Starting to study medicine is not an easy job. Apart from taking biology in high school, students need to spend more than four years in medical school and that is more than what their friends spend in other degree programs in the university.
Medical students must understand that what they are studying is a noble field and their job will help improve the lives of the people they treat. In fact, they are the healing hands God has sent on earth to help remove and fight disease and plague.
There is another thing. Admission requirements for each school of medicine around the world are different. Some follow the British pattern of M.B.B.S, some follow the American pattern while some have their own.
Even the pre-med program of some schools differs as well and there are those that have no specific degree program but rather a degree that is given after proper studies, specialization, graduation, training and certification.
Let us now have a look at the admission requirements of medical school in different parts of the world.
Medical school requirements of medical schools in Germany
In Germany, medical education follows the rules of Numerus Clausus (NC). This indicates limited seats and a limited number of available places in the program of medicine. Also, the number of available places differs from one year or semester to the other. For students to be admitted to the program, they need to have a certain grade in their higher secondary school studies.
The Degree of Medicine in Germany takes around 6 years and 3 months to complete. They are not divided into bachelor’s or master’s degree programs as compared to other degrees in Universities.
If students are to graduate with a German medical degree, they must take the state examination (The city and state where the school is present). For instance, if they studied in Munich then they must give the state exam of Bavaria.
The pathway to becoming a physician in Germany consists of the following stages:
- Stage 1: This comprises of studies of 4 semesters followed by the first three sections of the state examination.
- Stage 2: This comprises of studies of 6 semesters.
- Completion of a practical year (PJ) at a medical institution (either a clinic or a hospital).
- The second and final state examination takes place. If students clear this with flying colors, then they not only graduate but also get the license to practice medicine in Germany.
It is important to understand that students must be fluent in German. Why? Because most lectures and exams are conducted in the German language.
Admission requirements of medical schools in the Netherlands
In the Netherlands, if students cannot prove that they have studied biology, chemistry, physics, and math; then they must take an exam that tests their competency in these subjects. They also will need to learn Dutch because not only is it necessary for studies but also for communicating with patients.
Dutch medical degree programs follow the decentralized selection programs. Here the number of places is limited and students can apply for only two of such.
This is how students become doctors in the Netherlands:
- Graduating with a bachelor’s degree in medicine. It is for 3 years and students will be attending lectures as well as preparing assignments.
- Completing and graduating with a master’s in medicine. It will take another 3 years during which students participate in different internships and write a thesis as well.
- To start working as a medicine specialist, graduates must register with the Royal Dutch Medical Association.
Admission requirements of medical schools in Argentina
In Argentina, the medical programs take around 6 to 7 years, depending upon the university. Upon graduation, students are required to complete 8 months of community service on an honorary basis but in some provinces, government hospitals pay students for the work. Some students send students to neighbouring South American countries for paid volunteering activities.
Students can acquire either the Doctor of Medicine degree, Doctor of Surgery, or both. Public universities in the country usually confer both degrees whereas private universities confer the Doctor of Medicine degree. Once the degree is obtained, a record for the new physician is created in the National Ministry of Education’s index, and the physician is provided with the corresponding medical practitioner’s ID.
Additionally, a provincial ID is also given to identifying doctors in the province they are practising in.
Students first take entrance exams at the institution of their choice. Graduates of private medical schools can easily practice in private hospitals, provided they have their own hospital(s) as Universities reserve positions for them. Specialities last often between 2 and 5 years, depending on what the soon to be physician has selected.
There is no legal limit for the number of specialities a physician wishes to learn; though most of them prefer doing just one. They then sub-specialize for further job opportunities, low competition and higher pay. Public Universities hold more prestige in comparison to private ones.