Damn... This forum is dead. Sadly.
Applicants... Where are you?
I was accepted into MUG - Medical University of Gdansk. I am very excited about studying medicine but since this medical school is not so popular yet it has been difficult to find out a lot of information about how things actually work for students there.
All I know is that most of the students in the English division come from Scandinavia (mostly Sweden in fact), students are divided into groups of 10 in the beginning of 1st year (and each group has its own schedule), and 60% is the minimum required to pass an exam. Besides this, I don't know much more.
These are the questions I'd ask someone who studies in Gdansk (so please give me some feedback if you are a student there):
Where do we buy the books? Do we get a list of books we should by in the beginning of the year?
Do we have to pay any taxes/fees on the books we buy from amazon.com for example?
How many chances (in total) does one have to pass an exam?
Are we required to pass midterm exams in order to qualify for the final exam?
Are the exams mostly oral or written?
Are the lectures worth to attend for the most part? Is it OK to ask questions in class or should we just figure it out on our own most of the time?
Do students have access to a good library in the main campus? Are any of these opened until late in the evening?
When I took the entrance exam the Head Professor of Anatomy talked a little bit about the university and apparently 2 big buildings are under construction and will be ready in about 2 years. These will offer the most advanced technology he recommended everyone who is thinking about surgery of some kind. Nonetheless, the medical hospital where students have their training is still very new (2012). I hope it's a good school.
The professors seemed to be very professional and capable regardless the lack visibility of this medical school in particular.
Has anyone already been accepted to MUG? Are you actually going to study there? Anyone outside Scandinavia keeping an eye on MUG?
I hope so!
I look forward to meeting the medical aspirants of 2016!
Cheers! Cheers! Cheers!
Damn... This forum is dead. Sadly.
Applicants... Where are you?
Just in case someone wants to join the group on Facebook.
MUG - Incoming Students 2016
Look for us if you are coming to Gdansk this year.
congratz! I'll update with some answers to ur questions later.
Thank you for time. Really appreciate it.
It's difficult to find people who post something about MUG.
The question regarding AMAZON was made because if one must pay extra when the books arrive to Poland I might just buy them now and bring them in a suitcase when I move down to Gdansk. It'd be cheaper that way.
How's your experience so far? Do you enjoy studying at MUG? Were you expecting to go through the material at higher or lower pace than you guys actually are going through?
I'm really curious, so please don't be afraid to tell as much as possible.
I am going to the Guide Tour on the 4th of April by the way. Can't wait! So if you are around just let me know. It'd be great to meet someone who is almost done with 1st year.
And one more thing to clarify: the student groups can go up to 10 or 20 people maximum?
Last edited by afid; 03-30-2016 at 04:09 PM.
Hi and congrats on getting admitted I'm currently a student and like it here, although it is a lot of hard work!
1. Each subject has recommended books, but we usually don't buy them as we get provided with sufficient materials from the teachers (power points). Talk to older students to find out which books are worth buying and buy them in Poland - there is a book store right next to the school and the prices are good.
2. Chances of passing depend on the subject. Major subjects have one exam in January and two resits in Feb or 1 term in June and two resits in September. Other subjects have one resist chance only, but the majority manages to pass all the subjects eventually. If you study, you don't need to worry about it too much. Some of the subjects are harder than others (Anatomy...) but it's doable.
3. In 1st year you have mid terms in anatomy (where you need to have a 40% average to be admitted to the final) histology (60% average) and medical biology (40% of your grade). Other subjects are final only.
4. Exams are written, some are open (anatomy midterms) but mostly multiple choice.
5. Lectures - it depends on you. I think this year they made anatomy obligatory, the rest is not. I'm not a big lecture fan so I don't go to any of them, but some say they help. Best is to go to everything for first 2-3 weeks and see what suits you best. You need to find your best way of studying and what makes you most comfortable - it's very different for everyone
6. The school library is located on campus, and it's ok (has computers and most books). It closes at 7pm tho, which is quite early. There are three other libraries: old town, Wrzeszcz and Oliwa that you can go to and they usually have better opening hours. The school one only opens until 3pm on Saturdays and is closed completely on Sunday's.
7. Groups are 10 people but some classes you have in 20 people (they combine two groups).
The school building is quite old, but the hospital campus is new and constantly getting renovated. The labs stents very modern, but the anatomy department was renovated recently (sighing the past 4-5 years) so it's quite nice. In anatomy students get lockers that you can keep your stuff in, you can access them every day from 7.30am till around 7pm.
Ask more if you have any other questions
Thank you so much for your answer. In which year are you?
OK. More questions then:
1) Do you have to dress up for exams and midterms, or only exams?
2) Is it OK to ask questions to the teachers when you need to clarify something?
3) Is the student environment good in your opinion? By good I mean laid back/relaxing or do you feel that is very competitive? Do people from different groups hang out every now and then or do you go out mostly with people from your group? How do they divide us: name, age, nationality, other?
4) Since you are not going to class... Do you just study home by yourself? Do you have a topic list to guide you or you just follow the online material that is provided by the professors?
5) From what I've seen we only have anatomy in 1st year... Is that right? I don't get it: in Hungary they have anatomy during the 2 first years...
6) I am trying hard to not focus on school rankings or anything like that because Gdansk doesn't seem to do very good on those. However, I don't believe that MUG isn't a good school either. If people from Scandinavia and the UK are going there to study it's because it gives you the tools to be a good doctor. You believe that MUG prepares students to be good physicians, right? Do we as students get to see anything for real in the first 2-3 years?
7) Any advice regarding how long it should take me to get an apartment? If we live close to the university, do we have everything else close by (grocery store and such things)?
Thank you so much in advance.
I'm going to visit MUG on Monday. Very excited about that! Let me know if you have a break and could eventually meet me for a quick coffee. It'd be nice to meet an older student.
Have a nice day!
1) It's up to you nobody's gonna actually checked whether you're dressed up or not :P
2) It's more than OK to ask questions, everyone here is very helpful and they can even stay with you after class to explain stuff
3) I would say it's good. People hang out with each other and help each other out. We study together but we also hang out. We have different student organizations as well to help you meet new people and do cool extracurricular stuff.
4) I do go to class haha, I just meant I don't go to lectures all seminars and exercises are obligatory, it's the lectures where it's up to you. We do have a lot on our plates tho, so any day off is a great studying opportunity
5) Anatomy is a 1 year course, and it is enough to get a good idea of it in my opinion. We have 4 hours of exercises on cadavers per week, so you really get to see everything really well and learn properly. The only thing is that you need to do your homework, and by that I mean be prepared for class since day 1. There will be no time to catch up later. Study from day one, learn the structures and what the book says for class and you'll be fine
6) I've never looked at the rankings, but I do know that people who graduated in the last two years from our school work in Sweden, Norway, England, Malta and US so it can't be too bad Besides, I feel like we're getting a good level of education here. There's a lot of theory in the first two years as those are your foundation year - you have to learn certain things in order to be able to use them in practice. However, they do give you small clinical subjects like introduction to emergency medicine or nursing care, etc, so that you do some practical work from early on. Also, every summer you are required to do 4 weeks of internship at hospitals. You can do that either at school or back home, you just need the hospital where you do it to sign an agreement. So overall you do get exposed to the hospital environment early on, but gradually. Definitely no surgeries in 1st year
7) it's pretty easy, we have a fb page where people post apartment offers for MUG students so it's not hard to get an apartment at all
Ooooh yes, I was always thinking about lectures. Not practical classes.
Thanks for answering to all these questions. Awesome!
Have a great day!