In our daily lives we select products and services by age, experience and a long history of excellence. Shouldn’t we apply the same principle in selecting the best medical college/university for our education? In search for the best medical education, it would be naive to think that only medical schools in the USA are above the world standards when it comes to providing excellent training and education in the field of medicine. In reality, there are excellent schools throughout the world that apply the same level of excellence and dedication to the standards that they teach. To find the difference between good and average, whether in the US or abroad, you should apply several standards and criteria which are essential and fundamental to a good medical education. In our view, the best medical university will have the following characteristics:
A school should be known internationally, locally and regionally, for research and development in various fields of medicine. This type of research on the international level will allow the student to get exposure to important techniques, procedures, advancements in medicine and research as they are carried on in various parts of the world. As one looks at medical schools to find the characteristics mentioned above, it becomes clear that an institution possessing such characteristics must have been established for a number of years. These qualities of excellence cannot be acquired within a short span of time. Therefore, we would say with virtual certainty that institutions, which have been in existence for several decades and have grown over that time are in the best position to provide you with the challenge, quality and training you need to become a world class physician of tomorrow. With pride, we would like to mention that when you diligently search for the best medical faculties, you will discover that the affiliated institutions of HMI are considered second to none and possess all of the qualities and characteristics of the finest institutions of higher education.
Apart from Interviews or Entrance exams, the following also applies:
These are just a few of many reasons why a European education can be a great alternative to an American education in medicine.
Today, all students graduating from an American medical college, as well as those coming out of foreign medical colleges with an M.D. degree, have to pass the board exams, known as USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 (CK & CS). The same tests and questions are used for foreign and American medical graduates. There are no double standards, different tests, different questions, or discrimination. Today, all foreign medical graduates have better opportunities to enter into residency programs and receive their licenses in the U.S.A. Today in the U.S.A., more than 26% of active physicians are foreign educated (International Medical Graduate – IMG). In today’s world, the international medical graduate (IMG) does not stand alone as there is growing support and recognition in the professional, social, and political circles for physicians who attended foreign medical schools.
Even though opportunities for transfers are very good, none of our affiliated universities or HMI can give any guarantee that you will be able to transfer to an American medical college. Students should not go to a foreign medical university with the expectation of transferring as their only objective.
All of our affiliated universities have excellent programs leading towards the M.D. degree. We have no doubt that the medical training and opportunities our affiliate universities will provide to you will prepare you to become a good physician using the same high standards that any medical college in the USA might have provided.
The standardized tests require you to get a minimum score of 76 to pass the exam. Even a few points higher than the minimum required score is helpful. For example, a score of 85 or above would definitely put you in a better position, and you would become a more attractive candidate for a residency position. Getting a few points higher than the minimum is not very difficult. In every exam, thousands of students achieve a score higher than 80. In our own affiliated universities in Poland, it is common for our students to score much higher than 80 and in many cases have even scored as high as 99 on either exam.
Currently in the USA, more than 23,000 residency positions are filled each year by graduates of American medical colleges, returning graduates (US citizens and permanent residents) from abroad, non-citizens and non-resident physicians from abroad. Breaking this total number down, we find that every year American medical colleges produce between 13,000 and 14,000 new medical graduates. In addition to these graduates an average of between 2,500 and 3,000 American citizens and permanent legal residents return home from abroad with medical degrees. Thus, 16,000 to 17,000 of the 23,000 available positions are filled by these two groups. However, approximately 6,000 positions remain open which are normally filled by foreign-born, non-resident medical graduates who have been trained in a recognized medical college abroad.
There is a federal law against discrimination in the assignment of residency positions. Therefore, no residency positions in the USA should be filled by color, race, or national origin. The American Medical Association sent a communication through its International Medical Graduates (IMG) section to the thousands of directors of various residency programs in the USA, reminding them of the existence of such a federal law. Furthermore, the American Medical Association (AMA) encourages International Medical Graduates to report any type of discrimination they may find during their search for residency positions.
International Medical Graduates (IMGs) should be proud of their international experience in the treatment of human diseases. You might ask yourself who might be better prepared to meet the challenges of the ever-changing global medical needs of tomorrow than a medical student trained in an international environment?
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HMI neither suggests any particular option nor does it have the desire to practice immigration law. However, if students wish to inquire about the various possibilities and options regarding this matter they should find the proper legal expert to help guide them.
