MBBS in Ukraine? Know why it can cost you your career!

KROK-1 is an examination on general scientific disciplines, which is passed after studying basic fundamental disciplines included in the KROK-1 test exam. Licensed integrated examination “KROK-1. General medical training” includes test tasks on disciplines of 1-3 courses:
Human anatomy – 9%
Biology – 7%
Biological Chemistry – 16%
Histology, Cytology and Embryology – 4%
Microbiology, Virology and Immunology – 18.5%
Physiology – 6%
Pathophysiology – 16%
Pathomorphology – 12.5%
Pharmacology – 11%.
*The Result Criteria*
The criterion “pass / fail” established by the Testing Centre at the level of 60.5%. The number of tests in the booklet – 200, routine time – 200 minutes. All students who received the “not passed” result of KROK-1 exam may retake the KROK-1 not more than 2 times in the terms established by the Ministry of Health of Ukraine. In the case of the result “not passed” after the third attempt, the students are not admitted to the next examination session and expelled from the institution of higher education.
KROK-2 – the examination for professional-oriented disciplines which corresponds to the training program for professionals in the medical field. Licensed integrated examination “KROK-2. General medical training “includes:
40% of therapeutic profile tasks (Therapy, Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology, Endocrinology, Occupational Diseases, Phthisiatry, Radiology and Radiation Medicine, Psychiatry, Dermatology, Neurology, Clinical Immunology, Clinical Pharmacology),
20% of surgical profile tasks (general surgery, oncology, urology, anesthesiology and critical care medicine, orthopedics and traumatology, otolaryngology, ophthalmology, neurosurgery, pediatric surgery, forensic medicine),
15% of pediatric profile tasks (pediatrics, childhood infections, neonatology),
12.5% of hygiene profile tasks (hygiene, health care organization),
12.5% of obstetrics and gynecology profile tasks.
The criterion “pass / fail” established by the Testing Centre at the level of 60.5%. The number of tests in the booklet – 200, routine time – 200 minutes. All students who received the “not passed” result of KROK-2 exam, are allowed to pass the state graduation exams, but do not receive a certificate of licensing KROK-2 exam. They do not pass state attestation, do not receive the diploma of higher education institution and may retake the licensing KROK-2 exam not earlier than in 1 year.
*Rules about KROK*
According to the order of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine “On order of conducting the integrated examinations” from 29.04.2013 items 5.1 and 5.2:
Only students with no arrears in the curriculum, particularly in the disciplines of “KROK-1” are allowed to take the exam “KROK-1”;
The exam “KROK-2” is only available to students with no arrears in the implementation of the curriculum and with the presence of certificates of the license exam “KROK-1”.
Why is KROK more of a boon for Indian Students?
While most of the agencies claim during admissions that there will be no additional exams during the course of their MBBS, the students stay unaware about the KROK exam and consequently, only 15 out of 100 students manage to clear KROK.
Since, the exam takes place after the completion of 3 years, failing doesn’t mean a waste of an year but starting all over again from 0. Moreover, after the completion of 5 years of MBBS, the students are supposed to clear KROK 2 which is even more difficult to crack making the process furthermore cumbersome for the students. Many students are denied a fair chance due to the complexities of this exam.
How to choose better substitutes?
While doing MBBS from Ukraine and other Russian countries has become a trend in the past few years, little do the aspirants realise the loss they actually face due to KROK. Looking beyond these conventional options can relieve the students bigtime as numerous Major Medical Institutes in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan offer a MBBS degree to Indian Students with equally better opportunities and no hidden obstacles in the form of such exams!

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