Originally Posted by tallaght01
What's the entrance process like?
Do you know any people who've finished their training and got onto training schemes in Ireland?
How do you find living there? Somewhere like prague must be pretty amazing to live in? What do you do for accommodation?
Entrance process for most of the facultys is mostly the same; Entrance exam at A level standard in Physics, Biology and Chemistry, sometimes there's an interview I believe, I didn't have one. They also look at your LC results, I dont think they really care. I repeated once back home, didn't get in and I was not interested in repeating again. Its (relatively) easy to get in but its sure as hell not easy to stay in. Attrition rate is very high, eg 64 in first year in 07-08 there's less than 30 in 3rd year now.
There are 2 lads who did their GP training in the UK; one is doing the locum thing at the moment, not sure about the other. One lad graduated last year from the 1st Fac and is in FY1 in Scotland at the mo because of nepotism bull**** he couldn’t get a place for his internship back home. Hopefully I’ll manage to get an internship in Ireland, don’t really fancy spending 2 years in the UK.
Prague itself is a deadly city; it’s a completely different experience to studying at home in Dublin. Most of the people in my faculty are Scandinavians so you get to know people all over the world and you end up with some pretty cool places to visit during the summer if you can. Nightclubs don’t close till around 6 on average, and drink is dirt cheap. Being that we don’t go out as much as our counterparts in the motherland because of the amount of tests/exams we have.
We(all the paddys at least) rent apartments, rent is pretty similar to what a student back home will pay but the apartment will be a hell of a lot nicer than the student houses i’ve crashed in back home. I pay roughly €80-90 per week.
Originally Posted by imported_guy
do we need to know their language for the clinicals? or can we transfer to somewhere like UCC UCD etc, or some carbien schools after the first 2 years?
You need to have sufficient czech by third year to be able to ask the patients questions. You have 2 czech classes a week in 1st thru 3rd year. I'm not aware of anyone who's transferred back to Ireland, there is a the odd transfer between the different facultys. People who fail tend to go transfer somewhere easier eg Poland.
Aren't the carribean schools the joke places where the degree is only accepted in Zimbabwe?