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    I found information about an english medical program in St.Petersburg, Russia. Is anyone currently studying there or has studied there? I would like to know how the english med program is like. Are the proffesors good? Are lectures well organized? How are the students like? Is the city calmer than Moscow? Also, there is a USMLE/MD program available in St.Petersburg state that prepares people for the USMLE exams, how is this program like? Does it actually help the students pass?
    If you study there, any info would be great!
    Thanks a lot,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canuck911
    I found information about an english medical program in St.Petersburg, Russia. Is anyone currently studying there or has studied there? I would like to know how the english med program is like. Are the proffesors good? Are lectures well organized? How are the students like? Is the city calmer than Moscow? Also, there is a USMLE/MD program available in St.Petersburg state that prepares people for the USMLE exams, how is this program like? Does it actually help the students pass?
    If you study there, any info would be great!
    Thanks a lot,
    IMO, if you are looking for a USMLE based program, you are looking in the wrong country.

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    hello?

    USMLE prep. is not that important. I'm Probably going to transfer after 2 or 3 years. I would just like a few answers to the questions I posted above. Comon guys, there has to someone who studies at St. Petersburg State. If you study there, any info about the school and the program would be great.

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    Re: hello?

    Quote Originally Posted by Canuck911
    USMLE prep. is not that important. I'm Probably going to transfer after 2 or 3 years. I would just like a few answers to the questions I posted above. Comon guys, there has to someone who studies at St. Petersburg State. If you study there, any info about the school and the program would be great.
    where are you going to transfer? if you think that you will be able to transfer into a US school, you may be in for a rude awakening....it is very, very unlikely to happen, especially from a russian school.

    and, if you do somehow transfer into the clinical years at a US school, they will want to see your USMLE scores...so, usmle prep would be helpful.

    good luck

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    Comon guys! Lets keep on track here. Is anyone studying in St. Petersburg State? Can anyone answer the questions I posted earlier?
    By the way I don't plan to live in North America anymore I want to stay in Europe so USMLE(hard to do but nice to have) is not a top priority. Germany(free), Czech Republic(expensive) or somewhere else would be nice to study in. Would someone please just fill me in about St.Petersburg State?

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    please do consider

    The others who've responded have a lot of reason. I actually looked into schools in Russia earlier on, but I could not find many who had graduated and returned to their home country successfully, only a few Russians who had come to the United States to be professors.

    If you are in Europe, why not consider medical schools in the EU? Poland has just entered the EU and has a few programs in English, as does Hungary, Czech Republic, and others. Some have pretty good tuition, too. In addition, Russian Medical Schools have clinicals in Russian, even though they claim to have a complete English program, and Russian, from what I've heard, is not an easy language to pick up.

    I have been through considering Russian schools - I know that the possibility is very exciting, but don't let the stars get in your eyes. Please do think about where you may end up after med school. You want to be able to return to your home country to work (being able to pass your local exams). I have never heard of anyone getting rejected from a Russian medical school (who applied from abroad).

    Please do consider some of the words of the other posters. Many have been through the same things as you. Most people here are to help others. Please do take this into consideration!
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    I'd prefer Dracula over bureaucracy in Romania

    Alright, I guess I understand your current concerns and I know that after 3rd year, medicals are held in Russian. I do speak russian fluently to interact with patients. Second, I did a lot of reaserch about med school in the EU, such as Charles(1st, 2nd and 3rd Faculties), Pilsen[which by the way included calling them all, and that added up to a $big$ phone bill] Hungarian schools and Polish schools but, these school now cost a lot of $$$cash$$$. Romania is *possibly* entering the EU in 2 years, possibly more, BUT, I've hear nothing but HORROR stories about Romania. In fact, lets diverge for a second to talk about Romania. In order to recieve an application form to apply to Timisoara Medical School(in Romania) I had to go through 2 weeks, quite literally, of detective work!
    I couldn't print out an application form on-line because TImisoara University told me(when I e-mailed the appropriate authorities in the Uni) I had to contact either the Romanian Ministry of Education OR the embassy of Romania in Canada to get an application form(strange procedure huh? but the only way!). Since I live not too far away from the Romanian Embassy I went there and the people there didn't know what I was talking about "what application form?". After calling the Ministry of Education to ask them for an appl. form(in Romania, where by the way, the INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS department HUNG UP ON ME more than once because there was no one in their office who spoke english). I called the Romanian consulates in Toronto and Montreal, who then told me the Romanian embassy is OBLIGED and they MUST give me an application form! With this juicy information I called the Romanian embassy again and asked them again for the application form and they finally gave it to me! Finally! If you did reaserch you are probably asking yourself, "Why go through the trouble to obtain an application form for Timisoara Medical School? When you can obtain one online for the medical school in Bucharest, Romania?"- well the answer is that the medical school in Bucharest is not approved as a valid University for which I can recieve a loan. The Federal Government approves Timisoara Medical school and basically pays for ALL the tuition and for most of the living expenses!(I know, I did reaserch on that too).
    Oh, by the way, once, and only once, I contacted someone in the ministry of Education of Romania who spoke english(she was a representative of some sort) and this is what happened in the last part of our convo:

