Archive for 10/2013

Video upload: Talk on remaining active in global health as a resident physician

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by Lawrence Loh, MD MPH —- 65% of matriculating students in U.S. medical schools in 2011 expected to go abroad at one point or another in their career. Survey after survey has found skyrocketing interest in pursuing opportunities abroad. Despite that, once medical students finish their four years and grab that MD, they are often thrown into the whirlwind of internship and residency, and many…

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Second update from our students in La Romana

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By the McMaster ELE students in La Romana —- Now over a month into our trip, our project has progressed and grown, taking on some new directions. With our survey finalized and translated into Spanish, we began the process of data collection from both primary and secondary schools in the bateyes around La Romana. We’ve had a great deal of success with survey…

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Project: Minimum Ethical Standards for Short-Term Medical Experience

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By Lawrence Loh, MD MPH —- Since 2007 our volunteers have driven a number of enormously successful research projects looking at physician involvement in global health and the nature of short-term medical and global health experiences abroad. As always, The 53rd Week has conducted our research with the following underlying premises: short-term experiences are happening day in, and day out, and that exhortations by various…

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First update from our students on the ground

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By the McMaster ELE students in La Romana —- Let’s start off by introducing ourselves a little bit. We are Chris, Daniel, Brendan, and Julianne, a group of four Health Sciences students from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. We’re part of a specialization called Global Health, one component of which is the completion of an Embedded Learning Experience where we spend a…

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