If you are planning to make an application to medical school, don’t just limit yourself to those in your home country. Here are five medical schools, across four continents for you to consider.
Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Since the first 60 students started at the Faculty of Medicine of The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1981, the medical school has come a very long way.
During this time it has established various specialist centers conducting research and developing life saving treatments; the most recent being the cancer trials unit and drug development unit. T
he coming academic year will be the first year of the new six year programme designed for form six high school students, the extra year allowing them to take extra university core and elective modules in addition to those provided by the faculty.
For years two to six, the structure is similar to that of the current five year programme. From 2013 the majority of medical students will enter the six year programme with the possibility for exceptional candidates to enter year two.
Medical students can look forward to gaining clinical experience at The Prince of Wales Hospital – the university’s purpose-built teaching hospital.
Not only does the medical school train new doctors to exceptionally high standards, it works with the local community, for example providing free medical services for the poor.
Healthy minds and bodies work best together, so it is not surprising that a number of staff and students from the medical school take part in marathons every year.
King’s College London School of Medicine, London
The medical school at King’s College London was founded in 1829 and is now the largest healthcare trainer in Europe.
Here students can look forward to access to high-tech patient simulator facilities with mock wards and operating theatres before they get hands on experience at the world famous Guy’s, St Thomas’s and King’s College Hospitals.
If students wish to broaden their horizons they can also study additional modules in humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.
As the medical school at King’s College is twinned with 12 other medical schools around the world, it allows opportunities for exchanges between students. King’s College School of Medicine is also home to 10 internationally acclaimed research units and it was in 1988 that Sir James Black, a researcher here, won the Nobel Prize for Physiology.
Students also have access to the Gordon Museum of Pathology – the fasting growing pathology collection in the UK.
Harvard Medical School, USA
Founded in 1782, this world renowned medical school in Boston is the source of no less than nine Nobel Prizes from its researchers. With over 11,000 scientists, researchers, practicing physicians and academics, this medical school is a real fountain of knowledge and expertise, which its students can tap into.
Leading the way in teaching, research and patient care it’s no surprise that the medical school gets over 5000 applicants for just 165 places each year. In 2006, Harvard Medical School began implementing the New Integrated Curriculum, which aims to further increase the rigour of the teaching it offers, basing it on student needs and allowing all students to develop specialist knowledge in one area of particular interest through in depth project work.
The Faculty of medicine, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
With over 7 applications per place at The University of Auckland’s medical school, it’s understandable when it is within the top 1% of universities for medical education, not just for teaching and research, but also the support offered to its students.
During the six year course students are encouraged to broaden their experiences through undertaking training in hospitals and the community outside of the area of Auckland, with options in year five and six to take overseas electives. Medical students here will spend a significant time during the course learning about the health needs of the native Maori people.
In 2009, the Centre for Brain Research was opened at the medical school, which is amongst the biggest neuroscience research centres in the Southern Hemisphere.
The medical school also recently opened the award winning medical science learning centre, which provides essential help in the development of students’ clinical skills and with so much opportunity for exercise outdoors students won’t need health insurance with gymn membership.
The First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University in Prague
The First Faculty of Medicine at Prague’s Charles University holds the claim of not just the oldest and largest, but the most prestigious medical school in the Czech Republic.
It was established in the 14th century and has over 3000 students. The medical degree from Charles University is recognised and respected in both the European Union and United States. Teaching can be provided in Czech or English, so don’t worry if Czech is not your mother tongue, though learning the native language is strongly encouraged and necessary for your time on clinical placements.
Research is very much alive and well at the university, with involvement in both national and international projects. Not only do you get to study at a world class university in Prague, but it is a beautiful city steeped in history.