This week saw the arrival of the first graduate student from Yale University who will be spending three months at Keele studying ethics at the School of Medicine, as part of a student exchange initiative agreed between the two universities last year.
It began when two of our medical students went to New Haven, Connecticut, as bioethics interns to take part in a summer school at Yale. This programme is run by the Interdisciplinary Bioethics Center at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies. It gives selected students the chance to experience life in an Ivy League university, study alongside Yale students, as well as students from other universities and other countries.
The summer school offers a period of intense study around the broad theme of bioethics and allows for independent research, which in our case coincides with a fourth year project option period for MB ChB students at Keele.
Sarah LeeThe common theme for both halves of the exchange is ethics and health policy, and Sarah Lee, who is here from January to April, is doing research as part of her MD. She is being mentored by Dr Roger Worthington, who is law and ethics lead at Keele School of Medicine, and during her stay she will do a clinical rotation at UHNS to gain some first-hand experience of the British NHS.
Roger has been a member of the Bioethics Center at Yale for seven years and is speaking at the 2008 summer school that will be attended by two more of our students. He made two visits to Yale last year to set up the exchange and we look forward to this being a continuing feature, with students travelling in both directions. In addition, this year sees transatlantic visits being made by senior faculty from both schools of medicine, with the possibility for further collaborations in the future.
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