Medicine: The Foreign Route

With only a B average at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Ronald Koval of Dover, N.J., knew that he faced tough competition when he applied for admission to medical school back in 1965. So he was not surprised when each of his eight applications was rejected, one with a curt note wishing him success in another field. But Koval refused to abandon his ambition to become a doctor. For the past seven years, he has been studying at Belgium's Free University of Brussels, and next month he will finally receive his M.D. degree.

Koval is one of some 4,000...

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