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A second undergrad degree after med school?

henokahenoka 4 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
edited July 31 in International Students
I graduated from a med school that doesn't issue official transcripts or diploma. So I'd want to study in the US as an undergraduate. I'm already 28 y.o. What are my chances of being accepted? What other options do you foresee?
edited July 31
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  • allyphoeallyphoe 2365 replies57 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Don't particularly care where you're studying, and able to pay all the costs in full? Plenty of schools would be delighted to have you.
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  • austinmshauriaustinmshauri 8831 replies324 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    What kind of med school doesn't issue transcripts or a diploma? How do their students get jobs without any documentation? Since you attended college I think US colleges will consider you a transfer student.
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  • henokahenoka 4 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
    That's right. All graduates are employed by governmental hospitals affiliated with the school.
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  • austinmshauriaustinmshauri 8831 replies324 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    College graduates are transfer students. Not all US colleges accept students for 2nd degrees so check each college's website before you apply to make sure the school will allow it.

    What country are you from? If there are a lot of applicants from your country you'll have a lot of competition for very few spots. How much can your family pay?
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  • Conformist1688Conformist1688 1114 replies25 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    So would you then be looking at going to a US med school to requalify as a doctor? That's a very long and expensive path and may not work out for any number of reasons. Have you immigrated to the US already for some other reason and have a green card? If you want to practice as a doctor staying where you are is your easiest option.

    You could look at qualifying in another health related profession; I know someone who trained as a doctor (I think in Russia) and ended up retraining as a nurse in the UK as his qualifications weren't accepted for medicine.
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  • happymomof1happymomof1 29582 replies172 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Why do you want to study in the US? Start with that.

    The usual process for someone with your education would be to complete a medical residency in the US in order to gain further experience and specialize in some particular aspect of medicine. Surely there are people within your government who can help you arrange to do that.

    If you do decide to study something in the US that is not. Medical residency, you will need to arrange for your medical school to provide official documentation about your studies. Those records will need to be evaluated professionally by an organization that is specifically recognized by the college or university to which you are applying. Each college/university publishes that information on its website in the page for international admissions.
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  • henokahenoka 4 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
    I'm from Eritrea, ever heard of it? If I'm considered a transfer, how does this play out in the admission process since i still can't provide the transcripts. Thanks again.
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  • Conformist1688Conformist1688 1114 replies25 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Would your professors be willing to write you a detailed recommendation confirmimg your status? I'm assuming you've been at the Orotta chool of Medicine where not all the staff appear to be Eritrean citizens.
    What about transcripts from your first university degree?
    Have you already left Eritrea?
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  • henokahenoka 4 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
    That's a good idea Conformist1688. My professors were from Cuba though they are back home now. Prior to enrolling to med school we completed 2 years of pre-med studies. Although the college doesn't issue diploma, it just started issuing official transcripts. So I can try with that. Regarding the letters of recommendation, do US colleges consider such from employers post med school, like hospital directors etc?
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  • happymomof1happymomof1 29582 replies172 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    You just need transcripts that can be evaluated. No one will want to look at a diploma.

    Some programs here will accept letters of recommendation from an employer or work colleague. You need to ask each place about that.

    What do you want to study here?
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  • henokahenoka 4 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
    I an thinking of going to stat or biology.
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  • happymomof1happymomof1 29582 replies172 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    With your medical degree, it might make best sense for you to look for a graduate program in biology or biostatistics, rather than an undergraduate degree program.
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