In the United States, it is common for many college students to spend all or part of their Junior year abroad, but studying for your medical degree abroad in one of the top programs is an equally smart decision. In addition to getting a fresh perspective, you may also benefit from favorable exchange rates, improved language skills, and access to cutting edge techniques and research not yet available in the US. Here are some of the top medical schools to study at overseas.
If you are planning to live and work in a major metropolitan area where there is a large Latino population after you graduate, it may make sense for you to hone your skills in a Spanish-speaking medical program. This will enable you to speak fluently with your patients, and deepen your appreciation of their cultural and religious beliefs. The Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara (UAG) School of Medicine has relatively lenient admissions standards when compared to top US med school programs, but that has more to do with cultural differences than overall quality of education. This makes it a good place to attend if you do not want to attend the medical schools in the US.
Oxford and Cambridge, see below, are the two top universities in the UK, and rank very highly when compared to the other top universities around the world. As an added bonus, Oxford offers an accelerated course for students looking to get their degree fast. This intensive four-year medical course is targeted towards college graduates who are already trained in applied or experimental sciences. Clinical and pre-clinical programs are also offered.
Cambridge’s School of Clinical Medicine is a worldwide leader in clinical and medical research, making it the perfect place to study abroad if you plan on being a researcher, rather than a GP. The department of medicine at the university dates all the way back to 1540, when Henry VIII endowed the University’s first “Professorship of Physic,” Dr. John Blyth. The solid foundation in clinical research and medicine will enable graduates to stay abreast of cutting edge medical science developments during their education, ensuring that they are equipped to tackle future problems with the most innovative techniques.
If your area of specialization has to do with prosthetics or elder care, this medical program will be right up your alley. With such a strong emphasis on robots and next-gen electronics, as well as the cultural desire to respect and care for ones’ elders, studying at the top-ranked Japanese medical college is the logical choice.
The Faculty of Medicine at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec was founded in 1829. It was McGill’s first faculty and the first medical faculty in Canada. It is widely recognized as the best medical school in Canada. With a favorable exchange rate and classes held in English, but with plenty of chances to practice your French skills, this is a logical choice for any student who wishes to practice on the US-Canadian border or in a Francophone nation. The official website for the faculty notes that the school has been at the forefront of “breakthroughs in areas such as as biomedical science, epigenetics, neuroscience and stem cells and regenerative medicine. Recent discoveries include the identification of genes that lead to breast cancer, memory loss, spina bifida and type-2 diabetes.”