AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. March 2010, Volume 12, Number 3.

Ethics Poll

Global Health Education and Ethics

The Ethics Poll is a snapshot of the opinions of interested readers.

Many medical students want to take elective coursework in low-resource, underserved countries around the world. Medical schools have, to a great degree, accommodated student wishes and helped them to arrange electives abroad. Critics of global health electives refer to the practice as "medical student tourism" and say that students should do their service learning in the many underserved areas in the U.S. Do you agree with these critics that, while students can think globally, they should act locally?
Physician-researchers working in medical schools in low-resource countries around the world face the dilemma of allocating time between the laboratory and the clinic. Which of the following statements best describes how you think such dilemmas should be managed?
Students who take elective course work in medically underserved countries around the world should not be allowed to perform any patient services or interventions they would not be allowed to perform in community clinics at home.

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