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    6yrs medical program

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    Hello im currently a senior in highschool and i was wondering if going to poland for the 6yrs md program is worth it. Also does Poland do a good job preparing you to come back to the United States.
    Lastly i was wondering if i would get in with a 3.9 gpa and 1700 on SAT thank you

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    I'm not in the 6yr I'm in the 4yr but I think you'll have no problem getting in with a GPA like that. Poznan seems thus far to be a good school (I like it...but then again I just started, what do I know). They do an okay job of getting you back into the states, though we have to work twice as hard as any American Medical Student because people back home look down upon some of us for coming here (probably not true of everyone...but I had some Dr.s try and talk me out of coming). Their USMLE scores are better than most in the Caribbean but they have a 74.5% pass rate which means no federal aid from the US (for that they need a 75% pass rate). Sometimes they can be a bit unorganized as well which is downright annoying. The city however is wonderful, it's amazing to be able to study in a place with so much brilliant architecture. The student body is also very helpful and friendly. If you're looking in to 6yr programs this one is good from what I've been told but I would do my research if I were you because there are many 6yr international programs in Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic which are equally as qualified that may have federal money still (though Poznan claims it will have it back next year).

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    If you are considering a 6-year program I would simply recommend looking at Western Europe FIRST before considering any Eastern Europe program. Your stats are very good and you would probably be competitive in a country like Ireland (where your professors will be native English speakers, the school will actually be organized, financial aid is not an issue, and the international institutional reputation will be much, much stronger).

    Yes, E-Eu is a option, but if you are determined to go the 6-year route, then please apply to W-Eu first. Seriously, there is an enormous difference in program administration and quality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gernald View Post
    ...there are many 6yr international programs in Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic which are equally as qualified that may have federal money still (though Poznan claims it will have it back next year)...
    Hi gernald, I have two questions about your comment:

    1) Have Poznan had financial aid qualification, and later lose it? Is this qualification of universities a subject to evaluation and change by US officials "yearly"? I mean, may a university takes place in the list of universities of which the US students can get fin.aid.. and next year it may not qualify for this?

    2) If you are in Poznan med, can you give me an idea about the quality of clinical rotations?

    I asked these questions here, for others as well.. any info may be helpful for someone else, sometime else.. and thanks in advance

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    1. The USMLE is taken yearly by students of the second and third years sometimes they take them later though. In order to maintain financial aid through the US the school as a whole needs to have a USMLE pass rate of 75%. So if I understand what you're saying then yes the financial aid status is up for change yearly depending on the pass rate of the last class to take the test. The school had it last year but lost it this year. Students who already have financial aid through the US maintain their financial aid for one school year after the school looses it's privilege; which gives them enough time to graduate or transfer schools. (Most of us just took out private loans though through sallie mae).

    2. No idea about the quality of the rotations as I'm only in the beginning of my first year. The upper years who have done them seem happy with them though. A good thing to keep in mind though is that it is in Polish, so you do have to learn the language for a clinical setting.

    Hope I answered your questions!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gernald View Post
    1. The USMLE is taken yearly by students of the second and third years sometimes they take them later though. In order to maintain financial aid through the US the school as a whole needs to have a USMLE pass rate of 75%. So if I understand what you're saying then yes the financial aid status is up for change yearly depending on the pass rate of the last class to take the test. The school had it last year but lost it this year. Students who already have financial aid through the US maintain their financial aid for one school year after the school looses it's privilege; which gives them enough time to graduate or transfer schools. (Most of us just took out private loans though through sallie mae).

    2. No idea about the quality of the rotations as I'm only in the beginning of my first year. The upper years who have done them seem happy with them though. A good thing to keep in mind though is that it is in Polish, so you do have to learn the language for a clinical setting.

    Hope I answered your questions!
    Yes and you answered very well.. it shed a lot of light.. thank you

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