MedoPolo International Medical Internship Programs

International Elective Programs for medical students: Currently offering free Coronavirus E-learning

As any Medical internship abroad has become uncertain in 2020, we have added online ressources for medical students. As response to the COVID-19 crisis, we have build new e-learning courses. We have finished the first course on Corona Virus: Basic Course. The course is in english language.

Learning Objectives:

  • SARS-CoV-2 (selected general information)
  • COVID-19 (selected general information)
  • Basics on COVID-19 vaccine development
  • Use of Personal Proctection Equipment (PPE)
  • Peculiarities of Airway Management in COVID-19 patients
  • Basics of ventilation
  • Peculiarities of CPR on COVID-19 patients (guidelines)
  • Ethical considerations / Team aspects (Soft Skills) / etc.

The course is free of charge. It is suitable for medical students within their clinical years, MD’s and all nursing staff and medical professionals. All professionals interested in learning about COVID-19 patient care will benefit from this e-learning.
The course about 8 -10 hours at minimum. Therefore, if you take advantage of the many additional ressources offered in the course, it will take considerably longer. You will receive your certificate upon successful completion.

University accreditations

The medical faculty of the LMU Munich, Germany, the Faculty of Medicine Botucatu (FMB) in Botucatu, Brazil, the UNESP university in São Paulo, Brazil and CEU UCH University, Spain grant credit for this e-learning course to their students. If you are a student of the named institutions, please speak to your coordinators to receive your credits. To receive credit, you will need to present your MedoPolo e-learning course certificate.

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Medical internship Med'oPolo - Connecting medical professionals worldwide - PJ Famulatur Shanghai China
Med’oPolo – Connecting medical professionals worldwide

Welcome to Med‘oPolo International Medical internship Elective Programs

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Mark Twain

MedoPolo International Medical Elective Programs

MedoPolo International elective Programs offer students from across the globe to apply for a clinical internships at our partner university hospitals in Shanghai, China, and Botucatu, Brazil. We tailor every and each rotation individually and exactly to your needs. Consequently, we offer our medical students application abroad for your exact desired duration, clinical departments and subjects needed.

MedoPolo Medical internship Programs China and Brazil welcomes its studentsIn conclusion, well over 600 medical students from all over the world have already taken the opportunity to experience foreign culture and to make contacts to our medical professionals through our elective program at the Shanghai East Hospital in China over the past decade.

The different electives offered

Med’oPolo International Programs offer our students Final Year rotations (also called ‘Practical Year’ ‘Praktisches Jahr’ or ‘PJ’) for a duration of 2 – 4 months, as well as clinical rotations for students within their clinical education years prior to their final year electives (also called ‘Famulatur’) for a duration of up to 1 month.

Apply for your individual clinical elective is possible for our locations at the Shanghai East Hospital, China and at the Botucatu FMB Hospital, Brasil.

We are currently in close contact with our partners for a medical internship in Africa. We hope to bring you this offer in spring 2020 already and more information will be coming soon! If you are interested sppecifically in an elective in Africa, please write us to inquire.

Through MedoPolo, your application to our internship is independent from existing university cooperations, which often limit student mobility during their education abroad. Thus, all international medical students within their clinical education, enrolled at any medical faculty outside of mainland China, are eligible to apply to our medical elective / rotation program.

What we do

Through Med’oPolo Elective Programs, you can apply to the location(s) of your choice. If you wish, you can also to apply to several of the locations offered with only handing in one application! After we receive your application documents, we will help you through the entire process from there:

We are always there for you when needed and will offer our help regarding any questions or difficulties in the preparation of your journey. We will help you with advice regarding VISA issues, we will facilitate solving any problems, which may arise during your time abroad. Also, we will be at your side until the final acceptance of your rotation and help with any accreditation issues that may arise at your home university. However, accreditation issues are extremely rare.

Medical Internship (PJ, Famulatur in Shanghai, China)We are looking forward hearing from you. Please write us and we will be happy to answer all of your questions prior to application. Our partner university hospitals at the Shanghai East Hospital and at the Faculty of Medicine of Botucatu (FMB) are looking forward to your application and to organize your individual educational experience abroad.

A brief history of the Med’oPolo medical internship Program

The beginnings:

International Medical Students on ward Shanghai East Hospital
MedoPolo international medical students on the ward in Shanghai

Since the foundation of the Shanghai East Hospital Education Office in 2001 by Prof. Liu Zhong Min, the Education Office has become a central part of student education at the Shanghai East Hospital.

