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    i am a high school student wanting to go straight to medical school

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    Hi. I am a californian high school student that wants to go straight to medical school. I have been looking around some and have been very interested in australian and europian schools such as ireland. I would appreciate it if anyone could give me any advice or tell me what schools i should consider looking into, especially australia. Thanks

    I just wanted to know what kind of questions i should ask my self when looking into medical schools over seas, since i want financial aid and am an american student

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    i am a high school student wanting to go straight to medical school

    Quote Originally Posted by zeeyo987
    Hi. I am a californian high school student that wants to go straight to medical school. I have been looking around some and have been very interested in australian and europian schools such as ireland. I would appreciate it if anyone could give me any advice or tell me what schools i should consider looking into, especially australia. Thanks

    I just wanted to know what kind of questions i should ask my self when looking into medical schools over seas, since i want financial aid and am an american student
    Bad idea. my rec which you probably wont like is go to college, spend some time abroad, then go to medical school. Dont compromise your career.

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    The reason it's a bad idea is that most, if not all, states require at least 90 hours of college credit in order to grant a license to practice. I'd hate to go through med school and get huge debt only to not practice because I didn't do two years of college!

    I don't know if foreign countries have this same rule or not, but I would think twice about going anwhere that tells you that you can do med school without the colllege level science pre-requisites.

    I think many overseas schools will not accept you unless you are a certain age, like 21.

    Ok that's the facts. My opinion, and it's just an opinion, is that at 17 or 18 years old most people aren't prepared for med school. I know many people who thought they wanted to be a lawyer, doctor, engineer, or whatever only to flunk out of the 1st semester of college because it just wasn't their cup of tea. And that's just college.

    Good luck to you! 8)
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    6 year spots in some US med schools

    There are a number of six year spots (for high school grads) in some US medical schools. Not very many. But if you were a very high acheiver in high school, probably the path of least resistance if your goal is to work in the US as quickly as possible.

    As for your comment about Caribbean schools being in it for the money, that's what it's about in Australia as well. $$$

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    6 year spots in some US med schools

    Yeah i got into Brown and Case WEstern reserve when i was applying...they accept international students so apply there and try your luck.

    As for that 90 hours thing I think that 6 year schools make up for that...otherwise how would the many docs from india/europe/pakistan be practicing in the US? they don't have to do any undergraduate courses!

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    Take your time!!! There should be no shortcuts in your education; they will come back to haunt you.

    Go to a 4-year undergrad institution and get your bachelor's degree. Take philosophy, literature, and study other cultures. Becoming a good doctor is not only about learning the diseases of the human body, it is also about being able to understand your patients and the conflicts they face.

    What I find interesting is that med schools do not require a degree in Bio or Chem; while you are obligated to take the basic science courses, you can get a degree in anything else that you want. I regret that I didn't take the time to enjoy my college years more and was such a one-track science brain.

    Good luck, and congrats on your recent high school graduation!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stacy_de_lin
    Take your time!!! There should be no shortcuts in your education; they will come back to haunt you.

    Go to a 4-year undergrad institution and get your bachelor's degree. Take philosophy, literature, and study other cultures. Becoming a good doctor is not only about learning the diseases of the human body, it is also about being able to understand your patients and the conflicts they face.

    What I find interesting is that med schools do not require a degree in Bio or Chem; while you are obligated to take the basic science courses, you can get a degree in anything else that you want. I regret that I didn't take the time to enjoy my college years more and was such a one-track science brain.

    Good luck, and congrats on your recent high school graduation!

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    I did that, and it was worth it. It really enriches your life.
    But I got a bio/chem degree, too, because by the time you do all the pre-requisites, you are 2/3 of the way to getting a B.S.
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    Dont' know about u,

    but going to a far away country learning about other cultures and observing different cultures up front is a pretty good way of enhancing your life experiences...

    I went into med school right after highschool

    a) there are no hassles with going back to the US...i've done research on that so i'm pretty sure about it
    b) it's a really quick way to get mature, esp. when ur by uself and u have to learn a whole bunch of new stuff at the same time...not everyone can cope with it, but for some it can be pretty rewarding.

    Just my 2 cents.

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