Studying Medical Abroad

Reeturaj Goswami
Medicine has always been a lucrative and noble profession around the world. Medical is a profession aimed towards promoting a healthier society in general, requires the course structure to be designed with utmost caution.
The increasing demand for good quality healthcare and medicine has created a shortage of good doctors across the world. The increasing number of students is now considering Europe as the best aboard destination to study Medical. Developing countries like India are investing a huge amount in the upliftment of the conditions of healthcare. In the last decade, the whole medicine industry has undergone a massive change worldwide in terms of services delivered and ideas exchanged. The need to produce qualified doctors and medical researchers is recognised world over. This recognition is one of the reasons for the increase of graduate scholarships for medical students.
Some of the prominent courses one can pursue in medicine are Orthodontics, Neurologist, Ophthalmology, Cardiology, Orthopaedics, Dermatology and Physiotherapy. One other course which is the favourite of many people across the globe is Nursing. So, there are a plethora of options one can choose from to pursue medicine.
Once it is decided that you want to pursue a career as noble as Healthcare and Medicine, it is even more important to select the best universities that offer benefits like best infrastructure, highly qualified faculties and also the ones that offer a scholarship. To study medicine abroad is a good option for some, but won’t be right for everyone. The UK, Australia, France, Germany, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, USA are the top ten countries to study medicine.
United States of America
The US attracts maximum of medical aspirants every year from almost every other country in the world. The statistical figures are a proof that show the increasing number of medical researchers at the US. However, the conversion possibility is very difficult for international students. It requires perseverance and determination to get in the US for medical and healthcare course. Some of the best colleges of The US for medicine are Harvard University, Johns Hopkins, Stanford, MIT and UCLA.
Oxford University, Imperial College of London, University College of London and King’s College of London are the best medical institutions making the biggest impact. Medicine is one of the most competitive fields in the United Kingdom, and many international students look at The United Kingdom as one of the most sought after destinations to pursue medicine. The competition is very hard for international students but those who clear it get a rewarding career.
While The US and The UK are considered to be the most desired locations for medical studies, Australia, too, is steadily picking up pace as an emerging destination. Some of the best colleges and universities for medicine are University of Melbourne, University of Sydney and Monash University.
It is one of the most sought after destinations for aspirants from India. The number of medical institutions is increasing rapidly, since 2014. Some of the best institutions in China like China Medical University, Dalian Medical University are offering the maximum seats.
The application process for medicine studies in China starts in October and the duration of the MBBS programme is similar to that of India.
Beside the above mentioned options, some other locations that can be considered for healthcare and medicine are Canada, Singapore, Netherlands and Singapore.
Russia is also a destination that can be considered as it provides low cost healthcare and medicine courses. It is one of the most challenging degrees you will be signing up for in another country. It takes about five to six years of your life to complete this degree. Nevertheless, the rewards for studying medicine are immense.
(The author is Product Head – International Education
Desk Pratham Education, New Delhi)