As an international student, before applying to any medical school in US, you should make sure you apply to a complete four-year bachelors degree, with all of the required prerequisite classes. The prerequisites may vary from college to college but always include biology and organic chemistry. Some colleges may also require that you have taken other English, math, humanities and science classes as well. So make sure you shortlist medical schools while you are still an undergraduate so you can choose your classes accordingly.
In most cases, a good score on MCAT ( Medical College Admissions Test ) is essential to getting into a good medical college.This exam will determine your ability to solve problems, think critically, write well, as well as measure your knowledge of scientific concepts.
Your next step will be to apply to colleges of your choice. Unfortunately international students are at disadvantage compared to American students. Many public colleges are required to put part/all of their state funds towards resident students of the college’s state. This is to ensure that there are enough doctors in that area.
US Medical School System
Medical college takes four years to complete. Then there is a three to seven year residency after that where students undergo supervised training in their specific field. International students who feel they need additional training or wish to sub-specialize in a particular field can also do a fellowship which gives one to four more years of training.
The education and training you will receive will be intensive and a full-time activity. The first year will require a huge amount of memorization with classes like histology, pathology, anatomy and biochemistry being the major subjects. These classes will be classroom based and lab based, giving you academic and practical knowledge of the human body.
Additionally, you will be going through clinical rotations throughout your college education. These will teach you how to interact with patients. Clinical rotations will become more frequent as you approach the end of your degree.
Before you get your MD degree in US, you will have to pass the USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Examination) also known as the Board exam. USMLE is divided into three parts which you will have to take throughout your education. The first part is usually after your second year at medical school, the second part is after your fourth year, and the third part is during your first year of residency, which is the actual practice as a doctor. Each test is focuses on different aspects of medical knowledge, and they ensure you meet the expected standards set by US medical board through your education.
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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