About Yerevan in Armenia

The University of Traditional Medicine location is Yerevan, the largest city of Armenia which is also its capital. Yerevan is the industrial, cultural and administrative centre of the country. Being the major educational centre of the region, city is home for more than 250 schools, 50 universities, 60 higher education institutes including state-owned and privately owned ones. The city features mountainous continental climate, the summers are cold and the winters are colder. The average temperature throughout the year ranges from -2.5 degree Celsius to -26.5 degree Celsius. So, an Indian may suffer due to severe cold for at least 2 months in a year.

The University of Traditional Medicine, Armenia

The University of Traditional Medicine was set up in the city of Yerevan in the year 1991. The University holds sway in Armenia but that doesn’t mean much because the country itself has challenges when it comes to the educational infrastructure. 

With a little experience under its belt, The University of Traditional Medicine has a peculiar curriculum to run. It has a Scientific Medical Training Center (SMTC) that is unique when compared to the Medical Universities across the globe. In general, the Medical Universities of the world have associated or affiliated hospitals that offer conventional Allopathic treatment to the patients. 

The SMTC, apart from general medical practice, also provides unconventional procedures like needle-burning therapy, phytotherapy, homeopathy, reflexotherapy, and so on. Perhaps this is from where The University of Traditional Medicine derives its name. Apparently, the University believes in some sort of combination of traditional and modern medicine, but, since the University itself is fairly new, not much can be said about the efficacy of the combination or the way the medical world would finally respond to it.

Not a very wide range of disciplines exist in the panoply of The University of Traditional Medicine. The lack of Postgraduate disciplines speaks a lot about the standard of pedagogy and depth of understanding that the University will be able to instill in the incumbents. A faculty group qualified to tutor Postgraduate courses and Research curriculum inculcates in-depth comprehension among the students who are doing MBBS only. 

The University of Traditional Medicine World Ranking is 11792nd while the The University of Traditional Medicine Country Ranking in Armenia is 27th. The contrast underlines the standard of education prevalent in the country as a whole. The university has been ranked C grade, defining poor quality of education provided at the university. Any student with a budget of 27 Lacs INR can pursue medical program at The University of Traditional Medicine.

Challenges of studying in the University of Traditional Medicine

The University of Traditional Medicine may be of prominence in Armenia but this University as well as any University in Armenia presents some challenges:

  1. Armenia is a small nation with limited resources, one that can hardly be called a ‘developed’ nation. Consequently, the infrastructure and the academic standard have a lot that needs improvement.
  2. International students form a major portion of the national income because of which the Armenian Universities apparently follow a policy of indiscrimination when accepting students and this leads to a conglomeration of ‘all kinds’ of individuals taking admission degrading the ambience of the Universities.
  3. Being a small country, Armenia has a very small population which though a good thing, is counterproductive to the clinical exposure of the would-be medicos as the number of patients is very low.
  4. Contrary to expectations, cost of living at Armenia is quite high as compared to even developed nations like Russia. 

So, it appears that Armenia is not a very great option for you to choose as your MBBS abroad destination. Coming to the University of Traditional Medicine, as mentioned, it came into existence very recently which right away disqualifies it. Also, its world ranking dwindles at 11792nd which should be a reliable indicator to judge the standard of academics here. 

In spite of all that, you are expected to pay 27 lacs INR for doing MBBS from here. In the same amount you may opt for MBBS in Russia that too from a great University like Crimea Federal University Or, you may go for MBBS in Ukraine and choose Bukovinian SMU and save some money. It is Moksh’s humble request to you to consider your options very carefully before taking a decision.

Affiliations and Medical Programs at The University of Traditional Medicine

The Medical Programs offered at The University of Traditional Medicine are only Undergraduate courses in General Medicine and Dentistry.

As far as international affiliations are concerned, apparently the University does not have any collaboration with any University of repute.

Cost of studying MBBS at The University of Traditional Medicine

The University of Traditional Medicine Fees of MBBS falls in the medium range. The details are as follows:

Year Year-1 Year-2 Year-3 Year-4 Year-5 Year-6
Course Fee in USD 4500 4500 4500 4500 4500 4500

Admission Deadline for the University of Traditional Medicine

In the University of Traditional Medicine, like other Armenian Universities, the admissions end in October. If you are keen on getting a seat in any of these Universities in spite of all the red flags, you should apply early, say by the end of August when the admissions generally begin.

Eligibility Criteria for Admission in The University of Traditional Medicine

The University of Traditional Medicine admission requirements include a score of 50% marks in PCB in Class XII. Of course, you need to have qualified NEET 2023.  

Indians at The University of Traditional Medicine

At The University of Traditional Medicine, there are 25 odd students who are from India and one can safely assume that Indians in general do not find it a great place to study. 

