For aspiring medical students ‘Study abroad for a medical degree’ fair was an eye opener. The two-day fair that began here on Sunday at Hotel Fortune Murali Park is being organised by Bangalore-based North America Service Centre (NASC).
The centre promotes medical education in about 18 countries covering medical colleges and universities in Europe, Central America, China and South-East Asia.
“I am preparing for NEET-2014 (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) for a seat in a medical college in Andhra Pradesh, I did not know that there were so many options outside the country also. The fair was an eye opener for me,” said Anirudh a student of second Intermediate from the BiPC stream.
Explaining about the study at Lugansk State Medical University at Ukraine, Vice Dean International Affairs of University Nataliia Horbenko said the university follows the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) and thus the degree is recognised across all countries in Europe.
“Ours is a six-year course and we offer an MD in general practitioner degree on completion. Apart from following the ECTS model we also follow the Soviet system of education, which is a combination of practice and theory. The students are exposed to practical from the third year onwards and we offer 40 PG specialisations, which are studied for a period of three years,” she said.
Central America Health Sciences University International Affairs Dean Murali in the Central American country of Belize, formerly British Honduras, was also present at the fair.
Talking about medical education in CAHSU, he said, “We offer a four-year UG course and as per our credit grading system, toppers are entitled for a stipend for the practical training period,” said Dr. Murali. Drector of NASC B. Babji said all the degrees given by the colleges or universities are recognised by countries across the world, but the graduates have to pass the screening test that is conducted by the Medical Councils in the respective countries. “To practice in India, one has to pass the screening test conducted by the Medical Council of India,” he said. or further study and practice in the US, the students have to clear the three-phase screening test conducted by the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).