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    Hi,

    I noticed you just revamped the organization here. Please accept this as a request to have Slovakia listed here as well.

    I've been participating here for a few years now and am quite busy so haven't pushed to have Slovakia listed here separately. It was never listed as a separate country - even in the 'footer' that used to accompany this listing. I guess I've always felt the regional approach was inclusive.

    However, if countries like Romania etc. are to be broken out then Slovakia should be listed separately as well. We have far more foreign students here at Comenius than are in Romania.

    One reason I haven't followed up with this is that I felt the issues affecting Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic and Slovakia are very similar.

    Still, Slovakia is a separate nation now and has been for several years. Following the change of political regime in 1989, the Visegrad Group, the so-called V3, was created, originally consisting of Czecho-Slovakia, Hungary and Poland. Following the establishment of independent Slovak and Czech republics, the group became a community of four countries, i.e. the V4.

    I am able to provide whatever additional information is required to ensure that this country is listed as well.

    There are 3 medical schools in Slovakia: Comenius in Bratislava, their affiliated campus in Martin and the 3rd school is in Kosice - JP Safarik.

    Comenius has about 50-70 foreign students every year. So, that would mean there are about 300+ foreign students here. Most are European (60%), but there are a mix of other nationalities as well. Martin and Kosice have at least as many students if not more. There are many Greeks, Scandanavians, Arabs, Germans, Canadians, Africans, Americans etc. It is a real mix - a pleasure.

    We submitted our documents to California some time ago for approval but I guess the Americans are waiting for a new head of the committee that grants recognition. This is old information - as about a year ago. I haven't followed up with Dr. in Martin who is taking care of this.

    So, at Comenius we have 1 program - the Slovak program with slight 'language variances.' So, all graduates are recognized by all states(including California) as we all graduate from the native language program.

    Thank you for your kind consideration of this request.

    S-


    PS. My husband has 1 more state exam (internal medicine) and he is finished. I'm in 5th year. We both work teaching for UMUC on-line which is flexible and we have 4 children. We are busy but happy to assist others with their decision-making by providing accurate and hopefully objective information.


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    the moderators dont organize the forum. this will be moved to the suggestions forum.
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    I'm glad you noticed that the European section is undergoing some changes as per several user requests. It is still in flux as changes have not been completed and many threads have still not been moved to their appropriate forums.

    But to answer your question, the reason why Slovakia doesn't have it's own forum is because we haven't noticed a demand for it. For example, when doing an advanced search on "Slovakia" in the titles, it only pulled up 6 total threads (2 by you). By comparison:
    1. "Slovakia" = 6
    2. "Slovakian" = 0
    3. "Czech" = 36
    4. "Romania" = 29
    5. "Poland" = 119
    6. "Polish" = 54
    7. "Hungary" = 50
    It's also important that the schools offer English programs. Are there any English language medical programs in Slovakia? If so, please let us know so we can look into it.

    And finally, the only other way to have a forum and/or school info page is if the school sponsors a banner ad campaign since the banner would need to be posted in the school's forum and/or school info page (which was the case with Oradea in Romania). To my knowledge, none of the Slovakian schools have attempted to advertise on the site.

    Having said that, we went ahead and renamed the "Czech Republic Medical Schools" to the "Czech Republic & Slovakia Medical Schools". Thanks for your suggestions.
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    thanks

    Thanks for taking the time to respond to my request so promptly and with such detail.

    Re: banner ad. I guess I can speak to the administration about getting organized enough to sponsor a banner ad, however I think it is unlikely they will engage in active marketing - it is really more by word of mouth. Still, I think the Martin campus does a better job of this. I understand you can write the entrance exam in the States...

    Re: english language program. Technically there is 1 program - which makes life much easier for the school. There are no accrediation issues this way. AND no 'special' program was made for English students. Still, our profressors speak English, the lectures are in English, our groups are comprised only of foreigners, and we are examined in English. Still, we are expected to communicate with patients in Slovak after a few years. I do know of one group of Scandanavians who has a translator as they transferred out of Hungary to be here - thusk they don't have the language skills.

    Re: number of hits. Yes, I believe it. I did a general search and got 51 hits - likely still small when compared with the other countries. Unless you know the region or have some connections with this area then you might not even know the place. Most people do recognize the country 'Czechoslovakia' and this is just the Slovak half. I think the formal country name is: the Slovak Republic aka Slovakia. Until very recently, when the country's split apart, Comenius was just a part of Charles - so the systems are the same.

    Definitely the school does not cater to 'Americans' in any way. The Vice-Dean told me that upwards of 350 graduates are living and practising in the States. But certainly there would be no record of usmle results, alumni network, placement rates etc. The school doesn't specifically market itself to Americans or foreigners in general and definitely doesn't track that kind of data. Still, there is a new Dean now and he may be more interested in 'reaching out' in a more formal way. I'll ask.

    Anyhow, thanks again.

    S-

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