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ERIC Number: EJ921233
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 61
ISSN: ISSN-1028-3153
Undergraduate International Medical Electives: Some Ethical and Pedagogical Considerations
Hanson, Lori; Harms, Sheila; Plamondon, Katrina
Journal of Studies in International Education, v15 n2 p171-185 May 2011
The authors argue that attempts to establish more placements to meet the growing demands of undergraduate medical students in North America for international experiences may be outweighing critical reflection on the ethical issues, curricular content, and pedagogical strategies necessary to support equitable engagements with countries of the Global South. On the basis of a critical analysis of literature on international medical electives and experiences (IMEs), the article explores trends in IMEs and exposes several prominent issues, including paradoxes in underlying motivations, missing or ad hoc curricula and pedagogical approaches in IMEs, and ethical challenges that frequently arise. By engaging perspectives from critical educational theory, the authors suggest that IMEs as currently conceived are potentially ripe sites for the reproduction of colonialist ideas of North-South relationships. The authors conclude that IMEs will do little to address historically and politically rooted global health inequities unless critical consciousness is raised through improved global health curricula and appropriate pedagogical strategies. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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