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How to Become a Medical Doctor in Egypt

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How to Become a Medical Doctor in Egypt

The moment you decide you want to pursue a career in medicine, you know you are expected to go through a lot of hard work and inevitably many hours of study. However, all your efforts will be worth it in the end. After all, being a doctor is one of the noblest and most rewarding professions in the world.

Applying to medical school is not something you should do superficially. You have to choose your Medical school wisely. To make your mission a little easier and smoother, we’ll present the most common entry requirements to Medical Schools for Universities in Egypt.

Getting In:

Students join the medical school or “The Faculty of Medicine” -as is called in Egypt- right after they are done with high school. Medical schools will accept any bachelor degree major with a solid GPA. They only require prospective students to have taken certain prerequisite courses in their undergraduate studies. Technically, you can major in anything, but will need to take those courses to be considered for admissions.

Students who have achieved an overall Thanaweyyah A’ama (or Tawjihi, secondary school certificate) grade of 90% or higher with a minimum of 90% in Mathematics and Physics would be considered for admission. The selection process totally depends on the scores of final exams in high school. Since joining the faculty of medicine is highly desired in Egyptian culture, those who get accepted are the top students around the state. Other  equivalent High School Degrees accepted for admission include are IGCSE, GCSE, Abitur, IB, French BACC, National High School Certificate from Arab Countries. Acceptance depends on final exams scores, SATs or International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) system. The exam subjects include physical sciences (like chemistry and physics), biology, mathematics and languages.

How long is it?

Doctors in Egypt will complete their basic medical-education course work in five years and then will get two years of clinical training, making it a total of seven years.

If you choose a specialty when do you have to decide by?
Students pick their specialty and apply for residency following their intern year, which would be the 7th year of study.

What are you called at this stage of training?
Medical Student

Getting Out:

What exams do you have to take?
You have to pass the end year exams every year until the 5th year, then you start an internship year in the college hospital doing clinical rotations in its departments for 2 years and finally you graduate at the end of that year with a bachelor degree in medicine. You are officially called doctors, GPs “general practitioners,” following this graduation.

Do most people graduate?
Yes! If you happen to fail any course, you have to do repeats during Summer vacation or else you will have to spend another year to go through the exam again, but eventually most of students do graduate.

Do you have additional training or do you start working immediately?

The internship year is supposed to help you pick your specialty based on the clinical experiences you have. After this year we apply for a 5 year residency program in the specialty you are interested in – acceptance is dependent on grades during which you are supposed to be studying for the master’s degree in that specialty and on competitiveness of the specialty.

What’s the average debt for attendance?

Medical schools in Egypt belong to the public national education. This means that getting into school depends only on your high school scores and the fees are considered nothing compared to the private medical schools, which are not any better than the national schools. So, there is basically no debt for attending school. I’m not sure about the fees for residency programs, but I don’t think they cost a lot.

What are you called at this stage of training?
At this stage, you are called a Resident Physician

In Summary, to become a medical doctor in Egypt, all you need to do is:

  • Step 1: Earn a Bachelor’s Degree. …
  • Step 2: Take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) …
  • Step 3: Earn a Medical Degree. …
  • Step 4: Complete a Residency Program. …
  • Step 5: Obtain Licensure. …
  • Step 6: Get Certified to Advance Career.

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