International Internship Program for medical students
Welcome to Med‘oPolo International Medical internship 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.”
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. Each rotation will be individuallt tailored exactly to your needs: We offer our medical students application abroad for your exact desired duration and clinical departments and subjects needed.
Your application to our internship is independent from existing university cooperations, which often limit student mobility during their education abroad. Our rotation program is open to medical students for all medical students within their clinical education, who are enrolled at any medical faculty outside of mainland China. 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 have received 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, and we will be at your side until your rotation has been accepted and accredited by your home university.
A brief history of the Med’oPolo Program
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’ on the internet through the support of what later became the Med‘oPolo Program was launched in 2009 to enable international medical students to access elective information easier. As next step, the entire medical rotation program underwent a thorough revision and remodeling in 2010: a Final Year Program (‘Praktisches Jahr’ – ‘PJ’), ‘Famulatur’ Program, and an ‘International Chinese Program’ was developed and ever since constantly revised.
During the establishment of the new elective program, Prof Zhao worked closely together with German physicians and medical faculties in Germany and the United States to ensure that high international standards, especially the standards of German universities, were implemented. This led to the development of an international teaching lecture series taught by renown affiliate professors and expert doctors at the Shanghai East Hospital and to the development of international student tutorial classes taught in English. As the program evolved, the Med’o Polo International Medical Elective Program has been founded on site in Shanghai in 2010 to administrate and manage the program internally within the Education Office of the Shanghai East Hospital. To offer suitable housing for our students while in Shanghai, the rooms in the dormitory building on Rushan Road were renovated to provide more comfortable student apartments in addition. Due to local legislation, the dormitory had to be closed for international medical students in 2017, after 7 successful years.
The overall quality of the internship was improved further by winning many more affiliate tutors throughout all departments over the following years. The one year long international Chinese Program for international students studying at other Chinese faculties has been discontinued due to legislative changes in 2017.
Prof. Zhao has finally retired from the program organization alltogether in 2019 and 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, together with her staff of the Education Office and select Tongji University medical students.
Through the organizational and educational developments over its first decade and the addition of other international locations in Brazil since 2013, the management of the program at the Shanghai East Hospital has been seperated after Prof. Zhao’s retirement: The Med’oPolo International Medical Elective Programs have been externalized from the Shanghai East Hospital’s Education Office. Since then, Med’oPolo works independently as external partner directly with Tongji University School of Medicine, the Shanghai East Hospital and their Education Office. 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.
The Med’oPolo International Programs have started to work with University hospitals of ‘Universidade Estadual Paulista’ (UNESP) in Brazil and have expanded to South America. ‘Faculdade de Medicina – Câmpus of Botucatu’ (FMB) started to offer the international rotation program in 2013 and application through Med’oPolo is open to medical students from all countries to experience hospital live and daily routine in a Brazilian university hospital. The director of the international office of FMB, Prof. Silke Weber, has been actively involved in the development of the international medical curriculum in Botucatu and is actively involved in research about international medical education – together with us and the many university partners within our network.
Current developments include the addition of a third partner in Africa and MedoPolo Programs is hoping to start offering their third clinical elective to our students, located in Malawi, starting in spring 2020. If you have any interest in a placement in Africa, please stay tuned and recheck our webpage in late Spring 2020.
The entire team of MedoPolo and its partners are looking forward to your application and to organize your Medical internship and unforgettable educational journey.