Observership

Applicants who lack a sufficient level of Russian Language skills can undertake a time-limited program for the duration of 2, 4 or 6 months. The Program includes an Observership and Intensive Russian Language and medical in russian trainings, acting as a transition to residency. Foreign-trained physicians without minimally required Russian language skills cannot have patient care responsibilities as per current KSMU policies as well as local and federal government regulations.

The Observership is an informal shadowing experience that enables participants to attend patient rounds one or two times per week alongside our current Internal Medicine residents on their rotation schedule. Additionally, as an observer you will be encouraged to participate at our afternoon half-day teaching activities such as lectures and journal club sessions. This transitional period would allow you to become familiar with the structure and local health care processes: our institutional policies and culture within health care organizations that participate in training our residents.

However, primarily you would be required to attend medical in russian courses at KSMU and encouraged to further sign up at Russian language courses elsewhere in the city so that you would be able to meet the language requirements in order to start your residency training. We know that you want to begin residency the soonest and believe that living in this environment, learning from our local instructors and being surrounded by our residents would be the most effective way of reaching entry level language skills. 

Who is eligible?

Observership + Intensive Russian Language training is open to:

§  International medical graduates or fully trained physicians and specialists who graduated from a medical School or University listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools https://search.wdoms.org/ and who intend to undergo a residency training at KSMU.

§  The applicants who submitted the whole application package, successfully passed the interview, and are under consideration for residency training but lack sufficient Russian language skills.

Language training

Your command of Russian language at the start will determine the length of your staying in this transitional Observership program before entering your first year of residency.

  • Medicine in Russian language – at KSMU. You will be attending 3-4 times per week half-day intense language training of medical vocabulary in Russian.
  • Current fees for Observership here >>
  • Russian Language courses from any local language school at your choice

Your minimal acceptable level to enter the residency is the First Certification Level (TORFL-I/B1).

Successful performance in the First Level Certificate indicates an intermediate level of competence, which enables a candidate to satisfy his main communicative needs in everyday, cultural, educational and professional spheres in line with the State Standard of Competence in Russian as a Foreign Language. In addition, the First Level Certificate allows its holder to enroll in a Russian university.

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