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    Jonathon-St-Onge is offline Newbie 510 points
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    On my 2nd year of the 4 year MD program at MUL

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    Hello everyone,

    Right now I am on my 2nd year at MUL. I noticed the last thread was in 2009 and their program has changed a little since then, mainly their examinations and a few courses. If anyone has questions, feel free to ask

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    How are you liking it so far? Do you feel like the curriculum is adequately preparing you for the USMLE step 1 exam? Are the students forming study groups to go over relevant coursework and requirements to increase your chances for matching into programs in North America? What does the class demographics consist of, specifically what is the ratio of the students even looking to go back and practice in North America? What are the statistics of the grads in the 4 year MD program that you know about? Particularly the last year or two with where they are training now and if they were able to match to a program from the country they came from.

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    Entering into the second year of the four year program, I can honestly say that I am happy with my decision. Many Polish medical schools I think will offer you with well more than enough materials to help you get back into the US. I have noticed so far though, that its not just about a ranking of a school, but how much you put into it during your time studying medicine. I can say that at Lodz, when I first came, the students were very hospitable. Everyone has tons of information for you, from the right books, best way to prep for your classes, getting around the city etc... As far as student groups go, it all depends on your class and organizing them. I know that our 4 year program typically has smaller class sizes, mine for instance is only 12 people. This I have liked so far, because it gives you a lot more one on one with professors and doctors. As far as class statistics, my year seemed to be a bit different than the last. Myself and about half of the class are Canadians and nearly the other half Americans. While the years before had a range from Scandanavians, other Europeans, some Canadian's, American's and from many other places. I was said that at least half of them want to go back to either Canada/US. One thing I do like about this school with regards to prepping their students for the USMLE is that they are making most of the preclinical and clinical course final examinations NBME. These are examinations made by the National Board of Medical Examiners, and they are 250 MCQ over ~2.5 hours. The exams are dealt with just like taking the MCAT, very regulated and thorough. So these will help to prepare you for the USMLE. With that said, you will do lots of your own studying using Kaplan Notes, USMLE World practice exams, Kaplan QBank, Board Review Series textbooks along with countless other textbooks that will help you practice for the American examination. As far as statistics, I have not heard much about matching of the last group of students. I heard one got into Radiology out in the US, but I do not know which state or hospital etc... Either way, being an IMG will mean you will have to really study hard to get a spot. Many students have the realization that they should have a second back up plan regardless, and for those speaking only the English language, that tends to be Ireland/UK/Australia as other potential locations for doing residency.

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