INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE REPORT

Name of Organization: Institute on Aging, Department of Geriatrics
Location (city, country): Edinburgh, Scotland
Dates of your attendance: August 2003
Purpose of site institution (3-4 words): Medical School
Is there a language requirement? If so, state language:  

Activities available:

Patient care

 

Opportunities appropriate for:

Preclinical students
Clinical students

  1. Please describe your activities while abroad (eg, seeing patients, clinical research, public health project, etc.):
    We spent the majority of our time working on the inpatient geriatric service (including
    stroke service) at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. In addition, we went to a hospice, other hospital, GP office (made house visits), and various rehab facilities and care homes for the eldery throughout Edinburgh.


  2. Please describe the range of activities available, in addition to yours:
    The Measeay Scholarship is for a clinical experience in geriatrics. We met lots of other
    international medical students at the hospital who were working in different departments. However, we were the only students with a structured program.

  3. Would you recommend this institution to other Penn medical students? Why?
    Yes. It is a great opportunity to experience the health care system which is very different than ours- the pros and cons of a national health plan and free care. Scotland is a wonderful country with very friendly people, beautiful countryside, and tons of history.

  4. What did you not like?


  5. Is there an application process for this institution? How does one arrange a visit? Are there important dates to know about?
    Application is for the Measey Scholarship in International Geriatrics. Check out
    http://www.uphs.upenn.edu/gerimed/edu/measey1.shtml for duedate of application (usually in spring).

  6. What costs were associated with the trip, other than transportation. Please include institutional fees, housing costs, food, etc.:
    The Measey Scholarship provided a $2500 stipend for airfare, housing, and food.

  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:
    The Measey Scholarship provided a $2500 stipend for airfare, housing, and food.



  8. Would you agree to be contacted by other students interested in this site? If so, please give your name and contact information:
    Christine Perez
    Email: cperez@mail.med.upenn.edu
    Phone:

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