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    CA recognized schools

    Hi everyone,
    I've been reading that the medical school in Poznan is not approved for California liscensure. The medical board of california 'recognizes' the school, though. Are these two different things? Thanks,
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    http://www.medbd.ca.gov/Applicant_Sc...Recognized.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by PathOne
    It seems that California basically have to pathways to its approved list:

    A) Foreign medical schools established and engaged in training the country's own nationals to become physicians, due to the reasonable assumption that the country in question would have a self-interest in ensuring a reasonable standard of training, which, combined with a passing USMLE score and a ACFMG-certified US/Canadian residency program is adequant to ensure physicians with qualifications comparable to US trained docs.

    B) Site visits and specific approvals of schools and/or programs specifically or mainly designed to train people to work in the US, or in a country outside the country of training. Again under the reasonable assumption that the charter country wouldn't necessarily be heavily involved in ensuring the quality of training.

    In the past, it was sufficient that the school was listed in the WHO directory, due to the fact that virtually all schools belonged to the A) category. However, today, where you have tiny nations like St. Kitt's chartering six or more medical schools, in order to directly or indirectly generate money, and not to provide medical service for the population, an added layer of approval is needed to ensure adequate quality. Hence the California list.

    Due to the fact that the Polish and other EE English-language USMLE-based four-year programs are not only different from the national local-language programs, but also mainly geared towards those who seek to work in the US, they fall under category B), and would thus need specific approval. Conversely, if you chose to go to a traditional Polish or other EE program, you would have no problem getting a license in California.
    Other members might be able to shed more light on this topic. But I suspect California's primary concern with English programs in non-English countries lies less with conventional quality control (which might be an issue with even the flashiest commercial schools) and more with the level of contact and communication between students and faculty and, maybe even more important, between students and patients during their clinical training. So I'm guessing that a lot hinges on how these schools handle their language barrier.

    A lot of foreign med schools seem to be fairly mission-oriented. Most don't have a tradition of courting wealthy donors (or students for that matter) and many aren't "pretty". (Don't get me wrong...I'd be far from disappointed if this "tradition" were more established in France and other European countries.) But the California Board knows that the primary goal of these schools will be to end up with doctors to whom these countries' leaders are presumably comfortable sending their children, parents, etc.
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    Hi, Just to let you guys know what the status of CA accreditation in warsaw. The Dean has recieved all the information from the CA board and all the requirements. The Dean's office is currently preparing the necessary documentations for Patty Park who is the head contact in CA. He also told me that he is gone be in contact with Charles and Budapest to help him in the process, since both of them are accredited in CA. I hope this accreditation goes through cause I have only two years left.

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