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fuzpot
05-05-2006, 05:53 AM
Hey guys-i do apologise for the huge surge in my irritating questions. Im trying to send off applications !.

What is Gdansk medical school like? reputation etc, is it legit.

If i get accepted anywehre- i will go personally 2 visit these places b4 confirmations.

farba
05-05-2006, 06:57 AM
I do not know how this school is in english program but in polish it is really good. Last year it was harded to get into then Warsaw(you had to have more points on the exam). I also know that you should have a good opportunity there for the research since they have a real nice biotechnology institute(my friend studied biotech there and liked the school).
And Gdansk is a very beautiful city. If i didn't get into Krakow or Warsaw(where location is better for me) i would go to Gdansk
But just apply, you can always resign if you do not feel like it.
Good luck

weirween
05-11-2006, 10:37 PM
Hello fuzpot

First, about me and why i choose to write in this thread. I'm an American living in the Chicago suburbs area and I am about to move to Gdansk to study at the Medical Academy of Gdansk. According to the October Student medical Exam as given by the Medical Exam Center in Lodz (sorry I didn't translate that clearly, I read this from their local newspaper and my Polish is pretty weak), the average scores of the student body of the Academy of Gdansk is ranked second highest in the country, only behind the Silesian Medical Academy of Katowice. I'm not sure which exam the article is referring to, but that surely must be a positive sign that you will be in top knotch undergraduate program should you choose to study there. Gdansk is completely legitimate, they have partnerships with most hospitals in the Baltic Ring of countries and most EU countries as well. I don't know about their relationships with North American teaching hospitals and/or universities. I will say that the payment plan for tuition alone is a very reasonable deal the first year is something around $12,000 and $8,000 for the remaining five (they only have the 6 year M.D. program for English language students, by the way). I don't know if that is a fixed payment plan for those six years but you can be sure that the prices will climb higher when tuitions for all Polish private schools will resemble those of most western EU countries. I will try to do some more investigation with the school's legitimacy with other universities and teaching hospitals. So far, I only know that UCLA school of medicine and the university of pennsylvania at philadelphia medical school have residency partnerships with the AMG (akademia medyczna w gdansku), the U of P at philly offering clinical rotation slots at the department of Radiology for AMG students.
I am positive you will enjoy Gdansk itself. The historic old town is beatiful and unique, with festivals/concerts/whatever going on constantly. The countryside is picturesque, the beach isn't too far away and history is at every corner you turn to. Good luck with your applications Fuzpot.

P.S. as far as the applications are concerned, you shouldn't come across anything too overwhelming. As long as they see that you're good for the cash (wink wink), it will go a long way towards your acceptane. They will ask the typical medical school stuff, ask you personal questions and the like, and even quiz you for your Medical savvy here and there. Hope all will go well...

fuzpot
05-12-2006, 02:43 AM
thanks weirween. I havent actually applied. I hope im not too late.It looks quite good, however,long time ago, i heard that it was part of a agent ring. ie: money scaming medical school. But i think its changed now.

gvanderv
05-12-2006, 03:07 AM
If Gdansk has some type of partnership with a school in California, it must be for the Polish language program. None of the English language programs in Poland are OK'd in California.......yet. It's a nice town I have been there. Sorry but I have not visited the school though.

Mossma
05-12-2006, 05:35 AM
I can't speak about the medschool, but I can speak a little about the town. I figured I'd be a little bit of negative. I really didn't enjoy Gdansk much at all. There was the one little nice area but outside of that it just seemed like tons of other towns I've been to. When I got to the hotel (very nice by the way..great showers) the only thing that went through my head was the eurotrip quote from the guy in bratislava. "Good thing you came in the summer, because in the winter it can be VERRRRY depressing" or whatever it was. A sunny day there made all the difference but I really didn't see the beauty like in Krakow. I know this is kind of a touristic view but if you are really seasonly affected with depression then it could be a bad thing to go there...but then if you have SAD then there aren't TOO many places you could go in europe with english speaking programs and carrib would be the next choice.lol

gvanderv
05-12-2006, 06:06 AM
Oh good point about the weather in Poland. I miss Fort Lauderdale!!! But it has been really nice here the past couple of weeks. Winters are long and not much sun.

