IP Medicine Volunteer, 4th-year student, UT Southwestern
The IP teaches the students to become leaders. The idea behind is practical peer teaching. Any student can organize sessions and trainings to give their classmates the chance to develop their skills at the medical school.
I am currently training to become an emergency doctor. I first came to Cambodia to intern in general surgery and life-support at the Khmer Soviet Friendship Hospital for two and a half months. I later interned in advanced life support at the Calmette Hospital. Meanwhile, I have been an IP facilitator for the past year. The IP a remarkable educational program. I think, it can transform the future of Cambodian medicine. It gave me a wonderful opportunity to teach and be more than just a student outside hospital shifts. Thanks to the IP, I came to know several Cambodian students and to deepen my understanding of the differences between the US and the Cambodian medical worlds.
The IP teaches different approaches to the patients. We recently learned how to take care of them in emergency settings, what needs to be first assessed and reenacted the lifesaving procedures of the first importance. The knowledge and practice students earn during these simulation sessions will have a strong and real impact on mortality rates in the country.
Further, the IP teaches the students to become teachers and leaders. The idea behind is practical peer teaching. Students can organize sessions and trainings to give their classmates the chance to develop their skills at the medical school. When in their 5th year, interns can schedule teaching sessions on their own for 4th and 3rd year residents.
I strongly believe this program to be one of the best means to train tomorrow’s medical leaders. Besides, it will change the way Cambodian hospitals teach medicine. With the possibility to study abroad, students develop a broader view of the world as they learn from different ways of thinking and elaborate new ideas and approaches to the patients. These skills will form excellent future talents of medical professionals.
Having an international experience is of utmost importance. Cambodian students can benefit from great mentors to become exceptional teachers on their return. Once overseas, they also have the possibility to learn advanced techniques every day that they will be able to share when they come back to Cambodia. I believe this to be an outstanding means of achieving a knowledge transfer between different countries.