PG Option after MBBS in University of Traditional Medicine

Medical PG in India or NExT

During MBBS study, a student realizes the importance of being a specialist. They also understand the competitiveness to secure MD/MS Seat in Govt College. If we look at the success ratio to get PG in Govt Medical College which is 11% Broadly we can say that only 1 out of 10 will get PG Seat whereas the chances of getting Clinical specialty is 1 out of 20 applicants. It is obvious that the PG journey is going to be very difficult or else students should have enough money to get the paid seat in Pvt Medical College which may be in Crores!

Total Applicants NEET PG 2021 Specialty Govt Med College Pvt Med College
Seats Success Ratio Seats
1.75 Lacs
MD (Non Clinical) 15K 8.6% 10K
MS ( Clinical) 8K 4.6% 5K
Total 23K 11.4% 15K

Do you feel early preparation and the right mentorship will pave your dream of becoming a specialist? NMC already notified the introduction of the NEXT Exam in India from 2023. This exam will replace all Medical PG exams in India. The exam will be conducted in two parts NEXT-1 and NEXT-2. 

The Objective of the NEXT-1 is to assess the Student’s Knowledge of Pre, Para, and Clinical Subjects on the National Level. Only post-qualifying of NEXT-1 any Medical student will be eligible for an Internship. Post completion of internship Students needs to go thru NEXT-2 which will assess their Clinical skills, Patient Management, and Keeping of Medical history. Those who will Clear NEXT-2 awarded a license to practice and Rankers of NEXT-1 will get PG seats of their choice. You may refer to Page for detailed information on the NExT Exam

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Medical PG in USA (USMLE)

We are well aware of the difficulty of getting PG in India. With the introduction of NEXT, maximum students in India are getting attracted to USMLE prep from 1st year of MBBS since it simulates the new NMC Competency-based curriculum much easily. US Healthcare system is considered as one of the best health care systems because of numerous reasons like High rewards, excellent infrastructure, Merit-based assessment, Open opportunities for Super specialties. Most of the countries trying to replicate the US health care assessment system for their Medical Graduates USMLE exam are divided into 3 Parts. One can appear in USMLE Step 1 after 2nd Year, USMLE Step 2 CK during internship and Step-3 during your residency (Medical PG). The USMLE is an online exam and can be taken at the PROMETRIC centers present across India.

USMLE

MOKSH Coaching focuses on a patient-centered learning approach which helps students score high on both USMLE & NEXT. MOKSH is the leading name in USMLE Coaching. Currently, 1000+ Students from Indian and Abroad medical colleges are preparing for USMLE steps via the MOKSH Platform.

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Medical PG IN UK (PLAB)

Due to the close proximity of Moldova  to UK, many of the students plan to do their Medical PG from UK. Till 2024, the Professional & Linguistic Assessments Board Test (PLAB test) is the instrument to assess the skills and knowledge of an International Medical Graduate. It also judges whether they are fit to be trained to practice medicine in the UK. 

In short, an IMG's performance in PLAB determines her eligibility to practice in the UK. The PLAB test has two stages. PLAB 1 is an exam that has 180 MCQs that tests your recall. On the other hand, PLAB 2 is a practical OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Exam) that tests your clinical skills.

The GMC ascertains your linguistic skills by assessing your score in specific tests. It may be the IELTS (Band Score 7.0 or higher) or OET (Grade B in reading, writing, listening & speaking). 

After you pass PLAB 1 & 2, you apply for the GP registration. There is one constraint. You have a window of 2 years after clearing PLAB 2 during which you may apply no later.

By 2024, the UK Medical Licensing Assessment will replace the PLAB. Consequently, the GMC UK is going to change certain things in PLAB and create the UKMLA exam.
 

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Medical PG in Germany

Germany

PG in Germany after MBBS in India is another great option, though it requires you to learn the German language. Of the 6 levels starting from A1 to C2, you need to clear A1 and A2 that would qualify you to apply for the visa. 

Once the Language formalities are done, you get into the phase where you do Observer-ship from a German hospital approved by the German Medical Council. This is followed by Residency.
This may sound simple here but the process is quite complicated. To know more about PG in Germany after your MBBS in India,

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Your Chance to get an MBBS Seat in India

The most difficult time for any of the students is to wait after NEET till the counseling process to know whether he/she is getting a college of his/her choice or not? Sometimes this dilemma continues for a couple of months due to multiple rounds of counseling. It has become more difficult due to parallel counseling of All India Quota and various States due to COVID-19. The counseling process is very complex where 550+ Govt. and Private colleges offer 83000+ Seats and fee variation is also huge that ranges from less than 1 Lac to 2.5 Cr for the course.

Dreams shatter when any silly mistake in choice filling or wrong selection of college leads to getting a poorly ranked college. Imagine getting paid seats or no seats at all due to a lack of genuine guidance!

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