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    Charles Uni, application for medicine(for JP)

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    Hello. Im thinking to apply for charles uni, school of medicine. I have graduated from university of durham(major: medical related subject) and also have work experience for more than 3 yrs in Japan. I have done A-levels in UK as well. My questions are the followings:

    1. Do you think i have to take an entrance exams? Even if I obtained credits from medical subjects in british uni and took maths , further maths, physics, chemistry in A-Levels?

    2. I actually wanted to condcut medical practice in Japan but japanese medical university is way too hard to get in. (it is almost as hard as uk...) I don` know how long it will take for me to pass entrance exam in japan so I decided to try charles uni. Do you think I will be able to practice as a doctro in uk after graduation? btw..I was holding permanet visa in uk (dunno if its still effective though....i bet it is invalid ...since i was away from uk for 5yrs already).

    3. Ministry of health, labor and walfare in JP sucks a lot...They don`t allow any applicants from MD degree holders from over seas to take national exam to become a doctor in JP...well they do... but chances are realy low....they r extreamly strict especially for E-EU graduates. So, basicly this will be kinda suicide mission if I can`t work in UK after graduation. I am wondering .... what do JP graduates will do after their graduation? do you know any JP associates in your uni? plz let me know what they r doing after graduation.

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    Yes, you'll have to take the entrance exams despite having completed A-level maths, physics and chemistry. Biology is another subject that's tested.

    You may practice in the UK depending on the work scenario for med graduates who are non-EU citizens (you'll have to start off by taking the PLAB exam.)

    I've heard of a few Japanese students studying here but I've never met them. Sorry.


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    wow thank you very much for your prompt response. Your answer is very helpful to consider my application.
    Firstly, I was very dissapointed that I have to take entrance exam...because I completely forgot about A-Levels although I got quite good results at the time.
    Secondly, I didn`t know that I would need to take PLAB exam. PLAB exam sounds really tough and even if you pass the exam, position for non-EU doctors seems to be very competitive.
    Lastly, if you have chance to meet them pleaese ask them to write their circumstances on this thread >.<

    New questions are the followings:

    1. Is PLAB exam hard? as hard as USMEL? (BTW ...japanese national exam is almost impossible to pass..they impose us pre-national exam for candidates who have graduated outside JP and noone has passed the exam past 10 years)
    2. Is there any institution that gives me accredited degree which allows you to work as a doctor without any further exams?(for JP)
    3. Im so worried that I get stuck and become jobless after graduation...PLease give me advise...I really need to earn money right after graduation cuz my family is not rich at all.

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    1) Yes the PLAB is hard but not as hard as the USMLE.
    2) Unfortunately, such institutions don't exist. At the end of the day, you do have to undergo further training in order to be able to practice in the country.
    3) I think the best step is to try again in Japan and if not, you could look into the European schools. If you're willing to learn another language (French, Spanish, Italian), then there are many opportunities of getting employed in Western Europe (as long as you pass the required exams in those respective languages.)


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    thank you very much for ur kind reply. I will consider about application more carefully.

    P.S. admissions office in charles university do not reply to me at all .... i am wondering why...

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    I think the best way to get across to them is to get in touch with the administrator dealing with 1st year students and the best way is by calling her. You could email them but I don't they replied previously to your mail as they might have been on a vacation.


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    I have received reply from Admission Office yesterday. The person who was in charge of admission was on holiday as you expected.

    I am not sure if I take exam this year or not but...what kind of preparation do you recommend to do? like I said before...I totally forgot about A-Levels...I am sure I will get the knowledge back if I make a quick revision for all the required subjects. But I have thrown away all the textbook and past papers ages ago. If you have any textbook for revision and training papers (past papers etc...) which u can recommned...something i can buy from amazon etc...And for oral questions...what was it like?

    I appreciate if you answer to above question.

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    I think the only books I could recommend are the A-level books since you've already gone through them once...so perhaps you could try to get hold of them from a friend or something?


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    Thank you~. I will purhase A-Level books from amazon.

    I don`t know how competitive is it to get into charles uni 1st faculity but I will probably try entrance exam. In case I choose med school in E-Euro, I would definetly choose working in UK while I prepare for JP national exam.

    1. Assuming that I pass PLAB exam in UK, is it hard for foreigner (JP) to get a job in UK?

    2. will you get paid in training years after graduation.

    3. How long do you normally spend time for preparing PLAB exam after graduation? How long does it take to pass the exam?

    4. If you rank institutions, what will it be like? Give me TOP 5 institutions other than british uni or any institutions which cost high rate of tuition fees. (If you want to work in uk after graduation)

    Im so sorry to keep on asking...

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    OK...I have investigated further regarding the difficulties to get a job in UK. As far as I read the following thread, it seems to be almost impossible to work as a doctor in UK for japanese candidate if I graduate EE uni, including Charles.

    Where to find the thread:"Working in the UK after med school in Europe" in MAIN EUROPIAN MEDICAL SCHOOL

    It looks like polish university seems to be the safest in order to work in UK/USA. However, there is no garantee on that....Studying in EE-Medical way too risky...for foreigners like JP or non EU students. I try to look for more info about polish uni.

    I am still preparing for JP med school along with the investigation as for EE med school. But...As I said before, I need a second option because JP national med school is as hard as uk or usa med school.

    Someone help me ~~~~ which EE med school is the best option to choose if I want to work in UK, JP or USA?

    My priority 1. JP 2. UK 3.USA

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