I met a neurosurgeon originally from Hungary recently. He is mainly working at the Hôpital Foch near Paris, but since he speaks English, he gives presentations at conferences throughout the world.
He said that he actually began his medical education at age 16, after his test scores were reviewed by the national ministry of education or something. He was accepted into a medical training program, and by the time he was 20, he was already doing specialty work in neuroscience and neurosurgery.
Basically, by the time he was 22, he was conducting operations alongside an older mentor. At age 22, the average American medical student is barely starting year one of medical school.
Why are there so few combined “medical-undergraduate” courses in the US? Why make people wait until they take their MCATs at age 21 or so to find out where they will even BEGIN medical school?
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