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Admission to studying medicine in India is like any other type of bachelor's degree. You give an entrance exam (NEET) exam after your 12th standard and based on the score and your academics, you are given admission to any college/university.
Medicine in USA is a rather longer and more strenuous process. This is because you can only join medical school after you have completed a bachelor’s degree in a related field, like B.A. Biology, B.A. Chemistry, etc. Also, the medical schools(in most cases) do not accept foreign undergraduate degrees. You need to either do an undergraduate degree in the US or have studied there for at least a year.
Here are the major steps you need to follow to study medicine in USA:
The first thing you need to do is take your SATs. This is because in order to apply to medical school, you need to have a bachelor’s degree. This is called the pre-med phase. A lot of medical schools require you to have pursued a bachelor’s degree in USA or have studied there for at least 2 years before applying to medical school. You can pursue a bachelor’s degree in subjects like Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, etc. There are some pre-requisite courses that you will need to pursue. You will find them on the medical school’s website. You should keep these in mind.
The MCAT, also known as The Medical College Admission Test, is the entrance exam you need to give in order to apply to medical school. You should prepare for the MCAT during your bachelor’s degree and give it in your senior year. It is very important that you score well in your MCATs as their score will decide the medical college that you get into.
There are a lot of factors that go into college admissions, that may include but aren’t limited to:
It is important to note that as an international student, it is very difficult to get into an American Medical School. This is because most publicly funded colleges are required to put more emphasis and give more importance to students who are residents of the school's state. This is mainly to ensure that there are enough doctors in the area. This means that the acceptance rate of international students, and even out of state students, is very low. One way to overcome this problem is to apply to private institutions. Here, the problem of cost arises since private institutions tend be more expensive than public institutions. It can cost upto $40,000 annually to study medicine in USA.
Do not be disheartened, read on till the end for more helpful tips.
Once you have been accepted to medical school, you will have to study for roughly 2 years. After this, you will have to do your residency. Residency means that you will work and train in a real hospital or medical centre with real patients. Residency can last anywhere between 3-8 years, depending on your field of choice and your learning curve. You also need to give the USMLEs.
The United States Medical Licensing Examination is a three-step examination for medical licensure in the United States. It is used to assess how you have applied your medical knowledge to real life situations. There are 3 examinations that you need to give, USMLE Step-1, Step-2 and Step-3. The USMLE Step-1 is the exam you give after completing two years of medical school. You need to pass this exam in order to qualify for residency. The USMLE Step-2 examination is to be given in the fourth year of medical school. It is divided into two exams, Step-2 CK(Clinical Knowledge) and Step-2 CS(Clinical Skills). The USMLE Step-3 is the final examination and on passing this examination, you get your medical license. You can give the USMLE Step-1 and USMLE Step-2 CK from anywhere, but USMLE Step-2 CS and USMLE Step-3 need to be given from within the US only.
Once you have completed your residency and passed all your USMLEs, you can obtain an official license.
You can apply to medical school through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) if they are pursuing a Doctor of Medicine degree(M.D.) or the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS) if they are pursuing a Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine degree(D.O.).
Now, as mentioned earlier, it is quite difficult for international students to get admitted to US Medical Colleges because preference is given to students from USA or Canada. There are around 62 medical schools that accept international applicants, however, the do not guarantee admissions due to preference. They just accept your applications and if your profile is exceptional, then you are called for an interview.
You might have become a little disheartened after reading about the difficulty, but don’t be. Just because you can’t study abroad in USA doesn’t mean you can’t study abroad at all, right?
There are so many other countries who accept students with open arms. They have amazing courses and some even don’t require a Bachelor’s degree as a prerequisite.
For example, the Caribbean Islands. The Caribbean Islands have medical universities which are affiliated with numerous teaching hospitals (in USA, Canada, and India etc.); this gives students the opportunity to participate in clinical rotations throughout the United States. Therefore, Caribbean students have the opportunities to practice in Caribbean and outside during their clinical studies, which give them more advantage in residency applications and when they become physicians in USA, Canada, India or any other country.
Other countries that are popular for medical studies are Russia, Georgia, China, Philippines, Ukraine, etc. These countries also have much less tuition fees as compared to USA, reducing the loan amount.
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