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    nristudent is offline Newbie 510 points
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    Manipal vs Other Indian Medical Colleges

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    [I posted this originally in the "Don't Go To Manipal" thread, but haven't got any answers, so I thought I'd post my questions in a fresh thread]

    Ok, so I've read all the posts [for and against Manipal] and am now thoroughly confused (and a bit scared actually). It's like a mini war zone.....


    Anyway, here's my situation:
    I'm a highschool graduate from the US who went to an American university for a year but then dropped out because I thought I had a different "calling." So half a novel and two failed business ideas later....
    I've decided medicine is for me after all.
    [Don't tell me I'm an idiot. I have a little voice in my head that tells me that everyday. I also have something called...parents.]

    The point is: I'm already 20 years old, so I believe med school in India is my best choice.

    Here are my two Indian med school choices:

    Manipal (pre-med program)
    or
    Nagpur (mbbs program through NRI quota)

    Before I read these posts, I was thrilled with the idea of Manipal. I thought there would be quite a few NRIs and that I would meet different people from all over the world. These posts, however, have me thinking that Manipal wouldn't be very different from any other indian medical college.
    (I did hear that Manipal's pre-med twinning program had different staff, facilities, and hostel from the main MBBS program....is that a good or bad thing?)

    I also thought Manipal would be a better choice because they prepare you for the USMLE. I understand that there won't be any spoon feeding going on, nor would I want there to be, but I just felt that maybe Manipal would be better than Nagpur in making me pass the USMLE also.
    I don't even have any firm results to guide me because the first batch of Manipal's pre-med/BSc students haven't taken the USMLE's yet.

    There's also the fact that if worse comes to worst and I don't pass the USMLE, I won't have a degree in my hand after 4 years of Manipal's Pre-med/BSc program. Those four years are not recognized by anyone in India or the US as a degree.

    So unless you get into the clinical rotations at the NY campus by passing the USMLE, you're stuck.

    Plus, with Manipal...you only get the MD at the end. Even if you technically did med school in India, you'll never get to go back and practice there. India doesn't allow you to take any tests, so you would have to go through medschool again if you wanted to practive.
    (I know you guys are thinking, "why would you want to practice in india anyway?" But seriously, you don't know what will happen in the future and I would feel better if I had that option.)

    Overall, if you don't take the school's atmosphere into play, Nagpur looks like the better choice. Not only will I get a firm MBBS degree in my hand, but I will pay less and be closer to extended family (which may or may not be a good thing ).

    The only thing pulling me to Manipal was the better campus, better professors, more diverse student population, and more studious atmosphere in the hostels.

    If that's not the case, then I'll end up going to Nagpur university, getting a firm MBBS, passing the USMLE on my own, and doing residency in the US.

    What do you guys think?

    Any opinions that don't have to do with Indian greed/corruption will be appreciated.
    (I mean come on, everyone knows that India has the highest corruption rate in the world. If you're going to school there, that's the first thing you should understand. Money gets you places. I'm not saying it's okay, I'm just saying that's the way it is.)

    Also anyone who provides me with links, numbers, hard facts, etc, will recieve a gold star on their homework!

    Sorry about the uber long post...

    Thanks for your help in advance

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    Hi,

    Advantages of Manipal (twinning program)
    - USMLE Prep
    - Clinical Rotations in US (I think this a huge advantage when applying to residency programs)
    - Good proffessors as you said

    If your ultimate goal is to practice in US I think the AUA/KMC twinning program is much better.

    It is very unfortunate that India does not recognize the MD degree given at the end of this program..

    I wanted to ask this for a while, is it possible to give any indian licensing exams? or anything along those lines?

    ADDITION: i think the first batch has already taken the USMLEs i saw a post on here regarding that, everyone got really high scores i think
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    You Can Practice In INDIA with AUA MD

    I was talking to one of the Doctor from India. He metioned that
    You can Practice with AUA MD once you pass the exam conducted by MCI or Indian Medical authority. Recently they started an Exam equalent to USMLE(Kind of). I heard this is the case with Rusian Medical graduates also. Any forigin medical grduate needs to pass this exam to practice in India.



    YR

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    Quote Originally Posted by yyr View Post
    I was talking to one of the Doctor from India. He metioned that
    You can Practice with AUA MD once you pass the exam conducted by MCI or Indian Medical authority. Recently they started an Exam equalent to USMLE(Kind of). I heard this is the case with Rusian Medical graduates also. Any forigin medical grduate needs to pass this exam to practice in India.



    YR

    Wow thats great to know, although most people may not be planning to practice in India. Is there a website or is this something fairly new?

    Haha, I am pretty sure there are "under the table" routes to getting a license to practice in India as thats where i'm from.

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    In order to practice in India, two things...
    1. Be licensed in the country where you school is located
    2. Pass the MCI test.
    There is no "under the table" deals with all the chinese and european medical graduates flooding the Indian market....!

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