Medical Doctor: A Profession of Public Trust
The profession of a medical doctor is highly prestigious and enjoys social trust, however, there are fewer and fewer practitioners in the field. This shortage will soon be a serious problem. In July 2015, Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski Krakow University obtained the necessary entitlements to offer medical studies and commenced educating future doctors in October 2016. This was the very first non-public university in Poland to do so.
Why is it Worth Studying Medicine at Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski Krakow University?
Our studies are based on a worldwide educational experience and reflect modern trends in this field
The curriculum consists mostly of integrated modules which combine the content of different traditional disciplines. The modules related to basic sciences are based on body systems – the nervous and the muscular system, the circulatory and the respiratory system, the gastrointestinal system, the urinary and the reproductive system – and contain elements of anatomy, histology or physiology. Clinical subjects are also integrated in modules such as cardiology, gastroenterology, and endocrinology, which include topics from internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics, radiology etc. Such an approach makes it easier for students to adopt a holistic and multi-dimensional medical mindset.
Early contact with the patients combined with humanistic teaching
Starting from the first year students are exposed to patients in the module: “The first encounter with the sick person” The biological, chemical and physical aspects of medical education is complemented with more general and humanistic subjects such as “How to be a medical doctor?”, “History of medicine” and “Death as seen from a biological, social, and cultural perspective”.
Practical training comprises altogether over 1,200 hours within the course of the 5-year-long medical programme realized either in direct contact with patients (so-called bedside teaching) or in various laboratory practices (e.g. microscopical laboratory, biochemical and diagnostic laboratory, laboratory of medical simulation, etc.) After each year of studies, students are obliged to take 4 weeks of summer clerkships amounting to 600 hours in total (20 ECTS credits). On top of it, 30 weeks of practical clinical rotations are scheduled for year 6. The summer clerkships, as well as the final clinical training in year 6, will be held at healthcare centers selected by the University. The practical skills acquired during the 6 years will be tested in an OSCE practical examination.
The programme is student-friendly, while at the same time guaranteeing that the learning outcomes defined in the Standards for medical education are met. Additionally, a study system based on tutoring ensures that students have the assistance and support of their supervisors at every stage. The University has well-equipped laboratories and a nice campus located close to the city center. Its main strength, however, is its staff, competent and friendly towards students.
Requirements for Candidates
The basis for admission to Medicine in English are the following criteria:
- results of the secondary school-leaving exam in either Biology, Chemistry or Physics or a module composed of at least one of these three subjects;
- documented command of English at B2 level, according to the standards specified by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
The secondary school-leaving exam result of 30% or higher is sufficient to take up the studies.
If the number of candidates meeting the criteria is lower than the limit of places granted to the University, other candidates not meeting this criterion may be admitted on the basis of the Rector’s decision made at the request of the Recruitment Commission.
The command of English may be confirmed by the following:
- a) the results of the secondary school-leaving exam (candidates with the new secondary school-leaving exam and a secondary school-leaving exam taken abroad)
- b) the result of the secondary school-leaving exam (candidates with the old secondary school-leaving exam)
- c) entrance exam (foreign candidates whose secondary school-leaving exam did not include English or included only an oral exam in English)
- d) one of the tertiary education diplomas or language certificates mentioned below
The documented command of English includes:
- For candidates with the new secondary school-leaving exam, the basis for admittance are the results of the written part in English – 60% or more at the advanced or bilingual level.
- For candidates with the old secondary school-leaving exam, a good grade (4.0) or higher is required for the written part covering the advanced English teaching programme.
- For the holders of the IB (International Baccalaureate) diploma, issued by the International Baccalaureate Organization based in Geneva, the admission requirement is the IB exam in English at the Higher Level (HL) – 4 points or more – which pertains to programmes with the language of instruction other than English.
- The language qualifications necessary for studying are also recognized for candidates holding the IB (International Baccalaureate) diploma, issued by the International Baccalaureate Organization based in Geneva, for whom English was the language of instruction and examination – provided that this fact is documented by the school from which the candidate has graduated. It also pertains to candidates holding the EB (European Baccalaureate) diploma or a secondary school-leaving certificate issued abroad.
- For candidates holding a secondary school-leaving certificate issued abroad, the basis for admission is a written secondary school-leaving exam in English confirming the command of English at B2 or higher level.
If a foreign secondary school-leaving certificate does not specify the level of command of English according to the CEFR, the candidate is obliged to present a certificate from the school or examination center informing about the level achieved in the exam according to the CEFR.
The entrance exam conducted at the university or at examination centers may be taken by candidates whose secondary school-leaving exam abroad did not include English as an obligatory or additional subject or whose secondary school-leaving exam in English included only the oral part.
The list of diplomas of graduating from:
- philology studies in the subject area of English Philology or Applied Linguistics,
- foreign language teacher training colleges,
- higher studies abroad, where English was the language of instruction.