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Thread: If you are considering Poland look at this

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    If you are considering Poland look at this

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    http://b83c73bcf0e7ca356c80-e8560f46...d.PDF-File.pdf

    Its the recently published paper on the IMG match by the NRMP. It shows you that among US citizen IMGs who graduated from Polish medical schools 46/125 (37%) matched in 2013. This number is quite low so I would really think carefully before deciding to go to Poland with these numbers out.

    If you look at the numbers for the Big 4 Caribbean schools, all of them have match rates over 50%, with SGU's match rate is the best with 534/792 (67%).
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    Remember also that the Polish programs vary considerably both in quality and match rates. Jag will be expected to match students at a much higher rate than, say, Pomeranian. Also, note that those match rates for the Carib do not include significant numbers of people who start but never graduate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by devildoc8404 View Post
    Remember also that the Polish programs vary considerably both in quality and match rates. Jag will be expected to match students at a much higher rate than, say, Pomeranian. Also, note that those match rates for the Carib do not include significant numbers of people who start but never graduate.
    Yes I agree, but don't Polish programs have drop outs or is it not very common for americans going to Poland to drop out? I do know that Charles University in the Czech Republic does not graduate very many of its matriculants but i don't know if this is similar in Poland.
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    Czech and Hungarian programs are pretty notorious in that regard. There is variation in Poland based on the school and its admissions standards, frankly... much like the Carib. The higher the standard for admission, the fewer people tend to bail or fail.

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    You have to look at the TYPE of IMG they are. Yes, they hold U.S. citizenships, but most of them are of polish background and/or also hold polish citizenships. These applicants, usually apply to the UK which is very easy if you hold an EU passport. It is a new trend for U.S. and Canadian citizens who also hold an EU passport to go to the UK, Sweden or Norway and decide to stay in Europe. Seems U.S. is not the dream anymore for people who spent 6 years in EU and decided they like it. Take it easy with the analysis of 37% as if all of them came to Europe and are dying to go back to the U.S. This is just not the case. For those holding U.S. passports only, it is not unheard of that they do not attempt the USMLE and love working in scandinavia and UK. I think in recent years the idea of working in the U.S. is changing, and the EU lifestyle is becoming more appealing to many graudates who after completion of an EU school do not have a half milion dollar debt, and can afford to make half the salary they would make in the U.S. and enjoy the EU lifestyle. Keeping in mind it is easier to specialize in the EU.
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    Hell, I accepted a (non-EU) job in Europe, myself. My family and I could not be happier with that decision.

    (Regardless, I would not be in a hurry to head off to work for the NHS, but to each his/her own).

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    Quote Originally Posted by devildoc8404 View Post
    Hell, I accepted a (non-EU) job in Europe, myself. My family and I could not be happier with that decision.

    (Regardless, I would not be in a hurry to head off to work for the NHS, but to each his/her own).
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    Ya I agree you have to analyze the statistics a little more. What do you not like about the NHS ? : )

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    Wow, lots of great info in there. Thanks for taking your time to do that.
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