    She: "Apply in May, we will send you an application form in may. Good-bye!"
    *click*
    Me:"But I didn't give you my adress yet!!"

    *thats right, she didn't even care when or if I got the info I needed. Which is irresponsible for someone in that position! After THAT I called the consulates and got my application form from the Romanian Embassy.
    I am going send my application form in May(maybe).

    So after that ordeal, I'm sitting here with the application form rethinking the whole Romanian Med School question.
    Now, as for Russia I have no problem in studying in English and speaking Russian in everyday life. I can't study in Russian though(cant read well in Russian anymore, its been a long time). But, 3 years in Russia should fix me eh'? Russia is looking more tempting as the days go by and as my phone bill rise.

    Anyways, lets get back to the topic at hand:

    St.Petersburg, Russia. Is anyone currently studying there or has studied there? I would like to know how the english med program is like. Are the proffesors good? Are lectures well organized? How are the students like? Is the city calmer than Moscow? Also, there is a USMLE/MD program available in St.Petersburg state that prepares people for the USMLE exams, how is this program like? Does it actually help the students pass?
    If you study there, any info would be great!


    Also, Anyone in Timisoara Medical School? How are things there? How is the English Medium?

    By this point I am interested in St. Petersburg state because I might find opportunities to transfer to Germany(yes, in German which I almost speak) because there are no tuition fees there. Basically the difference with me is that I dont intend to come back to North America anymore. If I go to Europe, I'll Probably stay there.

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    St.Petersburg, Russia. Is anyone currently studying there or has studied there? I would like to know how the english med program is like. Are the proffesors good? Are lectures well organized? How are the students like? Is the city calmer than Moscow? Also, there is a USMLE/MD program available in St.Petersburg state that prepares people for the USMLE exams, how is this program like? Does it actually help the students pass?
    If you study there, any info would be great!


    Also, Anyone in Timisoara Medical School? How are things there? How is the English Medium?

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    HI ME A STUDENT THERE

    HELLO i AM A MED STUDENT FROM ST PETERSBURG
    let me tell u most of the posts of Miklos are biased ...he havenít ever been to the country and has a lot to say against it....just check my previous forums n I think u ll get the Info u u want
    St Petersburg State University has started a English Medium Prog
    but the Eng Medium Prog of 4 Russian Colleges are the best they are (well its a list not rank)
    1 Mechnikov
    2 pavlov
    3 Kursk
    4 PFU
    bcoz these english progs are the oldest
    these progs offer 6 yr full english medium progs including clinicals
    I dont believe that students fr Russia have poor USMLE performance coz of the 12 Us students I know who have studied from St Petersburg 10 are practicing in US the rest two are associated with WHO
    for those who claim that the guys are not successful here can you please post any official Link to enlighten me?the fact is Russian schools dont care to create a separate programme for US /students from other countries ....neither they have time for Cali approval ...coz Cali Board is not an authority ...more over there are many inferior progs that are Cali approved while there are superior ones that are not why will a good prog appeal to Cali for approval if it donít recognize Cali board to be the authority ...well there are some other progs that do recognize the cali board....but Russian schools dont.
    hav a lot to say but I dont have time now ....hav my microbio exams on 3rd Feb
    so best of luck dont believe on others have a look into the schools yourself coz many posts out here are Politically/commercially motivated ..well thats what it feel after being a member of this forum fr about two years
    3rd Year MD Student (Gen Medicine)
    6 Year English Medium Programme
    St Petersburg, Russia

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    Thank you for the info

    Thank-you for the information. I will look into the schools. By the way,
    drtintin, are you studying in the english med program or are you studying in Russian? DOes St.Petersburg not offer a full 6year program? Is St. Petersburg WHO approved?(I can't seem to find the list anymore concerning WHO approvals online.)
    Good luck on your upcoming exam drtintin.

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