Universities around the world market directly to students in India for a wide range of degree programs. Students in India with interest in earning an MBBS and going on to complete a PG to become a doctor in the USA are often targeted by universities throughout the world, including those in Russia.
While there are quality programs for students in the medical field around the world, there are also challenges in earning an MBBS in Russia. Before committing to attend a university offering an MBBS in Russia, consider your options and talk to the staff at Zordha Education.
The Challenges of Obtaining an MBBS in Russia
The focus of most Indian students, when choosing to attend medical colleges in Russia, is the low cost of tuition and living expenses. While this is an advantage, the challenges after completing a 6-year MBBS in Russia are often significant and impact the graduate’s ability to find PG placement and work.
The first obstacle is the lack of English courses in medical colleges in Russia. Many students placed in an MBBS in Russia will only have the first three years of their programs with English instruction and the last three in Russian. Patient interaction in clinical rotations will be in Russian, so learning the language becomes a priority.
Many educational consultants promoting an MBBS in Russia for Indian students imply they can complete clinical rotations that allow them to earn a PG in the USA. This is simply not the case. It is also impossible to complete an MBBS in Russia and then complete the ACGME approved Green Book clinical rotations.
Good to know :-
From 2022, USMLE Step 1 exam will be a pass or fail exam and students will not get any score or marks.
US-CE i.e. US Clinical Experience gained during Clinical Rotations in ACGME Approved Teaching Hospitals in USA is the most important and decisive factor in getting PG (Residency) in USA.
Clinical Rotations can be done only as part of a medical curriculum and never after completing MBBS.
After students study MBBS in Russia, they are still required to pass the FMGE (Foreign Medical Graduates Examination) or the MCI screening test and the NEET-PG, which will all become one exam known as the NEXT exam. This is extremely challenging, with the Indian Embassy in Moscow providing the passing percentage by medical colleges in Russia. Several of the universities offering the MBBS in Russia have a 0% pass rate, with the highest pass rate still well below 50%, and the majority at less than 20%.
Finally, students who study MBBS in Russia and manage to pass the NEXT exam are still faced with significant reductions in income. Graduates of an MBBS in Russia for Indian students are likely to earn around Rs. 35,000 to 70,000 per month and would have less than 3% chance of getting PG in India, while graduates of accredited Caribbean Medical Colleges have more than 87% chances of getting PG (Residency) in USA. It is also important to know that PG i.e. Residency in USA is absolutely free and students while doing PG (Residency) in USA earn a minimum of 50,000 USD per year as stipend. After completing PG in USA, students who have become doctors now can earn a minimum of 200,000 USD per year.
The Value of Attending a Recognized University
Zordha Education provides fact based counseling backed by research to help students select the best and recognized Caribbean Medical college. Located in beautiful islands in the Caribbean, these highly-accredited Caribbean Medical Universities offer students five years of quality medical education combined with clinical rotations in ACGME approved hospitals in the United States of America.
Throughout their academic studies, students have the opportunity to work in state-of-the-art laboratories and clinical settings. They obtain real-world experience through working at local clinics and participating in various events on campus and in ACGME approved hospitals in USA.
Graduates of Caribbean Medical Colleges have more than 87% placement rate for PG in the United States. Doctors with a degree from Caribbean Medical Colleges can be found in hospitals and practices around the world.
The advantages Caribbean Medical Colleges offer over an MBBS in Russia include the ability to complete a PG in the USA, a quality student-life experience in a beautiful island setting and a unique opportunity to earn back the entire cost of studying MBBS while doing PG (i.e. Residency) in USA.