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Hey, I’m a sophomore at an undergraduate program in Texas (I’m a US citizen with a US passport). I’m currently completing pre medical requirements with an Interdisciplinary Degree (foundations in natural sciences and arts and humanities, with a concentration in health).

I want to go medical school in Central Europe, specifically in Prague, in the Czech Republic, Charles University. There is an English medical program I’d like to be a part of, which would be of great help until I build a strong foundation in Czech. After getting my medical degree, I’d like to stay in the EU and live and practice medicine there.

My question is, does anyone know how the medical program works in the Czech Republic? Ive found it somewhat difficult to find information online. Here are some specific questions I have:

1) What is the medical degree called in the Czech Republic? Is it an MD/DO like in the US or Canada? Or is it an MBBS like in the UK?

2) What does a surgical residency look like in the Czech Republic? How many years is the average program? What are the hours like?

3) After earning the medical degree, is it common for students to pursue a pHD in the Czech Republic? Or do most students go straight into residency? Is there a drawback to spending more time earning an extra degree?

4) After residency, what is the way to further specialize in the Czech Republic? Is there a fellowship program like in the US?

5) I’d like to complete my undergraduate program here in Texas, USA and earn my bachelors prior to applying, is it true that I could spend less time in medical school in the Czech Republic? I’ve heard of students who completed their pre medical requirements during their Bachelors only spending 3-4 years in the medical school there, as opposed to the regular 6 year program.

6) What is the percentage of non traditional medical students in the Czech Republic? As medical students there enter the program out of high school, I’m interested to know how many people will be closer to my age if I’m in my late 20s by the time I apply. Is there a stigma against non traditional students on the application boards?

Sorry for the block of text, but I’d also like to hear from any other American/Canadian students who became medical students in the EU, especially Central Europe! I don’t know many people taking this path, and it would be amazing to make some friends!

Thank You
 

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Do you plan on practicing in the Czech Republic?
Yes, after getting my medical degree, I’d like to practice in the EU! I’m not sure whether or not I’d like to stay in the Czech Republic specifically, but I would like to stay in the EU.
 

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I want to see some more feedback with this

I wonder if OP got into medical school in Europe

I’m also literally had the same interest as the OP.
 

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This is a very well thought out and fascinating inquiry. Any more willing to take a stab at an answer?
 
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I graduated from Charles University and am now a PGY1 in the states. I'm not sure I'll be able to answer everything from the original post, but if anyone still wants some more info on this school please let me know!
 
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I graduated from Charles University and am now a PGY1 in the states. I'm not sure I'll be able to answer everything from the original post, but if anyone still wants some more info on this school please let me know!
Hey! I recently got accepted to Charles University 2nd Faculty and was wondering if I was able to talk to you about your experience. I'm a US citizen who is mostly interested in pursuing residency in the states following my MD.

I would really appreciate a response to the following questions:
  • What Charles faculty did you graduate from?
  • How many students from your year opted for residency in the US vs. how many actually matched?
  • Average USMLE score/pass rate at your Charles faculty?
  • Whether their research and teaching facilities were up to your standards
  • Were your professors helpful and guiding?
  • Did you receive help from the university regarding USMLE prep or obtaining US clinical experience (perhaps they provided Kaplan USMLE courses, allowed you to undertake externships during the academic year in the US?)
!!!Any pros vs. cons would be super beneficial to me as I am currently choosing between Charles and Jagiellonian University in Poland, and Hacettepe University in Turkey.

Thank you!! And hope to hear back from you soon!!
 
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