Resources Galore

As corny as it is, sharing is caring – and in honor of that, I thought that this would be the perfect place to share (if not just to store) the amazing resources that I come across in my studies. There are so many great sources of information available to us and these are the ones that I have found most helpful. I hope they help you too!

General

  • Khan Academy – love this site. Great for brushing up on some details, but not quite detailed enough for second year. Read more about it here.
  • Whatshouldwecallmedschool – a tumblr profile for med students with plenty of oh-so-true gifs. Perfect for when you want a little break…and a little reminder that you are not alone.
  • 8tracks.com – because no matter how good you think that study list you made is, you’re going to get sick of it – and soon. This site is amazing. Playlists designed by people for all different moods. Here are some of my favorites right now:

Entrance Exam

These are the materials that I was given to prepare for the entrance exam in 2012. The review guides are from the Masaryk University in Brno, but the information in them is same as what is expected of you for the Semmelweis admission exam. For more details on what it was like for us during our application process, check out the Entrance Exam category. Semmelweis’ entrance exam does not include physics, but since you will have physics the first year, the guide might be helpful.

I get a lot of emails asking me how to prepare for the exam. It really depends on your background, how much time you have and where you take the exam (the examiners are different in most countries). I hadn’t been in school for almost 4 years, so I had to start at the basics all over again. I spent the first half of my studying reading textbooks and these guides I posted. For the second half, I watched Khan Academy videos (those that were available in early 2012, they have since expanded quite a bit).

I recently went through all the notes that have piled up during the past 4 years and took photos of all the notes I prepared for the entrance exam. I’m posting them here so that people can see exactly what I focused on and how I prepared. There are probably 1000 different ways to prepare for the exam – and this is just one of them. These notes don’t cover absolutely everything that will be on the exam, at least I don’t think they do, but they might be helpful anyway. When I took the exam, they seemed to place a lot of focus on things like glycolysis, some mitosis/meiosis, macromolecules (structures, including bond types, and functions) and then general basic themes within biology and chemistry.

  • My entrance exam notes:
    • Book 1: mainly chemistry
    • Book 2: chemistry with some biology, macromolecules covered in detail here!
    • Book 3: Khan Academy notes

For the oral part of the exam, they want to see that you have a strong enough basic knowledge to build on. They will start with general questions and then go deeper and deeper until they reach the point where you no longer can answer their questions. I was really worried about this part at first, but soon realized that this was the best part of the exam because it gave you the opportunity to prove your knowledge in a conversation. The examiner brings up several different types of topics on which to base your general discussion and you just say whatever you can say.

Osteology

  • The Anatomy Room – For videos covering head and neck anatomy. He uses a plastic skull, so it isn’t as detailed as the real thing, however, his explanations are fun and he throws in little tips that help in remembering different features. Good for review.

Anatomy

  • Online dissection manual – The site is broken down into different labs which focus on different regions of the body. You can follow through a lab if you want to get a good overview before quizzing yourself. You can design your own quiz depending on what you need/want to be tested on. The quizzes include pictures of actual specimens and a small schematic showing where in the body you are looking. If you get the answer wrong, it will direct you to the lab that the topic was covered in so that you can figure out why your answer was incorrect.
  • Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy – transcripts only. If you don’t have the videos yet – find them! They are amazing. They don’t cover everything for osteology and don’t always go deep enough with anatomy, but will cover more than enough for review. Great to watch when you are tired of reading. I uploaded them to my iPad and watch them at the gym – two birds, one stone.
  • Access Anatomy – youtube videos. Not a lot of them, but the ones there are very informative.
  • Anatomy of the Inguinal Region – a single youtube video that helped me SO much with our inguinal herniation topic for our second semester anatomy semi-final. I ended up getting the topic on my exam and I explained it so well (because of the video) that she didn’t ask me any further questions.

Neuroanatomy

  • Draw It To Know It – awesome schematics and tutorials. Great for visualizing complicated topics.

