Exchange opportunities

Typically, Year 3 is when most students participate in an exchange at one of Western's partner universities. See the BMSc website for more details and see Kathy Boon during her drop-in hours to find out how an exchange impacts completion of an Honors Specialization in IMS.

New** Year 4 exchange at Vrije Universiteit (VUmc) in Amsterdam, Netherlands

This exchange takes place in first-term (September - December) of Year 4 of the Honors Specialization in IMS. Application is restricted to students in Year 3 of the Honors Specialization in IMS.

The deadline to apply to the VUmc exchange for the upcoming September is January 15th.

Exchange Details:
Students will take two courses and one "Minor Module" at VUmc which will transfer back to Western as 2.5 courses/credits. Students will return to Western for second term to take Medical Sciences 4900G, 4930G, 0.5 4000-level basic medical science course and two additional half courses.

  • Translational Sciences in Medicine - 0.5 credit (see details)
  • Minor Literature Essay - 0.5 credit (see details)
  • one of six "Minor Modules" - 1.5 credits (see below for details)

"Minor Modules" at VUmc:
Students will complete one of the six Minor Modules below (each Minor Module is made up of three courses). The 1.5 credits transferred for the Minor Module will be used as 1.5 of the "2.0 courses at the 4000-level from at least two subject areas" required in Year 4 IMS. See below for a brief description of each Minor Module and the credits (including the subject areas) that will transfer back to Western.

Cardiovascular Research Challenges

Selected topics on cardiovascular diseases, their origin and development, diagnoses and treatments are presented and discussed. Students will design a proposal for future research based on past research within the cardiovascular research field.

More details are available on the VUmc website for Cardiovascular Research Challenges.

Cardiovascular Research Challenges will transfer to Western as:

  • 0.5 4000-level Medical Sciences
  • 0.5 4000-level Pathology
  • 0.5 4000-level Physiology

Translational Sciences in Medicine will transfer as a 0.5 course (3000-level Science).

Minor Literature Essay will transfer as a 0.5 hourse (3000-level Writing).

Child Healthcare

Current research topics in pediatrics and the challenges and differences in health care from babies to adolescents when compared to adult medical and psychiatric care.

The module in Child Healthcare is divided into three courses:

  • Current research in pediatrics
  • Food and health/pediatric threats and support
  • Child Public Health

More details are available on the VUmc website for Child Healthcare.

Child Healthcare will transfer to Western as:

  • 1.0 4000-level Epidemiology
  • 0.5 4000-level Pathology

Translational Sciences in Medicine will transfer as a 0.5 course (3000-level Science).

Minor Literature Essay will transfer as a 0.5 hourse (3000-level Writing).

Clincial Neuroscience - Life of Brain

The human brain is formed by a very complex and mysterious network of neurons. Even relatively mild damage to this network can have a very large and lasting impact on the daily lives of patients. In this minor, you will be guided through the brain as we age, focusing on common (and uncommon) neurological disorders in each stage of life.

The module in Clinical Neuroscience - Life of Brain - is divided into three courses:

  • Pediatric Neurology
  • Adult Neurology
  • Neurodegeneration

More details are available on the VUmc website for Clinical Neuroscience - Life of Brain.

Clincial Neuroscience - Life of Brain will transfer to Western as:

  • 0.5 4000-level Anatomy and Cell Biology
  • 0.5 4000-level Medical Biophysics
  • 0.5 4000-level Pathology

Translational Sciences in Medicine will transfer as a 0.5 course (3000-level Science).

Minor Literature Essay will transfer as a 0.5 hourse (3000-level Writing).

Global Health, Diversity & Conflict

This module builds on recent developments and practices within the fields of Global Health, Gender and Diversity and Health Care in
Conflict Areas and places them in a broader perspective (e.g.psychological, societal, managerial, political and economic).

The module in Global Health, Diversity & Conflict is divided into three courses:

  • Global Health
  • Gender & Diversity
  • Healthcare in Conflict Areas

More details are available on the VUmc website for Global Health, Diversity & Conflict.

Global Health, Diversity & Conflict will transfer to Western as:

  • 1.0 4000-level Epidemiology
  • 0.5 4000-level Pathology

Translational Sciences in Medicine will transfer as a 0.5 course (3000-level Science).

Minor Literature Essay will transfer as a 0.5 hourse (3000-level Writing).

Immunology-Infection-Cancer Connected

An in-depth education in immunology, ranging from research defining basic molecular principles to translational testing and clinical application, combined with two important related research fields, i.e. oncology and infection biology. This module is specifically interesting for future oncologists, rheumatologists, neurologists, gastroenterologists, pathologists, medical microbiologists and internists.

The module in Immunology-Infection-Cancer Connected is divided into three courses:

  • Challenges in Clinical Immunology
  • Infectious Diseases: Understanding Pathogens and the Strategies to Eradiate Them
  • Cancer: From basi science to clinical breakthroughs

More details are available on the VUmc website for Immunology-Infection-Cancer Connected.

Immunology-Infection-Cancer Connected will transfer to Western as:

  • 1.0 4000-level Microbiology and Immunology
  • 0.5 4000-level Biochemistry

Translational Sciences in Medicine will transfer as a 0.5 course (3000-level Science).

Minor Literature Essay will transfer as a 0.5 hourse (3000-level Writing).

Personalized Medicine

Medical treatments are usually based on the principle of ‘one size fits all’. However, patients are different in their genetic DNA profile, immune system, metabolism and many other characteristics. Thus for your individual patient, the treatment should be optimized by accounting for these personal characteristics. For example, in oncology you aim to target affected cells, without harming normal cells. To visualize the pathway of the medicine, it is connected to a radioactive nucleus which can be seen at a nuclear medicine scan. You can then verify if the medicine arrives at the target tissue, and not in healthy tissues. Also, you can assess if the desired metabolic effect is reached. Is your patient a responder or not? This is ‘Personalized Medicine’.

The module in Personalized Medicine is divided into three courses:

  • Medical Imaging
  • Advanced Diagnostics
  • Nanomedicine

More details are available on the VUmc website for Personalized Medicine.

Personalized Medicine will transfer to Western as:

  • 1.0 4000-level Biochemistry
  • 0.5 4000-level Medical Biophysics

Translational Sciences in Medicine will transfer as a 0.5 course (3000-level Science).

Minor Literature Essay will transfer as a 0.5 hourse (3000-level Writing).

We hope that the first IMS student will participate in the exchange during the Fall term of the 2018/19 academic year. See what other students have said about their experiences.

Questions about the exchange and the impact of completing the Honors Specialization in IMS?
See Kathy Boon during her drop-in hours.