India is renowned for its fascination over the Medical education which is increasing every year in spite of the tough competition and NEET mandatory policies of the MCI. The doctor’s dreams of young India endeavoring to attain a medical seat in Indian Government and Private medical colleges amplified to 16.8 lac people for 2020. Unfortunately for the medical aspirants the total college seats available in India for all the categories only 83,000 and the reservation system is an identified hurdle.
This huge gap in between the no. of medical seats and the NEET applicants, nearly 16 lac medical aspirants cannot get the medical admissions in India. All the students those are unable to get the medical seat for the academic year will be devastated, on viewing of their crashed dreams. Some takes the failure and join the other courses available in India whereas few extend their battle for the next academic year by joining long term NEET coaching.
A few hundreds of NEET qualified medical aspirants that are unwilling to wait for one more year will look for the best available alternatives to study medicine and their best HOPE is studying MBBS Abroad. Since two decades there are plenty of Indian medical aspirants migrating to various countries to study medicine abroad. The choices of countries that are offering medical education to Indian students are not only increased in number, but also in offering of attractive fee packages.
The countries list extended from well developed countries with high fee packages but world class education like USA, UK, Europe, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore and so to developing countries with budget fee packages like China, Russia, Philippines, Bangladesh, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Georgia, Poland, Armenia, Nepal and so.
The countries those are to be chosen as well as the pros and cons of that country and the university or college considered to study varies. When a student is about to choose a country for his medical education there lays plenty of opportunities and vast number of variables in consideration. One need to understand all the available pros and cons of the country and college prior to select an institution to study. As the choice of the Institution and the education system, values and exam patterns, discipline, country’s culture and budget plays a pivotal role in the future of the Medical Aspirant. Decision making in this is a very critical and crucial for their future…………therefore pre consideration of all pros and cons definitely will help to achieve success.
Pros of studying MBBS Abroad
1. No Donation
For studying MBBS in abroad Indian medical students only need to pay the admission/enrolment fees of the concerned colleges and there are no donations or capitation fees payment required. The admission to the medical colleges abroad also required an assistance of genuine authorized consultant help to support the VISA and enrolment procedures that comes with a nominal fee which is not a big issue for the students that are willing to study abroad.
2. Plenty of Seats
MBBS in abroad colleges made easy to plenty of Indians by the reason that getting a seat or enrolling into medicine is easy comparing with the limited 83,000 seats that are allotted through NEET ranks, Reservations and bulk amounts on B, C category seats. Any NEET qualified student can join medicine abroad without any hurdle to most of the colleges especially for pre-medicine.
3. Budget friendly
All together over all course fees and other living expenses for all the 5/6 years of medical course in abroad is very cost effective based on the choice is made to the countries. If the countries decided like US, UK, Europe and Australia the total fee and the cost of living might be comparatively equal to that of the B or C category seats of the Indian medical colleges. In order to get budget friendly medical course one should carefully select a country that is best in both providing educational standards as well as the cost of living.
4. Global Exposure
Students studying abroad initially might be very unwilling to live in the new environment and also very distant from their family, but it gives them a very good exposure to the global environment. They will have a clear exposure to all the latest clinical techniques and first hand exposure in their course duration helping them greatly in their future.
5. Advanced Technology
Most of the countries offering MBBS abroad are following quality and high technology to cater the needs of the local and foreign students. The extended competition in between the universities offering medical education though plenty are already equipped with high technology in teaching few also enhanced the technical standards of their colleges in order to attract and maintain the flow of the foreign students. The 3D technology or other latest advancement of labs and others like simulation human models to train are very much helpful to the medical students in gaining more exposure and expertize.
6. Case Study Based Analysis
Most of the medical colleges abroad follows case study based and interaction based studies which allows the students to get a firsthand understanding towards the diseases and the treatment methods. The case study analysis is not widely used in Indian medical colleges, which is a boon to those that are studying MBBS abroad.
7. Objective Exam Pattern
Indian examinations are all on the subjective methodology, and students are adapted to this pattern from childhood. Only for the competitive examinations they follow the objective type of question pattern like NEET, but the abroad medical colleges mostly follow this method for their day to day assignments and examinations which needed overall concept understanding. This greatly helps the students later to attempt for the PG examinations of other countries including India. Indian medical board has a proposal to instill this pattern in India, which is pending till now.
8. Strong Communication
They can experience global exposure in the international colleges with all the students studying abroad and also learn to understand the various living conditions, standards and cultures by mingling with all the international students. This makes every student to communicate with all the people and in their years of study their communication as well as their confidence levels increases by leaps and bounds.
Cons of studying MBBS abroad
1. MCI Screening Test
The Fear of most of the Indian students and parents to send their child to study abroad MBBS is the consideration that they need to write a qualifying exam once they return after the course completion. But now the licensing exam is made common to all the foreign as well as Indian medical students hence there is no variation. Qualifying any license exam needs some dedicated preparation on the part of the medical student which is not that difficult to achieve and the current statistics of pass percentage increase holds a positive impact for future aspirants.
2. Language Barriers
Learning local languages made compulsory for some countries like China, Germany, Italy, France, Ukraine and so but most of the countries English speaking skills are enough to survive. The problem for medical students arises when they are at hospitals and need to speak directly with patients in their local languages. But countries like Philippines, where 95% of population speaks English is a good way to avoid this hurdle.
3. Home Food Availability
Home country food availability is not hundred possible in the foreign country is the other major cons to all the Indian medical students. Though most of the colleges are providing their students with their home countries canteens but not in all colleges and not in all countries the facility is available. Adapting gradually to the local cuisines or to self-cook is the best available option.
4. Entrance Examinations
For Medicine or Pre-medicine admissions most of the colleges will not ask for any entrance examinations marks as criteria. But few countries will take the admissions based on the score of MCAT (North American Medical Admission Test), GAMSAT (Graduate Australian Medical School Admission Test). BCAT (Bio-Medical Admission Test), UKCAT (UK Clinical Aptitude Test), IMAT (International Medical Admissions Test) are some of the popular medical entrances globally. There are plenty of countries that are taking students without any entrance examinations which needed to be considered in making their choice.
5. Patient culture & Food Habits
Medical students should also understand the culture and food habits of the locals in order to communicate and coordinate with them. The way of their living, environment and food habits greatly impacts on their medical history.
6. Disease Variation
The tropical and non-tropical climatic conditions vary the disease occurrence and its impact on the individuals. Like learning foreign laws when entering into foreign countries learning the disease variations especially to medical students is a great hurdle to overcome.
7. Extreme Climates
Few countries are with extreme climatic conditions which are quite unfavorable for the Indian students to adapt. But there also have some countries with similar tropical climatic conditions like India, picking after proper consideration makes it easy to live in for years to study.
Pros and cons are there to every country and college, understanding the conditions properly is the most promising factor to cope up with the hurdles.