Half of Doctors Fail HPAT Test For Entry To Irish Medical Schools
Written on Tuesday, 16 April 2013 15:52

The Sunday Times reported this week that almost half of the Irish GPs surveyed failed to answer  sample questions from an HPAT paper accurately.

The study, published in the Irish Medical Journal, also found that three out of four Irish GPs have little or no knowledge of the test. The newspaper quoted UCC's  Dr Siun O’Flynn, who led the study, as saying “the profession should be aware of the mechanism used to select their colleagues”

Also quoted was Dublin GP, Julie Bressan, who dismissed the HPAT as “absolute nonsense” She commented that it had been hoped that the test “would help choose more men than women. But if women are cleverer then men, then so be it, because you need clever doctors”

This survey follows a recent report from a review team of experts in medical education on the first three years of the HPAT  which revealed that many students who secured 550 Leaving Cert points or thereabouts, and had insufficient HPAT scores, accepted places in courses such as biomedical science, while attending intensive repeat courses for the HPAT. More than 85 per cent of those who repeat the exam secure a higher score on their second attempt. Many of these deserted their alternative course at the end of their first year, to take up a place in Medicine, in Ireland or further afield

The message from the report is that the HPAT system has failed. It does not, as its promoters claimed, identify the best potential doctors. Instead, it has produced a new system with the same old problem, namely, those who can afford expensive preparatory and repeat courses retain a significant advantage.

 

 


 
Danish Student Grants Now Open to UK/Irish Students Under Recent European Court Ruling?
Written on Wednesday, 10 April 2013 04:03

 

A recent ruling from the European Court of Justice has opened up the possibility of UK and Irish students being able to access the Danish system of student grants and, at the same time, has potential to throw the funding of Danish education into disarray.

Stakeholders, including Danish universities, politicians and commentators, are still trying to clarify the impact of the ruling. Per Andersen, Chairman of the Danish Student Grants Committee suggests it is too early to know what the consequences of the ECJ’s decision will be for Denmark.

However, in discussion with several Danish universities, EUNiCAS is told that the current understanding is that all EU citizens studying in Denmark, and who work 10-12 hours per week, attain the status of ‘employee’ under EU law. With this status, they are entitled to apply for grant and loan support. It also appears that the Danish government has resolved that the EU ruling will be enforced.

This ruling is likely to expose Danish taxpayers to a bill running to tens of millions of Euro. Minister of Education Morten Østergaard said the ruling would cost Danish taxpayers DKK200 million a year. “We have found measures within the budget to cater for this year’s expenses,” he told Denmark Radio. The story is only just starting to hit the Danish media with any significant populist force and is likely to prove incendiary when its implications are clear.

Aarhus University

 

The level of support offered to Danish students far exceeds the international average. Firstly, in Denmark, there are no tuition fees (for all Europeans) and any Dane living away from home can receive a grant of €771 per month and a loan of €394 per month for living costs. What is more, Danish graduates face one of the lowest youth unemployment rates in Europe (14%).

Though the application deadline for most undergraduate programmes in Denmark , for Entry 2013, closed last month, there are still a limited numbers of opportunities. However, we can expect a significant increase in applications to Danish universities, from UK and Irish students in 2014, if this ruling is applied as understood above.

 


 
Med & Vet Programmes Still Enrolling Across Europe
Written on Wednesday, 03 April 2013 16:10

Medicine and Vet Science continue to rank amongst the most popular selections of students registering with EUNiCAS, as increasing numbers of UK and Irish students seek alternative routes to careers as Doctors, Dentists or Vets.

Though the deadlines for some of the attractive Medicine degree programmes in Western Europe, taught through English [in Italy, Malta and the Netherlands] have now closed, there are still some excellent alternatives available.

EUNiCAS has been receiving excellent reports on some of the med schools in Poland. See them all here The top-ranked Med Schools in Poland are still taking applications: the deadline for applying to Jagiellonian, in Cracow is 9th May, for Warsaw Medical University, it is 4th May, for Poznan Medical University it is 28 June and for the Medical University of Lodz, you can apply up until 15th July. Of course, all the programmes are recognised by the Medical Council and, in many of the Polish med schools, you can sit exams for a US Licence.

Note that some Polish schools offer 4-year Graduate Programmes for Life Sciences graduates.

Above: Jagiellonian University, Cracow, which hosts Poland's  top-ranked Medical School

There are also good schools in the Czech Republic and Hungary and some attractive options in Slovakia, all of which are still open for applications.

Most of these universities have their own entrance tests. You need to travel to the university to sit the tests for some of these programmes though the Hungarian universities have tests coming up next month, in both the UK and Ireland. The Med School in PJSU, in Slovakia,has its entrance tests in London and Dublin on 27th and 28th April.

Vet schools, too, are attracting increasing numbers of Irish and UK students: there are currently several hundred British and Irish studying the subject in Central Europe. Both Warsaw University of Life Sciences and Szent Istvan University, Budapest, have exams upcoming in the near future, in the UK and Ireland, but you need to apply soon.

EUNiCAS can assist students in applying to these programmes


 
UK University Applications Drop Again
Written on Saturday, 05 January 2013 06:50

BBC News; 03 January 2013

University applications from UK students are down for the second year running, official figures show.UCAS admissions data from mid-December show applications from English students at their lowest since 2009. The trebling of maximum tuition fees saw a drop in applications for autumn 2012 but university leaders hoped demand would recover in 2013. A UCAS spokesman said it was too early to say whether overall applications would be down.

The general deadline for applying to start university in autumn 2013 is 15 January, although people may apply later.These interim figures were collated by UCAS on 17 December, by which time some 265,730 people living in the UK had applied to start degree courses this autumn, down 6.3% on the same point in 2012. Among students living in England, applications were down 6.5% on 2012 at 229,932. 

Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive of university group Million+ said: "The worrying trend of falling university applications continues, according to the most recent statistics published by UCAS."We urge the government to step in with a national campaign to promote the value of university for potential students currently considering their options, whether they are about to leave school or considering a university course later in life."

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Deadline Looms For Some Attractive Programmes In Dutch Universities
Written on Thursday, 03 January 2013 02:15

The Application Deadline is fast approaching for some attractive Bachelor programmes in the Netherlands, in some of Europe's leading Universities, in particular in excellentLiberal Arts & Sciences programmes and highly thought of Physiotherapy programmes..

01 February is the application deadline for Liberal Arts & Sciences at Utrecht University [
University College Utrecht], University of Amsterdam [Amsterdam University College] and Leiden University [ Leiden University College]. Deadlines are later for other Liberal Arts & Sciences programmes at Maastricht University, Erasmus University Rotterdam and Tilburg University.

The deadline for applying to
Physiotherapy in Saxion University of Applied Sciences is also 01 February, whereas Physio at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences closes on 15 February.

Two Dutch programmes in Medicine, at
University of Groningen and Maastricht University, close on 01 March and 01 February respectively


 
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