||6/02 - 8/02
of site institution (3-4 words):
||Paris Academic Hospital
a language requirement? If so, state language:
||No, but French is recommended
- Please describe your activities while abroad (eg, seeing
patients, clinical research, public health project, etc.):
I worked on the orthopedics floor of a large Paris hospital.
There was the opportunity to see patients independently
and participate in surgery, but you need to speak a bit
of French. I did a lot of observing and spent time with
the English-speaking patients and
students. International students do electives for credit
here. I had no real responsibilities or expectations as
a first year student, but managed to learn a little medicine
since the docs and students like to practice their english.
The most interesting thing was talking with international
students about their education, health care systems and
their view of American health care (they hate it but love
- Please describe the range of activities available,
in addition to yours:
- Would you recommend this institution to other Penn
medical students? Why?
Yes, because you get to see health care from a completely
different perspective. Also, they will let you do as much
or more as a 4th year student in the OR. But that's if you
speak the language.
- What did you not like?
Although they make it clear when applying that knowing French
is not required at all, they expect that you do when you
get there and I didn't know that. If you don't then they'll
just make the best of the situation because everyone's carefree
and enough people speak
- Is there an application process for this institution?
How does one arrange a visit? Are there important dates
to know about?
Talk to Dr. Silberberg and get the application and info.
- What costs were associated with the trip, other than
transportation. Please include institutional fees, housing
costs, food, etc.:
Housing was around $600/month, which is cheap for paris.
It was in a minimal but acceptable and safe apartment building/dorm.
- 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:
- Would you agree to be contacted by other students interested
in this site? If so, please give your name and contact information:
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