Dear students from all around the world,
We are very pleased that you are considering coming to France for your SCOPE/SCORE Exchange !
Please read our exchange conditions to know more about SCOPE/SCORE in France.
Best from France,
The National Exchange Officers of ANEMF-France.
France is located in Western Europe, sharing borders with Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Italy, and Spain. It is surrounded by the North Sea, the English Channel, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.
"L'Hexagone", as it is usually called, hosts the world's 4th largest number of cultural UNESCO World Heritage Sites and receives around 83 million foreign tourists every year, the most of any country in the world.
The French Health Care System is one of the best in the world.
We have a free insurance system that takes care of about 70% of our medical expenses. This can be supplemented by personal insurance that takes in charge the 30% left.
Medical studies in France are highly selective.
The system begins with the first year in common with students in pharmacy, midwifery, physiotherapy and dentistry. At the end of the year, an exam selects about 13% of these students who are allowed to continue to the second year. This way to enter medical school is changing in September 2020, the aim is to diversify the profiles of future doctors and to make shifting towards other studies simpler after a failure (or not passing the first year). The two new ways to enter medical school are :
- studying for a major in law, economics, biology, maths… with a minor in “Health”
- studying “Health” as a major with a minor in another subject
Years 2 and 3 are pre-clinical studies where students learn anatomy, physiology, physiopathology and semiology. Then, students enter the second cycle of medical school, where clinical studies begin. This period lasts 3 years, combining clinical practice and lectures.
At the end of the sixth year, all students have a huge competitive exam, national this time. The rank obtained determines the order of priority for internship posts to be filled and in which city they will do their residency.
The third cycle starts as you become an intern in one specific specialty.
The internship cycle can vary from 3 to 6 years depending on the specialty.
Then finally, after the thesis, the student becomes a registered doctor!
To get to France, you can :
take the plane: several airports are located around the country, the biggest ones are in Paris
take the train: we have a well-developed train network -> https://uk.voyages-sncf.com/en/#/
take the bus: there are more and more buses in France. It is one of the cheapest ways of traveling. You can use Ouibus, Flixbus etc..
share a car: we recommend you to take a Blablacar, a carshare app -> https://www.blablacar.fr
There are many things to see as France is a vast country: it would be impossible to list everything !
Anyway, you can not reasonably leave France without having visited Paris and its surroundings : Eiffel Tower, Arc of Triomphe, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Versailles Castle, Quartier Latin, Louvre museum, Champs-Elysées etc.. Unavoidable
All our local committees have beautiful things to offer : don't miss the castles of the Loire valley (see bellow), our cathedrals (Reims, Strasbourg...) our seasides, our mountains and our volcanos!
You also will discover our food specialties: we do love cheese and a good pastry.
France is a secular country.
Please do remember that veils are not allowed for the medical staff in our public hospitals.
NO EXCEPTIONS CAN BE MADE.
You have to choose 3 cities that can welcome you when you want to do your clerkship in France. Otherwise, we will send you the AF back!
Please, read all of our exchange conditions: it is really important. There are some specific rules to LCs. You can find them here : http://ifmsa.org/exchange/scope/explore/conditions