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Comparing Eastern European Medical Schools
The quality of medical education varies significantly in Eastern Europe, in comparison to many western countries. Some universities in Eastern Europe are ranked in the top 300 worldwide such as Charles University in the Czech Republic, and have medical schools with long standing reputations for excellent teaching. At the same time, some medical courses have only a few years of experience teaching students and may not be accredited everywhere in the world.
Although university rankings are not always a good indicator of quality of education, in the MSAG Worldwide 2012-2013, we have included the international ranking for the medical schools for each country. This can help you identify which universities are well established and have a strong history of research and teaching excellence. We have also included in the returning home to practice section information on accreditation of foreign medical schools in Canada, the US and the UK to help you plan for your career if you think you might practice in these countries.
The admissions requirements at Eastern European medical schools are different than those of other foreign medical schools covered in the guidebook including those in the Caribbean, Australia and Ireland. At most Eastern European schools, students write an entrance exam specific to the medical school (rather than the MCAT or the GAMSAT, for example) covering secondary school biology, chemistry and/or math or physics, and those ranking in the top group are offered admission. Students with high grades or who have taken standardized tests scores are sometimes offered admission without an entrance exam at certain schools outlined in the guidebook. Typically, the more competitive and long-established medical schools in Eastern Europe have a few applicants for each place. In the guidebook you can find selection ratios for most medical schools.
Returning Home to Practice
Most of the countries covered in the MSAG Worldwide 2012-2013 guidebook are part of the European Union, which means that the degree awarded will be valid and recognised in the entire European Union provided the school is accredited (see "Returning Home to Practice" in the guidebook for more details on this and on practicing in Canada or the US). This is ideal for anyone planning to work in the UK or elsewhere in the European Union in the future.
Learn how the MSAG Worldwide 2012-2013 guidebook can help you get into medical school, including in Eastern Europe: What's inside the MSAG Worldwide 2012-2013?
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To find out more about the content of the MSAG Worldwide 2012-2013, to buy the guidebook or to download the full table of contents, click on MSAG Worldwide 2012-2013 information