The importance of exchanges for the medical students of the world

ifmsa-exchanges

(IFMSA, 2016)

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mr Anton Sundberg. The writer is a first-semester medical student at the Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany.  Mr Sundberg is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA).

Systems of any kind are naturally a reflection on the culture and history they are based on. As a result, nuanced schemes have been formed that include factors relevant to its participants and excludes aspect which are not.

Healthcare and education are two aspects that are characteristic to every country in terms of their structure and in what they contain. However, in times of globalisation where we are faced with problems and issues which we can only hope to resolve in an international and joint effort, it is important to understand the systems at work in the area of engagement.

In an effort to tackle global health issues, it has become more and more evident that in order to make a lasting difference, solutions have to be created from the inside, thus slowly building up a framework embedded in the existing healthcare system and to make do with locally available funds and resources. Projected onto the medical field, this can only be achieved if the international physicians and experts that are to work with the local personnel and officials understand the system they are trying to support and improve.

Exchanges while still in medical school offer a splendid way for aspiring doctors to get an insight into the problems and worries that exist in other places. While the western world generally is privileged to have access to resources, knowledge, as well as staff and technology, for many people around the world diarrhoea – easily treatable and preventable – still proves fatal due to a lack of access to medical treatment.

So global health issues are really a matter of making healthcare affordable and accessible in places where it currently is not. Students would be able to see and learn about diseases that don’t necessarily play a role in their own education and open them up to the specific knowledge on how to tackle diseases with limited resources and materials. The countries in question are mostly economically weak or war-torn third world countries, with difficult access to good education as well.

So the other way around, students from places affected by the current global health issues could get a chance to acquire the latest medical knowledge and skills at state-of-the-art institutions.

But most importantly, exchanges can bring these two worlds together and connect students with other students, physicians and faculties around the world at an early stage of their career. A network is created in which developing ideas, reaching out for resources in form of staff or funds and eventually, skilfully embedding the best medical solutions into a system in a way that they will prevail, will be possible.

Global health problems don’t cease to exist after the big first wave getting the world media’s attention has been fended off. The systems that allowed for such developments to happen will have to be improved and pursued. And for that, it is vital for our future physicians to understand the circumstances and realities they will face and to leave the bubble of privileged healthcare.

To actually go abroad and to spend time in places where medical treatment is not self-evident will change every students approach to their future trade. They will be the ones to go out to make a difference together with all the people and fellow students they meet along their educational journey.

About the author

Anton Sundberg, born in Stockholm and raised near Munich, Germany is a 20-year-old first-semester medical student at the Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe University Frankfurt. After finishing high school, he spent one year traveling the world as well as working on a work-and-travel visa in Australia. This is where he discovered his passion for traveling and getting to know new cultures. Especially in South-East-Asia and on the Fiji Islands, he got a first impression of the extreme poverty, social inequality and the lack of infrastructure and healthcare. 

Upon returning home from his trip, he completed a 6-month training for paramedic in order to confirm and to further develop his interest in medicine. From June to September this year, he interned at a cardiological clinic in Fortaleza, Brazil where he got a deep insight into a underfunded healthcare system with all its consequences before returning to Germany to begin his studies.

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

the European Sting Milestones

Featured Stings

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

Opening Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Yang Yanyi, Head of the Chinese Mission to the EU at the Chinese Fashion Night

FROM THE FIELD: South Sudan’s green shoots, highlight environmental recovery from war

European Commission determined to conclude EU-Mercosur trade deal this year despite French concerns

Refugee crisis: Commission proposes a new plan urging EU countries to help Italy

Rising insecurity in Central Africa Republic threatens wider region, Security Council told

PM May fosters chauvinism, declares trade war on Europe

Statement by Cecilia Malmström, Member of the EC in charge of Trade, on the successful conclusion of the final discussions on the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) – Brussels, 08 Dec 2017. (Copyright: European Union; Source: EC - Audiovisual Service; Photo: Georges Boulougouris)

The EU and Japan seal free trade pact that will cover 30% of global GDP

World Cancer Day: Early cervical cancer diagnosis could save lives of over 300,000 women

The ECB again takes care of the bankers not the people

MWC 2016 LIVE: Ingenu steps up efforts to build LPWA networks across the globe

The EU Commission by serving the banks offers poor support to European mainstream political parties

We know ethics should inform AI. But which ethics?

It’s ‘time for concrete action’ says UN chief, welcoming inter-Korean agreement

“Financial crisis will not happen in China!”, the Chinese Premier underlines from Switzerland; the Sting reports live from World Economic Forum 2015 in Davos

How will the NATO-EU competition evolve in the post Brexit era?

Third Facebook-Cambridge Analytica hearing: data breach prevention and cures

May led Britain to chaos, now looks for way out with unpredictable DUP

How can consumers be effectively protected from insurance sellers?

EU decides “in absentia” of civil society

New energy security framework will help meet growing needs in East Africa, sustainably – UN economic wing

Close to 7,000 evacuated from Syrian towns after enduring nearly 3-year siege

Chart of the day: The internet has a language diversity problem

Reality Shock

Intel @ European Business Summit 2014: Better decisions now, the new business dashboard 

EU, Brazil to hold high level Summit in Brasilia

UN says ‘many humanitarian achievements’, one year after ouster of ISIL from Mosul

Scientists can lead the fight against fake news

The sad plight of fledging doctors

IMF: All you want to know about Argentina

Vaccinations and the movement of anti-vaccers

Why we need a moderate approach to moderating online content

A Sting Exclusive: “Europe must be more ambitious in COP21 and lead on climate finance and sustainable development”, Green UK MEP Jean Lambert points out from Brussels

Confronting neo-mercantilism: why regulation is critical to global trade

How the powerful science of behaviour change can make us healthier

South Sudan’s foreseen genocide: from “Never Again” to “Again and Again and Again”?

Ukraine pays the price for lying between Russia and the EU

Breaking barriers between youth in the new tech era: is there an easy way through?

New roadmap toward healthier and cleaner oceans adopted by UN Environment and European Commission

This Chinese tech giant’s latest gadget is… a bus

Oh, well, you are wrong, Google responds to the European Commission

‘Favour dialogue’ over violence, UN chief urges all parties following clashes in Mali’s capital

COP21 Breaking News_03 December: UNFCCC Secretariat Launches Forest Information Hub

How music can help children with autism connect

Consumers suffer three defeats

Trump questions US – Europe kinship, approaches Russia

The European Sting @ Mobile World Congress 2014, Creating What’s Next for the World. Can EU Policy follow?

Here’s how to prepare South-East Asia’s young people for the future

What the global Internet’s stakeholders can learn from Europe’s new data law

In the future of work it’s jobs, not people, that will become redundant

Summer JADE Meeting 2015: We came curious, we left inspired

Women vital for ‘new paradigm’ in Africa’s Sahel region, Security Council hears

2016 crisis update: the year of the Red Fire Monkey burns the world’s markets down

Parliament: Last compromise on bank single resolution mechanism

Threats from mammoth banks and Brussels fuel May’s poll rates

Why Eurozone needs a bit more inflation

UN chief welcomes ‘first concrete step’ in normalizing Eritrea-Ethiopia relationship

Eurozone: In vicious cycle of disinflation and unemployment?

Guterres expresses ‘grave concern’ following explosion at large political rally for reform-minded Ethiopian Prime Minister

A few, or rather two, trade and economic alliances may rule our brave new world

UN gender agency hails record-breaking number of women in new US Congress as ‘historic victory’

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s