MemberMarch 23, 2021 at 8:57 pm365 Community Points825 MediCoinsFirst Lions: The First 1,000 Lions
-A major reason why people study in Italy is presumably the lower tuition costs.
-While I understand the quality of education is also recognized, for those who chose Italy primarily for the cost, if you did not have any financial restrictions, which country/school would you have chosen?
MemberMarch 23, 2021 at 10:33 pm85 Community Points936 MediCoins
I would have definitely chosen to study Physician Associate at Yale University. It has an amazing course structure, well respected, and have worldwide network.
It seems boring to pick America, but the student life (along with education) over there is just a lot better compared to most countries.
MemberMarch 29, 2021 at 6:45 pm365 Community Points825 MediCoinsFirst Lions: The First 1,000 Lions
Thank you so much for your inputs Gabz! I truly sincerely appreciate your opinions on these matters 🙂
Honestly? I think the majority of people, if given the option, would choose to go to the US. Despite the countless criticisms made against the US medical system, on a global scale, the majority would still name America as the leading country in medicine (*1). This single, widely held belief alone grants major privilege for US med students; access to progressive research, advanced technology and being part of a network of the brightest professors and students gathered from around the world.
It does depend on the school, and Yale of course is one of the most prestigious. I saw on “MedBros” (Youtube channel where one of the creators is a Yale Med student), that Yale overall gives students more flexibility and freedom to choose how they proceed with their studying, more so than other unis. Like they had the option to take exams from home or outside of class, even before covid. Perhaps that’s what you mean by the amazing course structure?
Personally, I would also choose the US without financial constraints. Just one big issue; academically I would not qualify to get accepted… so that leaves out America, unfortunately…lol Just being realistic about other aspects apart from finance 😛
Then I would consider Eastern European countries with reputable English medical courses like Hungary, Poland, Slovakia. The admission process is less complex than US/Other EU countries. There is however, a terrifyingly low graduation rate of less than 50% (generally). Financially on average it costs $200-300K USD in total (tuition, living expense, everything).
So then I reach the conclusion that an Italian school is still my best bet, in the end. Quality of education is on par with good Eastern European schools, total cost is half or ⅓, and higher degree completion rates.
(*1) This is based on the fact that most of the world’s best talent head to the US, not just in medicine but in the greater part of education. Whether US is #1 is an incredibly broad question requiring clear definition of the vague meaning of “best”, applying/adjusting the question to each specialty, collecting world scale statistics and extensive analysis.
MemberApril 2, 2021 at 3:31 am85 Community Points936 MediCoins
Precisely as you said, couldn’t have said it much better!
Yes, that’s what I meant. Their structure is not limited and its tailored to flexibility and adaptation. Moreover, unlike most prestigious universities, access to Yale is not solely targeted at the “rich” families, but to the brightest and experienced students.
Awwww, well there’s always another university where you can get accepted without intense academic requirements. As long as you don’t give up, you’ll get there.
That seems like a fitting summary! It’s evident you’ve done your research. I guess you better start learning some Italian then.😁
MemberApril 3, 2021 at 11:07 am365 Community Points825 MediCoinsFirst Lions: The First 1,000 Lions
Yes, I have heard that Yale’s system grant’s freedom and authority to the students themselves in how they desire to pursue their degree. You’re right, it’s not just about the prestige. The focus should be on the quality; of the education, the students (like passion and natural fit to pursue medicine).
Hey, I’m genuinely happy about my choice to go to Italy 😉 I feel extremely blessed that there was even an option for me, given the numerous hurdles I have: academic struggles, lack of finance, age requirements. I’m so ready to go, would hop on a plane right now if I could 😉
Thank you so much for your response Gabz, I always appreciate it <3
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