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robarino
05-26-2010, 01:34 PM
Hej!

I am a US and Swedish citizen and I am Just beginning to think about med school in Poland. I have a BA from BC (3.21 GPA) and an MA from a Swedish University. I also have a BSc in mech engineering degree from Denmark with solid grades and I have completed the bio, chem, physics pre-reqs as well. My question is as follows.

1. What kind of chances could I expect to get in?

2. If I am an EU citizen and I want to do my residency in Sweden do I need to go through any agencies.

3. Is it impossibly hard? Engineering is hard but it is not really about memorization.

4. I will be 38 when entering...will this hurt me (a young 38)?

finally what schools offer a four year degree?

thanks...robarino

Cetacea
05-26-2010, 02:55 PM
Hey there...
I guess you're ruling out med school in Denmark or Sweden because they take longer to complete? Check out the UK's graduate entry programs. Since you have EU citizenship, you'll be charged 'home' fees which is probably cheaper than Poland. Likewise, there's one school in the Netherlands (it's 5 years though) but it's also quite cheap if you're an EU citizen.

1. I would guess your chances are probably good. Have you taken the MCAT?

2. No..avoid agencies.

3. Hard is relative :) The hard bit may be going to Poland and being surrounded by so many of your younger, drunken Norwegian neighbors.

4. Hard to say, some schools have age cut-offs, but there are older students in these programs so as long as you're motivated, it's probably not a big deal.

finally what schools offer a four year degree? 4 year programs in Poland - Warsaw, Poznan, Jagiellonian, and Lublin.

robarino
05-26-2010, 03:16 PM
For me I would prefer Poland. Denmark and Sweden are six years and while I speak Swedish I am a transplant. I would prefer to study in English as well. If you are not from Sweden you cannot understand how they favor their own applicants in every way. They also would only look at my high school grades (which were average), while dismissing any university work I have done. American high school degrees are seen as second rate and they would probably require me to go back to high school for a year (seriously).

I had a good friend with an MBA from a top 50 school being recommended going back and getting the Swedish high school equivalency before applying for a post-grad course. Of course this was a few years ago.

Besides in the long run it does not matter I can still work here.

OH and I don't want to take the MCAT. I was thinking of Poznan but they sent me to an American contact person who did not seem to read my background info.

devildoc8404
05-26-2010, 03:37 PM
If you don't want to take the MCAT then you might want to look at the post-bac medical programs in Ireland... they are National University of Ireland - Galway and Trinity College - Dublin. They look at your college and university performance in determining admissions and do not require the MCAT. They are excellent programs, although they are not cheap.

heywood100
05-26-2010, 03:41 PM
If you don't want to take the MCAT then you might want to look at the post-bac medical programs in Ireland... they are National University of Ireland - Galway and Trinity College - Dublin. They look at your college and university performance in determining admissions and do not require the MCAT. They are excellent programs, although they are not cheap.

I think all Irish 4 year programs require you to take the GAMSAT but I am not 100% sure.

robarino
05-26-2010, 03:52 PM
Devildoc,

I was under the understanding that Polish schools don't require the MCAT for EU students as that is a US exam. I am not entirely opposed to it but I feel like I have jumped through enough hoops. How about any other countries. Czech republic or Hungary for example.







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