- By: Geoff Watts
“If you ask medical students about their public health teaching you often get the answer that it's rubbish, or they don't enjoy it or get much from it,” says Claire Procter, a medical student at Newcastle and currently president of Medsin, “but students really do want to learn about international health issues.”
A couple of schools already offer an intercalated bachelors degree in international health--the Royal Free and University College Medical School and Leeds University Medical School. Medsin would like to see more such courses--and, in the meantime, a bit more global health in the curriculum for all students. Asked if these requests find a sympathetic response from medical schools, Ms Procter claims that they do. In one case at least, Medsin has even helped out with ideas about what to put into a course.
Although motivated by the bigger picture in health, Medsin is realistic about what its student