Ethics of Global Health “Immersion” in Health Professions Education
Many health professions schools offer their students global health “immersion” learning opportunities in low-resource settings. Such opportunities can reinforce students’ sense of calling and foster cross-cultural sensitivity. However, programs relying on short-term fixes to long-standing infrastructure and resource deficits can exploit some of the world’s most vulnerable, poor patients. This issue investigates risks and benefits of immersion models of health professions education.
Global health outreach programs can risk benefitting students from resource-rich areas of the world more than the patients in resource-poor areas of the world. This month’s episode of Ethics Talk explores an alternative to academic health center-based health outreach programs.
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