Applications for the 2020 Student Network Organization Exchange Program are now open. This fully funded exchange program is the joint effort of the Student Network Organization, The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) and the local co-host National Autonomous University of Mexico. In addition to that, the program is powered by the Educational Commission for Medical Graduates (ECFMG) & Foundation for Advancement of Internationa Medical Education and Research (FAIMER).
- An immersive experience in a different health care system.
- Unique from other exchange programs through the inclusion of different health care professions.
- Similarly, the opportunity to meet other health care students and sharing experiences, making friends.
- Personal development through exposure to another country and culture, and self-reflection.
- Unique academic experience through learning about the differences between host and native country.
- Breaking barriers and stereotypes among students and staff and promoting intercultural and multidisciplinary collaboration.
- Accessible to students of all socio-economic backgrounds, awarded based on merit.
- Fully paid accommodation during the exchange and also the return economy flight.
- Attendance TUFH 2020 conference as well as fully paid accommodation during the TUFH 2020 conference.
Role and Objectives
The participating candidates will
- Learn about the organization of the Mexican Health System as well as learn about the functions of the Mexican Health System.
- Also, analyze the Mexican health system from an interprofessional viewpoint.
- Write and publish a paper(s) describing the results of the analysis.
- Furthermore, share this experience with the TUFH 2021 institution so they can apply this same structure for their student TUFH 2021 collaboration group.
The idea is to have a publication from each year and then a 5-year analysis of the results. (TUFH 2020-2025)
- Candidates must be ideally second-year or older students who are also SNO/GEMx members with a membership certificate. If candidates are not SNO members then they can become SNO members here.
- Similarly, candidates have an enrollment status in university, should hold a valid student ID and must be legally allowed to leave their university
- Must be able to commit their time maximumly to the exchange.
- Winners of Student Projects for Health, Projects that Work and GEMx regional exchange grants are not eligible for the exchange program.
- Similarly, past winners are also not eligible for the exchange program.
- The student must receive a VISA for Mexico if needed.
- The student must participate in all online collaborations prior to TUFH 2020, or the exchange to maintain the eligibility.
- Furthermore, the winner will need to provide all documents required by UNAM and the Mexican Government (more details after winner selection).
Guarantee and Commitment
The successful candidates must agree to do the following things
- Write a blog every about their exchange in the TUFH Online Community.
- Receive their award at the ECFMG/FAIMER Cocktail Reception at TUFH 2020.
- Provide feedback for the next year on the Exchange (as follow up).
Interested candidates can apply online for this fully funded SNO Exchange Program in Mexico. Moreover, candidates need the following documents to complete the application process
- SNO membership certificate or Institutional school from GEMx as well as a valid Student ID card.
- Letter of recommendation from dean/faculty member.
- Also, a letter of commitment to complete the exchange (both the digital collaboration and the on-site visit) and attend the TUFH 2020 conference
- Profile photo
- Motivation letter, including, but not restricted to, answers to the following questions: Why should you receive this award? What makes you stand out from other health sciences students? What are some characteristics of the health system in your country?