Embryology

  • Professor Fink’s Intro to Embryology Lecture – this Embryology lecture is a life saver! If you are feeling overwhelmed by embryo – try this. It clears things up, makes it easy to visualize and will better prepare you for what you read in your text book.
  • Duke’s Simbryo site – amazing animated embryology. Didn’t find this until after my exams, but really wish I had found it earlier! Embryo is all about being able to visualize the changes.

Histology

  • Blue Histology – has a huge slide database – about 440 slides. You can search by organ, staining, magnification, etc. The most helpful part for me was actually the quiz on the site. It got me really comfortable with quickly identifying histological specimens.
  • Virtual slidebox – another source for histology slides. Recommended by the Head of Anatomy.
  • BU Histology Learning System – (MY FAVORITE) great tutorial/learning site. Its focus is that histology is best studied by learning how morphological features relate to function and by understanding which features are most diagnostic of organ systems and organs of the systems. Nicely organized into several different indices for you to choose from. Includes a page clearing up commonly confused specimens, appendices providing important information about staining and a glossary of terms. I think my favorite feature is the “label on/off” on the slide. With the label off, you get just the histological specimen and with the label on, you get a black and white version of the image with clear labeling.

Medical Biophysics

  • yairmeiry’s channel on youtube – very Khan Academy-esque, but geared more towards medical students taking medical biophysics. Skjalg found these videos on youtube and thinks that the creator must be a former, if not current, medical student in Hungary. Easy-to-understand videos with plenty of drawings and simplified explanations. Plus a lot easier to follow than your textbook.
  • Brightstorm – bite-size videos by a very enthusiastic physicist

Physiology

Biochemistry

3rd Semester

  • Practical Hemostasis – otherwise so hard to find material on this online, except for some wikipedia articles and various scientific papers.

Other

  • Budapeststudent.com – Amazing resource. Run by a Norwegian doctor who studied at Semmelweis. He is also the one that holds review classes at Bjørknes. In the time since I started Semmelweis, he has stopped updating the site. However, there is still a lot of great information available. He also has an extensive list of important links.
  • Medisinstudenten – Blog by a Norwegian girl currently studying in Semmelweis. Have spent many a night reading through her blog. It has helped me get a better idea of what to expect and prepare myself for. She has since stopped blogging, but the archives still hold a wealth of information.
  • StudyinginBudapest – blog by an Irish Erasmus student who studied in Budapest in 2013/2014. His blog has a lot of great information for students, including sites to see, things to do and tips and tricks.

YouTube Videos

Here is a list of youtube videos I have stumbled across that have really helped me understand certain topics. I’ll just add them here as I find them. They’ll probably come in handy when preparing for our cumulative exams at the end of the second year and might even help someone else out! A lot of time can be spent finding the right youtube video.

§ 61 Responses to Resources Galore

  • Darragh says:

    Hi Bianca. Congratulations and thanks for your sharing. I have just been searching online for this exact type of website. It looks super informative. I will be coming to study at Semmelweis and I think in the interim I will continually read over this website.

    • Buda B says:

      Hi Darragh,

      That’s great! Thank you 🙂 Before starting (and even applying to) Semmelweis, I scoured the net for blogs to give me a better idea of what to expect. That is really what inspired me to start one. I am so glad that you have found it helpful. It leans more towards my personal experiences than towards clear information, so feel free to let me know if there is ever anything you are wondering about.

      Best regards,
      Bianca

  • Darragh says:

    Thanks, Bianca. Best of luck in your exams ! Hopefully you will have graduated when I’m in 4th year. My 1 year deferral request has been accepted. Will be back in touch 🙂

  • Yawar says:

    Wow, I’m taking the test Ina. Couple of weeks, and I am so scared for the interview portion after looking at your June interview.

    • Buda B says:

      Hi Yawar,

      It’s natural to be scared for it, but try not to get too worried just yet. The entrance exam can be completely different from person to person. My exam in March and the one I took in June were almost opposite. Some of my friends were just asked to talk at length about their favorite topic in medicine.

      Best of luck!
      Bianca

  • Yawar says:

    Thanks Bianca! I let down my dream college(ucsd) for this, lets see how it goes! Great blog btw. Very insightful/amusing!

