Dr. Zamir: Road From Studying Medicine in Romania to Becoming a Doctor in the UK
This is Dr Zahir Zamir, one of the brightest examples of students graduating from medicine abroad and later returning to the UK to practice medicine. Dr Zamir walks us through his journey and how Medlink Students can help you study medicine in Europe.
Dr Zamir’s journey began in 2013 when he initially applied to the University of Carol Davila in Bucharest to study medicine. The bureaucracy, admission process, and entrance exam, however, were very complicated. Unfortunately, Zamir and 5 other UK applicants he met at that time in Bucharest weren’t successful.
Not long after, Zamir met Sam, a student from the University of Craiova in Romania. He helped Zamir and his fellow students secure a place in the said university. They all made the journey to Craiova and began life there as medical students.
Zamir was excited to enrol at the medical faculty because he was finally able to start his journey into his dream course. Despite being worried at the start, he quickly settled in. Zamir enjoyed the new culture, style of teaching in Eastern Europe and meeting an abundance of international students.
During his 6 years of studying medicine in Romania, he was honoured to be appointed head of the English section as the university noticed he was always helping other students. Students had all sorts of issues and queries, because they were in a completely new environment in Europe – it was a new country and a new language. Zamir felt it was a really rewarding experience to help international students. Many students appreciated his guidance. They were thrilled that every year they were getting closer to becoming doctors.
The lectures and labs were fully taught in English and the professors were very knowledgeable, friendly, and experienced! Zamir noticed Eastern European professors regularly provided students with extra support out of university hours which proved very helpful to him and his colleagues. For example optional Anatomy workshops at the weekends or clinical skills workshops such as suturing classes in the evenings. By year 3, they began clinical rotations in the hospitals. It was electrifying to have first-hand experience with patients.
Most patients were old and did not speak much English, but by then Dr Zamir had naturally picked up common keywords of the local language. However, teachers always translated what the patients were saying into English so international medical students could understand. They would then discuss the patients’ symptoms and problem solve what the diagnosis was.
After 6 years of studying his dream course, Zamir passed all his exams and graduated as a doctor of medicine in 2018. He and his colleagues had an amazing graduation ceremony alongside their families, teachers and colleagues. They were all thrilled to have reached what they have always dreamt of. They were now doctors, confident in their clinical skills because the course was very clinically oriented. They spent their last 3 years seeing patients every single day at the university hospital.
“Looking back, those 6 years passed like a breeze because, despite a few challenges, it was a really enjoyable and insightful experience full of self-growth.” - Dr Zamir says.
In 2019, he returned to the UK and applied for registration with the General Medical Council by simply filling in a form online. Then he was invited for an interview to prove his identity. He brought his university certificate and passport only to the interview. He was eligible for a foundation year 2 doctor position. However, Zamir decided to apply and obtain a Foundation year 1 post, because he felt like one extra year of training would benefit him to get more clinical experience and learn more about the standard operating procedures in the NHS. Working as a doctor for the NHS has been a phenomenal feeling for Zamir. He has been a key factor in the front lines of changing the lives of hundreds of NHS patients. He did what he loved and he felt fulfilled.
Looking back, Zamir was nervous at first, with the thought of leaving home and settling into a new country with new surroundings. He did not know what to expect. It was going to be a new language and a new culture. However, he settled easily alongside many international students from all over the globe who were on the same path as him.
During medical school, he saw new students struggling every September as they came into university. Zamir and a few colleagues of his took it upon themselves to help and guide the students who wish to make the same journey as they did abroad through our organisation Medlink Students. They wanted to streamline the process and make it as stress-free as possible, so newcomers can secure their place and enjoy their experience to its full potential.
We at Medlink Students are a combination of doctors, medical students and full-time professionals who will help you along your journey of becoming a doctor or dentist, no matter where you come from, or where you will study in Europe. We also provide full ongoing support from the moment you approach us up to the time you graduate as a doctor and begin work in any country that you choose around the world. This involves any help you require to register as a licensed doctor in that country.
“I can’t wait to help YOU start YOUR journey and fulfil YOUR dreams just like I did mine.” - Dr Zamir
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