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    RSMU Questions?

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    I'm curious to hear more about this (issues that are school related - not country related - I don't need a rant about format 18 and growing nationalism - so if you are going to spend 5 paragraphs ranting about it don't bother). I'm seriously considering RSMU - I'm getting a little frustrated with the many more years of engineering I have before I might get the chance to go to a medical school in the US.

    I'm willing to learn Russian before applying - I have a knack for picking up new languages but I'm wondering if there really is a difference between English/Russian instruction.

    Something that concerns me albeit ridiculous as it might seem is their requirement of an AIDS test...No...I don't have the HIV...but are things like TB/AIDS enough of a problem that it is a requirement of admission to get things like chest x-rays and aids tests?!?!

    Housing - now I wouldn't mind living on my own in an apartment but I would like to know the language first and be comfortable in my surroundings so I wondering if anyone can tell me about the conditions in a civilized manor? I'm sure it isn't luxurious but how safe is the housing for a young woman? Is there single sex housing? How are the facilities (bathrooms, kitchens, etc?)?

    How safe is Moscow? How much political freedom is there?

    I'm sorry for asking stupid questions if anyone found them insulting. I just have a rather dark view of Russia (you can blame Ayn Rand or Reagan for it) which I'm sure is outdated.
    Last edited by nerissag; 10-23-2007 at 10:47 PM.

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    Errr....why not go to Romania, Poland or Hungary. At least they're EU recognised and are more appropriate for practising in the US (should that be your desire). These places have English medium, far superior facilities, hell of a lot better safety than moscow and may allow you to do clinical rotations at US hospitals.
    just my 2 cents

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    Safer how? I know that the region in unsafe for foreign (non-white) students but that is not really a problem for me being white or are you talking about different crime? I have also lived in Mexico for a while and trust me I never went out alone for fear of being kidnapped or raped. And in New York I never went out past 8pm without a friend. Every city has its dangers.

    I would prefer to be in a large city for 6+ years as I'm from New York. Moscow fits this bill with around 14 million residents whereas the largest city in any of the countries you suggested is around 2 million (which is not much better than going to the middle of nowhere). I think I would go crazy in a small country and I'm not really interested in practicing in the US (I'm thinking about doing medicine in a developing nation). I also would prefer to study in Russian than English...

    Clarification edit: I would consider the CR, how does Charles University compare with Russian schools?
    Last edited by nerissag; 10-23-2007 at 03:14 PM.

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    hi, i thought your first post was pretty interesting- a change from the normal disjointed rants i usually read (and post come to think of it).

    In response to your specific questions,

    HIV: My perspective on this subject is slightly different. Its alarming to have to think of having an HIV test but as far as i know its done because of the sheer amount of foreign people in the city. As you would be applying to become a semi-permanent resident of Russia for the duration this test is 'just part of the paperwork' and I believe is required by a large amount of other med schools worldwide- especially when applying as a foreign student.

    Housing: Here, remember the value of money issue- its likely that even as a poor student you will be able to afford decent accommodation, though realistically you may be better off staying in the university hostels until you are familiar enough with the city and have made friends etc. 'Safety in numbers': it would be best in my opinion to share an apartment with friends who are ideally other students, not necessarily for medicine of course, but definitely those in a similar situation, ie having moved from abroad.
    This is useful on a number of levels; there are people to talk to when you need company- which is inevitable especially in the first few weeks- people to travel to and from the school with (if this is the case) and in safety; you are evidently more likely to be attacked when alone compared to being with at least one other.
    This also solves the single sex issue, as you would be able to pick your housemates!
    You also have to consider the corruption in Moscow- living with others gives you witnesses and group strength if there is an issue with rent and or you are overcharged etc.
    Bathrooms and kitchens are alsways going to be basic but its not the dark ages!

    In terms of safety, Moscow gets a lot of bad press, but then the good press is never likely to make it into the news so I prefer to think that you have to go looking for trouble to find it, and consciously putting yourself in a vulnerable position does that rather than being reasonably careful and not expecting everyone to be a rapist.

    I have absolutely no authority to definitively say these things as i have not been to or studied in Moscow as yet. I have however, been researching the possibility of gonig to PFUR as of next september for several months now and it is looking likely that if i receive a place, i will take it.
    I'm going to visit the school early next year.

    To put all of this into context, i am in a similar situation to yourself:18yr old female looking for a russian med school place. I got rejected from med school in the UK last year and have had to take a forced gap year whilst my new application is considered in the UK. Since being rejected, I have "discovered" the study abroad option and would now prefer to do this in russia- there are so many pros!
    The clinch in the deal is that i've spent the past 2 months of my gap year at SRMC med school in chennai, India. Its been an amazing experience and I've answered all of the above in relation to how i've lived whilst being here. Chennai is a notoriously dangerous city- something i didnt even really know before I arrived, and yet even though i travelled here completley alone without any real 'in country' contacts, ive had the most amazing time and dont want to leave!

    You have to draw from your experiences right? Well chennai is proof of that for me.

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    Hello, everyone

    just returned from Moscow... if someone wishes to know some facts about living in the city I definetly can share some of my experiences

    I guess it will be hard for someone from US or other country go there if don't really know the city, or not enough language. It is tough city to live in, housing is extremly expensive if to rent the appartment. For me it is easier since I am russian, been living there for quite some time, with no language problems. There are still problems however I feel the difference after 7 years of absence. We are not quite there in terms of stability but slowly we are getting there.
    Been to few medical universities and talked to people... I guess in terms of safety it all depends on you, like any other major city like New York, Prague, Vienna, Moscow, etc there are crime issues which are unavoidable just don't put yourself in that situation and you will be fine.
    So if you decide to study in Moscow, best of luck in your endevours. Just believe in yourself, focus on studying and you will be fine. I think it is definetly for me after being rejected by US/CAD med schools.
    If you have any questions, will try to share my experiences.
    P.S. Happy New Year, all, and want to wish everyone looking for medical school find one in the next year.

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