If you guys don't mind, I'd like to chip into your interesting conversation. HillenitaPT, any HU medical school you choose to study will do.I believe they share the same problems since they are run by the same people with the same orientation and mentality. Like Dulgar rightly pointed out, the city should also play a very important role in your choice. In fact, it should be the most important determining factor in your choice since the 4 schools have the same curricula. And as regards this, Semmelweis is the best choice hands down! (See reasons as given by Dulgar above).
Dulgar, I totally agree with you. DOTE owes us a lot! Worst is that just when you thought the pre-clinicals are not so organised, you'll realise the clinical years are beyond horrible. A few changes are slowly going on now, though. Hopefully, by the time you're in 4th year, things may have improved. For the self-study part, I'd recommend not ignoring your textbooks altogether in favour of students' notes. Granted, Avi makes one of the most concise notes out there. But if you study your textbooks (using the topic lists as a guide), you'd realise you can also do the good job he does. My method is to stick w/ my textbooks and lecture slides at the beginning of the semester and later (maybe starting from week 11) use Avi's as exams approaches. I'm not the type that makes notes from textbooks (waste of my time, I dare say) but reading textbooks sure pays off at the end of the day. You'd see this as you get to the clinical years! If you've been reading textbooks (and of course you'd remember only a fraction of them, so don't sweat yourself) your clinical experience would be more interesting. You'd get some tiny useful hints that Avi's ignores in his summarised yet concise notes. Also, the teachers (esp. the old professors) would be more enthusiastic and respectful if they realised that you have a wealth of knowledge.
Unfortunately (or fotunately, depends on how you see it) I'm not European, and thus I have to write an exam before I get licensed to practice in my home country. So, I have to expand my base of knowledge beyond just memorizing notes like Avi's (and others). And I can only enrich my knowledge from textbooks and the few things I pick up from clincal practice. (And youtube videos help a LOT!). Maybe, just maybe, for those that have an automatic recognition of their diploma, then such students notes are enough for them to scale through medical school.
Good luck in your choice HellenitaPT. And please allow me to welcome you to the "hell-hole" called HU medical schools!
UD-MHSC, Debrecen, Magyarország.
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