More research is needed into the impact of international exchanges
- By: Nigel Gray, Irina Haivas
Little evidence based research has measured the outcomes of international exchanges in medical schools, a new study has found.1 The authors, Ian Mutchnick and colleagues, did a literature review and found a gap in current research regarding such experiences for medical students. Their results showed that research so far made little use of validated instruments to assess the impact of international rotations and adequate data on the impact on the host population was lacking.
But, according to David Stern of the University of Michigan, another of the authors, the general belief is that these exchanges are beneficial: “There really is no ‘con’ debate going on at all. What is interesting, though, is that in research about the impact of international rotations, there is little investigation of what might possibly be some negative implications. Possible negative implications include the financial burden on students, negative experiences students might have had, and potential