View Full Version : Specialist training in Poland or Bulgaria

02-20-2014, 04:16 PM
Would anyone happen to know how you would go about getting postgraduate specialist training in Poland or Bulgaria?
I have tried to do some research on it, but I can't seem to find anything that explicitly says "If you come to this college after you have obtained your MD, you can specialise in cardiology...".

02-20-2014, 06:49 PM
No idea about Poland, but I can speak for Bulgaria... specialized training there costs money. That is correct, they charge you yearly tuition for the privilege of working your butt off as a resident in one of their programs. I do not know the current fee, because I had not one second of interest in that sort of a set-up, but I think that it is the most bass-ackwards idea imaginable. This sort of thing is not uncommon in E-EU, and I would be surprised if Poland is significantly different.

They also put foreign residents through a language program -- obviously, because in order to interact with patients a resident doc needs to speak Bulgarian -- and they charge a nice hefty fee for that, as well. If you speak Polish or Bulgarian, then you are at least ahead of the game in that regard. There is no postgrad training in English... back to that patient interaction bit.

Finally, if you are seeking well-organized and accessible information (about almost anything) from an institution, the Balkans are the wrong bloody place to look. There are certainly some things to love about the region, but organization and transparency are not among them.

If you are still interested despite all of the above, then God help you, and you can contact the Dekanat's office with further questions. Whether you will reach anyone who speaks English is a bit of a guess, and emails will almost certainly never be answered.

02-20-2014, 06:59 PM
Thank you devildoc!
I think that I'll be seeking residency elsewhere :)

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