Medical school typically takes 4 years to complete; then there is a 3 to 7 year residency after that, where students undergo supervised training in their specific field of focus. International students who still feel as though they need additional training or who wish to sub-specialize in a field can also do a fellowship, which gives 1 to 4 more years of training.
The education you will receive is intensive, and will be a full-time activity. You will find that the first year requires a huge amount of memorization, with classes like anatomy, histology, pathology, and biochemistry being likely for your first year. These classes will be classroom and lab based giving you both academic and first-hand knowledge of the human body. For example, a typical gross anatomy class will consist of a one-hour lecture followed by a lab for several hours, where you will be dissecting cadavers or animals to gain first-hand experience of what real bodies look and act like.
You will also be going through clinical rotations throughout your education. This will allow you to learn how to interact with patients, and will allow you to see what your future career as a doctor might be like. Clinical rotations will be more and more frequent as you approach the completion of your degree.
Before you can get your Medical Doctor degree in the United States, you will have to pass the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) test, also known as the Board exam. This test is separated into three parts, which you will take throughout your education. The first part is usually after your second year of medical school, the second part is during your fourth year, and the third part is after your first year of residency. Each test is different, and they are meant to ensure you meet certain standards set by the US in your education.
Choosing a right Medical School
There are quite a few things to consider before applying to medical school programs in the US. The most important thing to know is that there are very low acceptance rates for international students. This isn’t meant to deter you from applying. Rather, it is to give you a realistic idea of your chances of getting in.
Choosing the right school is almost as important as choosing the right major. To add an increased level of difficulty, international students interested in studying at the best schools for medicine are at a distinct disadvantage. Many schools only accept local students, and the schools that are open to international students only accept a small percentage of those who apply.
The first step of the application process for medical school is taking the MCAT. This should be done well before you have completed your bachelor’s degree. In fact, most students take it in their junior year as an undergraduate. This way, if you do not do as well as you would like you will still have time to retake it and possibly raise your score. The MCAT test is taken entirely on a computer and takes between 4 to 5 hours to complete. The results will help give schools a general idea of your science knowledge as well as your reasoning and writing skills. It plays a fairly large role in whether or not a school will accept you . If you are unsatisfied with how you did, in MCAT you are allowed to retake it up to three times per year, with no lifetime limit.
Washington Medical Science Institute
Washington Medical Science Institute (WMSI) is an international Medical School, recognized and listed with ECFMG and World Health Organization.
WMSl is offering fully accredited formal medical programmes since 2010, WMSl also working with its partners and developed WMSl International Health Science Research Centres, the main objective of the WMSI IHSRC is to deliver American standard locally accredited programs through its centres in different countries.
Washington Medical Science Institute Campuses
WMSI, SAINT LUCIA
ARTICULATION AGREEMENT FOR DUAL PROGRAM
MONROE COLLEGE, NEW YORK
WASHINGTON ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY, TAKOMA PARK – MARYLAND
PERDANA UNIVERSITY, MALAYSIA
WMSI PROGRAM @ ICON COLLEGE, IRELAND
WMSI PROGRAM @ GHANA, AFRICA
WMSI PROGRAM @ SHARJAH, UAE
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