Culture & Innovation in Healthcare

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.


Exploring Health Care

Program Dates: Spring Session: March 18-30, 2019 | Summer Session: August 4-16, 2019
Open to: University students from Asia studying in a health-related field (pre-med, pharmacy, nursing, public health, etc)
Location: San Francisco & Stanford University, California
Application Deadline: Summer Session: Round 1 - April 28 | Round 2 - May 12
Medical Exchange and Discovery

Medical Exchange & Discovery

Program Dates: August 5-25, 2018
Open to: Medical students from mainland China, Japan, and Taiwan interested in comparative health care
Location: Stanford University, California
Application Deadline: Extended to May 27, 2018!

Recent Blog Posts

Posted on November 10, 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