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Exchanging perspectives: international students see U.S. health care in new light

Students participating in the Global Health Exchange Program through Penn State College of Medicine sit behind long conference tables arranged in a square and smile and nod their heads as they react to comments by Pennsylvania Deputy Secretary for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Dr. Loren Robinson, who is shown from the back.

Global Health Exchange Program students listen to Dr. Loren Robinson, Pennsylvania Deputy Secretary for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, during a meeting at the state Capitol.

By Carolyn Kimmel

As a first-year medical student in Taiwan, Sandra Tsai is learning firsthand about American health care and insurance coverage through Penn State College of Medicine’s Global Health Exchange Program (GHEP)—and realizing her preconceptions don’t always match with reality.

“The most impressive thing I learned about America is that the insurance system is so complicated and the cost of medical care is so high,” she said.

Tsai and nine other international students from Taipei Medical University, China Medical University and the University of West Indies-Cave Hill in Barbados came to the Hershey campus in July to gain a global perspective on an array of public health-related issues.


August 28, 2018 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

College of Medicine students see medicine through global lens

Global Health Scholars Rolfy Perez, Olivia Munizza and Ivana Marji pose with staff at the Hospital Regional de Loreto in Peru during their fourth-year trip. The four-story yellow and white hospital is flanked by palm trees and shrubs.

From left, Rolfy Perez, Olivia Munizza and Ivana Marji join staff at the Hospital Regional de Loreto in Peru during their fourth-year trip.

By Carolyn Kimmel

As she reflects on the past four years at Penn State College of Medicine, Jordan Trubiano points to her participation in the Global Health Scholars Program as a definite asset to her medical training.

“I gained an understanding that there are different strengths and weaknesses in each country’s health system, which will give me a different perspective to offer to future training programs and hospitals where I will work,” said Trubiano, who will do her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

In Ecuador, where she traveled twice—once after her first year of medical school and again last winter—maternal health care is free, and people marvel that health care in America is so expensive and doesn’t cover everyone, she said.

The Global Health Scholars Program appealed to her because it offered two chances to visit the same place. As a first-year student, she worked on nutritional lessons for elementary school students and, during her second trip, she completed medical rotations in reproductive and sexual health.


June 26, 2018 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

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.

Mountcrest faculty

Four Mountcrest University College faculty from Ghana are visiting Penn State College of Medicine for professional development. The four are Judith Osae-Larbi, Harriet Abbey, Faustina Oware-Gyekye and Demi Safo.

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…)

May 20, 2016 at 12:22 pm Leave a comment

College of Medicine and Ghana’s MountCrest University College begin collaborative relationship

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.


February 6, 2015 at 3:24 pm 4 comments

Video conferencing program connects College of Medicine students with rural Ghana

Penn State College of Medicine students videoconference with students in rural Ghana. The college students give presentations on health-related topics.

Penn State College of Medicine students video conference with students in rural Ghana. The college students give presentations on health-related topics from The Hershey Story museum.

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.


February 6, 2015 at 3:23 pm 1 comment

Bringing global experiences to Hershey

Dr. Graham Jeffries

Graham H. Jeffries, M.D.

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…)

August 2, 2012 at 11:00 am Leave a comment

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