What in particular attracts you to medical school in the U.K.?
- I don't know the current cost of medical education in the U.S. In the U.K. an overseas student will pay in the region of $180,000 for a five year course: that's at the current unfavourable dollar: pound exchange rate. Additionally, the U.K. is generally considered to have a high cost of living - though that could also change by the time you need to worry about it.
- Medical school itself in Europe is not shorter than in the U.S. - usually it's longer, 5 or 6 years! However, most people here enter medical school straight after high school and not after a first degree; thus the total time taken may be 5/6 years and not 7/8. Comparatively recently the U.K. has introduced some graduate entry 4-year courses alongside the traditional 5-year ones; there are also 4-year courses in Poland, taught in English and aimed at the Nth. American market.
- Entry to either the 4 or 5-year programs in the U.K. is highly competitive; only a limited number of places are reserved for overseas students; there is still a tendency for a large portion of these to go to applicants from developing countries in the Commonwealth. You should expect to have GPA/MCAT every bit as high as that required for the U.S. - maybe even higher.
- Before you ask, there is to my knowledge no collated data on GPA/MCAT scores of successful applicants.
- Courses in Europe do not teach a USMLE-based syllabus; you will need to put in a bit of extra work to pass that exam with a competitive mark. I should add that many people do succeed in doing just that - it's not an impossible hurdle.
- You would be well advised to do electives/shadowing/observerships in the U.S. whenever possible to compensate for differences in clinical procedure and protocol. This would also, I think, give you an opportunity to network and get some LOR's.
- To further your application it would be a good idea to study the med. schools' websites; find out as much as you can about U.K. medicine and medical education; contact admissions tutors of some schools - I'm sure that some of them will be quite helpful.
Last edited by diogenes; 02-20-2008 at 05:43 PM.
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