Studying medicine in the Netherlands

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    hividahivida
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    Hello! My husband is Dutch and we currently live in the United States with our two kids. I am in my mid 30s and have a Ph.D. in biological sciences. I just finished my postdoctoral work (with good publications) and am right now working in the biotech industry. I am seriously thinking about a career change and am considering applying to medical schools in the Netherlands. Does anyone know anything about medical schools in the Netherlands that are more open to accepting applicants who are older or nontraditional? I understand that I will also need to learn Dutch, which will add another year before I start the program. Thank you so much for any inputs you may have!

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    nerdynerdy
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    Why do you want to go to school in the Netherlands when you live in the US?

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    SW to MDSW to MD
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    Not sure of schools in the Netherlands, but I would budget far more than one year to learn the language at an academic level. Within school districts, it is generally accepted that students learning English will get to an academic level of reading in 5-7 YEARS with strong steady work and progress.

    We have one person in our class who came to the US six years ago now, but they still struggle with instructors not being able to understand their accent and issues related to more technical terms.

    Are you guys planning on moving?

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