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    markpol is offline Newbie 510 points
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    Comenius or UPJS

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    Hi, I'm from Poland and I consider studying medicine in Slovakia, preferably at Comenius University Bratislava, or UPJS Kosice. Could anyone who is studying/studied there provide me with some info, for instance:
    Is the entrance exam difficult?
    What's the level of the studies?
    What are the prices of residence halls or flats?
    Are the rumours about corruption true in any way?
    Is the diplomma approved across EU?

    Thx in advance.

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    markpol,

    which one of them did you apply? Can you give some feedback?

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    Hi markpol,
    You can check the official ministry of health in poland, since you are from poland you can find out about the recognition of medical degree in EU. Basically from what I read if you want to practice in Poland or any other country in EU you have to pass the accreditation of your medical degree (assuming you get it in Comenius). You can work in Bratislava with your degree and if you are EU citizen. Other countries will make you pass exams. If you don't mind me asking why not study in Poland?
    p.s. condolances for polish people in recent tragedy of the president and other politicians

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    hey russiamedik
    I've checked the ministry of health website and it seems the degree should be recognized in Poland. It also seems that other EU countries should recognize the degree. Where did you get the info about passing accreditation exams in EU countries by EU citizens?? Which countries did you mean?? It seems kind of weird because as far as I know Polish graduates working for instance in UK or Scandinavia didn't have to take any kind of exams. Anyway Im gonna have to check it in more detail.
    As for your question, I'm gonna apply for Polish med-schools as well but I haven't had much to do with biology and chemistry for a few years and the exams in Poland are quite tough so it may be hard to make it. Slovakia is actually a back-up plan as the exams for english programe are a bit easier (similarly in Poland).
    Do you study in Bratislava?? If you do, could you say something more??
    p.s. thanks for condolences.

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    russiamedik is offline Newbie 510 points
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    No I am not studying in Slovakia or anywhere else for that matter, I am still thinking where to apply. I have already applied to Czech Republic for Charles.
    Well if no exams needed for EU citizens it is very good
    I am actually thinking seriously about Polish medical schools

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    Everybody has to pass the accreditation exams - these exams are part of the medical school curriculum (in the 5th and 6th years) - the so-called "state exams" (and there are 6 of them; 1 in the 4th year, 1 in the 5th year and 5 in the 6th year.)

    Apart from them, you directly enter into specialization of your choice (here in Czech Republic; of course with the competitive fields, they do check your medical school performance) if you're an EU citizen. It's a different story if you're a non-EU citizen (in which case you have to undergo a medical exam, passing upon which, you'll be able to get into a residency program.)


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    i have got a seat at UPJS -- is this a good university to study dentistry at? Seems its rated not too highly in the european university ranks, but is it an overall quality university to study at?

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    I got accepted at UPJS dental program too and am also looking for info about the success rate of the program upon graduation.... Can i practice in England, as it is apart of the EU... can i practice in the US...

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    yes you can practice is the UK, as Slovakia is part of the European Union.

    Unfortunately its not like Debreccan, which is also recognised by the USA and hence can practice there, but i i heard its really tough at debreccan.

    After UPJS, if you want to practice in the US, you need to do a USLME exam.

    I have found a few blogs about UPJS stating that its one of the best in Europe and a fair few people have transferred from Debreccan to it.

    Strange thing is, well it is a good thing i suppose, although there is not alot of information around about its recognition, i couldnt find a single negative thing about it!

    I heard it used to be joined with Commenius a long time ago and then got split up - so there has to be a reasonably high standard as Commenius has a high level.

    What do you think?

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    Hey dentaldream
    I couldnt PM you cause I need to have at least 5 post to PM.
    I'll probably end up in Kosice, hope so. I didn't apply through IMS. Actually I don't know what it is. Some sort of company/organization you can apply through? Guess there's no such thing in Poland.
    I'm taking entrance exam in Kosice on the 26 of August as it's not so far away from my hometown. I cant tell you much about the university but I've heard its comparable in quality to Comenius.
    You got already accepted? If you did, was the exam tough?
    As for practicing in England, you can do it.
    Im not an expert on practicing in US but I guess everyone has to take USMLE to practice there. I dont know what rw1978 means by Debrecen being recognized by USA, maybe that its CA approved? but that doesn't exempt you from USMLE. Ask some Americans about details.

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