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    want to know everything Med U of Lodz

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    My family is originally from Belgian. I am finishing my ** in and wanted to know About the medical schools in Poland. I wanted to know specially about Med U of Lodz because i am interested doing my rotations in the US. I checked out caribbean schools but NOT interested in them. Would appreciate if someone answer this who really know what they are talking about because i am serious and not just shooting the breeze.

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    Have you searchd for "Lodz," in these forums? There are a good number of threads where people discuss Lodz.

    I've corresponded with admissions at a lot of these schools, including Lodz. Like a lot of these Polish schools, you can do a good amount of rotations in the US; but not your entire two years. I asked specifically if I could do an entire two years of clinical education in the US (like Caribbean schools do), and was told no; there are certain European clinicals not offered here (Intro to Dentistry is one tha comes to mind).

    However, don't let that discourace you. Sounds like you will still have plenty of time to do many rotations in the US. As usual, check with admissions first and ask them all your questions; after that, make sure what they are saying syncs up with what people on here tell you so you know the school's not lying to you.

    Lodz seems decent, nothing spectacular but nothing too shady, so to speak. However, they use an agent: AIM. This is definitely a negative thing, so if you apply, try to apply directly to the school if that's possible.

    DeepRoller is a member here who plans on attending Lodz, I believe, and said he's spoke with graduates from Lodz so he can expound on the process of how easy or difficult it is to get residency here.
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    By the way, what about Caribbean schools did you "check out," and not like? St George's, Ross, SABA, and AUC all have a more impressive track record of graduates. Have you checked them out? You're only on the island for like 16 months, then you're back in the US entirely for clinicals. They are also more geared towards the USMLE. Not to dissuade you from Europe, but the Caribbean is in some ways an easier path and a reliable one to a certain extent (going to the Big 4).

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    You can definitely do ALL of the second two years of school in the U.S. if you attend med school in Łódź (pronounced "wootch," in case you don't know). The Intro. to Dentistry thing is requirement of all Polish medical schools, which I'm told you do before you come back to the U.S. for junior clerkships (2nd year, that is). Otherwise, they're all in the U.S.

    Internal Medicine, Surgery, and OB/GYN are done at ACGME hospitals in Conneticut. Family Medicine can either be done in West Virginia or Indiana. Psychiatry is at Tulane in New Orleans, Louisiana. And Pediatrics is in Chicago. Each of these hospitals also offers electives to Łódź students in those same disciplines. Otherwise, 4th year electives are taken where ever you wish to set them up (for instance, I'll probably do most of mine in Arkansas where I live). AIM will help you with that.

    So that you can start reading their stuff on Łódź, here's the link to their website: AIM:Welcome to AIM. If you want to send me a pm, I"ll send you some links to YouTube videos that show off the city, as well.

    It should be noted, however, that Łódź is no more California-approved than any of the other Polish 4 year programs, if that is a concern of yours (as in, if you live in California and plan to continue to do that). Otherwise, there's a lot of good reason to go to school there. And you will have ample time to take the train to Belgium, if you so desire.

    Feel free to PM me for any reason.

    Cheers!

    Michael

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    Quote Originally Posted by catherine1984 View Post
    My family is originally from Belgian. I am finishing my ** in and wanted to know About the medical schools in Poland. I wanted to know specially about Med U of Lodz because i am interested doing my rotations in the US. I checked out caribbean schools but NOT interested in them. Would appreciate if someone answer this who really know what they are talking about because i am serious and not just shooting the breeze.
    what made u rule out the caribbean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeepRoller View Post
    .... Otherwise, there's a lot of good reason to go to school there....
    Good post, still be aware that DR has no actual first-hand knowledge of what it's actually like to be enrolled there.

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    That's right...but the 11 people I've talked to about it do. And while some of them have experience with this, that doesn't mean each person's experience will necessarily be like theirs, right?

    KB, what do you do? Hang out here waiting for someone to say something so that you can attempt to undermine it? Seems like you do.
    If so...

    http://www.valuemd.com/european-russ...tml#post560052 (<--read that)

    I didn't say I the end-all be-all of knowledge on the Medical University of Lodz. I am merely sharing the things that I have learned from others who have been there hoping to help.

    Cheers!

    Michael

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    I don't know who told you abou the 2 years entirely in the US, DR; but I was told by admissions that it was not possible to do ALL of it. If you were told by an official that it IS possible, than that is a problem area, because either one of them is lying or they don't even know about their own program. Either way, a problem.

    They told me nothing about having a flexible schedule where they'd move things around like Intro to Dentistry. Plus, there are supposed to be more than just that one that you would need to do.

    If you have your heart set on the entire two years in the US, I'd strongly reccomend you e-mail them again and confirm that. I'll do the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zut Alors! View Post
    I don't know who told you abou the 2 years entirely in the US, DR; but I was told by admissions that it was not possible to do ALL of it. If you were told by an official that it IS possible, than that is a problem area, because either one of them is lying or they don't even know about their own program. Either way, a problem.

    They told me nothing about having a flexible schedule where they'd move things around like Intro to Dentistry. Plus, there are supposed to be more than just that one that you would need to do.

    If you have your heart set on the entire two years in the US, I'd strongly reccomend you e-mail them again and confirm that. I'll do the same.
    is the 2 yr thing consistant w/ allpolish schools or just this one?

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    You know what? It doesn't matter what I tell you about what I've learned or where I learned it.
    I'll just keep it for myself from now on.
    Good luck to all in the process.

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