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Teaching: Internationalization of Medical Education at P&S

March 03, 2017

Gross Anatomy Teaching

On December 5, 2016 P&S students and Pathology-Anatomy faculty video-conferenced with their international counterparts in Halle, Germany and Kyoto, Japan presenting reports to each other that resulted from several prior small group meetings. The aim of the project is to promote early internationalization in medical education via early peer to-peer collaboration - starting in the Anatomy course that will hopefully extend throughout these students’ careers. The project was initiated in the P&S Anatomy course and is now in its third year.

This year, 55 students from the US, Japan and Germany had video-conferenced and worked together on papers in small groups (n=11) for 6 weeks prior to the final paper presentation. Students from the different schools chose to work on topics such as medical education, health insurance, abortion and residency training, comparing and contrasting these topics in their different countries.

The picture shows the Columbia group gathered for the conference including the Clinical Gross Anatomy course director, Dr. Paulette Bernd (left) and P&S Anatomy faculty Dr. Anette Wu (right). Dr. Takeshi Sakurai (faculty at P&S and Kyoto University) represented Kyoto University, Japan and Professor Dr. Heike Kielstein represented Halle University, Germany. Participating Anatomy students from P&S and CDM classes of 2020 are Max Pensack, Artur Wysoczanski, Lilian Mckinley, Shaheen Malick, Brandon Mogrovejo, Gabriel Garcia, Ngobitak Ndiwane, Vicky Ro, Michelle Chee, Taiwo Alonge (in picture). Students that are not shown in the picture and participated in the study are Andrew Heinrich, Ryan Blake and Jonathan Xu. In the background are screenshots of the German and Japanese students during the conference.

(The study was supported by a grant of the Virginia Apgar Academy of Medical Educators, Columbia University.)


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