December 19, 2018

UAB International Medical Education partners with Chung Shan Medical University for medical student exchange program

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Picture2UAB International Medical Education (IME) has designed an engaging training elective in partnership with Chung Shan Medical University (CSMU) in Taiwan that includes all arrangements for flights, daily transportation, on-site support, housing and meals. Additionally, the elective includes excursions to Taipei, Sun Moon Lake, the historic Nantun Village and Wanhe Temple, which was completed in 1726.

Two UAB MS1s, Mallory Smith and Karyn Ding, were selected from many qualified applicants and were awarded $5,000 scholarships from UAB IME to participate in a fully structured international training program at CSMU in Taichung, Taiwan from June 4 until July 1 of this past year. Mallory Smith trained in the Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Medical Imaging. Karyn Ding trained the Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Nuclear Medicine.

“This experience has reinforced the importance I see in having cross-cultural experiences within medicine,” said Smith. “I realize I will have to continue to be intentional about putting myself in situations where I am challenged culturally, so I can learn and grow to be a more culturally-competent physician.”

Ding also deeply valued her experience. “At the Chung Shan Medical University (CSMU) hospital, I observed incredible efficiency in clinics, compassion in the medical field and incredible diversity of religion,” she said. “These experiences will undeniably shape me into the physician I hope to become and will guide my future perspectives.”

In exchange, CSMU sent four of their top-tier medical students to UAB to train from Oct. 22 to Nov. 18. They were accepted in the UAB International Visiting Medical Student (IVMS) program and trained by SOM faculty in the departments of Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Surgery.

UAB International Medical Education establishes international health collaborations and develops service and training study abroad opportunities to help UAB SOM future leaders in medicine and research understand health disparities and gain skills in the field of global health. This coming June, UAB IME will once again fund two study abroad scholarships totaling $10,000 to send two MS1s to Taiwan.