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Irish Medical Schools

Discussion in 'General International Discussion' started by lola, Mar 29, 2002.

  1. lola

    lola Bovine Member

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    I'm considering applying to a couple of Irish medical schools next year. My stats are very good and I would most likely get into a U.S. school. I'm not applying, because I don't think I can get into a U.S. school. I am interested in studying abroad and think it would be a great experience to study in Ireland. However, I am concerned about the length of the program and the reputation of Irish schools (in the U.S.) as being a place to go if you can't get into U.S. schools. I'm also concerned that the program is 5 years rather than 4. Is anyone else out there in the same boat? <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
     
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  3. jimjones

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    Need you to clarify you first few sentances about likely getting in/not getting in to a US school.
    For be the 5 years is a bit of a pain, but certainly not a concern. You actually get a lot more time off first couple years
     
  4. mpp

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    An acquaintance of mine is there and loves it. He made the same choice you are considering...could've gotten into a U.S. school but decided to study in Ireland. Don't have much more information than that.
     
  5. leorl

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    Why don't you just do a search on SDN for Irish schools? there's a whole lot of info. on this subject. Actually, check out the "anyone hear from Ireland?" thread. tons of good info. there. Look, there really isn't much difference between 4 years and 5 years. A lot of north americans studying there end up liking it because they feel it gives them more clinical experience, thus helping them excel on the boards exams.

    1) if you apply to an Irish school, or actually the prominent foreign schools (UK, Ireland, Australia, Israel) people do not assume that you have bad grades...people generally realize that you want to experience something abroad <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> .

    2) the reputation is tremendous. You should talk to your premed advisor. IF she/he hasn't heard of RCSI or Trinity at least, I'd be very surprised.

    3) most people who apply to Irish and Australian schools probably have good enough stats to have gotten into a US school, because their requirements are not substandard to ours.

    4) in the same boat. I could get into a US school, I'll probably apply just to keep my options open. But I definitely want to go abroad. It's not the wisest option if you want to practice in the US, but those who make the decision usually feel it's something they have to do. Be prepared to answer exactly why you want to study abroad (besides the obvious :) ).
     
  6. jue

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    hi leorl, i was kindda surprised to find out that you were a lady, i had always imagined that you were a guy. by the way cute pics of you and your sister.
     
  7. leorl

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    HEHEH awww thanks. That's okay, a lot of people don't realize I'm a girlie. I thought leorl was a feminine sounding name, but a lot of people just see the leo part and think I'm male. Yes, it throws a lot of people in computer land off when I say "that guys is hot!" (hence, Australia baby! :) )
     
  8. lola

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    Thanks to all of you who responded. As far as being likely to get in, I haven't taken the MCATS yet (am going to start studying soon -- ugh!!) but have a 3.7 undergrad and 3.9 grad gpa both from top schools. I have been doing health related work/school since graduating from college in 1997. Besides wanting to study abroad (I studied abroad in college and loved it), I am interested in Ireland because my boyfriend is Irish and will be moving back home in a year or so. I wouldn't be concerned about the extra year except that I will be almost 28 when I start. One year in the whole scheme of things isn't much I know, but if I decide to have a family I'd rather do it before I'm a senior citizen <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" /> Maybe my advisor will be able to give me some advice on it. If there is anyone out there who was in my same boat and is now attending an Irish school, I'd love to hear from you!
     
  9. lola

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    well yeah, of course i can't say i'd get without having my mcat scores! but assuming i don't bomb them or anything, i would have a good chance. i just got my kaplan course materials and am going to begin studying soon, so i should be in decent shape!
     

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