The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Study Center, Italy

(this was taken by a previous conference participant, not me).

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My Questions from Day 1 at Bellagio

1. What is the point of teaching all North American medical students about global health? What next? Do they become direct care providers globally?

2. When we talk about student learning objectives in global health, what about community objectives and long-term benefit to the teaching communities?

3. Where is the balance when it comes to resource-poor institutions giving time to teaching North American medical students? If the Northern students go on to be global health advocates, is that benefit enough to the Southern teaching institution?

4. What happens when you have all North American, European and Israeli global health experts sitting in a room discussing “global health”?

Italy Departure.

Today I’m leaving for Italy to attend a Rockefeller Foundation invitational conference on global health, called “Expanding Frontiers in Medical Education”. This conference is gathering 23 experts in global health from around the world to discuss standardized global health curriculum for medical students everywhere. I have no expectations except to learn from the expertise of these leaders, and simultaneously listen with a careful approach to their ideas, philosophies and values. It will be particularly interesting to see if there is a generational gap in perspectives. There are only two medical students attending: myself and a student from the Medical School for International Health in Beer Shiva, Israel.