Medicine is, without a doubt, one of the most demanding academic specialties, involving a great deal of responsibility. Some people take the view that studying abroad, especially such a difficult major as medicine, can complicate a student’s life. This article seeks to describe what awaits a medical student as they work their way towards their desired profession. We also want to make the Polish education system more transparent for foreign applicants wishing to study medicine.
Some key information on Polish medical universities
The good news is that Polish medical universities follow the latest trends in medicine and education and implement them in their courses. Many medical schools in Poland also collaborate with foreign universities, sharing experiences and supporting student exchange programmes. Adapting to international standards has enabled many of the country's medical universities to receive international accreditations (you can check on the accreditation of particular universities here). Polish diplomas are recognized by the USA, Canada, Europeans countries, and more. As the demand for good medical specialists grows, Polish universities are receiving state and foreign funding. Many of them are investing in infrastructure and general education quality. In addition, Poland is a member of the European Union, and a signatory to the Bologna Process which uses the established European Credit Transfer and System (ECTS). This enables medical schools, like many other universities in Poland, to provide students with the opportunity to travel to another European country on an exchange programme for study or internship. Such exchanges take place within a simplified system that does not require additional recognition of student performance.
What does medical education in Poland look like?
Medical studies in Poland last 6 years, after which the student receives a Master's degree. Depending on the specialty and university, the period of study may vary. After receiving the diploma, the graduate undergoes an obligatory internship (13 months) after which she or he earns the right to practice fully independently as a doctor. In the first few years (usually the first 3 years), students study so-called preclinical subjects - anatomy, histology, biology, chemistry, etc. In senior courses, the curriculum includes clinical subjects. Classes are usually held in hospitals and combine theory and practice. After completion, the student is allowed to work with patients (recording their medical history, performing examinations, etc.). Many universities are famous for their scientific associations, whose members can share knowledge and bolster their professional development.
It is also worth noting that Poland offers quality medical education at an affordable price. This has made Poland one of the leading countries in Europe in terms of the number of foreign students seeking such an education abroad.
If you have any questions about studying medicine in Poland, don’t hesitate to ask us. We will be happy to help!