INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE REPORT

Name of Organization: Moorfield's Eye Hospital
Location (city, country): London, England
Dates of your attendance: 5/1 - 5/14/2000
Purpose of site institution (3-4 words): Ophthalmological Hospital
Is there a language requirement? If so, state language:

English

Activities available:

patient care

Opportunities appropriate for:

clinical students
Should have already taken Ophtho 400 level course

  1. Please describe your activities while abroad (eg, seeing patients, clinical research, public health project, etc.):
    Followed physicians and actively participated in H+Ps although you cannot see pts on your own as liability limits even visiting resident's involvement. Plenty of surgical cases, but again cannot scrub. All cases are on video and extra teaching heads are readily available. Amazing selection of specialized clinics with an unmatched referral base. Interesting intro to a very different HC system. EXCELLENT away rotation if you are going into ophtho as this is a VERY famous Eye Hospital.

  2. Please describe the range of activities available, in addition to yours:
    They will give you a schedule but everything is fairly flexible. Would recommend staying at Moorfield's vs. going to other hospitals.

  3. Would you recommend this institution to other Penn medical students? Why?
    YES, however, this away rotation is only for very focused students interested in ophtho. If you can arrange the time, money and credit and you are interested in getting into a competitive ophtho residency program, this is a great trip!!! No funding was available when I went and London is expensive!

  4. What did you not like?
    Expensive, difficult to arrange as this is not a rotation organized for US med students. Although the activities are primarily observational, this is a resident-level style of program so the more you know about ophtho the more you will get out of it.

  5. Is there an application process for this institution? How does one arrange a visit? Are there important dates to know about?
    You have to arrange this yourself. Just call and get a letter from Scheie (preferrably Dr. Fine) supporting your stated interest. Start one year prior to planned date of visit. Try contacting Dr. Roberta Gausus at Scheie if you are interested in more details. Make sure you get some form of documentaton from the program before you book your ticket (they were somewhat disorganized when I made my plans).

  6. What costs were associated with the trip, other than transportation. Please include institutional fees, housing costs, food, etc.:
    Everything is up to you food, housing, transport, beer (required on several occasions) etc. There is a Med student elective fee of 600 pounds Sterling for 4 weeks, pro rated at 150 pounds per week for shorter stays. I was able to reduce this fee to 25 pounds/wk when I told them I was visiting from Scheie/Penn.

  7. Did you receive funding for this trip? If so, from whom and for how much? Please provide important information, such as contacts, application procedure, and due dates:
    Completely self-funded.

  8. Would you agree to be contacted by other students interested in this site? If so, please give your name and contact information:
    Erich Braun
    Email: erich@mail.med.upenn.edu
    Phone: 215-222-2315

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