studentka
05-12-2006, 12:35 PM
Gdansk is a good choice. It is a beautiful city at the Baltic seaside and the university is good. I've never heard that more Poles suffer from depression in Gdansk - on the contrary. There is always much to do as the city has many cultural events.
Take a look here:
http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/79000/79c0a/
http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Poland/Wojewodztwo_Pomorskie/Gdansk-498698/TravelGuide-Gdansk.html

For all people who would have any doubts in future a word of explanation - all Polish medical universities are legitimate and cooperate with other universities in EU or other countries. Here's the full list of 11 Polish medical schools ( 10 have English programs) :
http://www.liceum.pl/studia/medyczne.phtml

Akademia Medyczna w Białymstoku (http://amb.ac.bialystok.pl/)
Akademia Medyczna im. Ludwika Rydygiera w Bydgoszczy (http://www.amb.bydgoszcz.pl/)
Akademia Medyczna w Gdańsku (http://www.amg.gda.pl/)
Śląska Akademia Medyczna w Katowicach (http://www.slam.katowice.pl/)
Collegium Medicum Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego w Krakowie (http://www.cm-uj.krakow.pl/)
Akademia Medyczna w Lublinie (http://www.am.lublin.pl/)
Akademia Medyczna w Łodzi (http://www.am.lodz.pl/)
Akademia Medyczna im. Karola Marcinkowskiego w Poznaniu (http://www.usoms.poznan.pl/)
Pomorska Akademia Medyczna w Szczecinie (http://www.pam.szczecin.pl/)
Akademia Medyczna w Warszawie (http://www.amwaw.edu.pl/)
Akademia Medyczna im. Piastów Śląskich we Wrocławiu (http://www.am.wroc.pl/)

fuzpot
05-12-2006, 01:10 PM
THanks, what sort of student mix is at the Gdansk course?. And is Lodz better than gdansk english MD course.

weirween
05-20-2006, 01:51 PM
Hello All,

I was wondering how the foreign representatives at the Gdansk Medical School arrange elective and/or core clinical rotations with foreign teaching hospitals. Will it be for a 4-6 week period of time only? What North American hospitals is the AMG affiliated with? At the moment, I want my specialty to be Psychiatry. If our foreign representative can't arrange a spot for me at any foreign hospital, will I have to arrange it on my own with that particular foreign hospital? Will I need to use a private company that can arrange my desired clerkship specialty?
Also I'm curious if anyone is familiar with the Graduate Medical Consultants Group (http://www.gmcgroup.org/why_gmcgroup.asp). Are they affiliated with the Gdansk medical school, and if so can the
GMC group arrange student clerkships in any of the ACGME accredited instutions in the United States Midwest and Southwest Regions? I'm considering doing clerkships in Chicago metropolitan area hospitals (Rush Copley Medical Center, Loyola University Teaching Hospital, Northwestern Memorial Hospital) and any applicable hospital in Arizona or Colorado. Any comments and/or advice would be great.
And fuzpot, the test ranking I mentioned in the last post was the fall state exam of 2005 for either the 1st or 2nd year students. Gdansk Med University had a student average of 93%, just below Warsaw Medical University. I'm pretty sure the Polish student division is quite good. I wish you all the best in your school search.

Maciej
05-30-2006, 05:26 PM
Fools!! I'm finishing my second year here in Gdansk, and it SUCKS!

The school is a joke, go somewhere else, trust me

cron0s
05-30-2006, 07:38 PM
The school is a joke, go somewhere else, trust me

It would be a great help to readers of this board if people gave detailed reasons why they recommend not to go to a particular school. Please could you post some more information about why you don't like Gdansk and what the problems are there. Thanks.

Miklos
06-18-2006, 03:09 AM
Also I'm curious if anyone is familiar with the Graduate Medical Consultants Group (http://www.gmcgroup.org/why_gmcgroup.asp) (http://www.gmcgroup.org/why_gmcgroup.asp%29). Are they affiliated with the Gdansk medical school, and if so can the
GMC group arrange student clerkships in any of the ACGME accredited instutions in the United States Midwest and Southwest Regions? I'm considering doing clerkships in Chicago metropolitan area hospitals (Rush Copley Medical Center, Loyola University Teaching Hospital, Northwestern Memorial Hospital) and any applicable hospital in Arizona or Colorado. Any comments and/or advice would be great.
Recommend caution when using agencies to arrange for rotations.

Be sure that they meet the following criteria.

1) Greenbook (that is ACGME residency programs) specialty or within Greenbook family practice programs.
2) Without a formal affiliation agreement between the home university and residency program, the rotation should (wisely) only be used for elective credit, not compulsary rotations.

