List of 47 medical schools whose students have attended The Prague Selective
University of California at San Diego School of Medicine;
University of Southern California School of Medicine;
George Washington University School of Medicine;
Albert Einstein Medical College, NY;
State University of New York at Syracuse School of Medicine;
State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine;
State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine;
St. Louis University School of Medicine;
New York College of Osteopathic Medicine;
University of Rochester School of Medicine;
University of Chicago -. Rosalind Franklin School of Medicine;
University of Cincinnati School of Medicine;
New York Medical College;
University of Utah School of Medicine;
Midwestern University School of Medicine;
Dartmouth Medical School;
Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine, CA;
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, NY;
University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ, School of Osteopathic Medicine;
Foothill College School of Medicine;
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School;
University of Toledo College of Medicine;
University of Nevada School of Medicine
University of Nottingham;
St. Andrew’s University, Scotland;
University of Eastern Australia;
University of Tasmania;
Queen’s University, Canada;
University of Ottowa;
Ponce School of Medicine, Puerto Rico;
San Juan Batista School of Medicine, Puerto Rico;
San Pablo CEU University, Puerto Rico;
Universidad Central del Caribe, Puerto Rico;
Universidad Central del Bayamon, Puerto Rico;
University of Puerto Rico;
Medical University of Silesia;
Ege University, Turkey;
Sumy State University, Ukraine;
Vinnytsia National Medical University, Ukraine;
Kharkiv National Medical University, Ukraine;
Misr University for Science and Technology, Egypt;
University of Indonesia;
University College Dublin, Ireland;
University of Amsterdam, Holland;
St. George’s University, Grenada;
St. George’s University/Northumbira program, Great Britain;
University of Amsterdam
Director's report - August 2012
It is again my pleasure to submit this annual report concerning the annual St. George’s University School of Medicine (SGUSOM) Prague Selective, held during the three weeks of July 08 – July 27, 2012.
As was the case in previous years, this year’s students rated the Selective in overwhelmingly positive terms. This year, 100 students from SGUSOM and numerous other US and international schools including a strong contingent from all Puerto Rican medical schools traveled to the Czech Republic to participate in the Selective. To-date, 1600 U.S. and international medical students from 23 US and 24 international medical schools around the world have participated in the program, making it one of the largest and most successful programs of its type in the world!
As in previous years, the students enjoyed a personal visit with the current U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic Norman Eisen and also a separate session with Dr. Pavel Vepřek, the chief advisor to the Czech Minister of Health. This provided with students with additional insight and experience of a type that is otherwise virtually inaccessible. Additionally, the students participated in a comprehensive review comparing EU, US and Czech medical systems.
The Selective remains registered in the International Health Medical Education Consortium catalogue (as a SGUSOM course). Upon successful completion of the Selective, students are eligible to receive two credit points on their medical transcripts for taking the course.
Selective Students scrubbing in for the O.R.
As was the case in previous years, the Selective consisted of a fully structured three week program of morning hospital rotations and afternoon discussion sessions. The morning program was expanded this year to include a total of 10 teaching hospitals, each with its own clinical coordinator and a combined faculty of approximately 40 senior attending physicians who exposed the students to a huge variety of exposures (in and out -patient care, surgeries, imaging departments) during the morning sessions. Group size was kept at a maximum of 8 students/group. Additionally, all students participated in two afternoon sessions per week, with the sessions being evenly divided between introduction to history and physical diagnosis (live patients), and the exploration and comparison of different health-care systems. Students also met with Czech medical students and other officials, and thus had a chance to compare notes and exchange contacts. On each Wednesday of the Selective there was a mixer, where all students and faculty had a further chance to get acquainted. Many bonds were formed between students of different schools.
As part of the Selective, all students were again asked to fill out and submit a questionnaire. As in years past, the questionnaire continues to guide us in making the Selective better each year. This year, the responses were again just as positive as in years past, with virtually every student rating the Selective in positive terms and recommending it to others as a valuable experience.
This year, I can again confidently state that all of the aims of the course were met or exceeded. Specifically, students were exposed to a wide variety of heath-care settings and issues, exploring both the thinking process of clinical medicine, as well as various medical systems. Virtually all students felt the experience was extremely valuable, both in terms of getting a “jump start” on certain aspects of patient care, as well as serving as an invaluable comparative experience.
Despite the weaker dollar and strong Czech crown, local faculty fees and administrative expenses were again kept to a minimum of 400 USD for this year, which keeps the Selective fee at rock bottom in terms of comparison to all others. Our Prague offices again efficiently served as an administrative center for the students.
For 2013, the Prague Selective shall run from Sunday July 7 to Friday July 26. All Selective details can be found on our website at: http://www.pragueselective.com
MUDr. Martin Jan Stránský, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Director, SGUSOM Prague Selective
Director, SGU Alumni Development
Assistant Clinical Professor, Yale School of Medicine
Lecturer, Charles University School of Medicine, Prague
Panel Physician to the Embassies of the United States and Great Britain, Prague