for applying there, rather than the location of the university.
However, the reality is that location is important. Some of you will want to stay close to home. Others probably want to get as far away as possible! Just remember to choose wisely as you will be away for up to 6 years. How Do I Apply To Oxbridge For Medicine?
You can pick only one of Oxford or Cambridge, but not both. So, for some high achievers, that will be the first dilemma.
Of course, academic excellence is a prerequisite. Both institutions use a traditional course structure, based around a tutorial system.
If you are considering applying to Oxbridge for Medicine, we recommend visiting both and getting to grips with the differences between the two.
But first, make sure that you have read all about them. What You Need To Do
Choosing a Course: When do you need to choose a medical speciality by?
It’s never too early to be thinking about what speciality you want to pursue. The very latest point at which you want to choose your medical speciality is your 4th year of medical school. This is because you need to apply for residency position when the applications open around September in your 4th year. Data shows that many people apply to multiple specialities, suggesting maybe they did not come to a single final decision for their speciality by that time. Here are our tips to help you work toward identifying the best medical speciality for you, sooner rather than later. Always keep an open mind.
Go into every clinical rotation with an open mind. Go through your pre-clinical years with an open mind, too.
You should always keep an open mind about switching to a different speciality because your feelings can completely change once you get immersed in the field and you get exposure. The point of 3rd-year rotations is to give you some experience with different fields. Try to get as much experience as you can to cement in your mind if it’s the speciality for you. Experience is the best way to figure out the right fit for you.
Keep in mind that what you see during hospital rotations is not always what it’d look like for you to work in that field. You don’t necessarily have to practice in a hospital—you can also opt to work in a community setting. Get exposure as early as you can.
Start figuring out what you might be interested in, and try to get shadowing and clinical experience early in different specialities.
Some specialities are research-heavy. The earlier you get exposure to a field and find out you might be interested in it, the more opportunities you’re going to get and the better you can prepare yourself.
Generally, there are 5 core clinical rotations in your 3rd year of medical College:
Don’t wait till the 3rd year to look into these specialities. Get exposed as early as you can to figure out what you want to be doing.
Sometimes it’s easier to identify what you definitely don’t want to do, rather than identifying your favourite speciality from a long list of possibilities. So make a checklist of all the specialities. Cross things off as you progress through medical school.
You can also start using a process of elimination with some of the following questions.
Some questions to ask yourself:
Also be sure to consider the patients you’re going to be taking care of and the emotional toll it’s going to have on you, especially when dealing with cancer patients.
Find a Mentor Having a mentor is one of the keys to success in medical school. Mentors help pave the way for you. It can be life-changing to find the right mentor.
Benefits of having a mentor:
Qualities in a mentor to look for:
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