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    WarrenKG is offline Newbie 510 points
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    With a degree in chemistry, how much credit can I transfer to 6-year program?

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    Poland has a 4-year program which I am eligible for. But I have heard so many bad things about Polish programs here that I am having a second thought applyying to Polish medical programs. For the other 6-year programs, how many course credits can I transfer and is it possible to study my behind off and graduate in 4 years?

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    In all European regular six-year programs I know of, credits for previous coursework is on a case by case basis, and usually pretty difficult to get (this applies to Western Europe, don't know if Eastern Europe would be much different).

    I'd have to say that it's flat out impossible to graduate in four years from a European six-year program, regardless of your background and how much you study your behind off. European six-year programs are designed as integrated programs, and are generally pretty inflexible in their structure. (As are US programs, btw).

    Also, never underestimate the language barrier if considering a traditional six-year program. Unless you have fluency in a European language, you'd have to BOTH learn a new language AND cope with medical school, which is a steep challenge. Only countries that can help you in that regard are UK and Ireland - which are extremely competitive, even for nationals, and Malta, which I'm not entirely sure is a viable option.

    As with everything else in medicine, there's really no shortcuts.

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    WarrenKG is offline Newbie 510 points
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    Quote Originally Posted by PathOne
    In all European regular six-year programs I know of, credits for previous coursework is on a case by case basis, and usually pretty difficult to get (this applies to Western Europe, don't know if Eastern Europe would be much different).

    I'd have to say that it's flat out impossible to graduate in four years from a European six-year program, regardless of your background and how much you study your behind off. European six-year programs are designed as integrated programs, and are generally pretty inflexible in their structure. (As are US programs, btw).

    Also, never underestimate the language barrier if considering a traditional six-year program. Unless you have fluency in a European language, you'd have to BOTH learn a new language AND cope with medical school, which is a steep challenge. Only countries that can help you in that regard are UK and Ireland - which are extremely competitive, even for nationals, and Malta, which I'm not entirely sure is a viable option.

    As with everything else in medicine, there's really no shortcuts.
    I understand the no shortcut part quite well as I have always had to work for things all my life. If I do go to EE med school as I intended, I would only choose those that offer English instructions. But one thing I am wondering is that why Poland has been offering a 4-year program which awards exemptions to university graduate alongside a 6-year program which has all the equivalent courses to all European medical school courses and as well to the 4-year medical program. But studying 6 years straight would really be a pain, adding the years that I have go through practicing medicine before getting back to Canada, I may still be searching for residency positions wile my friends around are talking about retirement.

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    Even if you get a number of classes exempted, you could end up staying 1 full yr for 1 class.... if you apply for 6 yr program they'll let you into either the 1st or 2nd yr with a few exceptions, same with the 4 yr programs.

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