One of the great things about Aus is that, here in Australia, the government pays a lot of contribution towards your tuition fees when you're a PR or a citizen. Not only that, you also get Austudy (a living expense contribution) of up to 800AUD /month.
I'm currently studying medicine here, and 80% of tuition fees are being paid by the government. One of my friends, who's studying med in US has to pay all her tuition fees by herself, even though she's a green card holder.
In US, med tuition fees are around USD 200,000 for the 4 years MD. In Aus, med tuition fees are around AUD 170,000 for the 4 years MBBS, for which gov pays ~80% (AUD 135,000). If you think about it like that, AUD 135K is almost half of a house value. This is excluding the living expense contribution.
4 years med schools cost around USD 200,000.. And they can't even directly go to med school with their K-12 education unlike some Europe countries, SG or Myanmar.. They need an undergraduate degree with pre-med courses.. (an undegrad degree is also required for Vet and Law Schools) Then they can attend 4 years med school and about 3 years of internship.. Also they need to take exam for licence which allowed only two times in their entire life.. (they need to take in their 1st or 2nd year of intern.. not sure about it).. So typically a US doc spends average 13 years after their K-12 to become a registered GP..
In Aus, we have undergrad entry med (admission is based on your year 12 & UMAT scores & interview) and graduate entry med (admission is based on undergrad degree GPA, GAMSAT scores & interview). Among the number of places available, graduate entry stream makes up about 60% and it's going to increase (I think the Aus medical education sys will also transform into US like system in the future). Undergrad entry MBBS is 6-7 years in duration and grad entry is 4 years. We also need to do 1 year intern, 2 years residency and an exam before we can register to be a GP.
So yes, it takes about 13 years (after year 12) to be a fully registered GP. [4 years undergrad + atleast 2 years in admission process for GAMSAT exam, interview, etc + 4 years med school + 1 year intern + 2 years residency/registeration]-Ma yangonthu
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