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Foreign Studying?

sciencenerdsciencenerd 1532 replies236 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,768 Senior Member
edited January 2008 in Foreign Medical Education
I am considering doing my MD in India. What are the pros and cons of this? I do wanna do my residency in the US though. After medical school in India would I have to study here for 2 years though before my residency?

Also is the quality of Indian schools as good as American medical schools?

Thanks for answering!
edited January 2008
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  • jetsleykingstonjetsleykingston 14 replies2 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 16 New Member
    the quality of Indian schools is WAY better than American schools. Indians are definitely the smartest people in the world. And I'm saying this because it is a fact, I'm not even Indian.
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  • norcalguynorcalguy 7518 replies30 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 7,548 Senior Member
    Indian schools are probably better than most foreign med schools. Their pass rates on the USMLE might even be decent. But, I'd want to see a match list before I go abroad.
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  • bluedevilmikebluedevilmike 11870 replies94 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 11,964 Senior Member
    If you want to do a residency in the US, you should go to medical school in the US. Just do things normally.
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  • PharmagalPharmagal 1209 replies57 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,266 Senior Member
    The med school education in India is similar to that in UK. The schools are superb. You will get in depth hands-on experience without any fears of lawsuits.

    If you plan to apply, do so after your 2nd year in College. Back in dinosaur days when I was in India, Med schools used to have an entrance exam. Check websites for Grant Medical College, Nair Medical College (Topiwala MC), GS MC, Christian MC of Vellor, St John's MC in Bangalore to see what their requirements are. Years ago, I recall that they used to accept some students from Thailand, Singapore, and the middle east. I am sure the % must have gone up since then.

    Most recently HMS, Johns Hopkins, and Tufts have opened up their hospitals in India allowing internationals to go there for cheaper surgeries. I have posted a link on this elsewhere on CC which you could look up. But I heard last week that Cornell is also going to open up their new branch in Bangalore. So, medicine in India is evolving at a galloping pace. Used to be that docs didn't want to stay in India for residencies as most of their focus used to be concentrated in tropical medicine. Not any more..... They are now conducting as many CABGs as here.... Also, with these big name hospitals opening in all major cities of India, one could potentially get solid experience under their rooves too.
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  • bluedevilmikebluedevilmike 11870 replies94 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 11,964 Senior Member
    PG points out several good arguments for wanting to practice medicine in India. But if one wants to practice in the States, my$0.02 -- a poster here who is a physician -- has pointed out that a US residency is basically a must.

    And BRM's found statistics from the AAMC compellingly demonstrating that medical school in the US provides much better odds for US residency matching.

    Just do things normally. Stay in the country you want to eventually practice in.
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  • PharmagalPharmagal 1209 replies57 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,266 Senior Member
    Yes. I agree with you BDM. But if one is unable to get acceptance in any US med school, wouldn't UK or India be better than the Carribean schools?
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  • bluedevilmikebluedevilmike 11870 replies94 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 11,964 Senior Member
    As mentioned, if one is committed to living in the US long-term, then NP or PA are better options than foreign MD's. Similar salaries and responsibilities to family practice physicians with better hours and less schooling -- and basically no job risk.
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  • thecalccobrathecalccobra 806 replies96 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 902 Member
    50% match rate for FMG's...I say go for it.
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  • bluedevilmikebluedevilmike 11870 replies94 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 11,964 Senior Member
    This is AFTER a 60% pass rate on Step I, and goodness only knows what the pass rate on Step II is.

    You're looking at 30% overall.

    Besides, even if we give you that it's 50%, that means you've just spent four years of your life and $240,000 to buy a ticket to a 50% lottery.

    That sounds like a bad idea to me.
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  • thecalccobrathecalccobra 806 replies96 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 902 Member
    $240,000 would be the cost at a U.S medical school. Foreign medical schools cost 10k/year.
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  • bluedevilmikebluedevilmike 11870 replies94 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 11,964 Senior Member
  • adiboupadiboup 2 replies1 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3 New Member
    The cost depends of the country. Here in france I pay 150$ a year: it's the price for insurance and library.
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  • chaz90chaz90 323 replies12 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 335 Member
    From what I know of European schools though, that cost is contingent upon residency in country and completion of the standard high school/college system in that country. I would be absolutely stunned if a foreigner could go to a true French Medical School for 150 a year.
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  • PharmagalPharmagal 1209 replies57 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,266 Senior Member
    If anything, I think most schools would charge a higher tuition rate for International students.
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