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    Medical "University" of Lodz - For your consideration!

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    Hey,

    I am a current UMED student trying to convince people to not attend this "university"...
    All I can do is give you the truth.

    My previous posts were about the UMED website, which i will continue here briefly.

    NBME/CBS | Medical University of Lodz, Division of Studies in English



    LEXICON:
    I have been told to clarify some things to the original post:

    NBME (National Board of Medical Examination): If anyone here has been in IB or A-levels or AP, this is akin to a subject exam. If not, let me explain. So, there are a handful of medical subjects that are fundamental to medical education as decided by the American Medical Association and other Licencing Association. These are Anatomy, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Internal Medicine..the list goes on. I give you the full list later. These subjects are tested with computerized MCQ exams that are on a special exam software in the computer lab. These are the exact same exams that US students take, they are standardized. These exams are difficult, you cannot cheat for them, and really require you to study.

    USMLE Steps : These are 4 exams, that are basically made up of all the NBMEs mentioned above. Once passed, you can use them to apply to USA residencies. In Canada, there are similar "sister" exams, called the MCCQE or something.




    This is (hopefully) the UMED website link for the NBME/CBS examinations at the Medical University of LODZ English Division *whew* thats a mouthful.
    Anyways, check it out.

    Today(Dec 2016) as i'm looking at it, the page is a disastrous mess. As a current student, I'm gonna clarify some factoids..

    What's bold is straight from the site:


    "In 2006 the Medical University of Lodz – the Division of Studies in English obtained the accreditation of the National Board of Medical Examiners, a reputable American organization founded in 1915. Such an accreditation, which results in a wide access to commonly recognized NBME exams, is a real asset for our University and a way to implement objective assessment methods of medical students’ knowledge. " (UMED website)


    Ok this doesn't really mean anything. This just means the the National Board of Medical Examiners gave UMED permission to test students using their NBME exams. This DOESN'T mean that the university is accredited in USA or anything. Not the same thing. Moving on..

    "After the 4-year period of the flexible approach in their implementation, we have decided to adopt them on a larger scale in order to make students familiar with different examination systems and to let them excel in USMLE exams as well as in other international objective forms of assessment. " (UMED website)


    Cool. So this isn't true, unfortunately, and we will see below. Claiming that the school has adopted NBME exams on a LARGER SCALE is not clarified AT ALL, and , if you want to play the statistics game, is perjury.
    If you take all the exams that could be test with the NBME, it's something like:

    -Behavioral Sciences
    -Biochemistry
    -Gross Anatomy only
    - Gross Anatomy + Embryology
    -Histology and Cell Biology
    -Microbiology only
    - Microbiology + Immunology
    -Neuroscience
    -Pathology
    -Pharmacology
    -Physiology

    -Adult Ambulatory Medicine
    -Clinical Neurology*
    -Family Medicine Modular*
    - Core
    - Core + Chronic Care
    - Core + Chronic Care + Musculoskeletal
    -Medicine*
    -Obstetrics and Gynecology*
    -Pediatrics*
    -Psychiatry*
    -Surgery*

    All these courses are technically integrated into the Medical University of Lodz program, and are they tested? Well, check out the list on the website...

    - Behavioral Science is tested with NBME, and ONLY for the 4MD program?? WHY only the 4MD program?
    - Microbiology is tested in the 6MD program, which is something relatively new..and not tested with 4MD program?
    - Pathology and Pharmacology are the main-stay NBME exams at UMED, but to be brutally honest, people fail these, and then all the retakes, and then have to take the oral exam with the rector...like more than half the class. Many people retake these classes too.
    - Ob/Gyn and Psych also mainstay NBME exams, and only for the 6MD. Again, people fail these like crazy.

    The point is that this list is so exhaustive! Compared to the official list of NBME exams given above, the list is slim.


    "Presently a large number of courses use the NBME exams as the final method of assessment which together with the comprehensive basic science (CBS) exams create a consistent and standardized examination policy." (UMED website)


    It is clear this University has not only no idea, but no interest in being a USA accredited school, or preparing students for a career afterwards.

    The CBS exam, therefore, is an esoteric exam, taken by few students, sometimes in secret, and the results are released to them alone. Here's the thing; you NEED the CBS to approach the USMLE Step1.

    1.1. Student must obtain a score of 65 or higher in order to pass the CBS exam


    There it is. A 65% score on a basically massive NBME exam must be obtained by students who, during their stay at UMED, will probably do a max of 5 NBME subject exams (I'm sure they do many more due to retakes! but its the same subject).

    Actually preparing students for the NBME and CBS exams is against the interests of the university, since it would cost money to purchase these exams for the students, prepare the teachers and professors for teaching these courses, and that is nothing compared to the humiliation the university would feel when the statistics would come out about the gargantuan failure rates at this "International University"
    Last edited by medstudious; 01-22-2017 at 06:48 AM.

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    Dear medstudious,

    We cannot agree with your opinion. However, we appreciate all remarks, comments and suggestions from our students. Feel free to contact us directly, we will be happy to discuss all the relevant issues.

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    Dear s̶t̶u̶d̶y̶M̶U̶L̶ M̶U̶L̶s̶t̶u̶d̶e̶n̶t̶ MedicalUniversityofLodz,

    Please note that having multiple accounts is frowned upon on this forum website, especially considering you are trying to advertise for the school.
    In addition, I would like to know what you disagree with exactly, so I can clarify. What I described is the experience of the school vs. what is portrayed on the website, and they do not seem to match.

    Current student
    Last edited by medstudious; 01-27-2017 at 07:01 PM. Reason: spelling, clarifications

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