The world of technology is continuously evolving. And with it - the world of medicine.
The changing global circumstances sometimes require students to seek alternative ways to study medicine. Naturally, teaching online was quickly utilised when appropriate.
Should you consider enrolling in an online medical course at this time? If personal circumstances restrict your ability to travel for in-person studies, then some elements of the course may be possible to study online, replicating the classroom experience. Hence, potentially being an appropriate compromise for you, subject to being in compliance with the local laws.
Studying medicine online is sometimes a viable option. There are courses specifically designed to be taught online. Digital learning is not an obstacle - it’s a privilege when an onsite option is unsuitable for you.
Many students believe that by studying online, they can get an easy pass into medicine; however, that is far from the truth. Studying medicine online is just as difficult as studying in person and requires the same amount of time, effort and dedication. Naturally, your efforts will be rewarded when you graduate, and you will receive an internationally recognised degree in medicine.
Another misconception is that you can become a doctor by completely studying online, but that is impossible. You still need to get practical training in hospitals and gain experience through clinical rotations so that you can be prepared for your respective career in healthcare.
Entry requirements for studying medicine online are the same as studying at the university. The only difference is the entrance exams - they will also be online, either via communication apps like Skype or Zoom or using a web platform like Google Classroom.
✔️ Kharkiv Institute of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (KHIM) offers a course where years 1 to 3 will be studied entirely online. The university was previously located in Kharkiv. However, the faculty infrastructure has moved closer to the Polish border, in a city called Rivne in the west of Ukraine. The classes are scheduled between 9 and 5, approximately Ukraine time. Universities offering online classes must have a justified reason. The justification for studying online is to ensure the safety and well-being of medical students due to the political situation in Ukraine.
✔️ Richmond Gabriel University College of Medicine (RGU) offers а 16-month pre-medicine course that is taught entirely online. For ambitious students that can handle a higher workload, this course can be condensed into 12 months. After passing the pre-med course, students go on to learn about the fundamental medical sciences on-campus in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, followed by clinical training in a rich choice of accredited teaching hospitals worldwide.
✔️ Bay University School of Medicine offers a 2-year pre-med preparatory course that can be taken entirely online. The course is followed up by 2 years of on-campus learning on the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba and 2 years of clinical rotations, which can be carried out in teaching hospitals across the world.
Education plays a vital role in our lives, and medical schools will always look for ways to make studying possible, more efficient, and more effective for you as a student.
Medlink Students partners with universities that have quickly adopted an online form of education. We work with some of the most technologically advanced and accommodating institutions for those who wish to study medicine online in English.
Virtual classes allow students to study medicine online with the option provided by the Kharkiv Institute of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Their programme is attended online only, and you can do clinical rotations in the UK (or your home country) in years 4 -6.
The structure of the program replicates the traditional way of studying. You'll be provided with a timetable for the semester; then, you'll have to attend the classes presented live by a professor of each discipline. Despite the course being online, the university still prioritises the education of students. Hence, attendance is compulsory for all classes to ensure you fulfil the required number of study hours for the program. Lectures and seminars are presented by each professor using a virtual teaching software called "Google Classroom." Using this software, students will attend the live class, engage with the teaching professor using the camera and microphone, be assessed using multiple choice questions, and receive homework and assignments after each class.
Note: Due to the increasing popularity and high demand, spaces are limited. Enquire now to consult an expert advisor on how suitable this course could be for you.
Medlink Students partners with Bay University School of Medicine, and Richmond Gabrial University College of Medicine in the Caribbean. Their Pre-Med Courses are offered entirely online. However, the first two years of the Basic Science course require personal attendance at the university. The following 2-year period in Clinical Science involves clinical rotations in local and international hospitals and clinical centres.
While this opportunity is relatively new, some students are sceptical about studying medicine online or if it’s even possible. The short answer is, “Yes, it is possible, and it works perfectly fine.” But you are not here for the short answer, so let us explain.
KHIM Doctors will teach this full-time programme (there is no option for studying part-time). It is designed specifically for online students, with schedules and curriculums to replicate in-person studies as much as possible in a virtual setting. The classes are taught live, and attendance is essential.
Students will have video seminars using Zoom or Google Classroom, where they will have the opportunity to interact with professors and other students.
Can I watch the recordings of classes without attending? All classes are held live. Attending classes as scheduled in your timetable is compulsory. Absences must be compensated for with a lesson outside the regular timetable. These are called "retake classes." This is arranged by the student and their professor in the case of absences from any of the regularly scheduled classes from the timetable.
This is exactly where the online portal mentioned above comes in handy. The portal is loaded with various study materials to help you prepare and ace the exams.
The examination sessions will also be online, and you must have a web camera. Exams will be Multiple choice questions (MCQ) and oral discussions. This will help teachers assess your understanding of the subjects learned throughout the semester.
Do I need to turn on my camera when in class? It depends on your professor. Some professors require the camera to be on, while other professors do not obligate students to turn on their cameras. However, it is essential to be fully engaged in these live lessons so you can answer questions that the professor might ask you to ensure you're engaged. This is done by the professors because to make the most out of lessons, it's vital that you are actively taking part and not just passively listening.
We all hope that student life in Ukraine will return to normal soon. Since we cannot predict when this will happen, you can organise the clinical rotations in your home country.
The university will recognise your rotations if you provide the proper documentation from your hospital of choice.
What if I cannot organise rotations? Most teaching hospitals welcome international medical students for rotations because it is a source of income for them. It's down to you as the student to contact as many hospitals as possible in your region. More information on how to organise electives and rotations in your home country is usually provided by your professor or dean's office at KHIM, who you will regularly communicate with. Numerous companies help students to find international elective opportunities. Generally, these rotations will cost you approx. £100-500/week in UK hospitals. However, other countries' hospitals may be cheaper. KHIM will accept rotations from any country
More in-depth information on the clinical rotations
The university will typically provide you with the number of weeks per discipline that you'd have to do. For example:
|Year 4 Discipline||Weeks||Total Hours (40 hours per week)|
|Obstetrics and Gynaecology||3||120|
You'd then approach hospitals in your area and ask them for permission to do rotations in the disciplines from the list. You do not have to do the rotations on a specific date. They just have to be done at some point during the academic year.
You must record in your electronic or physical diary at least 5 patients per day. The structure should be similar to this:
|Date & Time of Consultation|
After you finish your specified weeks of rotations in each department then, you must ask the supervising doctor to fill in, sign and/or stamp this form. Scans of these forms should then be emailed to the university at the end of the academic year. A typical working day in a hospital is a minimum of 8 clock hours. A week is considered from Monday until Friday.
As you can see, the program is serious about the studies to ensure a high-quality doctor qualifies. This is essential to reassure medical councils worldwide that you are qualified from a reputable faculty with thorough theoretical knowledge and plenty of clinical experience.
The KHIM University is listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools. It is also accredited by the Ukrainian Ministry of Education. For a university to have WFME accreditation (For ECFMG), it must be accredited by Accreditation Agency in Health and Social Sciences. The university is accredited by the Accreditation Agency in Health and Social Sciences until 2027.
Since the university is properly accredited and the World Directory of Medical Schools recognises its degree, you won’t have to worry about finding a job as a doctor. As long as you study hard and pass your exams, you will reap the fruits of your labour.
Yes. You can study medicine online for the first 3 years.
Absolutely, yes. Some of the universities we work with offer excellent video seminars using Zoom or Google Classroom to teach the pre-clinical subjects (years 1-3).
There isn't a full 6 years online medical course because the last 3 years of medical education are practical.
The annual tuition fees are about £4,100.