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I'm fine with medical tourism, as long as you aren't doing something that you aren't qualified to do
 
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As long as you can speak positively about the experience and sound genuinely passionate about it. Otherwise, this was ruined by pre-meds a long time ago, and the "Golden Ticket" to medical school ship has long since sailed.
 

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This sounds fine, especially since it's run by your school. I encourage you to try to get most involved in the "education" part that you mentioned.

P.S. "Medical tourism" refers to patients seeking medical care abroad, often because it is illegal or prohibitively expensive at home.
 

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Yes, but I'll bet that there's a way you can give it a positive spin. I mean, it's part of a course, after all. Treat it as any MPH course on Global Health.

If trips like this are done through a student's university, is it likely okay?

Or a better way of phrasing: would adcoms question a trip made with a school group?
 

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If trips like this are done through a student's university, is it likely okay?

Or a better way of phrasing: would adcoms question a trip made with a school group?
In general, things like these really are medical tourism. You're not contributing anything to the countries being visited, and it's done for your benefit. If it can be spun as a global health thing, then that's the way to do it.

The wise @gonnif has prosted previously what schools and/or AMCAS thinks of these trips.


P.S. "Medical tourism" refers to patients seeking medical care abroad, often because it is illegal or prohibitively expensive at home.
We're well aware of that. The very first time I heard this term, it was from my Pathologist colleague on the Adcom, referring to a trip like the OP is going to do. Thus there are two definitions.
 
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P.S. "Medical tourism" refers to patients seeking medical care abroad, often because it is illegal or prohibitively expensive at home...

This may be your definition but it isn't the widely discussed definition on SDN. Do a search for voluntourism.




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I hope not. We will be working in rural areas where there are very few doctors and essentially no dentists. I believe a large part of why I was selected is that I speak fluent Spanish, can understand the kind of fast, accented Spanish that Spanish courses do not teach you, and have taken a college course on medical Spanish (The doctors, dentists and nurses for the most part do not speak Spanish). The selection comittee expressed to me that they have difficulty finding good translators and for them having a student who can serve as a translator and assistant at the same time is a big help.

Just make sure you do NOT do any procedures you would not legally be allowed to do in the US. And if you do, then do NOT discuss it in your application or your interviews.
 

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I hope not. We will be working in rural areas where there are very few doctors and essentially no dentists. I believe a large part of why I was selected is that I speak fluent Spanish, can understand the kind of fast, accented Spanish that Spanish courses do not teach you, and have taken a college course on medical Spanish (The doctors, dentists and nurses for the most part do not speak Spanish). The selection comittee expressed to me that they have difficulty finding good translators and for them having a student who can serve as a translator and assistant at the same time is a big help.
You could inquire to see if they have tried to find local translators and assistants.
There is significant concern regarding these experiences: https://www.aamc.org/download/474346/data/clinicalexperiencesshadowingsurvey.pdf
 
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