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elective in Korea: where?

Discussion in 'China and Eastern Asia' started by ArcadiaFoxx, May 20, 2010.

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  1. ArcadiaFoxx

    ArcadiaFoxx

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    I am a medical student from Berlin in my third year and I'd like to do this year's elective term in South Korea. Propably Radiology, Anaesthesia or Neurosurgery.
    Right now, I have the opportunity to go to
    - Asan Medical Center in Seoul, in Songpa-Du, though they seem to have several hospitals in different areas of Seoul

    - Seoul National University in Seoul, in Jongno-gu or Dongsung-Dong (?)

    - Gachon / Gil Medical College in Incheon

    I am not sure which one I should pick - could somebody please give me some advice? Which clinic / university is would you recommend? And, of course, which area of Seoul would be the most interesting to stay? Seems to be a huge city, so I will propably spend a lot of time in the areas around the hospital...and I have no idea which of these clinics is in the most interesting neighborhood, or close to one.

    Thanks much for your help!

    Kind regards from Berlin

    ArcadiaFoxx
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    Seoul National University medical school is the Harvard medical school of Korea. Asan medical center is owned and operated by Hyundai conglomerate family. Asan is also a top notch medical center as well. Asan's heart transplant program is world reknown.

    Seoul National University medical school is located in the north part of Seoul. It's the traditional area of Seoul, so there are lots of traditional building and palaces along with high rise buildings. Also, there are many universities near by, so there are many cool hang out spots.

    Asan medical center is located in the south side of Seoul. South side is new and modern with lots of high rise buildings.

    I would not recommand Incheon.

    Good luck.
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  3. ArcadiaFoxx

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    Thanks for your help and the information!

    Sounds like both Asan and SNU could be interesting, but I think I might go for SNU...not sure yet, also have to wait for the final confirmation.

    Bit worried about accomodation, though. Seems like I'd have to pay at least 600 USD/month for a bed in a twin room in a dorm with public bathroom at SNUCM.
    That's why I had Incheon in mind: They have a cooperation with my college, and I could get accomodation for 200 USD for a whole month there. I am sure that Seoul is definately more exciting (and I'd prefer to stay there), but are there any other reasons why you wouldn't recommend Incheon? I heard Seoul is easily accesible via a subway.
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    Seoul is the epicenter of the entertainment, economy and government. Think of Seoul as a combination of Los Angeles, New York city and Washington D.C. Enough said.
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    I am sure that Seoul is much more exciting than Incheon. But I thought it might stay in Incheon because I can get very low-priced accomodation there, and I have some difficulties with getting affordable accomodation in Seoul.

    I thought that Seoul is easy to reach from Incheon in about an hour?
    Has anybody heard anything about Gachon / Gil Medical college in Incheon?

    But I'd also be glad if anybody could recommend me an affordable accomodation option in Seoul. Thanks!
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    OK, I'm a medical student in South Korea.

    I dont know if it's a bit too late post but.. I'll post what I know.

    SNU and Asan both are the best medical providers in Korea.

    Either is fine and is well reknown here.

    As for the accomodation for living, there are cheap places you could live in without going to Incheon.

    The subway and bus system is very advanced in Korea, so its true it takes about an hour from Incheon to Seoul.

    However, its not much cheaper in Incheon than Seoul. You could still get a bed for living for about... 400$ or cheaper in the "University Area"

    Email or phone me if you have any other questions. 010-4651-5417/ [email protected]

    by the way, Asan is in 5 o'clock position and SNU 12 hour, and Incheon is in the West side, so it takes about two hours from Incheon to asan. not so fun
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    Thank you very much for the info.
    Unfortunately, I wasn'T able to go to Korea this summer for personal reasons, but I might try again next year.

    I think I prefer SNU.

    Would be great if I could get back to you then with some questions about Seoul when I finally get the chance to make the trip!
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    Hi there,
    Where would I be able to apply for elective in Korea? Are there websites for Asan or Soeul National University?
    Thanks =)
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    Asan pays the most here even during residency or internship...
    According to the recent news report regarding internship and residency...
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    For those that have gone to the elective, can you explain a little bit of your experience in Korea?

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