    • Buda B says:

      Hi Yawar! Thank you so much! When I was growing up, my dream was UCLA. That said, I’m really happy with the way things worked out 😉 Best of luck with everything

  • Yawar says:

    Awesome! Makes me even more excited. Btw I received my acceptance from Semmelweis and was hoping you could answer a few questions in your spare time. But before that, I read about you putting yourself through college and just wanted to say that you are a trooper and congrats on your achievements thus far! Haha so I was wondering how do I find out about housing? Also, any tips other than those posted on the tips page?(which were very helpful).

    P.S. I feel like this is the only place I can gain knowledge that is relevant to me and wanted to let you know that I will probably ask a lot of question, and wanted to apologize in advance 🙂

    • Buda B says:

      Congratulations! That is so exciting! I can imagine just how happy you are – it wasn’t so long ago that I was there myself 😉

      Feel free to ask me anything – I will do my best to answer! I remember how frustrating it was to get settled in the beginning. There is a lot of trial and error ahead, but a few tips from someone who has gone that same path is invaluable. I was also pretty active in my blog around the time we got accepted up until we started our first semester, so there may be some posts with info that I don’t remember as readily now.

      There is no special university housing but College International has a housing service that can help you find an apartment: http://www.budapesthousingservice.com. We rent from a company called VIP Properties. Skjalg set up a meeting with them before we moved down here and spent a day going around and looking at different apartments. There are a number of websites you can check out, including http://ingatlan.com and some groups on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/148603235334307/ and https://www.facebook.com/BudapestPropertyService. My number one piece of advice is to see the apartment in person before signing a contract. You never know what you are going to get unless you see it for yourself. Also, try and get an apartment earlier than later. There are so many people looking for apartments near school start and the best ones are usually taken up pretty fast.

  • Yawar says:

    Thank you! I can only imagine. Okay awesome! I have started to contact college international. I was also wondering if my books will be the same as the books you had. I’m not sure how the classes work, or if they similar to the American system.

    • Buda B says:

      That’s good! They are usually pretty helpful and quick to answer the general questions.

      The system is not the same as in the US where there is a required book and assigned reading. There are some classes for which there are supplementary books published by the school, but otherwise it is all up to you and your preference. I’m currently using 5 different books for anatomy, 4 for physio and 3 for biochemistry – in addition to the lecture slides. In lectures they let you know what they expect you to know and you can build your studying around that.

      We purchased all of our books before school started because we thought it would be hard to get ahold of them here. That was not the case at all. There are so many students selling their books on Facebook and there is a big used book sale at the beginning of the semester. My recommendations now are different than they were when we started. Let me know if you want any tips 🙂

  • Yawar says:

    Wow. Ahhhh, okay. Build your own study rubric type of scenario, got it. So what books would you say are the best for the first year anatomy,cell,histology,and embryology parts 1 and 2? Did your recommendations change for those? And how about medical chemistry and biostatistics?

    Also, are there books for medical sociology, Hungarian medical terminology, and medical terminology?

    I was also wondering what he compulsory nursing practice was.
    Thanks!

    • Buda B says:

      Exactly! It’s a bit of an adjustment in the beginning, especially if you are used to a more guided method of learning. Here they really expect you to take full control of your studies. You get some guidance and direction in lectures and practicals, but most of it is up to you.

      -Anatomy: you have two types of books: atlases and textbooks. For atlases, my favorites are (1) the “big” Thieme books (the drawings are amazing and they have really good text, so they are a sort of atlas/textbook hybrid) and (2) Sobotta and (3) Yokochi (a definite must have because it contains photos of real specimens). As a textbook, I use Moore’s Clinically Oriented Anatomy. In addition to these are the pocket Thieme books (Vol 1: Locomotor, Vol 2: Internal organs, Vol 3: Nervous System). These little books are also a must have. Easy to carry around and give just the raw info.

