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    Medical Schools in Romania

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    I am a USA citizen. I am considering studying medicine in Romania. Any one who have studied medicine in a Romanian Medical School or is studying there now, to please shed some light on your experience of Romania, life styles etc. living conditions, people, safety etc, and most importantly the Medical Schools and the education standard? How difficult or easy is it to get a residency program in a USA hospital? I would like to know it all, the good and the bad stuff, and what to look for? How easy or difficult is it to get an approval letter from the Ministry of Education? How to and which school to apply in Romania, for an English Language program? Please name a few good Medical Schools in Romania? Has corruption affected your education in Romania? Thanks.
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    Romania - alert - important

    For those pursuing medicine (English) in Romania who plan on practicing in the USA, you need to know that unlike other EU and European countries (such as Bulgaria and Ukraine), only one Romanian Medical school is officially recorded as offering instruction in English (see https://imed.faimer.org/ ). I spoke with a State Medical Board in the US today, and was told that this will be a major problem if it comes to the attention of the Board that instruction was provided in a language not officially approved by the relevant authority in that country, and this will be ascertained from https://imed.faimer.org/.

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    Just to clarify, so long as the language of instruction is approved by the authorities, does it technically need to specifically mentioned in IMED? It sounds as though IMED is the tool the board will use to verify, but there may be other ways to prove accreditation (such as a letter from the ministry).

    Also it appears both UMF Gr. T. Popa (Iasi) and Carol Davila (Bucharest) are listed as having English programs.

    This is a good subject to bring up...
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    And that's a key point. The fact that two are listed as offering instruction in English and others Romanian only, makes the IMED information even more important and relevant, and yes, it is what the State Board referred to and uses.

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    IMED has no value for US qualification. Neither WHO ; Only local boards are reference
    please note that WHO lists only constanta and oradea english programs http://www.who.int/hrh/wdms/media/en/Romania.pdf
    don't know from WHO and IMED which is is considered by other countries
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    Thanks Chapelier. The WHO directory should be more relevant and authoritative, and I believe that it was also mentioned by the woman from the NY State Board.

    By the way, are you studying in Romania, and if so, would you kindly let me know what the first year schedule/workload is like, and how difficult/managable is the program? Also, is the failure rate high?

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    curriculum is typical the same for all faculties in ro Faculté de Médecine et de Pharmacie d'Oradea - Wikipédia
    no , it's not very difficult to manage , every year 2 or 3 subjects are a little tougher but getting a "pass" mark is not very difficult but their is no "pride" to bring 5/10 as a mark for a major suject like anatomy or biochem...

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    ECFMG Certification Fact Sheet

    IMED is important for ECFMG certification, which is required for US licensure (and residency). That said, I have a feeling chapelier is right about what state boards do for their follow up procedures- they'll follow up with the university, but if you have ECFMG certification it means the university is in IMED, and whether the state cares enough to look at the languages, I don't know. Interestingly enough, ECFMG's website doesn't actually mention the language of instruction as being important- just that the university is listed in IMED. Whether that means ECFMG doesn't actually care about the language, I can't say.

    It seems like a big gray area and strikes me as odd that this issue hasn't already been addressed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IMGNY View Post
    Thanks Chapelier. The WHO directory should be more relevant and authoritative, and I believe that it was also mentioned by the woman from the NY State Board.

    By the way, are you studying in Romania, and if so, would you kindly let me know what the first year schedule/workload is like, and how difficult/managable is the program? Also, is the failure rate high?
    Chapelier gave a good answer. I just finished first year and can add that I averaged 50-60 hours/week between classroom and studying on my own. A couple of weeks during both semesters were slow and I spent about half this time, there were a few that I spent more. ~3-4 weeks each semester for preparing and taking exams I spent way more.

    Passing is manageable but the courses can be very low yield.. sometimes the level of instruction is almost non existent. So you figure out things on your own, in these cases. It averages out in the end. I had one professor in particular who taught me a lot and because of the teaching style I remember very well.

    I think in first year about 15-20% of the class failed one or more subjects.

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    hey everyone i have a few questions i would really appreciate if you guys could answer. i am a perspective student looking to apply to constanta's medical course but it seems that there are so many websites out there, or agents claiming to be of help to get into course. are those real? i went on the university's website and i couldn't find any information about any entrance exams claimed to be a requirement on the IMED website. how was the selection process for you guys? any help would be highly appreciated. i've tried to email the university but sadly i haven't had any replies yet... i would really appreciate your help. thanks for reading <3

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