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  2. @Mr.Cat Every medical school is built as a for profit.. so that includes us medical schools and polish medical schools. the program i am in required the MCAT and a bachelors degree. however they have 6 yr medical programs that do not require the mcat.
  3. @BlueLilac Medical school in the U.S is very costly - the average debt of medical school is close to $200,000! There are some loan forgiveness programs that allow medical students to pursue a career in a non-profit or working in rural type settings. Here is a good link for loan forgiveness options: https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/loans/student-loans/medical-school-loan-forgiveness-programs/
  4. Yes, this will be a big problem for many schools. What is the option for an IMG if their school is not prepared for 2023?
  5. What about everyone that says the Polish medical school system is built as a for profit system? Is this true? Can you tell us more about your experiences in Poland? Do they prepare you for the MCAT?
  6. I chose to go to med school in Poland for this very reason. I was able to get fed loans to pay for Poland and their tuition is a fraction of the cost of med schools in US.
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  8. Hi @TheDoc I really dont know much about the PTAP, but the Ministry of Education has this information regarding PTAP: http://ministry-education.govmu.org/English/scholarships/Documents/scholarship/Communique - Pakistan Technical Assistance Programme (PTAP).pdf
  9. I’m in Poland in a 6 yr med program in English and I love it. The first year was hard to adjust to the polish language and getting around town but over time I made friends from around the world. you have to learn some polish to interact with patients but usually there is a translator available or someone who knows both polish and English. I had to remind myself that I am in another country and I shouldn’t expect a typical “American” education. (Duh). they do a great job prepping for USMLE and providing resources. Some professors English isn’t the best, but you get used to it!
  10. i haven't taken the step 1 yet, but by the time i take it will be pass/fail. i am an IMG studying in poland and imo I think that it will be more beneficial for iMGs. Before so many students were stressed about getting a high enough number on the step 1 for a better chance at matching.. and almost everything depends on the USMLE for your residency application. this definitely alleviates stress for me and i just need to focus on passing. But then I also think - if more IMGs pass USMLE and apply for a residency position, what other criteria will set them apart in an application?
  11. Hi @BlueLilac It really depends on your priorities and where you want to practice medicine. Remember, choosing a medical school is a significant time commitment (6 years in one place in Europe or 2-3 years in Caribbean) and its important to look at the whole picture. Is your biggest challenge financial and you do not want student loans? Then studying medicine in Europe may be a better choice than the Caribbean. When researching medical schools, its important to look (if possible) at their graduation rates or to talk to current students that are enrolled at that medical school to understand what their experience is like. Also if you are a US citizen, you can take advantage of US federal loans to study medicine abroad -for certain medical schools either in the Caribbean or in Europe. Good luck on your journey!
  12. For those who don’t know, USMLE is moving towards a pass fail instead of their score. https://www.usmle.org/incus/ What will this mean for IMGs who usually have to have higher scores for matching to residency? do you think this is a good thing or bad thing.. and why? Thx!
  13. Hi all - I am interested in pursuing a medical degree in US but the biggest barrier is the cost - I don’t want to be in huge debt and having to spend a lifetime to pay back loans with interest. anyone want to share their experiences with student loan debt and attending medical school?
  14. I am interested in studying medicine however I am deciding between studying medicine in Europe vs the Caribbean. I heard that medical schools in Europe were much cheaper tuition vs the Caribbean medical schools and they matriculate rates are much better. Has anyone studied medicine in Europe? Or Caribbean? What was your experience like?
  15. Hi Blerim! So, I have used Anki flashcards extensively for my USMLE Step 1 dedicated prep period. I found that using a pomodoro timer of 25 min and 5 min short breaks was for me the highest yield of cards per day (on my best days I have done up to 2000 cards). I would recommend using either the Brosencephalon deck or the Zanki step 1 deck. I think both are very good, but Zanki may have some better explanations to the questions. When I took the step 1 I realized that knowing the highest yield book is the Step 1 First Aid and the absolute best way to memorize and understand all of it is to use spaced repetition methods such as the Anki flashcards. The only reason why I would recommend it as compared to other spaced repetition methods (like Memorang, firecracker etc) is that it is free (if you are using an android phone or pc and only 25$ on the apple store). On top of that you have the option to add your own flashcards and it's very easy to do so. However, consider adding only a few cards after you have finished all of the deck (I found that a lot of the cards I added WERE ALREADY THERE. I simply hadn't reached them yet.) I did try doing my own flashcards for everything I read in other study materials, however I think it was very time consuming and I should have stuck to decks that were already prepared. The best combination for a very high yield preparation is Anki + UWorld. Prepare your own UWorld deck in Anki and I am very sure you will have a very effective study period. Remember though, you MUST do anki EVERY DAY! The whole purpose of spaced repetition is never miss a day. You may have days in which you don't do any blue cards, but always finish the green and red ones. Set your settings in Anki so that you get the green cards first. Best of luck on your exam!
  16. Hi, I am a third year medical student from Italy and I am thinking about taking my USMLE step 1 sometime in the next year. I have been reading a lot recently about what to study and which materials are considered high yield. There seem to be mixed opinions on Anki flashcards to some people saying that they are useless to others basing their whole studying on it. What do you guys think about them? Are there any decks that are better than others? If so, which ones do you recommend? Is it time-effective to prepare my own flash cards? Thank you in advance...
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    Contact: msgs.chair@amsa.org The Medical Students for Gun Safety Week of Action is an annual event dedicated to health issues related to the scope and consequences of firearms in America. Our goal is to raise awareness of this devastating public health epidemic while providing opportunities for medical students to advocate on behalf of patients who have been, or are at risk, of firearm injury and prepare health professionals to handle firearm injuries in a healthcare setting.
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    Contact: Ashi Arora (cph.chair@amsa.org) AMSA will be celebrating National Public Health Week through hosting a series of online, in-person, and social media events focused on highlighting the health inequities faced by marginalized, underserved communities in the United States. AMSA believes that public health is a core foundation of medicine as it relates to the overall well-being of a population and understands that health is influenced by social, economic, political, and environmental factors.The communities that AMSA will be highlighting during this week include homeless, migrant families, incarcerated communities, women, and the LGBTQIA+ community. This week will build the awareness of our pre-medical and medical students around unique challenges that vulnerable communities face and how those challenges manifest in the clinic and the hospital.
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