Is it worth studying Medicine in China or Russia? This question can be better answered if we first look into the scenario present in India in regard to the demand and supply of qualified doctors, About the accessibility of a medicine seat here and then compare it to studying MBBS in other countries, especially Russia and China, We will also talk about the various advantages and the limited disadvantages of studying medicine in those countries.
Firstly talking about India, There is a shortage of 10 Lakh doctors in the country. There are 6 Lakh doctors against a requirement of 16 Lakh.
here there are only 41,570 seats for MBBS, but every year around 11 lakh students appear in various all India and state pre medical tests
Only 340 Medical Colleges are there in India, out of them approximately 180 are Private, and 160 are Government colleges
India was marked 67th among other developing countries, but in the case of doctor-population ratio one doctor for every 2000 individuals approximately.
In India total 10 Lakh students appear in various entrance examinations out of that, hardly 20% clears the exam. At this rate, it is the wonder that Russia and China have become a favorite destination for Indian MBBS students. The Curriculum of the medicine courses taught in Russia and China are at par with other leading Universities in the world.
Let us start our analysis with Russia: There are around 5000 Indian Studying in Russia, around 80% are medical students, there is a Vibrant Indian Community present in Russia, so it’s a very safe country for Indians. Moreover, the diplomatic relations between the countries is very cordial. Russia considers India as one of the most grounded partners. Famous Russian universities for medicine are Moscow state medical academy, Russian state medical academy, and Kursk state medical academy.
Now as far as the degree is concerned, even if Students complete their MBBS degree from any part of the world, they have to give MCI(Screening Test) to validate or practice in India. The good news is students who pass out from leading Russian Universities like Tver Medical State University, Orenburg, Kazaan, etc. have a higher passing ratio in MCI( Screening Test).
MBBS in Russia is a preferred choice for International students because of the highly subsidized fee by Russian Ministry of Health & Education as compared to other western countries. High Quality of Education combined with this low cost is one of the main reasons for choosing top medical universities of Russia for MBBS. There are almost 60 medical schools in Russia. The teacher to student ratio is one teacher to 7 students in all Russian Medical Universities. International students are allowed to work for 15 hours in a week by the Russian Government. They can work full-time in vacations. A part-time job is sufficient for a student to meet their living costs.
Benefits Of MBBS In Russia For Indian Students:
· No Entrance exam & No Donation.
· The Admission Procedure is very easy
· Subsidised tuition Fees.
·Degrees provided by Medical Universities of Russia are recognized world wide.
· High Standard of Living
· Indian food is available in most of the Universities.
A major problem faced by the students finishing MBBS from Russia would be: 1) passing in the MCI screening test, which is mandatory for students who have done their MBBS outside India to practice in the country.
2) The second constraint faced by students enrolling into MBBS in Russia would be the language, even though the students enrolled themselves in all English, students claimed that not many teachers were very conversant in English
It not only about Russia, As per Medical Council of India any Indian Student who completes their MBBS in a foreign country has to appear & clear MCI screening test to practice in India. This examination is conducted twice a year & there is no cap for appearing in this examination.
STUDYING MEDICINE IN CHINA: Now let us look at the various advantages of studying in China.
1. Solid economy and stable society: Economically, China is among the strongest countries in the world. Economically, China is among the most grounded nations on the planet. The nation is not confronting any internal security issues and furthermore has an astounding infrastructure.
2 .Innumerable choices: There are several medicinal schools and colleges in China offering instruction to a huge number of understudies, both foreign and local, so a lot of alternatives to browse. These include some of the leading medical schools in the world, such as Fudan University and Peking University. Around all of China’s medical schools are registered in the IMED (International Medical Education Directory).
3. Low tuition fees: Tuition Fees for a medical course is very low, It would cost you around $ 1800 approximately.
4. Study traditional medicine in addition to modern techniques of medicine: In addition to teaching modern medicine, Chinese medical schools also teach students, traditional medicine and ancient medical techniques such as acupuncture. This does not happen in other countries and is an excellent opportunity to broaden your understanding and Knowledge.
Last but not the least, China is a large country to explore It is brimming with natural and artificial wonders, and by studying in China, you get a chance to explore at least some of these. You’re likely envisioning a college in Beijing or Shanghai, with all those skyscrapers and occupied streets, but there’s so much more to the country, that you need to go there and experience.
1. The students need to learn the Chinese language as an additional subject up to HSK-4
Level to ensure interaction with the patients in the hospital. The language is a part of the program, and there is no extra charge, but it is not similar to English by any stretch of the imagination.
2. China has over 35% of the colleges in MCI affirmed list which is “C” review and offers low-quality instruction and experience. It makes it compulsory to choose the college painstakingly.
3. .English speaking capability and accents are not of high quality. Making it troublesome for the students to understand till they have learned HSK-2 level
4. In the hospitals, international students are not permitted to touch the patients during an internship and instead they have to be a mere eyewitness.
5. The students are trained with only dummies and not dead bodies making it difficult for the students as it limits the student’s practical learning.
6. After an MBBS from China, the students have to give MCI screening Test.
Thus it might be concluded that it is not a bad idea to pursue Medicine from China or Russia, Provided you don’t get a medical seat here in India