Oh quit your whining. If you think med-school back in n. america is all daisies you'll surely be disappointed. I didn't attend Lodz, but all other Polish schools have similar stories coming out of them. That's the culture shock I've referred to in some previous posts. Just to dispel some misconceptions based on the above e-mail:
1) Anatomy is not "the heart of Medicine". It's barely stressed on the USMLE. Radiology and a few surgical specialties are really the only ppl who may require more than rudimentary knowledge of anatomy.
2) 8am - 5pm? Say it ain't so. Wow, you do work hard. I feel sorry for you. Wait till you get into residency and pull 80+ hrs a week. Oh, and don't think that just because the ACGME has an 80 hr duty limit that you won't find yourself working more than that. You will. All sorts of activities don't fall under the duty hrs umbrella. But I digress. If you think US students spend their days "productively" during their clinical rotations, once again, you'll be disappointed. Yeah, there's plenty of scut work and lots of rounding on patients, on your own, with a resident, with an attending, with the whole team. You'll see your patients over and over again, and all sorts of other patients too, and you won't give a c**p about them. And then, when you go home at 9 pm, you think you're going to open a book?
4) Penalties for skipping classes? That's the funniest thing I've ever heard. Haven't you whiny babies paid your tuition?
man's best friendy secretaries, deans with a sense of humor... typical european attitudes to rich, whiny, privileged americans who couldn't get into a school in their own country. Yes, I'm generalizing here, and before you go off and report this post and get you silkies all in a bunch, that's the reality. And yes it's unfair, and yes, americans are not the only targets, and yes you don't have to be rich, and yes, you may not necessarily feel privileged, but if I were in their place, I'd have me some fun too. The truth is, ppl will still pay big buck to go to the school, because, face it, they couldn't get in back home, wherever it may be. And they know it. And why should they care? Are you going to stay in Poland and practice med there? Are you going to stay and raise their standard of care? So, what's their motivation.
Which brings us back to what a few of us keep repeating on this forums...
Before you go anywhere, check it out, in person. Go to a few lectures, go hang out in the clinics, tag a long a couple of students. Oh, and realize, that if you act like a child, you'll be treated like a child.
But yes, I agree, students enrolled at these schools will boast about them for fear of ruining the schools, and therefore their own reputations. It's very human.