....Heaven's a Lie...... (heerodiscarded) wrote in med_rejects,
....Heaven's a Lie......
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Perhaps this is an inquiry with no value to it, and harbors an answer which is painfully obvious to those wiser than I. However, it can't hurt to at least pose the quandary, in the event there is much to learn.





Recently I've heard mentions of Medical school students in countries such as Mexico and the UK which accept students out of high-school, by creating a '6 year' program, by somewhat combining the two, in the stead of requiring a BA -then- Medical education.

If this is correct, I would speculate that their standards are not those of, say, an American medical school...where BA's a well as intensely vast and developed exposure to the necessary Biological/Medical studies are present, but instead perhaps the mentioned foreign schools only require general high school knowledge and likened level Bio-Chem-etc classes. Taking another jump in assuming things, would this therefore make it easier for students from the US, with or without a BA, to move to said countries in order to attempt that 'out-of-country' program if they are likely to be refused from a medical school here?

Does the competition change compared to US med schools and the 'sandwich' Mexican/UK schools?
Or is it essentially still expecting the creme dela creme and outrageous scores/GPA/etc?

Many of us struggle, and while the emphasized requirement of exceptional grades is not only a given but weighs heavily upon our minds....

I'm curious as to the options for students who merely hit 'average'.

Would it be worth-while to look into investing one's self into schooling abroad?
Do out of country hopefuls have a better chance with programs abroad, are they -less- likely to get in for the very reason of being foreingers or or..are there no such thing as an 'alternative' for those who cannot make the cut in the US?


Again, my pondering is merely on the options for success for students whom cannot make the Med-school cut in the US...whether that be locating a med-school with a less competitive cut-off, traveling abroad for said term, and etc.

I've several years to go before this effects me, but I want to not be in the dark, and instead know all my options.
( On that note, is there a known place which documents such plausible choices for a Med-school applicant? I've searched and found nothing, probably due to the unlikelihood of such a rare document's existence. )

This is only strengthened and become more worrisome after much and incessant mention from graduates who have failed to make the grade. I'm completely aware of the fact having adequate scores, a well-rounded resume of community/charity/enrichment activities/clubs/participation and hospital volunteering are essential and should be done before any 'excuses' should be made for skirting these universal responsibilities....so there's no need to mention those, as I already know.

But, regardless, my question is there.

I thank you in advance.
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A lot of the schools in the UK are just as competative to get into if not moreso because citizens don't have to pay to go to school there. There are some schools in the UK that accept foreign students but many of them are not actually chartered in the UK and you may have a limited ability to practice medicine. Mexican medical schools can be an okay route if you speak spanish although I've heard the quality is not as good. If you want to go into a 5-6 year program from highschool your best bet is to look at Australian schools. They like foreing students because they have to pay to go there where as Australian citizens don't. I've heard similar things about some Irish schools. Check out valuemd.com for more info on specific schools.