      -Histology: you will buy a school-issued textbook covering each of the slides, but the information in it isn’t enough. Many people use Junquiera for histo, but I really, really like Ross’ Histology Atlas w/ Cell Bio. One teacher said it was way too detailed – and I agree for maybe the first semester – but I still prefer it. It makes you feel like you are getting all the information and that is so, so important! There is also a green, pocket-sized histology atlas you can buy on the 1st floor in the anatomy building. I didn’t find out about it until 2nd semester and it is great. it contains pictures of the slides used in the department, plus some labels. Great for review!

      – Embryology: people use either Moore’s or Langman’s embryology, I used the latter. Since embryo demands a lot of visual interpretation, I found it really helpful watching videos on youtube and animations online.

      – Medical Chemistry: I bought Zumdahl, but ended up opening it only once or twice during the semester. I used in in college in the states, but the curriculum here was sometimes too specific that I found it hard to find out what to read in the book. I ended up using mainly lecture slides and then just looking up various terms online if I needed to.

      – Biostatistics: You will purchase a school-issued biophysics lab manual and the first two sections will be all the biostatistics information you need. For this class, just focus on that manual and lecture/practical notes.

      – Medical Sociology: Haha, I don’t actually remember if there was a book or not….so I’m guessing not. The first 6 weeks you will attend lectures and then during the 6th week you will have a midterm based solely on the lectures. For the 2nd half of the semester, you will do presentations and meet in small groups.

      – Hungarian Medical Terminology: school-issued book. Your Hungarian teacher will let you know where to buy it. Otherwise, you can buy a photocopy at the copy shop across from school, or buy a used one.

      – Medical Terminology: also a school issued book. This class was pretty much pure memorization of 600 latin words. Two midterms, no final. Each midterm consisted of 30 words that we had to translate to latin (including the gender).

      – Compulsory Nursing Practice: Before your 3rd year, you have to complete a nursing practice during the summer. You will get a list of tasks you need to complete during the practice and will have to work about 4 weeks (I think 150 hours or so). It’s a bit of hassle to organize, especially if you do it abroad. Skjalg and I will be doing ours this summer and are not sure yet whether it will be here in Budapest or back in Norway.

  • Yawar says:

    I was also reading that biochemistry is a tough course and was wondering what books you used for that class. 🙂

    • Buda B says:

      It is tough, but doable 🙂 First semester is the worst, unfortunately. After that, things get really interesting. Second semester is metabolism of amino acids, carbohydrates, nucleic acids and fats (first semester is the details of these macromolecules). Now we are doing fun stuff like neurobiochemistry and biochemistry of blood clotting.

      First and second semester you can use Lehninger or Devlin. I usually use the book that the lecturer chose to use in his/her slides. I heard a lot of people say that Lippencott was really good for second semester. This semester (3rd), you pretty much just have to go off the lectures.

      You’ll have medical chemistry first semester of first year and then start biochem during the second semester. I recommend taking the “Basics of Medical Chemistry” elective during the first semester, since it will be similar to what you cover in med chem.

  • Yawar says:

    I have pretty much have ordered all of my books, and am not stressing even remotely as close to as I was before. Just one last question, is the biophysics lab manual that i will use in biostatistics all i will need for biophysics all well? Thank you!!!!!

    • Buda B says:

      That’s great! You’re on top of it! Good to hear the stress level is down. Try to keep it as low as possible for as long as you can – there will be more than enough to go around in due time 😉

      Forgot to mention biophysics! The lab manual covers some theory, but only that pertaining to the lab. The syntax is horrible, so it will take some time to adjust to reading them. You will do one lab a week and will be required to write a lab report on each lab. These are very important, as you must bring all your signed labs to your final exam.

      The school has published a book called Medical Biophysics. It’s purple and is sold in the medical book shop near school. There were a lot of people who didn’t care to use the book, but I thought it was important to use. It’s written by the department, so you can be sure that it contains what they expect you to know.

      I’ve just uploaded some review books I forgot I had to the Resources Galore page under “Entrance Exam”. Since you’ve already gotten in, you won’t need them now, but they might be useful during first year.

  • Yawar says:

    Hahaha I know I know. Hopefully studying a couple months before starting school will help ease the process and lessen the stress level just a bit :). Got it! How’s your second year going so far?

