Reflections from the International Summer Program 2018

From July 16 to 27, the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry hosted medical students from partner institutions abroad during its third International Summer Program.

Students participate in a range of activities, including lectures, group-based learning modules, visits with community organizations and cross-cultural workshops. There is also time for cultural outings and opportunities to explore the campus and the city of London. The overall aim is to expand global health perspectives and interact with peers from around the world.

“I wanted to participate in this program because I wanted to know how the medical system works outside of Peru,” said Antonio Barrenechea, a sixth-year Universidad Cientifica del Sur student enrolled in the MD Program. “I also wanted to meet people who would further my personal development and broaden my view of what I can do as a health care professional.”

“Coming originally from Sudan, I have experienced first-hand how health care systems vary in different parts of the world,” said Alea Mohamed, a second-year medical student from Mohamed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences in Dubai. “There are many prevalent diseases in Sudan that do not exist in other regions of the world. I believe it is our responsibility as health care professionals to address these global health issues in different areas.”

Ivy Wang, a fifth-year student from West China School of Medicine, believes that global health issues connect everyone in some capacity and feels it’s critical to learn more about the issues. “As a future medical worker, I have the responsibility of taking part in solving such problems.”

The Internationalization Office wishes to thank all those who contributed to making the Program such a success. “We greatly appreciate the professionalism and enthusiasm of all those involved. The Program would not be possible without such a great team!” says Silke Klenk, Director, Internationalization.