USMLE is a licensing exam conducted by the government of the USA for medical graduates and it stands for United States Medical Licensing Examination.
This examination is designed for those who wish to settle down in the United States and practice the profession of medicine.
All about steps and centers:
USMLE involves not just one but 4 tests (Step 1, Step 2 CK & CS, Step 3) to be taken at different times, so prepare your timeline accordingly.
Then take Step 2 CK which is taken during the internship phase.
Unlike these two, the Step 2 CS is a pragmatic approach towards the assessment of the candidate so you will have to reach the states and book your slot at any of the 5 centers wherein this exam is conducted.
These 5 centers are
· Atlanta, Georgia.
· Chicago, Illinois.
· Houston, Texas.
· Los Angeles, California.
· Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Then comes last but not least, the USMLE Step 3. This is the final test which involves the assessment of your ability to apply medical knowledge into the practice of medicine without any supervision.
These points are very important and you must keep them in mind while preparing for USMLE:
· If you pass all the steps of USMLE then there is a rule that you cannot attempt again for 7 years, this means the score you get while appearing for USMLE will be permanent and will decide your future so score well.
· These scores will help you in getting your preferred specialty. Also, you should Strengthen your CV through other things like LoR, Personal Statement, certificates of extra-curricular activities, etc.
After clearing Step 3, you will be working as a part of Residency programs where you will be getting a stipend ranging anywhere between 50,000–60,000 Dollars.
ECFMG certification is done when you have cleared all the steps of USMLE (Except step 3). This certification ensures that an IMG (International Medical Graduate) is now ready to take part in the fellowship and the residency programs.
Moreover, it is valid for a lifetime. However, you should not delay in entering into the residency program since the sooner the better.
The total expenditure of the USMLE test:
The cost of Step 1 & Step 2 is determined by the ECFMG while the cost for step 3 is determined by FSMB. Since it is a US-based exam, the figures will be mentioned in Dollars.
The first step is to apply for the ECFMG certification which will cost around $135.
After completing the registration exam fee for 1st two steps need to be paid which is:
For USMLE Step 1- $940
USMLE Step 2 CK- $940
3rd step is to pay exam fees for Step 2 CS which is $1580
Note: If you wish to extend the eligibility period of Step 1 or Step 2 CK, then the cost will be $80. If the candidate requires to change their test location, then the cost would be $75.
The fee for rescheduling the appointment for Step 2 CS can vary from $0 to–1,290.
The cost for a recheck of the score is $80 which applies to all the 3 exams mentioned above.
For Step 3 exam fee is $895 as confirmed by FSMB. This fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.
The trend for MBBS Abroad is increasing day by day in Indian students as MBBS in India is very expensive and there are very limited seats.
Every year more than 15 lakh students are appearing for the NEET exam and only 60-70k students can secure seats in both Government and Private College/Universities.
In private institutions budget for MBBS goes up to 1 cr which is very high and not everyone can pay that much and keeping in mind the future of student parents also need to save for post-graduation i.e MD.
So, despite all these problems MBBS Abroad is the only solution and the Indian Government has made it easier by introducing National Exit Test (NEXT) which will make everything unbiased and it’s a common licensing test to be given by all students pursuing MBBS from India and Abroad.
The quality of education in Foreign Universities for MBBS Abroad is really good and the medium of instruction is English. The best thing we like about MBBS Abroad is its focus on practical education. Now coming straight to the topic, Top 10 destinations for MBBS Abroad:
Ukraine is a country in Eastern Europe.
It shares a border with Russia on the east, Belarus on the north, Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary to the west; and Romania, Moldova, and the Black Sea to the south.
It is a Christian country with a majority population of 87.3%. The currency of Ukraine- Ukrainian hryvnia (₴) (UAH).
The capital of Ukraine is Kyiv city which is a 7-hour distance from India on a direct flight.
