Medicine is one of the most sought after career in healthcare; it is intriguing and provides a virtual insight into human evolution, the body, biology and life functions. Although the road to a medical career is a tough one characterized by intense study hours, years of professional study, college tuition fees, student consultation hours and tough university entry requirements, it is also a fulfilling career that demands full dedication, some good reasons for studying medicine are the excellent career prospects, highly prestigious, humanitarian benefits, life changing benefits, job satisfaction, challenging and dynamic work structure.
There are numerous job opportunities with over 60 areas of specialism in medicine, in recent years; the medical sector has experienced a surge in employment opportunities from hospitals, institutes, public health, research centres to global travel medicine such as Doctors Without Borders, Medical Tourism and WHO.
You must be highly skilled and properly trained in theory and practical medicine to embark on this career path, there are lots of schools where you can study medicine abroad as a Nigerian student, but you should consider these areas before applying to study
- Preliminary school certificates, i.e. WAEC, NECO, University 100 Level transcripts
- Undergraduate Bachelor degree from an accredited institution
- English language proficiency tests, i.e. IELTS, TOEFL, PEARSON CBT
- A local language proficiency for the chosen county of study, i.e. German, Italian, Spanish, etc
- Previous work experience in the country’s health sector
- A strong financial sufficiency rounding up to about $200,000
- Letters of recommendation
- University transcripts
- Application fees
- Entry exams such as MCAT, etc
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Here are 10 of the best international universities to consider when applying to medical school
It was established in 1782, making it the third oldest in the world. The school’s main quadrangle in Boston houses 146 tenured and tenure-track faculty members in basic and social science departments as well as classrooms where students spend their first two years of medical school. The Faculty of Medicine includes more than 11,000 individuals working to advance the boundaries of knowledge in labs, classrooms and clinics. Harvard Medical School has affiliation agreements with 16 of the world’s most prestigious hospitals and research institutes.
This is the academic medical teaching and research arm of Johns Hopkins University. It is affiliated with the Johns Hopkins Hospital, which is its major teaching hospital, and other medical hospitals such as the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Howard County General Hospital, Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, and Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C.
This is a research medical university in Solna, Stockholm, Sweden. The institution, which has around 50 professors, 6,000 students, is located close to the Karolinska University Hospital. Most of the programmes taught include clinical training, biosciences, nutrition, physiology, cell and molecular biology, etc within the healthcare system.
McGill has been directly partnered with many teaching hospitals for decades, and also has a history of collaborating with many hospitals in Montreal. McGill has a lot of affiliated teaching hospitals which includes the Montreal Children’s Hospital, the Montreal General Hospital, the Montreal Neurological Hospital, the Montreal Chest Institute and the Royal Victoria Hospital which are all now part of the McGill University Health Centre.
This is a public research university in Camden, London. It is specialized in public health, infectious diseases, and tropical medicine and a constituent college of the University of London. It is excellent in research, postgraduate teaching and advanced training in national and international public health and tropical medicine, and forms informing policy and practice in these areas.
This university comprises of 22 institutes and holds an affiliation to the University Hospital Heidelberg. Its medical degree program comprises of two years of basic science, followed by the first of the two steps of the German medical licensing examination, and four years of clinical studies.
The Faculty of Medicine and Surgery was established in 1924. This top ranking institute offers bachelor, master, and doctoral-level degrees, as well as medical specialization training. The faculty has an academic and research staff of about 700, and enrols mostly 1500 new students each year.
This is a public research university established in 1971; it is located in Paris, France. It has 57 research units, about 125 laboratories, including mixed units such as UPMC – INSERM (French National Institute for Health and Medical Research), UPMC-CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research, PPF and UPR (Internal Research Unit) teams, forming part of the UPMC ‘life and health’ research sector. The faculty of medicine offers courses for the 3 cycles of medical studies: from PCEM1 (given within the faculty) to the 3rd cycle including DES (Diploma in Specialized Studies in Medicine), DESC (Diploma of Complementary Specialized Studies), DU (University Diploma) and DIU (Inter University Diploma).The faculty also offers paramedical courses: speech therapy, psychomotricity, orthoptics and a midwifery school.
The Faculty of Medicine has three campuses (Hospital Clínic, Bellvitge and Saint Joan de Déu), three tertiary level university hospitals, eight hospitals associated with high quality care, teaching and research, 22 primary care centres with the necessary teaching and research infrastructure in libraries, dissection rooms, research and practical laboratories, computer rooms, study rooms, communication skills laboratories, clinical skills laboratories and facilities to simulate critical care.
This university consists of the Erasmus Medical Centre, the Institute of Health Policy and Management (iBMG) and the Institute for Medical Technology Assessment (iMTA). The biomedical department plays a major role in the field of genomics (analysis of genes and proteins) and bioinformatics.
Other top ranking medical schools in the world include:
- Lund University, Sweden
- Cardiff University, Wales
- Seoul National University, South Korea
- University of Sydney, Australia
- University of Edinburgh, UK
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