    • Buda B says:

      Getting in the reading groove will definitely help ease you into the year. Make sure you take some time off though. I usually start studying before the semester and then wish I’d just taken that time to relax. I think I spent a week studying a topic for physio that we ended up covering in the first 10/20 minutes of the first lecture. If anything, start with anatomy. It is easily the biggest subject and it’s like learning a whole new language. Second year is great and horrible at the same time. I love everything we are learning, but the stress of the upcoming final exams is enough to drive you crazy. Only one month away now😨!

  • Yawar says:

    Will do! Okay, so any suggestion on which portion or anatomy to focus on for the first semester? Or even the first year if you can’t remember. (I have all the books you suggested) Ahhhh, almost summer though! Goodluck!!!

    • Buda B says:

      If you haven’t taken anatomy before, you should first get comfortable with all the directional terms (medial, lateral, cranial, caudal, anterior, posterior, etc) as well as the axes and planes. Most anatomy books have a general intro chapter, so you can start there too. There are two anatomy departments and you’ll be in the same one I am (since they are finishing with us this year). Your first midterm will cover all of the bones (including the skull) and all of their parts. You’ll need to be able to orient them, note if they are left or right and answer any questions about surface features. Your second midterm will be histology, about 35 slides (you get 30 seconds at each microscope and have to identify the slide, the staining and whatever structure is being pointed at). Third midterm covers all of the muscles, blood vessels, ligaments, etc of the limbs. Embryology is covered in a fourth midterm, but this one doesn’t count towards your points and is given by your professor.

      That should be enough to keep your mind busy 🙂 The main topic of first semester is the locomotor system, second is internal organs, third is neuroanatomy and fourth is topographical anatomy. At the end of the second year, you will have a final exam covering everything, so it pays to be organized from the beginning.

  • Yawar says:

    Okay cool. So 1 midterm per semester? Awesome, I’ll need to work on that.

    • Buda B says:

      No, 3-4 in anatomy and 2 in each of the other classes (med chem, biophysics, Hungarian). The ones I mentioned in my previous comment will be those you have during the first semester.

  • Yawar says:

    Ohhh okay gotcha. Also, does it matter which district you live in? Like if I were to live in the 11th, how far would that be from uni?

    • Buda B says:

      I think it makes a big difference, mainly because your schedule changes each semester and there might be huge gaps between some classes. Best to make the commute to school as smooth and short as possible. Most people live in 5 or 6 and those are the ones I would recommend. I think 11th is way too far. Try to find something along the blue line metro, or close to Deak ter.

  • Yawar says:

    Okay, I will look over there then, Thanks! I think that’s all the question I have for now, I will be revisiting your blog closer to September lol. Thanks for EVERYTHING and goodluck with exams! Talk to you soon 🙂

    • Buda B says:

      No problem! Happy to help 🙂 Thank you, I’ll need it! Enjoy the summer and the excitement that comes with starting this amazing chapter of your life. These next months are going to fly by!

  • Hi Bianca
    I really like your blog! I studied in Budapest last year and made a blog about my time there, if its ok with you I would like to add you to the links on my blog, if you wish to return the favour and add me to resources I would be delighted.
    Thanks
    Studying in Budapest

    • Buda B says:

      Hey Kieran!

      Thank you 🙂 and thanks for the link. Looks like you have a lot of great info there. I’ll add it to the resources page.

      Best regards,
      Bianca

  • Constantina says:

    hi! I will be a new student at Semmelweis university this september and i find your blog really informative and helpful! Would it be possible to share some notes/lecture slides with me in order to familiarise myself with the material please?any help would be very much appreciated:) thank you

    • Buda B says:

      Hi Constantina!

      Congratulations on your acceptance to Semmelweis 🙂 Thank you for your kind comments about my blog.

      Do you want lecture slides for all subjects or is there any one subject in particular? I’m not sure which ones I have access to, but I will help however I can. The lecture slides don’t contain all the material covered in lecture, but they will at least give you an idea of the topics covered. The main subjects for first semester are (1) Anatomy, Histology and Embryology, (2) Biophysics, (3) Medical Chemistry and (4) Biostatistics.