After evaluating each student’s educational background, Hope Medical Institute and the university will jointly decide on the most suitable program for each individual.
The Tuition and Fee Schedule will be as follows
Students must complete a total of 82 weeks of Clinical Rotations during the last two years of their medical education to graduate from the MD program.
US Clinical Rotations: If you choose to complete your clinical rotations in the U.S.A., the following are the fees involved
Poland Rotations: If you choose to complete your last two years of clinical rotations in Poland, the total tuition and fees per week would be about $719.00 USD.
Students may contact the Office of the Dean for further details on the Cost of Attendance.
Clinical rotations are currently available in the U.S.A., however, HMI does not guarantee continuous rotations in the U.S.A. regardless of your status. Rotations are scheduled based on availability. Completing your clinical training in the USA or Canada is a privilege, not a right. If rotations in the U.S.A are not available for whatever reason, then the student will be required to complete their clinical training in Poland..
The Medical University of Silesia is currently not eligible to participate in the Title IV loan program pending the outcome of efforts by the University to restore eligibility.
The Student Financial Aid Representative and Financial Aid Officers at each University have the latest up-to-date information about the status of the federal loan and private loan availability.
In spite of a very low crime rate in our host nation, students are highly encouraged to apply prudent judgment in going to various places, especially late at night. Furthermore, it is very important for students to blend into the campus and respect the laws and culture of the host nation.
You have a choice of staying in a one-or two-bedroom modern, spacious, and luxurious apartment or living in a dormitory. A student may also be able to share an apartment with another HMI student in order to save money.
All the residential apartments are within walking distance of the college campuses. Many universities provide campus housing within their dormitories. These dormitories are safe and are very comparable to dormitory living in the U.S.A.
Sometimes students may elect to pay a small fee for renting or leasing some furniture and/or appliances. All these are set at affordable rates to our students. Our local staff will help you in getting settled in private housing or in dormitories according to your preference
On some of the college campuses our staff has made special arrangements with local European cooks to prepare meals to meet the needs of our students. These meals are custom prepared according to the instructions and requests made by students. Our local staff is available to help students in designing proper meal plans. Meals are available in the student dormitory cafeterias, as well as in many hospital cafeterias where students will be working and studying. Special vegetarian meals are also available on some campuses. We encourage parents and students to inquire in advance regarding their special needs.
In the event that a medical university withdraws the privilege due to poor scores on entrance exams, poor health conditions, unsatisfactory personal interview, not following proper procedures in a timely manner, not supplying original documents, or falsifying documents, etc., a $1,000 application processing fee will be charged. All other deposits and fees will be refunded to the student.
There are thousands of working physicians in the USA who never had a need to pass the licensing examination or do residency/postgraduate training. The reason is that they do not practice among the general population. The majority of them work in research institutions such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC), National Institutes of Health (NIH), or National Cancer Institute (NCI). Others work in government agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as policy makers or public health administrators. Some work for pharmaceutical companies in the development of drugs. Some manage and own ambulance centers or work as advisors in fitness and training institutions and institutes of sport medicine or as professors in colleges of medicine or science. Many physicians work as advisors for health insurance companies, administrators and owners of pathology and blood laboratories, and readers and interpreters of international articles and periodicals in the field of medicine. The list just goes on and on.
If you do not want to pass those licensing examinations for your own personal reasons or do not want to go through the postgraduate residency training, you still have many options available as a graduate of a medical college.
MD, PhD; MD, MBA; MD, LLB could prove very rewarding for those who do not want to take licensing examinations or practice in the general public.
There are hundreds of good PhD and MBA degree programs at U.S. schools. Some of them offer good scholarships or fellowships with almost 100% financing. If you obtain your MD abroad and PhD or MBA or law degree in the USA, then you have an extremely good combination of degrees. A person with such qualifications is always in demand. Having such a combination of degrees puts one in a unique position in terms of job and business opportunities. When someone has an MD along with other degrees, his or her possibilities for earning excellent financial compensation are much greater than those having other degrees but no MD. Furthermore, an MD with other degrees opens up great opportunities, which allows you to be in the forefront of being considered for employment.
The MD degree still holds its luster and appeal. It brings limitless choices and opportunities for a very bright, satisfying professional career along with a high degree of financial compensation, even without the necessity of meeting the licensing requirement to practice among the general public.