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  • MedRookie

    April 11, 2015 at 3:01 pm
    QuickSelver, post: 96, member: 3 wrote:
    How does the local one compare to the US one?

    The local MCAT varies from the American MCAT because of the different education system. In Pakistan unlike the US, Medicine is Bachelor and not a Master degree and is abbreviated as M.B.B.S (Bachelor of Medicine and bachelor of surgery). The professional school pathways are integrated into the last two years of high school so rising junior high school students choose the pre-medical, pre-engineering and other professional school pathways or even arts/humanities tracks depending on their interests. So, the local MCAT tests high school students. The exam is of 1100 marks, lasts 150 minutes and comprises 220 MCQs divided into four sections; biology(88Q), chemistry (58Q), physics(44Q) and English (30Q). Each MCQ carries five marks and there is negative marking (six marks deducted for a wrong answer, zero for blank). Pre-medical and pre-dental students from all over the country compete for around 3,000 seats in public medical and dental institutions. And then, through a merit aggregate formula (50% MCAT score, 40% HSSC score, and 10% Matric* score), the merit for Medicine and Dentistry by the testing authority (UHS) is chosen and all the students who have a higher or equivalent aggregate are selected and placed in the university they matched to, which is usually one of the universities they chose while applying to take the entrance exam.

    *The freshman and sophomore years of high school are termed Matric, while HSSC or FSc is the term for junior and senior years of high school.

    MedEdGuru, post: 97, member: 6 wrote:
    [USER=63]rosequartz[/USER] In pakistan I believe they have 4 year medical programs that require the MCAT and 6 year medical schools that require the SAT. Which one do you prefer is better? i see that the 4 year schools are modeled after the US med schools but I am wondering if students struggle with the 4 year or 6 year more.

    my friends went to KEMU – king edward medical school however they went to the 4 yr medical program but they graduated with bachelors in the US before

    All over Pakistan, the medical degree is a five year program plus a year of internship. And to accommodate foreign students applicants interested in applying to public or private medical schools, it was decided by the testing authorities that SAT or the American MCAT can substitute for the local MCAT. And so, a high school equivalency from IBCC was made mandatory for foreign candidates. Now for preference, I like KEMU and NUST Army Medical College (for this students take the annual NUST NET exam sessions held during the first half of the year). But given the fierce competition in Pakistan that goes down to 0.001%, if a student makes it to any of the UHS affiliated medical institutions on open merit or even in private ones, that’s a great accomplishment and a true blessing.

    I can’t be sure, but if your friend got into a four year program, she could be pursuing an MD (Specialization degree) program because an MBBS degree is six years at KEMU. (Cllick here for details. Durations are stated in the regulations for MD/MS… programs. I’ll try to find a better link). And well, medical school is a struggle at first, but everyone seems to adjust afterwards. If Pakistan introduced a four year program, I imagine that would be really tough because if they integrate the first two years together then I can’t imagine how students would study all of the basic clinical sciences in a single year. *shudders*

    I hope this helps to some extent. :)