Dean's Message

18 October 2018

The goal at the International School of Medicine (ISM) is to provide an exceptional training to fulfill the expectations of the talented students. The program allows the graduate competitively to pursue his/her career inside or outside Turkey. Our school is particularly selected by the students with highest score at the Turkish central University entrance exam (OYS/YKS).  Furthermore, we are blessed with presence of many talented students from abroad which creates a diverse population and rich cultural environment.
Currently there are 10 students coming from YKS and 5 students coming from foreign students category. The Education is English during the first 3 years. Students will need to learn Turkish during the clerkship years for patient contact and practice discussions. We have specially designed Turkish language course (Medical Turkish) offered free of charge during the first 3 years of the medical education. 
The education has been given in a comfortable environment. Most of our staff members have international experience, and the student can participate discussions actively.
The students take English proficiency test upon admission to the school. The students, who need language improvement, take an intensive course at the university followed by an advanced language course provided by Kaplan company in Boston. Our students typically spent 20 weeks in Boston for the English course. Based on our agreement Joslin Diabetes Center at the Harvard Medical School, our students visit Joslin facilities when they are in Boston.
First 2 years of the medical education take place at the Kavacık campus and last 4 years education is given at the University Hospital in Bağcılar. The medical operations at the hospital has been approved by Joint committee. The students have chances to do clinical rotations in other countries.
A special feature of the education at the ISM is that it gives the student to explore options in basic or clinical research facilities. There are 2 options for this purpose.
1-During the first year, student spends 6 weeks at the basic research labs as part of formal education  to explore basic research or clinical sciences. During the 2nd and 3rd year students continue their projects. Thus, they are able to present their works in national and international congresses and have a chance to publish in scientific journals.
2-The other option is to be able to pursue a career for double major and potentially PhD together with medical school. It is called MD/PhD program.  It is offered to eligible students after the completion of 3rd year at the medical school. It is consisted of PhD courses which are taken during the 4th and 5th year who fulfills the requirements to be able to graduate with an integrated doctorate. Thus, in the years to come, as a researcher beside patient care, it is possible to continue to career, to be able to contribute medicine. Total period of an MD/PhD program is expected to last 8 years.

Prof. Dr. Abdulkadir ÖMER