Why commit a semester to study abroad in Shanghai?
While medical schools demand a strong undergraduate performance in biology, chemistry, physics and math, they also look for something more. Cultural competency is clearly one of the most important attributes young physicians must have today in this increasingly global world. And having an appreciation for the unique challenges that face our world community is likewise beneficial.
Washington University in St. Louis now offers a program tailored for undergraduate students interested in global health and international health care delivery - the Global MedPrep Scholars Program. In this program students have the opportunity to spend the fall semester of their sophomore, junior, or senior year in Shanghai, China's largest city and one of the world's greatest cultural and financial centers.
Through an international cultural exchange with Fudan University, one of China's premier universities, Washington University prehealth students now have the opportunity to experience firsthand the unique history and culture of one of the world's most beautiful countries while engaging in a structured academic curriculum. This curriculum has been designed to give prehealth students a unique experience and set of skills that will strengthen their cultural competency while allowing them to see how medicine is practiced in another part of the world.
The Global MedPrep Scholars Program will allow the prehealth student to not only develop one's linguistic skills and cultural understanding but also one's knowledge of a divergent health care system, creating a more global healthcare perspective helpful not just for one's preparation for medical school but more importantly for one's long-term efficacy as a practitioner of medicine.
In order to be able to compare and contrast the similarities and differences that exist between the U.S. and China, all students that are accepted into the Global MedPrep Scholars Program will be offered a spot in MedPrep II - the Shadowing Experience, in the semester of their choice when they return to St. Louis.