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PUMS made significant ammendments in the 2020 admission requirements allowing applicants provide their high school diplomas later and sit structured exams (required for the graduate entry programme) until the end of 1st year making it much easier for many to apply. 

Poznan University of Medical Sciences has a great reputation and among Polish medical schools and is one that has great links with North American (US and Canada) clinics and researchers. This is often thanks to its many American alumni. Studying medicine abroad and in Poland for many is an attractive way of completing medical education at a competitive cost and experiencing the world on top of learning from top specialists, getting outstanding academic education and hands-on training at 6 university hospitals and newly purpose-built medical simulation centre. 


Practicing Medicine Internationally Thanks to Polish Medical School

PUMS success rate in medical licensing exams and employability are: > 83% USMLE Step 1 first-attempt passing rate, > 97% USMLE Step 2CK first-attempt passing rate, > No. 1 in LEK Polish Medical Licensing Examination results. Studying medicine in Poland at most institutions means hands-on approach, contact with patients and intensive clinical immersion. As. at other Polish medical schools, at PUMS the curriculum is tailored to needs of international students and is delivered by highly-qualified professors and staff. PUMS also runs Kaplan Basic Science Prep Course (2-month basic science review course for the USMLE Step 1 – organized in cooperation with Kaplan, Inc . providing excellent resources: outstanding visiting professors, on-line videos and question banks, mock tests, etc. – all without any extra fees). 


Modern Medical Education in Poznan, Poland

OSCE – type exams

CAPS – Free of charge counselling and psychological services

NBME – effective teaching and objective exams

RAs – Student accommodation with reliable residential advisors

VSLO – member of the AAMC’s Visiting Student Learning Opportunities

CAPS – Counselling and Psychological Services – support students, their performance and well-being during their time at PUMS. Studying abroad and leaving one’s support network back home can be difficult. This is why English-speaking psychologists and advisors are available to international students free of charge all year long.

The majority of Polish medical and veterinary schools offer such support understanding both studying abroad and studying such challenging disciplines may pose additional pressure. Medical Poland also provides some counselling support and advice to students and parents.

At PUMS students can choose to undergo elective clinical rotations for credit in Poznan or in any teaching hospital around the world. As a member institution of the AAMC’s Visiting Student Learning Opportunities, PUMS will facilitate student electives abroad, whether one decides to take them in the US, Canada or other partner institutions around the world.


Famous Alumni from Polish Medical School: PUMS – Maria Siemionow: world-renowned expert on reconstruction surgery, microsurgery, nerve regeneration, tissue transplantation, hand and face transplantation studied medicine in Poland. Currently she is working as Director of Microsurgery Research at the University of Illinois, Chicago and is a professor of PUMS Surgery Department. In 2008 she led the team that performed the 1st near-full face reconstructive transplantation in the US on a female patient victim of a shotgun blast.


Poznan University of Medical Sciences in Numbers

2000+ international alumni

1000 international students

100 years of tradition

25+ of teaching in English

24 sports teams

16 student research focus groups

12 international student organisations

6 clinical hospitals

4 dormitories

Admissions to Poznan University of Medical Sciences 2020:

This year the application deadline for Medicine was extended until July 31.The quiz will take 60 minutes (instead of 1h15 mins). The oral part of the interview needs to be done within 30 minutes. The written quiz will be administered via the school’s distance learning platform OLAT. In order to make sure that the exam is secure we will be using additional on-line proctoring software called Proctor Exam. The oral part will be administered with the use of Microsoft Teams software as a videoconference between applicants and our professors.


Changes to Admission to Graduate Entry Medicine in Poland – Advanced MD Programme at PUMS

Due to test centres closures, this year PUMS allows graduates with university science degrees wishing to study medicine in Poznan, Poland, apply without MCAT, UCAT or GAMSAT and lets to pass these before the end of the first year of the programme. This is a significant change for all considering graduate entry medicine abroad.  


For full details on PUMS entry requirement, please contact


At the moment Bialystok University is ranked somewhere between 1000-1200 ("THE" ranking).
That makes it 6th result in Poland overall. However, in terms of the Teaching category, it is classified as the 2nd position. Also, 2nd place when it comes to gender proportions (76 vs 24).


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