Why?

At least 26 state medical boards evaluate the quality of the clinical clerkships when deciding to license IMGs. (Source: Iserson (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1883620309/))

Some have very strict criteria. I suggest you contact the medical board of the states that you wish to get licensed to ensure that you comply. Also, you may wish to do a search on the clinical rotations and state licensure requirement fora.

Re: California. As Gerry correctly points out above, no English program in Poland is approved as of this writing.

(I also thought that Pennsylvania had a prohibition on IMGs in clinical rotations. I could be wrong, because I have not looked into it.)


And fuzpot, the test ranking I mentioned in the last post was the fall state exam of 2005 for either the 1st or 2nd year students. Gdansk Med University had a student average of 93%, just below Warsaw Medical University. I'm pretty sure the Polish student division is quite good. I wish you all the best in your school search.
It has been said many times before, but I'll say it yet again:

The criteria for the local programs often have little to do with reasons why foreigners should consider the mirror English language programs.

BTW, I find it interesting that you appear (http://www.valuemd.com/462583-post2.html) to be promoting a program you've just enrolled in. Based on your posts, (please correct me if I am wrong) it appears to me that you haven't completed due diligence yourself.

Regarding the past reputation of the university. It was affiliated with a notorious agent a couple of years ago (hint: look at the sticky), but decided (and IMO, wisely)to dump him. While he was there, a number of students who failed out of Hungarian schools ended up there.

Regarding the city: I liked it, though the historic (Hanseatic?) part was kind of small in comparison to the remainder. It certainly doesn't hold a candle to Krakow. But then again, few cities do (Prague, Vienna and Paris come to mind).

fingerscrossed
06-08-2011, 01:30 PM
how was the entrance exam?!

sophie89
06-19-2011, 01:09 PM
hi, do you know how many students they accept, and what's the attrition rate? thanks!

anuruddha1982
07-02-2011, 05:55 AM
Hi Sophie,
I study at the Medical University of Gdansk, English Division. I've made a detailed post on the forum, in one of the older threads. You should be able to find it, under anuruddha1982.
If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

Best wishes...

reichmann
02-26-2012, 02:34 PM
I understand that Med of Gdansk, is beginning to organize some kind of student exchange program for summer electives. They are also the only Med School in the EU to be a part of the Phi Delta Epsilon international medical fraternity. The frat has good networking strategies among doctors.

StudentMUG
02-27-2012, 03:07 PM
Hey everyone! Medical University of Gdansk is a great place to study medicine. I've been here a student for the past 5 years. So far it has been great. I can't say it is an easy school but after all we are going to be doctors. It is challenging but if you know how to manage your time and study effectively then you are in a good shape. The teachers are great and have a lot of knowledge in the field of medicine. Every professor has an MD as well as PhD so for those who are interested in learning this is a perfect place. For the North American students it is a perfect place cause the professors focus a lot on topics for usmle and many more.

GUMEDstudent
02-27-2012, 04:58 PM
At first I didn't know what to expect coming to Gdansk. I just graduated high school and was moving to a city that I have never lived or really experienced in my life. I am originally from Poland so the language was not a problem for me but all my family that is in the country is in southern Poland, so no one to really see. Before that i lived in USA but my whole life i wanted to be a doctor. So obviously the second I got my acceptance I came here.

With all honesty I can say that I have never loved a school so much in my life like I love GUMED. Obviously it is a ton of work and NOTHING has prepared me for how much of my life i would be sacrificing for this school. But I have no problem with it because I know that I always wanted to do this.

The school is surrounded by buildings which portray typical German architecture, pre war time period and not to mention the school is rich in history its self and had many roles during and post war. The teachers are brilliant in every department, from anatomy to medical chemistry. The groups in first year are small, so around 8 people per labs and seminars. They are there to teach you in a proper way and inspire constantly to be a better student and a better person. Not to mention that the school is top 3 in the country and expanding.
If you put your 100% in the school, it will give you back 100% success. Our dreams are obviously to become doctors and successful ones. The people who study and give their all continue on in their medical career satisfied. The ones who don't complain and say how much this school sucks. Its hard to pass or do well in a school that demands so much you when you lack motivation and are lazy and don't focus your whole attention on school. Yes, everyone works hard, but then when the time comes we play even harder.;)

cheers :)
Claudia







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