Ukraine is the most famous for its medical education among Indian students and here are the reason’s why:
More than 100-year-old Universities
English Medium Course
Indian Mess Availability
Good Hostel Facility
Availability of NEXT/FMGE coaching
Bologna process( Ukraine degree falls under the Bologna Process which means if you do MBBS from Ukraine your degree will be valid in whole Europe without giving any other licensing test because Krok exams are conducted in degree only)
The total duration of the MBBS course in Ukraine is 6 years.
Top 3 Universities you should prefer for MBBS in Ukraine based on our experience, student reviews, services, study wise, and considering much more factors are :
The Philippine officially the Republic of the Philippines is an archipelagic country in Southeast Asia.
Situated in the western Pacific Ocean, it consists of about 7,641 islands that are broadly categorized under three main geographical divisions from north to south: Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao.
The capital city of the Philippines is Manila and the most populous city is Quezon City.
Bounded by the South China Sea to the west, the Philippine Sea to the east, and the Celebes Sea to the southwest, the Philippines shares maritime borders with Taiwan to the north, Japan to the northeast, Palau to the east, Indonesia to the south, Malaysia and Brunei to the southwest, Vietnam to the west, and China to the northwest.
MBBS in the Philippines is popular among Indian students as a medium of instruction is English and 5000 students are currently pursuing their MBBS in the Philippines.
In the Philippines student doesn’t get admission directly in the MD course, the student first goes to the BS course whose duration is 2 years, and then he/she have to clear the NMAT test, and then only he will be promoted to MBBS Course.
The total duration of the MBBS course in the Philippines is 6 years.
Best Universities for MBBS in the Philippines are:
Angels University Foundation
AMA School of Medicine, Manila
Bicol Christian College
Our Lady of Fatima University
University of Perpetual Help
China is located in Asia and is one of the most populated countries in the World. Its capital is Beijing and it’s the world’s 3rd or 4th largest country in the area.
China is the country with the maximum number of Medical Universities that are approved by MCI/NMC.
The cost of education is very low and the course is of 6 years including a one-year internship before which you will be only able to do if you clear the language exam in the Chinese language.
Due to covid-19 admissions got effected in MBBS Universities in China and almost no one from India took admission there.
Some good Universities for MBBS in China:
Huazhong University of Science & Technology
Jilin Medical University
China Medical University
Capital Medical University
Hebei Medical University
Kyrgyzstan is an Islamic country with its 90% population as Muslims and it shares borders with Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and China.
MBBS in Kyrgyzstan is low budget and starts from 12 lakhs and goes up to 20 lakhs.
Duration of course from the year 2019 has been reduced to 5 years due to which this country has gained popularity. Food habits in Kyrgyzstan are very similar to Indians so students do not face any problem with that.
The only drawback is the poor infrastructure and lack of practical education as students practice on dummies.
Direct flight between Kyrgyzstan to India takes only 2-3 hours which is helpful for students. Some good Medical Universities in Kyrgyzstan are:
Osh State Medical University
Jalal-Abad State University
International School of Medicine
Kyrgyz State Medical Academy
Asian Medical Institute
Kazakhstan is situated in Central Asia and shares a border with China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan.
The capital of Kazakhstan is Nur- Sultan formerly known as Astana. 70.2% population in a country is the Muslim population.
Kazakhstan has become the next popular destination after Kyrgyzstan if you are looking for less duration and low budget MBBS Abroad.
Some of the reasons to pursue MBBS from Kazakhstan:
These are the reason for pursuing MBBS course in the Universities of Kazakhstan:
Duration of course
Low cost of living
No entrance test
WHO/NMC approved University
Indian food availability
Top Universities in Kazakhstan:
Kazakh National Medical University
Astana Medical University
South Kazakhstan Medical Academy
Karaganda State Medical University
Kazakh Medical University of Continuing Education
Al-Farabi Kazakh National University
Georgia is a country located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe.
88.1% population in Georgia follows Christianity. With a duration of 6-years (5 years of academic studies + 1-year internship), top MBBS universities in Georgia follow the advanced curriculum and prepare students for the future.
There are various groundbreaking inventions in the medical field in which students studied at Georgian universities have played a significant role.