      Best regards,
      Bianca

  • Yawar says:

    Hey Bianca, congrats on passing your second year! Well deserved! Btw i was wondering if you have thought about taking your usmle’s yet or no? I was just curios. Also, would you recommend the pre-university course in August? Thanks! Hope you’re enjoying your break!

    • Buda B says:

      Hi Yawar!

      Thanks 🙂 Feels good to be through it! Even if it still hasn’t really hit me yet.

      I’m definitely planning on taking the USMLE. I was thinking about starting to study for it now, but then I found out that it is way too early (considering how courses are set up at Semmelweis). I’ll probably start studying this year. I’ve heard that most Semmelweis students take it during 4th year.

      I don’t know too much about the pre-university course, except that it can be pretty expensive. I think that it is good for getting to know some students ahead of time and for getting to know the area, but in terms of covering material, I think it will only last you for the first couple weeks. Many of the people who attended pre-med (for a year or half a year) said that it really only applied to first semester and that it was helpful, but not really necessary. So, if you are doing it for the social/immersion benefit and jump-start – then do it. Otherwise, you could just watch some videos on Khan Academy or some lectures on youtube to get your brain working 🙂

      Hope you’re enjoying your summer!
      Bianca

  • Yawar says:

    I’m sure! Haha, that’s good to hear! Another challenge we’ll conquer. Okay that was extremely helpful, thanks. I think I’ll just watch videos, and take the social adventures on my own time. (: oh I am, T- 27 days till budapest!!

  • Yawar says:

    Also, there’s an apartment on dohany street in district 7. I was wondering if this is considered close or far? I’ve been told it was a 10 minute walk. Which is good, I just wanted to make sure this is correct haha.

    • Buda B says:

      Dohany utca is a really long street, but as far as I know, none of the addresses on it are only a 10 minute walk from school. Maybe they think you are going to McDaniel?

      Try and stay as close to the area around Deák tér as possible, avoid Keleti pályaudvar area (based on what I’ve heard from other students). Either that or see if you can find a place near Corvin Plaza, Kalvin tér or Okotogon. Deák is about 15/20 minutes door-to-door using the subway and Corvin is about a 10 minute walk. Those are really the main areas where people live. You can always find a place away from those areas, but then you should make sure the neighborhood is good and be prepared that you may end up taking a much longer time getting to school. We lived 5 minutes from the Blaha Lujza tér stop during first year. It was ok…but I wouldn’t recommend it. Didn’t always feel the safest there and it took so long to get everywhere, even though it is so close to the center.

      I know that’s a lot of info…hope you’re able to make some sense of it! If we were to move, we would look at areas near Deák or Kalvin tér.

  • Constantina says:

    It would be extremely helpful to have for all subjects but whichever is possible for you to find will be ok:) thank you for taking the time to help me !

  • Yawar says:

    Ahhh okay, got it. We’re looking at a couple flats by deak right now. Thanks!! Also, any gym recommend? Anywhere with decent pricing and not to far from deak or Corbin is ideal. And do you remeber by any chance how long it takes to get the documents needed for registration? I know you had a problem with the financial department, but other than that? I’m scared I might arrive too late to get all the documents in time haha. (:

    • Buda B says:

      That sounds great 🙂 Deak is a really great area – and it will be worth it to be so central!

      There are a lot of hole-in-the-wall gyms scattered throughout the city and handful of larger chain ones. Skjalg visited a lot of gyms in the beginning and we ended up at Holmes Place, located in Gozdu court (5-10 minute walk from Deak). Life1 is the only one I know of near Corvin and it seems to be the nicest around there. The only one I can think of close to Deak (other than Holmes) is at the Marriott hotel – and it’s small.

      The gym options are nothing like what they are in the US, unfortunately. Holmes is a bit expensive, but not so much more than the others, and it’s the nicest I’ve seen. It’s more of a “health spa” type place, but they have a decent weight area (no squat rack though!) and a huge cardio area, plus a pool. I think we pay 16,000 HUF a month. If you go as a group, you might be able to make a deal with them. From what I’ve heard though, you are pretty much not going to find anything less than 14,000/15,000.

