A medical education can be expensive depending upon where you decide to attend medical school. In the United States, medical schools at public universities cost $25,200 and at private universities as much as $28,800 (2003 prices). However, there are many student loans and scholarships available in the US. Loans sponsored by the government include the Perkins, the subsidized and unsubsidized Stafford FFEL (Federal Family Education Loan), the subsidized and unsubsidized Ford FDSL (Federal Direct Student Loan), and the Health Education Assistance Loan (HEAL).
Non-federal loans include that of the AAMC with offers MEDLOANS. More information is found on their website: http://www.aamc.org/students/medloans/start.htm
Other information regarding the finance of medical school in the United States can be further researched at these websites:
- http://www.aamc.org/students/considering/financial.htm Student loans and scholarships
- http://www.iatp.md/eac/Contents/FIN_AID/Index.html Financial Aid for International Students from the US Government
- http://www.finaid.org Information about scholarships, loans, and savings
In Europe, university is either completely free or the tuition is payable. In the United Kingdom, there is one general tuition fee, which is paid regardless of university or subject. In Germany, public universities are free and private ones will have their own tuition costs.
International Federation of Medical Students' Associations
If you feel that you want to become actively involved in organisations from around the globe that promote health projects in less-developed countries, arrange exchanges between medical students from an array of nations around the world, help educate the public about the severities of HIV/AIDS and other fatal viruses, then IFMSA may be the best place to start looking.
The IFMSA organisation was founded roughly 50 years ago. In the beginning, it was based largely in Europe, but today its member countries are located all around the world. In their mission statement, the organisation states that their "mission is to offer future physicians a comprehensive introduction to global health issues. Through our programming and opportunities, we develop culturally sensitive students of medicine, intent on influencing the transnational inequalities that shape the health of our planet."
IFMSA consists of six standing committees: Medical Education, Public Health, Refugees and Peace, Reproductive Help including AIDS, Professional Exchange and Research Exchange. For a view of their constitution, you can visit this link: http://www.ifmsa.org/about/constitution.htm
On their webpage, you will also find a list of member countries, ongoing projects conducted by IFMSA, the History of IFMSA, and all contact information. http://www.ifmsa.org/
Other Links that are worth investigating
Becoming a good doctor does not just mean attending medical school and passing all the necessary examinations to acquire your degree, it also means that you are aware of the global health issues that face our society. It means that you are aware of the advances made in medicine, the ethical issues that rise due to certain experiments, the consequences of malnutrition and lack of hygiene in lesser-developed nations, and any other public health issue or concern that society may have. It is important to be and stay informed on this wide range of issues on a daily basis.
Below are some links that are worth investigating and worth taking a closer look at. Medical schools look for well-informed students who have a passion for medicine. So stay updated and on top of the news! Other places to read and follow up on news concerning medicine and related fields are news websites, such as CNN at http://www.cnn.com, BBC at http://news.bbc.co.uk/, and Spiegel at http://www.spiegel.de.
The Royal Society of Medicine (United Kingdom) http://www.rsm.ac.uk/
eMedicine (United States) http://www.emedicine.com
Medicine Worldwide (Germany) http://www.m-ww.de/
Medics Abroad and Pre-Medics Abroad (United States)
Medizinische News (Germany) http://www.medizin.de/
Medizinindex Deutschland: Datenbank der Medizin-Server Deutschlands (Germany) http://www.medizinindex.de/
US Medical Newspaper Online (United States) http://www.usmedicine.com/
Everything you need to know about being a medical student in Germany (Germany) http://www.medizinstudent.de/
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