"Keele University School of Medicine has been working to establish partnerships to enhance international research and educational exchange opportunities for its staff and students, and to gain global perspectives to inform future curriculum developments. In 2015, we signed a memorandum of understanding with Faculdade de Medicina de Botucatu (FMB), Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) in Brazil.
This led to the establishment of several exchange projects, including hosting year 5 elective students from Brazil at Keele to gain first-hand experience of the workings of the NHS and allowing Keele students to undertake summer studentships at their research centres, including notably in dengue and Zika virus-related research.
Generous funding support from the North Staffordshire Medical Institute has enabled students to attend the Winter School in Tropical Diseases at FMB each year, and experience medical conditions that are uncommon in the UK.
In addition, we have pioneered an innovative virtual exchange project known as BraVE (Brazilian Virtual Exchange), that allows early year Keele medical students to study together with their Brazilian counterparts on topics ranging from maternal health to epidemic diseases.
Our experience with Brazil has provided us with a successful programme model to expand more widely to future global health partners. Opportunities in the Philippines and Ghana are being explored to this end."
Statement on International Partnerships – KUSoM by Dr Andrew Morris and Professor Divya Maitreyi Chari.
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