A good physician needs to have a world view in this age when cultural diversity is the norm.
That's why fourth-year students at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine have the opportunity to expand the depth and breadth of their education by serving and learning in an international setting as part of their clinical rotations.
Students may select from among five established partnerships with hospitals and medical education programs in South Korea, France, India, Ghana, and Russia.
The diversity of the six programs runs the gamut from a rural health clinic in the impoverished village of Kasei, Ghana, to a sprawling medical school with an enrollment of 400 students and a wide scope of medical specialties in Kazan, Russia.
“Each location is a unique opportunity,” said Dr. David Trinkle, associate dean for community and culture. “Students will be exposed to differences in healthcare delivery, communication protocols, working as part of a healthcare team, and the availability of resources. These are practical and enriching experiences that they can take into their clinical practice.”
Two of the five locations, Wonju, South Korea and Saint-Lo, France already have longstanding sister-city agreements with Roanoke.
Scholarship support, donated by Cris and Landa Simmons, is available for the program in Mungeli, India.