Why do medical students need to go abroad to become a doctor in 2017?

IFMSA, 2017

This article was exclusively written for the Sting by Mr. François Janssens , a medical student at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Brussels. He is also affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA). However, the opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, nor The European Sting’s one.

According to the European Commission, 230 000 students benefitted from the Erasmus-programme on an annual basis, leading to an astonishing total of approximately 3 million exchanges abroad between 1987 and 2013. This year, more than 14 000 medical students will go on exchange in more than 90 countries with the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA). Still not convinced you have to go on exchange after all these numbers? Then maybe the following quotes will do the trick.

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide

Of course it isn’t always simple to leave your home country, especially for those who aren’t used to go away on their own for a longer period of time. At first you might feel a bit homesick or insecure, but that’s just part of the process. Step by step, you will develop the self-confidence needed to become the independent person you want to be. At the other hand, you’ll start realising you can’t do everything on your own and you need to rely on people you trust sometimes. As a future doctor, who will have to fend for himself but also be part of a multidisciplinary team where everybody has its responsibilities, these experiences will come in handy sooner or later.

“When overseas you learn more about your own country, than you do the place you’re visiting.” – Clint Borgen

Our vision on health and healthcare, good clinical practice or evidence based medicine; everything we know about medicine is influenced by the country and system in which we work. Being in the same environment year in, year out, we tend to forget to question ourselves and what we believe in. Furthermore we are living in times of immigration, globalisation and multiculturalism. Going abroad and seeing how things can be done differently, can help cultivating that critical and international mindset.

The journey, Not the destination matters…” ― T.S. Eliot

I admit it’s a cliché to end with, but it’s a true one. It’s not about where you are travelling to or what your expectations are. It’s about the opportunities that come across, seizing the moment itself. Meeting new people, discovering a new country, doing things you have never done before and enjoying every bit of it while improving yourself day by day. This way, you’ll come back as another person, packed with a lot of great memories and ready to share your experiences.

About the author

François Janssens is a fourth year Medicine student from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in Brussels. Recently he joined the Standing Committee on Human Rights and Peace (SCORP) of the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA).

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Featured Stings

Where is heading Putin’s Russia?

Let your fingers do the walking

While EU Open Days 2013 discuss the 2020 strategy, Microsoft shares a glimpse of EU 2060

Post-Brexit muddled times: the resignation of UK’s top ambassador and Theresa May’s vague plans

GradList Launched At TheNextWeb 2014

COP21 Breaking News_03 December: Argentina Accepts KP Amendment

Europe turns out more jobs this summer

China’s 13th Five Year Plan and the opportunities for Europe

LEAGUE OF YOUNG VOTERS LAUNCHES TOOL FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO COMPARE POLITICAL PARTIES AHEAD OF EU ELECTIONS

European Youth Capital 2018 : Cascais

EU Council: Private web data to be protected by…abusers

Unemployment and stagnation can tear Eurozone apart if austere policies persist

World Summit Awards 2016: Sustainable impact through digital innovation

European Youth Forum demands immediate action & binding agreement on climate change

EU Council agrees to reform the system for motor vehicles but with “restricted” power for the Commission

Gloomy new statistics signify no end to Eurozone’s economic misery

Greece bailout programme: Full agreement after marathon negotiations on debt relief between IMF and Eurozone

SCADA Security Conference 2017 in Prague, Czech Republic

Huawei answers allegations about its selling prices

Is the advent of nationalism to destroy economic neo-liberalism?

Greece: Tsipras’ referendum victory does not solve the financial stalemate of the country and its banks

An expert in the South China Sea issue on an exclusive interview at the European Sting

Brexit Update: EU endorses unprecedented compromise to help Cameron out of the referendum mess he got himself into

Google strongly rejects EU antitrust charges and now gets ready for the worst to come

European Union: More taxes out of less income

ECB’s trillion has to be printed and distributed fast before Armageddon comes

Eurozone: Statistics don’t tell the whole story

Why capital markets have no more reservetions about Eurozone

MWC 2016 LIVE: Orange targets VoLTE and Voice over Wi-Fi; strikes Google partnership

“We are in Europe, but not of it”, from Churchill to Cameron: British Exceptionalism now threatens the entire EU Edifice

Draghi’s top new year resolution: Quantitative Easing

G20 LIVE: “ISIL is the face of evil; our goal is to degrade and ultimately destroy this barbaric terrorist organisation”, US President Barack Obama cries out from Antalya Turkey

How wealthy people transmit this advantage to their children and grand children

Entrepreneurial leadership: what does it take to become a leader?

Trump asked Merkel to pay NATO arrears and cut down exports ignoring the EU

Tackling Youth Unemployment

Impacting society with digital ingenuity – World Summit Award proclaiming the top 8 worldwide

Brexiteer May gets lip-service from Trump and Turkish promises from Erdogan

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

Economic recovery won’t tackle youth unemployment problem

On Grexit: Incompetence just launched the historic Ultimatum that could open “pandora’s box”

EU takes again positive action on migration crisis while Turkey asks for dear favors in exchange for cooperation

EU Trust Fund for Africa: Can it be beneficial for Italy and tackle the migration crisis in the Mediterranean?

Refugee crisis update: EU fails to relocate immigrants from Greece and Italy

May a parody constitute a copyright infringement? European Court of Justice to give the answer

Germany loves a strong euro; the new Fiscal Councils can deliver despite the Greek chaos and a wider questioning of austerity

The EU checks the multinationals for tax fraud but Britain may sail out of the EU via Panama

The ECB tells Berlin that a Germanic Eurozone is unacceptable and doesn’t work

Alexis Tsipras ready to test Eurozone’s political sturdiness; Up to what point?

EU’s tougher privacy rules: WhatsApp and Facebook set to be soon aligned with telcos

Last-chance Commission: Why Juncker promised investments of €300 billion?

MWC 2016 LIVE: Under Armour learns from “robust community of data”

Alexandre in Czech Republic

“Two Pack” approved: Is democracy chased away from Brussels?

MWC 2016 LIVE: BT chief aims to be at UK 5G forefront

EU seeks foreign support on 5G from Mobile World Congress 2015 as the “digital gold rush” begins

Latest leaked TTIP document confirms EU sovereignty may be under threat

VW diesel scandal and climate change: can increased independent car checks lead to cleaner mobility?

South Eurozone countries threatened by rising borrowing cost and expensive euro

Has the EU economy truly revived from the financial crisis?

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 )

w

Connecting to %s