Young Russian Women Doctors and Their Foreign Husbands.
By Marina Smiley
An apple a day keeps the doctor
But if the doctor's cute, screw the fruit
When foreign men search through the Internet and see many of the
Young Russian ladies they are often surprised at how many of these
young ladies have a higher education. Of great interest to these men
are the number of young women, 23 to 25 years of age who put there
education and profession of that of a doctor. Many of the men have a
hard time believing this and keep asking the same questions
regarding this being a doctor, over and over again.
Perhaps, even you have asked the same question: Is it possible for
these young women to be a doctor?
Yes, guys, it is possible and I want to explain a little bit about
the educational system in Russia. Believe me, I know what I am
talking about because I finished the medical university myself, in
Russia. Donít expect a detailed report in this short article, as it
is not my goal today but rather a short and general picture.
In Russia, students usually finished middle school, which is
equivalent to American high schools, when they are 17 years old.
Those, who wish to become doctors, enter into the medical University
immediately. They finish middle school in June and by August have
pass the entrance exam to the university. In September they begin
their first year as students of the medical university. Each medical
University has a strict program. And students can not choose their
own schedule or classes. They have to go to the University EVERY day
for 6 years. Classes begin a 8.00 A..M and continue on till 5.00
P.M. every day except Sundays. Of course after school they have a
great deal of homework.
They have very short vacation after New Years from 10-14 days and
about one month in the summer. June is a completely busy month
because they final exams at the end of each year and in July they
have internships in the hospitals. This practice continues until the
middle of August and a new school year begins again in September. As
in the previous year, there are no choices of classes. The
curriculum is defined by the school.
There is literally no missing of classes whether for illness or any
other reason. If a student is ill, they must make up for the missed
classes and prove to the teacher that they know the material.
If young woman gets married and then pregnant, she has opportunity
to miss one year of her studies and then return to the same level
which she missed. It is call "academic vacation".
Very often a pregnant woman will choose another alternative, that of
continuing on in classes, uninterrupted until the birth of the baby.
Women who chose not to miss a year by taking the "academic
vacation". do so without any special considerations given to them.
They donít want to miss a year and continue going to school as other
students They will be treat as all other students are, and will
attend University every day. When it comes time to deliver the baby,
these women miss about three to five days of school and then returns
The academic pace is very difficult, the courses are very
stringent and the hours that need to be devoted to study are very
lengthy. The first three years of study has a great deal of
attrition. More than a third of the students who enter the first
year, drop out by the third year. Virtual all who remain will go on
to finish their studies.
Beginning in the third year students study clinical disciplines such
as surgery, therapies, ophthalmology, gynecology and others. Their
lessons are conducted no only in school but at special hospitals.
These hospitals have special auditoriums where the students can
study the theoretical part of their curriculum and after classes get
to see patients and obtain practice skills. This has nothing to do
with the summer internships, which they still must attend from June
through the middle of August. After six years of university level
classes these student are required to take and pass a government
exam. Upon successful completion of the government exam, they are
ready to take up residency to continue on to being a medical doctor.
So, lets do the math. A young woman enter the university system at
17 and spend six years to graduate That makes her 23 when she gets
her medical degree to be called doctor. That does not mean she has
finished her education because she still has to take up residency in
a hospital and is still under supervision.
It is not that much different in the American system. A young woman
graduates high school at 18 and enters a four year university. After
that she has three more years of medical school. If all is well, she
graduates with her medical degree.
Letís see, enters college at 18 plus 4 years of university and 3
years of medical school. This young women will be 25 when she
becomes a resident at a hospital.
It reality there is only one yearís difference between a young
Russian girl and a American girl.
Russian doctors seem to have a heart from gold. Doctors in Russia
work very hard and earn very little money and often times work for
months before they are paid by the government. But their devotion to
their profession is one of being commendable. Their concerns for
their patients far out ways their concern for money. Because of this
low pay, these women doctors who have placed their name on the
Internet are very surprised when a foreign man pays a great deal of
attention to the fact that they are doctors.
But in the western world the opposite holds true and if you married
a Russian woman who happens to be a doctor, she will be surprised
and shocked when she sees how much respect and attention is paid to
western medicine. She will even be more astounded to learn the type
of life style a western doctor has compared to those of the former
So, what type of family situation can you expect when you marry a
Russian doctor? I want to discuss a few common situations that can
occur. I personal know about them, because I know a lot of the
Russian doctors thru my own website for immigrants.
1. Woman who have decided to pass the exams and practice medicine
She has a very supportive husband who respects her wishes and
encourages her to study for the one to two years it may take before
she can take her board exams He is the type of man who fully
supports the family, paying for all the expenses his wife will incur
to complete her studies. He is also willing to relocate if his wife
needs to set up hospital residency in another state knowing that he
will see his wife very little as she spends 12 to 16 hours a day in
The number of men willing to go to this length for his wife: a very
2. Women want to study and pass the exams but is prevented from
doing so because of family situations:
Unfortunately, the family unit cannot survive without a two income
household. Because she has not had her education recognized by the
authorities where she lives, the only jobs available to her are low
paying, entry type jobs. This does not allow her the time or the
means to get the continuing education she would need to apply for a
The percentage of women in this position is very large,
3. The husband doesnít want his wife to work at all.
He doesnít care that she is a doctor. He just want a women with "old
family values" who will stay at home to cook clean and be a "wife".
chances of finding and keeping this kind of woman is very slim but
he may just be lucky enough to find such a woman who is willing to
give up her life long profession and trade it in for a apron and
title of housewife.
The percentage of women in this category; very small!
4. Women who are content with the situation:
There are many woman in a similar position as number 2 above but are
still able to get some education. These woman usually try to find
work in the medical field although the income is low. They have
given up on being a doctor but still want to work in the medical
field and take the low paying jobs that are offered.
Percentage of women in this category is also large.
5. Alternatives to Medicine
Even though the understand the prestige of being a doctor in the
western world as compared to Russia, they desire to pursue other
avenues and leave their medical degree behind.
Marina Smiley is medical Doctor by education, she used to have her own successful
company back in Russia. Marina is the author of the popular eBooks "The
shocking truth about Russian brides" and "
Long distance relationships, sex and love with Russian women" Marina hates the
stereotyping of so-called "mail order brides", and believes it is
about time to set up the record straight in regard to Russian women
seeking men for marriage.