For Incoming Students

 
 
 

Dear incoming students!

Welcome to the Hungarian Medical Students' International Relations' Committee Local Commitee Debrecen's (later HuMSIRC LCD) webpage!
We are very happy about Your honorific interest about spending Professional or Research Exchange in Hungary, Debrecen!
Whether you are only thinking of coming to Debrecen, Hungary as an exchange student or you have already been accepted  on your exchange, we hope you will find here all the information you are looking for and also learn some interesting facts about our country and usefull tips for your exchange.

Let Us show You some exciting presentation, report about Debrcen and the HuMSIRC LCD wich were written by the Incoming Students!

PeriSCOPE august, 2011

PeriSCOPE is the Standing Committee on Professional Excahnge's 60th Anniversary Edition! In the magazine on the 8th page You can find a great article about Us! The title of the article is Neurology in Hungary

I hope we will meet You and You will spend great time here as well!

 

About Hungary, Debrecen

Hungary is located at the very heart of Central Europe and whose capital city is Budapest. Rather than as a country in the middle of Europe, we should speak of Hungary as a country in the heart of Europe – after all, the heart is not to be found precisely in the center of the human body either. This small nation boasts a host of spectacular cultural treasures and a varied, rich tapestry of natural wonders. You will be amazed at how even a small European state can significantly contribute to the world's cultural heritage.

Debrecen is the second largest city in the country, the educational and cultural center of Eastern Hungary. The city is often referred to as the Calvinist Rome because Debrecen is also the seat of Hungarian Protestantism. The numerous university faculties, colleges and professional schools have turned Debrecen into one of the most important educational center.
The history of the higher education of Debrecen dates to the 16th century. The Calvinist Reformed College played a central role in education spreading Hungarian culture in the region as well as in the whole country. The College was a base for the Hungarian Royal University, which was later established in 1912. Today the University of Debrecen has the most faculties (15), the largest number of student (more than 30 thousand) and the biggest budget in Hungary.
Summer is the time of festivals. The most famous event during the summer is Flower Carneval, Debrecen Jazz Days and Campus Festival. There are many restaurants, cafés and flourishing nightlife. Those wishing to take rest are welcome in the Big Forest where the famous Debrecen Spa Bath and Mediterranean Aquaticum are located.

 

To find out more about our country, it's culture and customs you can check our Wikipages for incoming students.

  1. Wiki.ifmsa article about Hungary
  2. Wikipedia article, in hungarian

For more information about our exchange conditions, please read below.

For information on your destination (Debrecen) see below.

  1. Wiki.ifmsa article about Debrecen
  2. Link to Our Webpage

 

Clinical Exchange

To be able to participate on a clinical exchange in Hungary, you must be a medical student in the clinical years of your curriculum (we don't accept preclinical students). This means, you must have already studied some clinical subjects, such as Internal Medicine etc.

You can apply for all medical fields except Psychiatry (due to the language barrier). Please note sometimes we cannot place you to the departement of your first choice, especially during the summer months when we have a lot of students applying to same departements, so please make sure you fill in four different departements in your electronic Application Form.

Please understand we can't place all the students to the city of their first interest, so make sure you fill in three different cities in your electronic Application Form. Also please check the Periods & Towns section in our official Exchange Conditions, to see which cities are available during which months.

Being an exchange student in one of our faculty hospitals, you will have an opportunity to stay at some top-class medical sites and learn from internationally recognized experts from different medical specialties. On your first day, your contact person will accompany you to the hospital and you will meet your tutor. Depending on your clinical experience and the department, you will be able to follow the rounds, examine patients, perform small procedures and at the surgical clinic follow and perhaps assist the surgeries.

To fulfill our conditions for obtaining the SCOPE Certificate, you need to be in the hospital from Monday to Friday, usually 5-6 hours per day (depends on the department) and have at least 75% attendence (e.g. you are allowed to miss five days during four weeks).

Required documents

To make sure your exchange will run smoothly, we need the following documents in ELECTRONIC FORM (emailed to the NEO / uploaded to the database) together with your Application Form (AF):

  • Scanned passport size photo
  • Copy of language certificate*
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Motivation Letter for every department
  • for non-EU countries: Scanned passport
  • for EU countries: Scanned ID card OR passport

(* compulsory at least an intermediate level English exam)
Documents handed at the MM will be rejected.

