Culture & Innovation in Healthcare

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VIA’s comparative health care programs empower medical students from across Asia to become empathetic, self-aware doctors able to communicate across boundaries. Programs combine cultural immersion, critical analysis and experiential learning activities with opportunities to experience the clinical, technological and entrepreneurial forces dramatically reshaping health care in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Programs

Medical Exchange and Discovery

Medical Exchange & Discovery

Deadline for applicants from all regions of Asia is April 28!

VIA’s Medical Exchange and Discovery (MED) Program brings together students from top medical schools in mainland China, Japan, and Taiwan for three weeks of rigorous comparative health care studies. Through visits to medical organizations across the San Francisco Bay Area, guest lectures, and interactive workshops, participants obtain firsthand exposure to the innovative approaches being developed to treat patients from diverse backgrounds. In addition, participants work closely with their peers, including students from Stanford and UCSF, to think critically about the strengths, weaknesses and future direction of health care in their home countries.

Exploring Health Care

The Exploring Health Care (EHC) Program connects students from Japanese medical universities with their peers in the U.S. to improve their ability to serve future patients by discovering the best aspects of healthcare in Asia and the United States. Participants will view health care and medicine through the eyes of students, patients, doctors, and researchers. Students from Stanford University and UCSF School of Medicine will join the program as Global Health Fellows and provide mentorship, lead activities and conduct lessons on a variety of healthcare topics.

Programs Staff

Ellison Weeks

Ellison Weeks

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Posted on Thursday November 10th, 2016 by Melissa Golden
MED 2016 Participants

Explorations in Health Care with MED

This summer, VIA proudly hosted 40 of Asia’s best and brightest medical students at Stanford University on our annual Medical Exchange and Discovery (MED) program. This intensive three-week cultural immersion and professional development experience empowered students to critically examine the