A Career Change from Engineering to Medicine

At some medical schools in Japan, there’s an admission system that allows students who have already completed their Bachelor’s degree to be placed in higher courses of medicine. This is not a general pathway to become a doctor. Only 5 to 10 people are selected out of 150 to 200 applicants through a wide range of exams including Biology, Chemistry, Physics and English, which are all at the level of undergraduate studies in Japan. Some schools are introducing this system which aims to accelerate the fusion of medicine and the previous specialties of applicants. This is valuable because most students enter med-school soon after the graduation of their high school in Japan, while in many countries med-school is positioned as a graduate school.

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