“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