Foreign MD Training: Vita-Salute San Raffaele
A lot of my classmates have always known what they wanted to be when they grew up – some have been doctors for Halloween every October since they were 5, others took their first steps right through the middle of an OR without touching so much as a single sterile field. I, on the other hand, have been petrified of anything with a needle point or stethoscope since the precise moment when some evil being in a white coat held me by my ankles, slapped my newborn baby booty and shouted “It’s a GIRL!” at my parents.
I didn’t decide until well into college that medical school was what I wanted to do next, so to say I was unprepared when I applied at the same time as my fellow pre-meds would be an understatement. I got one interview that year, followed closely by one rejection and a large dose of reality that left me wondering what to do next.
I briefly considered throwing in the towel, tossed around the idea of improving my application and reapplying, and seriously explored the world of foreign medical schools. While I would highly encourage anyone desiring to work as a doctor in the US to apply to medical school state side multiple times before going out of the country, I did find that some foreign schools had a lot to offer – especially to students who may have decided a little later in the game that medical school was their ultimate goal.
When a representative of Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan, Italy contacted me requesting my help in spreading the word about their International MD program I was a little hesitant. However, after learning about their program and curriculum, I am confident that this could be a good alternative for some of my readers, so I wanted to share the information with y’all. The program is fully integrated with US licensing exams and you can apply to US residencies upon completing the training.
This post was sponsored by Vita-Salute San Raffaele.
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I’m an Ob/Gyn resident (that means I went to medical school to become a doctor) and now I'm working like a crazy person to learn my trade before I'm on my own in the wild. Once upon a time I birthed a couple of babies of my own, they're friggin' adorable twin toddlers now. My life story through November 2010 can be viewed here. The events in the many years following can be summed up as wedding bells, books, exams, babies, and doctoring. I only started this blog in hopes of landing a role in a Lifetime movie so I could quit medicine and move to Hollywood, so if you wouldn't take medical advice from Angelina Jolie, you shouldn't take it from me. I may not even be a real person. In fact, I'm probably a spambot. Or possibly a 15 yo boy blogging from a dingy basement. If you're really interested you can read more about me here. If you have any questions or want to guest post contact me.