MBBS in Georgia is expensive and the budget starts from 35 lakhs.
Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University
New Vision University
Akaki Tsereteli State University
David Tvildiani Medical University
Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University
LLC Caucasus International University
Tbilisi State Medical University
Geomedi Medical University
East European University
Nepal has a majority of Hindu and Buddhist population which makes it easier for Indian students to get familiar with their culture and traditions.
Staff in Medical colleges in Nepal has a significant number of Indian professors as most private colleges are owned by Indian people.
The teaching language is either Hindi or English. You don’t need a Visa to go to Nepal if you are an Indian citizen.
The budget in Nepal is higher than other destinations for MBBS Abroad and starts from 50 lakhs but as compared to India it is still low.
Infrastructure and hospital facilities are currently undeveloped as compared to India.
You need to give an entrance test for Nepal if you want to take admission in Government colleges, there are very few seats for direct admission.
Top Medical colleges of Nepal:-
Institutes of medicine.
B.P Koirala Institute of Health Sciences.
Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences.
Patan Academy of Health Sciences
Nepalese Army Institute of Health Sciences.
Kathmandu Medical College.
Manipal College of Medical Science.
Nepal Medical College.
Nepalgunj Mediacl College.
College of Medical Science.
Bangladesh is situated in South Asia and its capital is Dhaka. MBBS in Bangladesh costs around 40 lakhs and the duration, of course, is 5 years.
It’s an Islamic country with 90.5% accounting as a Muslim population.MBBS program in Bangladesh plan for national curriculum guided by Bangladesh Medical & Dental Council (BM&DC).
The academic programming has been designed to cover all aspects of medical sciences. MBBS program in Bangladesh is divide into four (4) phases.
At the end of each phase, you need to clear the university professional examination or Prof Exam. Prof. Exam is held twice a year in the month of May and November, Like India, MBBS Curriculum in Bangladesh also the same as Indian medical colleges.
NMC has recognized a total of 7 NMC approved Medical Colleges in Bangladesh that Indian students can apply for:
University of Dhaka
Gono Bishwabiddalay, Bangladesh
University of Rajshahi
University of Science & Technology, Bangladesh
University of Chittagong, Bangladesh
Shah Jalal Uni. of Science & Technology
Bangladesh University of Professionals
Uzbekistan has some of the best colleges in Central Asia for studying a medical course at low costs.
The most important fact about Medical Colleges in Uzbekistan is that all the colleges are Government Colleges and are directly regulated by the Ministry of Public Health of the Republic of Uzbekistan, which means the colleges aren’t in private hands and your children would surely be in safe hands.
The other important aspect of studying Medical courses in Uzbekistan is that they didn’t accept Indian Students for MBBS Courses until the Indian Government made qualifying the NEET compulsory for students to study MBBS Abroad in 2019.
This shows that the standard of medical education followed by Uzbekistan is really a thing to appreciate.
Uzbekistan boasts of some of the oldest Medical Colleges in Central Asia whose foundation dates back to 1919–1930 which means that these medical colleges are 90 to 100 years old!
Packing your bag with all the necessary items while going to study MBBS in Ukraine can be frustrating.
We can understand your problem. We have been in the same shoes. Also, we have guided 150+ students for the same.
Before you get started to pack your bag you must know the exact weight allowance by the airline.
Always pack according to airline instructions only.
For example, Ukraine International Airline allows weight allowance of 23+23+7+5=58 kgs. This means you have to make weight baggage with above-given weight only.
Please note that all things are available in Ukraine with better quality and the same prices.
1) Let’s start with the basic toiletries items:
2) Clothing Items
Jeans, T-shirts and all basic clothing.
Carry traditional dresses for festivals like Diwali.
Carry a dress for Freshers party.
2 Full sleeve doctor apron.
Thermal inner wears.
Carry all the medicines prescribed by the doctor along with the prescription.
All basic medicines are available in Ukraine.
4) Stationery Items
Pen and Pencil.
