Welcome to the wikipages of SCOPE Romania! You will have the chance to find out a couple of things about our beautiful and welcoming country and about the organization of the medical students that make the exchanges in Romania so great!
A little bit of Geography...
Romania is a country located in Southeastern and Central Europe, North of the Balkan Peninsula, on the Lower Danube, within and outside the Carpathian arch, bordering on the Black Sea. Almost all of the Danube Delta is located within its territory. Romania has the 9th largest territory and the 7th largest population (with 21.5 million people) among the European Union member states. Its capital and largest city is Bucharest (Romanian: Bucureşti) the 6th largest city in the EU with 1.9 million people.
Our health care system
Health care is generally poor by European standards, and access is limited in certain rural areas. In 2001 health expenditures were equal to 6.5 percent of gross domestic product. In 2005 there were 1.9 physicians and 7.4 hospital beds per 1,000 people. The system has been funded by the National Health Care Insurance Fund, to which employers and employees make mandatory contributions. Private health insurance has developed slowly.
Our hospitals as well as the health care system, is in a constant development, especially since Romania has joined the European Union in 2007. The hospitals in the renowned universitary centers are well-equipped with modern technology and dedicated personnel.
About studying Medicine in Romania
The Medical Faculty in Romania is a 6-year programme. During the first 2 years, students get in contact with the preclinical subjects of medicine and move on to the clinical aspects beginning the 3rd year. During these 6 years, the medical students will have the chance to have clerkships in every medical specialty with durations that vary according to the importance of each pathology covered. This way, at the end of our studies, we will have an idea about the medical activities in all specialties and will have a wider view when it comes to deciding what to choose as our own specialty. In order to enter the Medical Faculty, candidates need to pass an initial examination which assesses their knowledge in Anatomy and Physiology, or Chemistry. At the end of the 6 years of Faculty, graduates need to pass a final exam that is conducted reagionally. According to these ranking, graduates will choose the specialty in which they will do their internship depending on the available places in each universitary center. This recidency period in Romania varies from 4 to 7 years.