Photo Essays on Display in UMD's Medical School
University of Minnesota Medical School - Duluth Campus students who traveled
worldwide to experience healthcare in different countries last summer
are launching a discussion of their experiences through a series of unique
photo essays. Amanda Noska, second year student, is kicking off the series
with an exhibit of her photographic essay, "Cuba," at the medical
school building on the Duluth campus of UMD from January 22 to January
30. Composed of 15 photograph storyboards, Noska's exhibit is located
in the medical school's atrium. Photos on this web
page are from Noska's exhibit.
Started in 2002 on the Duluth campus of the Medical School, MEDS typically sends one-third to one-half of the Duluth campus' first year class on international summer experiences. Students have visited North and Sound America, Africa, Europe, and Asia. In nearly all cases, visits were made to developing countries. "The MEDS experience is designed to enhance these students' medical understanding and their ability to adapt to culturally and financially-diverse patient populations. They learn some important universal truths, namely that people are different and need to be treated with cultural sensitivity whether they are in rural Minnesota or in a developing country," commented Gary Davis, Ph.D., interim senior associate dean.
Students play an active role in planning their travel, which is a learning experience in itself, preparing them to independently plan similar experiences later in their medical education or medical careers. The pre-visit planning and international experiences are shared among all students making it a program which reaches, in some way, every student on the Duluth campus.
Inspiration for sharing the students' international experiences originated
with MEDS' faculty advisor Glenn Nordehn, D.O. and Fred Hafferty, Ph.D.
of the Department of Family Medicine, Duluth campus, who created a teaching
and workshop format, Images and Cultures. The format is designed to encourage
discussion of experiences with visual imagery, such as photographs, as
the focal point. Fifteen photographs of her experience in Cuba make up
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