anything like me, being a doctor is all you’ve ever dreamed about since
you were a kid. From your first toy stethoscope and toy doctor’s kit, to
the medical shows on TV, you lived to become a doctor.
the traditional route to try to get into med school. College with
a pre-med major, the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), lots
of extra-curricular and community activities. While my grades and
scores were above average, they weren’t “superior.” Lastly,
I lacked the tacit factors that could swing an admission -- no family member
who was a doctor, not rich, and I lacked political or other influence.
Not the best
profile for med school admission. With that kind of a given, the
odds of getting into med school were near zero.
But does that
mean I would make a bad doctor?
|Not in my
eyes, so, as I really loved medicine I went and applied anyway.Spent good
money in application fees to get the standard“SORRY, BUT TRY AGAIN
NEXT YEAR"reply. Of course, to be perfectly honest, even if by
some miracle I HAD gotten accepted, I’m not quite sure I
knew where I’d have gotten the money to afford going!
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So I put the
idea of going to med school“on the shelf.” Twenty years later I
dusted it off! I discovered a medical university where the annual tuition
is $3,500, where classes are taught in English where the MCAT isn’t required
and where my age(41 at the time)wasn’t considered a liability, but an asset.
|Yes, an asset!
And, upon graduation, I can sit for the US Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE)
to practice in the States.
No, the University
isn’t in the US. It’s in Ukraine, which is in Eastern Europe at Lviv
State Medical University.
overseas med schools before, but many of them required studying in a foreign
language, which I just didn’t want to do. And again, the cost, while
less than in the States, was still way up there.
But this program
was “just what the doctor ordered."
I am now happily
ensconced in medical school, studying hard and learning an awful lot about
healing people who are ill. I look forward to graduating in another
two years and practicing real medicine somewhere in the world where doctors
are truly needed.
you? Where would you like to practice medicine? What specialty
would you like to develop?
Since my arrival
at Lviv State Medical University, I have been responsible for bringing
over other students to study here. Some are fresh out of high school
and college, others have a Ph.D., and others came with their family!
Young and older, male and female, married and single, all came to study
Some have washed
out, some realized medicine was not for them, others transferred, and the
rest continue their studies to reach their goals of becoming doctors.
Like most everything else in life, you get out what you put into it!
Cost of living
here is about $200 per month which includes either a dorm room or a studio
apartment nearby, meals, and restaurant dining once or twice a week.
Most everything can be had here in Lviv, from clothes, electronics, and
medicines to discos, ethnic restaurants, and gambling casinos.
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