Sharpener and eraser.
Stapler and pins.
Bookmarks and sticky notes.
Please Do not carry scissors in flight.
5) Eatable Items
Indian food is available at Indian mess depending on the university you choose.
Students must carry Plates, spoons, fork, mug and bowl etc. Please do not carry a knife.
Carry basic utensils for cooking and boiling milk etc.
People in Ukraine do not like spicy food, so there is very less availability of spices. Please carry following if you want to cook:
Carry all academic certificates. If you are a student of Singla Consultancy then you need not worry as you will receive all the documents packed in one file.
Passport size photos with white background ( 40-50 pieces)
European Universal 2 pin adapter.
If you are carrying mobile power bank please keep it in handbag only.
All books are provided at the university library.
Human Anatomy by BD Chourasia
Medical Dictionary by OXFORD
Color Human anatomy Atlas (Frank Netter)
Science Books – Biology & Chemistry
Reach airport 3 hours before flight timing and also download boarding pass 24 hours before the scheduled flight and do not carry extra luggage then mentioned in your ticket as it will be charged heavily inside the airport.
Always carry your cash and important documents in Cabinet bag.
Do not carry gold, silver or any expensive ornaments along with you.
Carry black ball pen to fill the immigration, customs and entry forms at the airport.
Do not accept the parcel from any passenger or don’t give money to any unknown who claims to be university executive at Airport.
Singla Consultancy will give you the name and contact number of University Representative.
Every year 1000s of Indian students are choosing Ukraine over other countries to study MBBS.
Hey, Everyone, I am Divij Singla and today I am gonna share with you all the information for admission in MBBS in Ukraine.
Question for you. Which country you are planning to study MBBS? Leave a comment with country name.
I am curious as we will be making another blog on the country with maximum comments.
So here is what the first thing I want you to do is,
Qualify your NEET exam. This is the first step you need to do.
Neet qualifying marks for the year 2019 was 134 for the Unreserved category and 107 for the reserved category.
For the year 2018, it was 119 for the Unreserved category and 96 for the reserved category.
This score will be valid for 3 years to study MBBS in Ukraine. This means students who have qualify in 2019 can apply with the same score until the year 2021.
I have sent students to study MBBS in Ukraine with NEET score from 119 to 510.
Apply for your passport. You need a valid Indian passport to apply for Ukraine visa.
In the next step, I want you to do thorough research about the university you are planning to take admission.
Always take admission in MCI approved university only. You can see MCI approved list at nmc.org.in You can also visit our website singlaconsultancy.com. Here you will find details of all the universities.
There are many fake websites of Ukraine universities which are operated by Indian agents. Please make sure you are viewing the official website.
Here’s a simple hack to make sure you are always viewing the official website only.
NTA will be conducting National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) on 5th May 2021. Getting a good score is not only necessary for MBBS admission in India but also very important for taking admission in MBBS abroad. For students who have not started their preparation, they can start with these tips. So without let’s get started:
1. Attempt Biology First: Always attempt exam in order Biology, chemistry and then Physics. Biology has a maximum weight of marks. Doing this you will easily score 300 marks in the first half.
2. Do not fill OMR after every question: Avoid filling OMR after solving every question as it increases the chances of making mistakes. Fill OMR after a fixed interval or after every subject completion.
3. Attempt sure questions first: It is advised to attempt all questions whose answer you are sure at first: Focus on all other questions at the end. Do not waste time on questions you don’t know.
4. Focus on your paper: Do not panic if a student is continuously solving all questions. Focus on your own paper. Do not copy as sometimes we copywrong answers.
5. Do not attempt all questions: Attempt only questions you know the answer of. Every right answer gives you 4 marks and -1 for the wrong answer.
6. Time management: You will have 180 questions and 180 minutes to solve them. Manage your time wisely. Biology: 50 minutes Chemistry: 55 minutes Physics: 75 minutes
Know the facts: Exam Date: 5 May 2021 Duration: 3 hours Time: 2 PM onwards mode of Test: Offline