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Sending knowledge across the globe: Visiting faculty from Ghana learn best practices at Penn State College of Medicine
Editor’s note: This story is one in an occasional series highlighting a relationship between Penn State College of Medicine and Mountcrest University College in Ghana.
This has a been a month of firsts for Judith Osae-Larbi – first trip to the United States, first look at where some of the cocoa beans from her native country end up and, most importantly, firsthand experience with a whole new way of teaching.
“We are used to the traditional lecturing method back home. Here we are seeing active learning methods and it is very, very exciting,” said the visiting health psychology teacher, one of four faculty members from MountCrest University College in Ghana visiting Penn State College of Medicine recently. (more…)
Penn State College of Medicine recently signed an agreement with MountCrest University College (MCU) to assist the school in becoming the first private medical school in Ghana.
According to Samuel Akortey Akor, deputy rector and dean of MCU’s School of Medical and Health Sciences, the collaboration allows the school to open its doors to medical students this year.
“It offers opportunity for both MountCrest and Penn State students to gain cross-cultural experiences in the practice of medicine through student exchange programs,” he said. “Partnerships like this are important to medical students because it instills understanding and confidence in the practice of medicine under different conditions and environments, keeping in mind the pursuit of excellence at all times.”
MCU’s long term goal is the transformation of medical education and medical practice by infusing humanistic care in the entire health services delivery system in Ghana.
According to Dr. Ben Fredrick (’00), director of the Global Health Center at the College of Medicine, MountCrest has an effective vision for healthcare in Ghana – that of the humanistic physician.
Penn State College of Medicine’s agreement with MountCrest University is not the school’s only initiative in Ghana. Its medical students are preparing for a series of interactive health lessons with middle school students in the country.
Graham H. Jeffries, M.D., professor emeritus of medicine, could be devoting his retirement to two of his passions—gardening and antique clocks—but it’s tough to make time considering that he still teaches at the College of Medicine, sees patients in a weekly clinic, and supervises six fellows.
Jeffries, who grew up on a farm in New Zealand, arrived in Hershey shortly after the College of Medicine was established. After completing medical school at the University of New Zealand, Jeffries became a Rhodes Scholar before accepting a gastroenterology fellowship at New York Hospital and Cornell University Medical College. Shortly after being named chief of the department, Jeffries was contacted by George T. Harrell, M.D., founding dean of the College of Medicine, who invited him to join the new medical school as professor and chair of medicine. More than forty years later, Jeffries’ career and achievements are were recognized by Penn State with an honorary alumni award this June. The award is given to honor exceptional people who have made contributions toward Penn State’s welfare, reputation, or prestige.
“After being at the Medical Center for almost forty-three years, I already feel like I am an alum,” Jeffries says. “As a physician, one continues to learn throughout their career, and most of my education has been at Penn State.” (more…)