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Facilitating International Healthcare Experiences: A Guide for Faculty, Administrators, and Healthcare Providers

Facilitating International Healthcare Experiences: A Guide for Faculty, Administrators, and Healthcare Providers
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Author(s): Jon P. Wietholter (West Virginia University, USA), Renier Coetzee (University of the Western Cape, South Africa), Beth Nardella (West Virginia University, USA) and Douglas Slain (West Virginia University, USA)
Copyright: 2020
Pages: 32
Source title: Academic Mobility Programs and Engagement: Emerging Research and Opportunities
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Donna M. Velliaris (Independent Researcher, Singapore)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-1607-2.ch005

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Abstract

International healthcare experiences (IHEs) provide opportunities for students to experience healthcare in unfamiliar and sometimes challenging settings. Students have reported multiple benefits through completion of IHEs including increased personal and professional development, increased cultural sensitivity, and increased self-awareness and self-confidence. While many benefits have been noted, there are also many challenges in developing, implementing, and sustaining IHEs including financial considerations, safety concerns, and apprehensions regarding the impact the IHE is having on foreign patients and healthcare workers. This chapter's aim is to summarize the currently available literature on IHEs and to provide subjective reflections from students and international colleagues associated with IHEs connected to the authors' institutions.

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