UPON ARRIVAL (original documents, hard copy):

  • 2 passport size photos
  • Insurance
  • Certification that the applicant does not suffer from chronic infectious disease
  • TB negative chest X-Ray OR negative Mantoux test
  • Serology: HbsAg (HBV), HCV, HIV
  • Certificate of Vaccinations
  • Fecal laboratory test (bacteriology) for departments of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Paediatrics
  • Lues serology (Wassermann) for departments of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Paediatrics

ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE IN ENGLISH !

VERY IMPORTANT: Due to new regulations every medical students has to show vaccination and screening documents before starting the practice!
To make sure you have all the test results and certifications we will kindly ask you to send them 4 weeks before the exchange starts. If you fail this criteria the clerkship will be cancelled.

The CC must be sent at least 4 weeks in advance. Otherwise we can not guarantee you the clerkship. Exact date of arrival must be stated in the CC.

Research Exchange

The Standing Committee on Research Exchange (SCORE) is one of the six standing committees of the IFMSA. SCORE was founded in 1991. SCORE supervises and co-ordinates the research exchange program, which on a national level is run by individual NMOs of IFMSA, like in Hungary HuMSIRC. The primary mission of SCORE is to provide intensive and focused research projects, which allow medical students to expand their knowledge of specific scientific areas of their choice, while encouraging the formation of professional and social networks abroad.

In 2009, SCORE had 67 active participating NMOs, offering over 2000 research projects, and has provided over 1200 students opportunities to participate in research exchange.

The academic recognition of the research exchange program varies among the medical schools. Some universities recognize exchange projects as a part of their curricula and some universities award their exchange students with academic credits.

How does Research Exchange work?

A participating student is incorporated into a research team of their choice and participates in research under the direct supervision of a tutor. The student will be guided through the basic principles of research, such as literature studies, collecting information, scientific writing, laboratory work, statistics and ethical aspects related to their discipline. At the end of the project, the student might be expected to write a short essay about his/her results and achievements.

The duration of the research project and the language are specified in the description of the project. Usually the projects last 4 weeks, but some projects may last up to 6 months. The research exchange project is usually carried out in English or the language of the hosting country may also be used if specified. In general, lodging, board, and social program are arranged by the local committee of the IFMSA National Member Organization (NMO).

Required documents

To make sure your exchange will run smoothly, we need the following documents in ELECTRONIC FORM (emailed to the NEO / uploaded to the database) together with your Application Form (AF):

  • Scanned passport size photo
  • Copy of language certificate*
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Motivation Letter for every department
  • for non-EU countries: Scanned passport
  • for EU countries: Scanned ID card OR passport

(* compulsory at least an intermediate level English exam)
Documents handed at the MM will be rejected.

UPON ARRIVAL (original documents, hard copy):

  • 2 passport size photos
  • Insurance
  • Certification that the applicant does not suffer from chronic infectious disease
  • TB negative chest X-Ray OR negative Mantoux test
  • Serology: HbsAg (HBV), HCV, HIV
  • Certificate of Vaccinations
  • Fecal laboratory test (bacteriology) for departments of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Paediatrics
  • Lues serology (Wassermann) for departments of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Paediatrics

ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE IN ENGLISH !

VERY IMPORTANT: Due to new regulations every medical students has to show vaccination and screening documents before starting the practice!
To make sure you have all the test results and certifications we will kindly ask you to send them 4 weeks before the exchange starts. If you fail this criteria the clerkship will be cancelled.

The CC must be sent at least 4 weeks in advance. Otherwise we can not guarantee you the clerkship. Exact date of arrival must be stated in the CC.

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If you have questions consult Our Officers:

Local Exchange Officer for Incoming Students

Orsolya Szalmás
+36 20 9564-808
leoin.debrecen@humsirc.hu

Local Officer on Information Technologies and English Program

Béla Attila Szabó
+36 20 5573 925
informatics.debrecen@humsirc.hu