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  1. Hi
    I dont know if you know anything about medical schools in nigeria. Here it is kind of different. We dont really do a first degree course like it is done in US. Though we get two degrees after graduating but is still different. Here one is given admission to study medicine, our first year courses are all science courses. Then in the second and third year we do anatomy, physiology and other necessary courses, practicals and even community programs where we go to rural areas. Then in the remaining three years we engage in more practical aspects: it is called clinicals with series of professional examinations. I just finished my first year and would be resuming the second year soon. Can i transfer to a US school and study medicine with the first year i have completed?

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    1. Hello!

      I believe that it would be extremely hard to do so, but I am not completely familiar with the transfer policies of all US medical schools - you can find them as a part of the paid version of AAMC's MSAR (they used to be available for free, but the free database has been discontinued).
      Good luck!!

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  2. Hi Marek,

    I received my bachelor's degree from Australia and have worked in the healthcare industry as a pharm tech for 2 years and plan to work in the research line for another 2 years before applying. What are my chances, given my credentials? Just a few other questions:

    1) With regards to the pre-requisites for medical school admission, how strict are the medical schools in their review for prospective applicants?

    2) Do we really need to do a pre-med at a US institution for at least a year?

    3) Has there been cases where international applicants managed to apply and be accepted without doing a pre-med in the US?

    4) If a pre-med is necessary, would admission into their post bac pre med also be as competitive?

    Looking forward to your inputs. Thank you so much for your blog which provides so much useful insights and of course your hard work in compiling all of these.

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    1. Hello,

      Thank you for your message, I'll do my best to answer your questions!

      In general, it is very hard to make assessments like this, and even more so with international students. Success depends on the complete application, and so I can't tell you what your chances are - but from what you said, I don't see why you wouldn't be eligible for admission. Again, this depends on many other factors as well. Now to your individual questions:

      1. In fact, the pre-requisites in terms of individual courses are being currently reviewed and it looks like there is a general shift towards "competencies," rather than specific courses.

      2. This generally does seem to be the case.

      3. Some students are accepted having done their bachelor's degrees in Canada or the UK. This very much depends on the specific medical schools.

      4. I don't think admission to post-bac programs is as competitive as to medical schools.

      With all of these questions - I'd recommend that you contact the specific medical schools you are interested in in order to see how they would react to your specific case.

      I hope this helps - good luck!

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  3. Hi,

    I am from Germany. Do you know if it is possible to take part in the medical program of an American university for a semester or two?

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    1. Hello!

      I have not heard of such (exchange) programs - I would advise you to ask at the schools of your interested or at your own medical school (if you are attending one).

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    2. hello i'm a moroccan girl i'm a bachelor and i will be next year in bac and i would like to have information about studying abroad exactly in usa so i would like to know if there is a public medecine university and if if they accept african students (moroccan)

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  4. Hello,
    I am an international student currently doing my pre-med studies in the USA and I would like to know the procedures of applying to med school after I write my MCATS. Also I would like to know if scholarships are available to students who obtain their pre-med studies from the USA.

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  5. Hello, thank you so much for this!
    I am from the Philippines and have never studied in the United States. However, I am a US citizen. I am about to finish my last year in pre-med. Would I still have to study pre-med at a US institution for at least a year? Also, this might be a dumb question, but just to be clear, SAT results are not a requirement to submit with med school applications, are they? Thank you so much!!

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  6. Hi I am an Indian citizen, studying in Caribbean Medical School as MD1 student, I want to know the entry requirements to pursue clinical studies in hospitals in the US. I will be writing my USMLe Step1 after MD6 semester.

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  7. Hi!

    I am a US citizen, however not a permanent resident. I have a dual citizenship. Does anyone know whether applying to US Med schools would as a citizen yet not resident is somewhat different than just applying as a international student?
    I have a B.Sc in Biology.

    Thanks!

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  8. Hi!
    I would really appreaciate anyone's information about what happens after you graduate from a medical school as an international student? Can we stay to work? What is the future as a physician for an international student?

    Thanks!

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