      What documents are you thinking about in terms of registration? I can’t remember right now what we had to turn in. Don’t worry too much about it all. I remember there was a girl who missed all of registration and the first couple days of school. It was a bit of a hassle to get it worked out, but it worked out in the end. Of course, on-time is ideal, but late is not the end of your future in medicine 😉

  • Yawar says:

    I’m sure! Okay cool! I’ll check some of those places out. Haha okay, I was referring to the residence permit and medical insurance and stuff. The acceptance packet wasn’t too clear on the certain documents other than the receipt from college international and a student visa. Hahaha I know I know, but the fear of not knowing how the system works tends to cause me some anxiety! Haha

    • Buda B says:

      Oh ok! The medical insurance is easy to fix, only takes a couple minutes. You’ll have to head to McDaniel College (if it’s the same as it was when we started). Once you’re there, it’s a quick fix. They will just need to check that you have paid the tuition fee.

      The residence permit will take a little more time and can be a bit of a test of patience. I recommend to get it taken care of as soon as possible. You’ll have to head out to the immigration office and may have to wait an hour or two. Did you get a list of things you need to bring there in your acceptance packet?

      Be prepared to have a bit of patience with things when you get over here. The language barrier can make some things difficult and processes are often more difficult than they need to be. Everything works out in the end, but you just need to be patient and pushy when necessary. 😉

  • Yawar says:

    Ahh, okay, I know where that is. Probably the place I know haha. 🙂

    Yeah, majority of the things deal with housing, like the housing registration form, lease contract for the apartment, and the property page of the apartment. Do you have any idea what the official bill stamp from the post office is? Haha should that be something I get done ASAP?

    Ahh, my favorite part:/

  • Yawar says:

    Hey Bianca, can you recommend a cellphone company? Or tell me the one you use? Thanks!

  • Ron Singer says:

    Hi Bianca

    Your Blog is most impressive. Congratulations on being focused and determined to be a medical doctor. Long story Short…My wife loves Budapest and we have decided in 5 years to relocate to Budapest from California!……Yes, Valencia, California, near Magic Mountain, to make Budapest our new home.

    In 5 years, our son will be graduating high school (May 2019) and we would like him to go to Semmelweis University for the six year English Medical Program. A big change for us, but a very exciting lifestyle change. Next year in July, my wife Rachel and Layne leased an apartment in Budapest for a month to get familiar with the area and probably go visit Semmelweis University just for the fun of it. Even though Layne would not be applying for the freshman class for another 4 years we want to be familiar with everything regarding the school to assist Layne in getting accepted into the program.

    Are you presently in this six year medical program. Coming from California, I am impressed that you found this program to become a medical doctor. After graduating the program, will you then enter into a residency or internship program similar to United States.

    I am a Pediatric Dentist in California and have been practicing for the last 32 years in private practice. Please check out my dental practice web site. Would love to keep in touch and maybe Rachel can also keep you in the loop next year when they come to Budapest for the month.

    Thanks
    Ron Singer

    • Buda B says:

      Dear Ron Singer,

      Thank you very much for your kind comments about my blog. Leaving California is definitely a tough decision to make (I’m always asked why I left) but these past years abroad have been so amazing that I no longer wonder why I left. Budapest is a truly beautiful city. So much culture and history! You will definitely enjoy your time here.

      I am currently in the third year of the six year program. The first two years are notorious for being the most difficult, though third year is no walk in the park. I actually applied through a school in Norway (I’m half Norwegian/half American, moved to Oslo in 2009). I’m not sure that I would have found out about the school otherwise. There are a handful of Americans here. Many of them have Hungarian family members or have siblings who previously attended Semmelweis. The student body is quite an eclectic group of people. I’d bet every country has been represented at some point.

      When I graduate, I will return to either Norway or the US. I think it will be more likely that I return to Norway and then make a jump to the US when I have paid off my loans in Norway. Norway doesn’t currently require a residency, since the 6th year here is considered an “integrated residency”. Definitely a lot of other factors to consider there. I will definitely be taking the USMLE exam. Want to keep all my options open.

