Is the United States on the path to "socialized medicine"?
Are waiting times really that long in Canada?
Will the healthcare reform bill be repealed?
Do Canadians really drive down to the U.S. for "better" care?
These questions and many more will be answered and discussed on AMSA's Seacouver Study Tour. A five-day tour taking place in both Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada from April 6-10, 2011.
Healthcare reform is one of the biggest issues in politics today as it affects all citizens, whether they are in the medical field or patients themselves. It is now more important than ever for healthcare professionals to understand our healthcare system so that we may become informed advocates for our patients. It is also equally important to study the systems of other countries as there may be certain aspects that we may borrow to improve issues like affordability and access to medicine in our own country. No one system is perfect, but it is necessary to learn the advantages and disadvantages of each.
The SeaCouver Study Tour aims to educate students on the intricacies of the U.S. and Canadian healthcare systems going beyond basic facts to delve into the core of the systems and their impact on patients, families and communities. Students will participate in discussions with some of the leaders in the field of medicine and healthcare policy in the U.S. and Canada. Speakers include prominent physicians active in improving our healthcare system, congressional advisors, and also informed patients with their own personal experiences to share. While in Vancouver, students will also tour clinics, hospitals and a homeless shelter to see firsthand how healthcare differs in Canada. Finally, they will have the opportunity to discuss how medicine, healthcare, school, and life differ between the U.S. and Canada with a group of University of British Columbia medical students. In addition to these interactive sessions, students will also have the opportunity to interview people on the street in both Seattle and Vancouver to learn about the various citizens' experiences and thoughts on not only their own healthcare system but also on the system across the border. Many students cite these interviews as the highlight of the trip as many of the interviewees are surprisingly candid and share some very personal stories. These various interviews will then be edited into a video that can be used to demonstrate the personal side of healthcare. In addition to all the facts and knowledge one gains on the trip, participants in the past have taken away lasting friendships and also a better understanding of AMSA and all its opportunities.
There are only 16 slots available for SeaCouver Study Tour! Applicants will be selected on a first come, first serve basis. The Final Application deadline is February 15. For more information, click here.