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    Which one would be better Latvian (Riga) or Bulgarian medical school to study ?

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    Hey guys just wanted to know if anyone had any advice on which country would be better to study medicine in? Currently living in UK and now have got 4 rejections so considering options abroad in the long run Id like to practice in the states if it's possible so would study in latvia or bulgaria make a difference ?

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    Probably Latvia (and I studied in Bulgaria), but both are former East Bloc countries... meaning that living and studying there will frequently be a huge pain in the butt. I think Riga would be a better place to live and study than most places in Bulgaria, as much as there are things that I love about Bulgaria.

    Honestly though, if you are starting now, you need to be aware that your chances at residency and practice in the US are shrinking. Read up on the projections for foreign medical graduates after 2016, when the AAMC and ACGME say that they will achieve 1-to-1 ratio of US medical graduates to US internship positions. If/when that occurs (I happen to think it will take a little longer than 2016, but it is their stated goal), it means that extremely few foreign medical grads will be getting any positions at all in the US Match. If you are starting this year, that means that you would be graduating in 2019/2020... probably the wrong time to be a foreigner trying to match in the US as a resident physician.

    Does that mean that it would be impossible? No, especially not if you are an excellent student with outstanding scores and extensive US clinical experience who is willing to work in Primary Care... and nobody has a fortune teller with the exact situation post-2016, either. But looking at the projections, the odds are probably not terrific.

    The good thing about an EU medical degree (especially being from the UK), though, is that you would have rather extensive practice options, depending on your language abilities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by devildoc8404 View Post
    Probably Latvia (and I studied in Bulgaria), but both are former East Bloc countries... meaning that living and studying there will frequently be a huge pain in the butt. I think Riga would be a better place to live and study than most places in Bulgaria, as much as there are things that I love about Bulgaria.

    Honestly though, if you are starting now, you need to be aware that your chances at residency and practice in the US are shrinking. Read up on the projections for foreign medical graduates after 2016, when the AAMC and ACGME say that they will achieve 1-to-1 ratio of US medical graduates to US internship positions. If/when that occurs (I happen to think it will take a little longer than 2016, but it is their stated goal), it means that extremely few foreign medical grads will be getting any positions at all in the US Match. If you are starting this year, that means that you would be graduating in 2019/2020... probably the wrong time to be a foreigner trying to match in the US as a resident physician.

    Does that mean that it would be impossible? No, especially not if you are an excellent student with outstanding scores and extensive US clinical experience who is willing to work in Primary Care... and nobody has a fortune teller with the exact situation post-2016, either. But looking at the projections, the odds are probably not terrific.

    The good thing about an EU medical degree (especially being from the UK), though, is that you would have rather extensive practice options, depending on your language abilities.

    Thanks for replying if you don't mind me asking what Bulgarian med school did you attend and if youe completed your degree where are you working now ?

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    MU-Sofia, graduated in January of 2013. I work in Switzerland.

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