WCMC-Q hosts meeting to promote international student exchanges

 27 Jan 2014 - 4:10

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Officials at a meeting of Global Education in Medicine Exchange.

DOHA: To promote international student exchanges among elite medical universities, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) has hosted a meeting of Global Education in Medicine Exchange (GEMx). 
GEMx, an initiative of the US Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), connects the world’s medical schools and students and will allow students and educators to engage in a global dialogue. The meeting brought the GEMx advisory committee together with members of the ECFMG leadership to discuss strategies to expand and enhance the GEMx programme.
Dr Ravinder Mamtani, WCMC-Q Associate Dean for Global and Public Health, was named Chairman of International Advisory Committee (IAC). 
Welcoming the members from the US and other countries, Dr Javaid Sheikh, Dean of WCMC-Q, said: “I am very excited at the opportunities that being part of GEMx offers us. 
“As we enter a new era of medical education that is far more global in outlook than ever before, GEMx provides a network through which our students can access valuable learning experiences in locations all over the world. 
“I think GEMx and WCMC-Q share a desire to embrace the exchange of knowledge and experience among institutions around the world, and we are looking forward to a long and fruitful working relationship with GEMx and ECFMG.”
The key function of GEMx is an innovative online system through which universities can publish details of the electives they offer. Students can use the system to apply for the electives, safe in the knowledge that the host school has signed up to the ECFMG charter, which guarantees established standards of student support and pre-agreed learning outcomes. 
Students who use GEMx can apply for electives in Australia, Bahrain, Colombia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Chile, Malaysia, India and Lebanon, among other countries. The Peninsula