      Feel free to ask me any questions you may have. I’m usually in Northern Norway during the month of July, but if it should happen that I am in town, I am available.

      Best regards,
      Bianca

  • Ronald Singer, DDS says:

    Dear Bianca

    Thank you for taking the time to reply. I know and remember how time consuming medical & dental school can be. I look forward to enjoy reading your blog and following your progress through medical school.
    Your Story and Blog is most impressive. I know that you will be very successful and passionate in your medical career.

    Question:
    How many students were accepted in your first year class. From your first year class, how many students were accepted directly from “High School” vs students with college experience (i.e., two year or four year degree from a University).

    Congratulations on your third year. Time moves very quickly.
    Happy Holidays

    Best Regards
    Ron Singer

    • Buda B says:

      Dear Ron Singer,

      Thank you again for your kind comments 🙂 It is very nice to hear that from someone who has walked the path before me.

      Unfortunately, I’m not so sure of the exact numbers. If my memory serves me correctly, we were about 260 when we started, possibly even more. The student body is quite diverse, considering that there are so many people from different countries. Most of those students coming from the UK or Norway and Sweden come straight from high school. I would say the majority of students are around 19-21 when they start (the range is from 18-32 years old). Students from Israel have to serve in the army for several years, so they are generally in their mid-20’s when they start. Backgrounds vary greatly, from students coming straight from high school to students with PhDs. It doesn’t seem to matter when it comes to the application process, so long as the general criteria are met.

      Thank you again. And yes it does! Happy holidays to you and your family.

      Best regards,
      Bianca

  • redvelvet93 says:

    Hi Bianca

    Hope you are well.

    What is the procedure to rent histology slides?

    Kind regards,

    Bhavini

    • Buda B says:

      Hi Bhavini,

      Unfortunately, the first department of anatomy (the one first years started in this year) does not have slides/microscopes to rent. If you know someone in second year (and in the second dept. of anatomy) you can ask them to rent slides for you.

      Otherwise there are a lot of great resources online. I’ve included a lot of links in my resources section.

      Also, if you are in first year and preparing for the first midterm, I can send you a PowerPoint practice exam that I made for the group that I TA for. It should be done by the end of the day/early tomorrow.

      -Bianca

  • redvelvet93 says:

    Thank you so much.

    I would be so grateful if you would be able to send me the ppt practice exam.

    My email is bhavinirajkumar@gmail.com

    Thank you!

  • Mariya says:

    Hello,
    Your blog is amazing ! I just got accepted in Semmelweis and I’m traveling all the way from Mauritius island to go there. I was wondering how do you get an apartment how easy it is to get from the university to the apartment and how how much do these apartment costs? I have never been to Europe let alone Hungary and I wanted some onto if you could enlighten me in your spare time,’
    Thanks,
    Mariya

  • Mariya says:

    Hey there,
    mariyagkl@outlook.com,
    Thanks.

  • Emma Hiebert says:

    Hi! I stumbled across your blog and it is super good! I am planning to apply to multiple Universities in Hungary and the Czech Republic next year.
    I was wondering, when did you start studying and how long were you studying per day? I feel like I have a lot of time to study but at the same time, I feel like I am not doing enough….

    Thanks a lot!
    Emma

    • Buda B says:

      Hi Emma! I’m so sorry that I am just replying to you now and that I’m too late to answer your questions. How did it go with your entrance exams? Have you found out the results yet? Hope it went well!

  • turkishtowel says:

    Hi! I recently stumbled across your blog and it is amazing! I really really enjoy just scrolling through!

    I’m planning to apply to a few Universities in Hungary and the Czech Republic next year. I was wondering when you started to study for the exams and how long you were studying per day. I feel like I have a lot of time but at the same time, feel like I’m not doing enough.

    Thanks a lot!

    Emma

  • Martha says:

    Thank you for these! Trying a couple as I type… I’d add the Shotgun Histology series by a pathologist on YouTube and Picmonic, for the visual learners.

    Shotgun Histology helped me get a perfect score on the histology practical exams, and it was the main resource I used.

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