Assuming I had a good grasp of written and spoken Mandarin (and a standardized test score to prove it), a background in the basic sciences, and Taiwanese friends and co-workers in semi-high places, how difficult would be, as a foreigner, to apply to and make it through a decent Taiwanese medical school? Would I have a reasonable chance of getting accepted?
I wouldn’t expect medical school here (or anywhere!) to be easy, even for native speakers. If you planned on flaming me for being some boob looking to add “MD” to the end of his name some easy way, kindly hold your fire. It’s just that number one, I have no chance of getting into a US medical school. A 24 year old with a non-science liberal arts degree, who was a straight B student, and who hasn’t been hustling for internships in hospitals since gradutation, is going to get laughed out the door, even with an MCAT score over 40. I just can’t compete, let’s be realistic.
Secondly, I’m not certain I’ll ever permanently leave East Asia. At this point, I don’t ever plan on moving back to my native USA for good. Attending medical school in the part of the world where I plan to live makes a lot of sense, if I’d want to offer care that’s culutrally suitable.
BTW, I also speak some Japanese, and wouldn’t be opposed to attending medical school in Japan either, if I could get my Japanese up to snuff.