Initially founded for the education of domestic medical students of Tongji University only, the successor of Prof. Liu Zhong Min – Prof. Zhongxin Zhao – established an international internship program in 2007 open only to medical students from Germany at first.

To establish this new international exchange program, Prof. Zhao soon began to work with us on curriculum development and program setup. The first online appearance of the ‘Shanghai East Hospital Education Office’ launched 2009. This website was realized through the support of what later became the Med‘oPolo Program. This website enabled international medical students to access elective information easier.

The first professionalized medical elective program in mainland China took shape:

As a next step, we thoroughly revised and remodeled the entire medical rotation program in 2010. We developed a Final Year Program (‘Praktisches Jahr’ – ‘PJ’), ‘Famulatur’ Program, and an ‘International Chinese Program’. Ever since, we constantly revise the program to adjust to the needs of modern practical medical education.

During the establishment of the new elective program, Prof Zhao worked closely together with German physicians and medical faculties in Germany and the USA. This cooperation ensured the implementation of very high international standards. Certainly we especially focused on the standards of German universities.

The initial developments

These beginnings led to the development of an international teaching lecture series. Renown professors and consultant doctors teach in the lecture series at the Shanghai East Hospital. Following those additions, international student tutorial classes, taught in English language, were established soon. As the program evolved, we founded the Med’o Polo International Medical Elective Program on site in Shanghai in 2010.

The first years of the international medical elective

Med’o Polo administrated and managed the program from internally within the Education Office of the Shanghai East Hospital. We renovated the rooms in the dormitory building on Rushan Road to offer suitable housing for international students. From that time on, we provided more comfortable student apartments to our students. After seven successful years, the dormitory closed for international medical students due to changes in local housing legislations in 2017.

Changing the ways of medical electives in China

The overall quality of the internship improved further through recruitment of affiliate tutors throughout all departments over the following years. The one year long ‘international Chinese Program’ discontinued due to legislative changes in 2017. It was once open for international students studying at other Chinese faculties.

Prof. Zhao has finally retired from the program organization in 2019. His successor, the current director of the Education Office, Ms. Yiwei Luo, has been taking over the organization of the Med’oPolo International Rotation Program within the Shanghai East Hospitals structures. The program is administrated together with her staff of the Education Office and select Tongji University medical students.

Times of transition

Due to organizational and educational developments of the medical internship over its first decade, the management of the program at the Shanghai East Hospital seperated. This seperation was sparked by the addition of other international locations in Brazil since 2013, and Prof. Zhao’s retirement.

The Med’oPolo International Medical Elective Programs externalized the student management. Now we work in close cooperation with the Shanghai East Hospital’s Education Office. Likewise, Med’oPolo works independently as external partner directly with Tongji University School of Medicine as well.

The International Student Program of Tongji University School of Medicine in cooperation with the Shanghai East Hospital, the Faculty of Medicine Botucatu (FMB) in Cooperation with the University Estadual Paulista and Med’oPolo Clinical Internship Programs manage the programs at current as closely related partners to ensure the best quality for our students.

Additional international elective programs

In addition to our work in China, Med’oPolo International Programs have started to work with University hospitals of ‘Universidade Estadual Paulista’ (UNESP) in Brazil. As a result of this cooperation, we have establieshed a second medical internship in South America.

‘Faculdade de Medicina – Câmpus of Botucatu’ (FMB) started to offer the international rotation program in 2013. Application through Med’oPolo is open to medical students from all countries. Without any limitations, medical students worldwide can experience hospital live and daily routine in a Brazilian university hospital.

The director of the international office of FMB, Prof. Silke Weber, involves actively in the development of the international medical curriculum in Botucatu. In addition, she is active in research about international medical education as well – together with us and the many university partners within our network.

Outlook: future medical electives

At the present time, developments include the addition of a third partner in Africa. Through this new cooperation MedoPolo Programs hopes to start offering the third clinical elective to our students, located in Malawi, starting in spring 2020. However, if you have any interest in a placement in Africa, please contact us already. Meanwhile stay tuned and recheck our webpage in late Spring 2021 for more detailed information.

Welcome to Med’o Polo International Medical Elective Programs

Are you ready for an adventure into the medical routines and to experience daily life in our hospitals abroad? Experience of a different culture and lifestyle in interesting places abroad may be a cornerstone of your further career and may change your understanding of other continents.

In short, the entire team of MedoPolo and its many partners are extremely looking forward to your application. We are happy to help you organizing your Medical internship and unforgettable educational journey – even in difficult times, such as the current COVID-19 crisis.