Senior Medical Student Program in the USA

The State University of New York, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at BUFFALO and The State University of New York, Upstate Medical University at SYRACUSE entered into an agreement with the four Hungarian universities that educate medicine to provide 3 month credit- bearing senior electives to medical students who are in their 5th year of education.

The rotations begin in July and October, 2008 and January and April, 2009.

This program is sponsored and managed by the HUNGARIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (HMAA)

The purpose of the Program is to facilitate the exchange of personnel, experience and knowledge between the involved Medical Universities. With this program the HMAA contributes and provides broad medical knowledge to young Hungarian physicians who are entering the Hungarian Health Care System.

Students may take the following electives: Internal Medicine – Endocrinology, Internal Medicine in hospital, Pediatrics – Child Neurology, Neurosurgery, Neurology, Emergency Care, Surgical Oncology, Medical Oncology, Neuroradiology

Please note that these electives are subject to availability at the the time of the rotation.

Students are expected to provide:

  • Round trip air transportation
  • Cost of books, materials if required
  • Health insurance
  • Meal costs (some Buffalo departments provide meal tickets for use in the
  • Medical liability (coordinated by HMAA)

Contact persons:  Éva Tamoga, e mail:

Dr.László Mechtler, email:

Student housing is provided by the HMAA in Buffalo, although students who receive a scholarship from HAESF (Hungarian American Enterprize Scholarship Fund) are expected to pay $150.00 USD a month each to offset some of the costs. For further information about HAESF visit the website.

Who can apply?

Hungarian medical students who are in their 5th year of education beginning September 2007.

Deadline: applications must be postmarked by December 14, 2007.

Requirements (written in 2 copies):

  • Completed Application Form
  • Letter of recommendation from the Dean
  • Letter of recommendation from two different department chairmen
  • Copy of index and statement of the medical student status
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of motivation/intent
  • TOEFL exam, passport size photo

The application must be complete, otherwise it will be automatically rejected.

One copy with a photo to be sent to:

HMAA  c/o Eva Tamoga Ed.M.

651 Honeydale Court

East Amherst, NY 14051, USA

One copy with a photo to be sent to:

Semmelweis University,

Directorate of International Relations                           Phone: +36 1 317 9079

1085 Budapest                                                                       Fax:     +36 1 459 1559

Üllői u.26.fszt.7.                                                                      e mail:

For further information contact either Semmelweis University or your local program coordinator.

Program coordinator in Debrecen:

Prof. László Módis Phone: +36 52 416 392

University of Debrecen                                    Fax:     + 36 52 432 290

Department of Physiology                                           e mail:

4012 Debrecen, Nagyerdei krt 98.

Program coordinator in Pécs:

Prof. Péter Németh Phone: +36 72 536 290

University of Pécs                                                                   Fax:     +36 72 536 289

Department of  Immunology and Biotechnology                       e mail:

7643 Pécs

Szigeti u.12.

Program coordinator in Szeged:

Prof. Gyula Szabó Phone: +36 62 545 994

University of  Szeged                                                  Fax:     +36 62 545 710

Department of  Pathophysiology                                  e mail:

6701 Szeged

Semmelweis u.1., Pf. 427

HMAA Representative in Hungary:

Eszter Bodnár MD Phone: +36 1 220 4630

Budapest                                                                                +36 30 276 8221

e mail:

All students must submit an EXIT INTERVIEW to HMAA Chair after the end of rotation.

Application Form is available on the HMAA website ( under Exchange Program.