Every year many thousand students choose universities abroad to pursue their dream in medicine. Over ninety percent of students get admission through so-called agents, and most of them do not tell the whole truth about the university. And, after graduating from the university, a big chunk of students cannot pass the licensing exam.
Is FMGE tough?
The answer is a big NO. The main problem lies behind the scene. If you sort of these problems in advance, then no one can stop you from clearly Foreign Medical Graduate Exam (FMGE) exam or MCI screening test. Check these problems that students make in the beginning.
Choosing the wrong university
The is the first and most critical mistake made by the NEET aspirants and their parents. Over ninety percent of students get admission through so-called agents, and most of them do not tell the whole truth about the university.
After reaching there, many students feel cheated by their agents. The cheap universities advertised by these agents are low-quality universities and do not teach MBBS in English medium.
Generally, these universities teach the first one or two years of MBBS in English medium, and then the rest of the course in their official language.
Different study pattern
Most educational institutes in India teach students according to the traditional pattern. Its main objective is that teacher will teach all the matter, and students will grab it. There is no scope for creativity and real-world scenarios.
Whereas in other countries like Russia, the main focus is on Problem based learning (PBL). In the PBL pattern, students have to study themselves and prepare the topic. It gives an option to the student to use any literature or other means to prepare the lesson. Due to this, students are not dependent on the teacher. Also, it enhances creativity in the learner. The function of the teacher is limited to a guide and to provide extra information.
So, this change in the study pattern makes students laggy and have poor performance throughout the MBBS course.
Changes in the living conditions and unfamiliar culture
When the student enters a new country, there is a big change in the lifestyle. Many students have problems in adapting to the new surroundings.
Unlike in India, the students coming abroad for MBBS have to deal with everything independently. Other than studying, you have to cook food yourself, take care of your apartment or room. Also, you have to manage monthly finances yourself, and a lot of additional problems to tackle.
As a foreigner, students have to learn a new language and local culture. And most of them do not get proper guidance about these things.
No checks and balances
After entering the medical university abroad, the student has independence over everything, which is generally absent in India. And in the absence of checks and balances, he/she might tend to feel free. Because of this, some students become careless and do not study properly, which ultimately creates difficulty in passing the exam and practice in India after completing the degree!
Solution to these problems
Choose your university and consultancy wisely. Cross-check all the information before finalising the university. A decent foreign medical university with proper infrastructure and facilities usually costs around $4500-$6000, which is around Rs. 325,000 – Rs. 450,000 per year.
There are some consultancies in India which take care of student even after the admission process. Do not hesitate to spend some additional charges in the beginning to get extra services which can make big difference in the long term.