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    Hey guys

    I graduated from college with a ** in Biology and am 24 years old right now. I didn't make the cut to get into a US school so I was thinking about going abroad and one of my options is KMC. Do you guys think it is worth it to go for an MBBS as I already have my ** and am 24 years old. I think most of my colleagues will be in the 19-20 age group. I don't want to go to the Caribbean. Do you guys have any suggestions? Any feedback will be appreciated. Thanks.

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    heey friend,

    If u really wanna do medicine then go for it...cuz there are many students who go to forgein medical schools with their BSc. For example I have a friend studying in pakistan med school doing his MBBS and he's also as old as u and he tells me how most of his friends are from 18-22...but he's happy there... also just like u he didnt wanted to go to the caribbeans away from family so thats why he went to his homeland where he had his grandparents to live with.

    It also depends on u...I mean if u dont mind studying with students who are younger than u...but once u'll go there hopefully u'll meet some senior students who are near ur age...or maybe there might be some with BSc degres too...so its up to u my friend...dont worry too much about the ppl ...u should worry more on important things like how much will it cost (living and education expenses), which degree is worth it in the end, environment, level of education, etc...I hope u get what I mean...And dont worry about ur age...if u really wanna study hard and become a dotor than ur still young and u can still do it cuz if u start now by 28-30 u'll be a grrreat doctor!

    ...that was just my opinion...

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    hmm...the carib is actually not that bad and u will find more people around your age group (if that is a consideration for u).

    i dunno...the setup of the indian schools are a lot different than the carib ones...the carib schools are geared towards preparing u for the step 1 and are setup similar to u.s. schools.

    if you were to go to kmc, you would have to find time outside of your classes and exams there to study for the step 1. the school doesn't orient itself to teaching u for the step 1. so u will have to learn the nitpicky details of anatomy...and as an nri, you will be picked on...a lot! so be prepared to work really, really hard.

    i'm not sure if kmc requires this, but some of the indian schools do require a 1 year houseship (someone correct me if I'm wrong on that term). so it does end up taking 5 years, not 4.

    the indian programs are good, but u will have to be highly motivated to study for the step 1 outside of all the stuff they give you.

    best of luck in your decision.

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    Since there's already quite a wide variance of ages represented among first year medical students, I would go with the program that you feel prepares you best to become a well-qualified physician.

    Obviously, the added time spent doing a MBBS should be taken into consideration, but if you go to a less reputable school in the Carib. or somewhere else, you might risk spending a year or more in limbo if you cannot secure the residency spot you seek, and that time is A LOT worse than some "extra" time spent in medical school.

    So seek a school that you feel confident about attending, and worry less about the age of your fellow students or the length of the program...

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    i would say a good carib school is a better path

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    I think it could be a difficult choice between a (recently established) Carib school and an established foreign (non-Carib) school.

    On one hand, I would claim that many non-Carib schools are much more established, have active research programs, and generally more experience in training physicians. On the other hand, the Carib programs are tailor-made to train doctors to work in the US.

    Which is better? That's very difficult to tell, and depends on a lot of variables. Also, I think it's basically very much an individual choice. If I was to choose, I would probably take an established non-Carib school over a younger Carib school. But as stated, it's very much a personal choice.

    BTW: This is a very general comment. I don't know Kasturba, so I couldn't be able to compare it to other medical schools, Carib or otherwhere.

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