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BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 01 March 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:030380
  1. Ramsey Chammaa, fifth year medical student1
  1. 1Charles University, Pilsen, Czech Republic

Ramsey Chammaa was intent on going to medical school in his own country, the United Kingdom, but when he didn't get the grades he needed for his offer he decided to take on the challenge of medicine in the Czech Republic

You might not think studying medicine in the United Kingdom could be seen as a luxury, but I think it is. At school, I felt medicine was the only real calling for me; other opportunities seemed enticing but not worth a life long commitment. After an interview, I received an offer from a university in London; the future for which I had struggled seemed like it would become reality.

Something I hadn't planned for happened next; I didn't get the grades I needed for my offer, and, worse still, I didn't know what to do. That's when I heard about the possibility of studying abroad.

An agency offered me the chance to apply to one of four universities around the world either in America (quickly eliminated by the prospect of facing debt for the next 15 years), Moscow, Warsaw, or Pilsen in the Czech …

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