Does anyone know how long medical school in america lasts. Compared to the UK setup. I know you need a Bsc or something first, but ignoring that, how long is the actual medical school? (If it varies from institution to institution does anyonw know?)
Med School is four years. There are probably accelerated programmes but I think the vast majority do stick to four years.
may I ask how this is related to Oxbridge?
Well, in the UK, you strictly study medicine for 5 years, 6 if you're doing an intercallated degree. In the US, for the first 4 years, you do pretty much any degree you want. The last 4 years, are strictly medicine. So, UK students start medicine at about 18-19. US students start medicine at about 22-23.
That's the difference.
the accelerated course is special in america, and not every school offers it -- thus, only very few students actually end up doing it. most do the 4 + 4 years program, and admission to medical school after undergrad is difficult and competitive. i was pointing to a difference between UK and US systems as a *whole* -- the length 5/6/7/8 years is really not the issue at hand.
students in the UK start off with studies in the medical sciences and then go off to do clinical stuff (all in the 5/6 years), whereas in the US you start off with studies in whatever field you want (making sure to fulfill pre-medical requirements), graduate with a bachelors and then go off to medical school. the accelerated program just allows you to do all that in less than 8 years, and also guarantees you admission to medical school (i think a student may need to maintain some level of academic performance, though)
also, i mentioned that it is different because it is normal in UK for students to envision a medical profession for themselves before they leave high school (and applying to medical school in the final year of high school) whereas in the US the norm is for students to only really consider it while performing undergraduate studies. so, for a student to apply for a spot on the accelerated program, he/she must *really* be able to demonstrate a keen interest in being a doctor to be accepted, as he/she must be able to rise above the US mind set is that a person cannot be entirely sure that he/she wants to be a doctor before even embarking on university studies
so, really, very little to do with the length