April 23, 2015
Three University of Kansas Medical Center students who traveled in the past year to India as Robinson Scholars shared their research and insight from their clinical experiences with faculty, staff and students who attended the spring 2015 International Education Experience Showcase.
The showcase, sponsored by the Office of International Programs, featured poster exhibits by about 20 students from the schools of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions. Each school selected a Citation Award winner to make a podium presentation at the April 20 event. They were Whitney Clearwater, School of Medicine, Taranjeet Singh, School of Health Professions, and Lauren Andrus, School of Nursing.
About 145 students have participated in showcases held over the last year, says Kimberly Connelly, director of International Programs at KU Medical Center. Last week, School of Medicine students in Wichita and Salina highlighted their international travel in presentations held on the Wichita campus.
"This is our opportunity to recognize, celebrate and enjoy the experiences our students have had during their elective international rotations," Connelly says. "Simultaneously, it's our opportunity to promote and embrace international exchange."
This was the first time, she says, that all three schools selected Robinson Scholars as their Citation Award winners. Clearwater and Andrus traveled to India in February, and Singh visited the clinic there last summer. Connelly thanked faculty and staff at the showcase for their assistance and encouragement to students who want to travel, including Dr. Mani Mani, a retired School of Medicine faculty member who remains an active advisor to Robinson Scholars.
Connelly also told the group that the International Programs office has recently added an Education Abroad advisor to help students individually and in groups. The newest staff member has advised more than 20 first-year medical students preparing for international travel this summer. About 20 third-year medical students have been selected and another 50 are interested in February rotations abroad, and 12 nursing students have been selected for trips in February to Barbados, Costa Rica, Uganda and India.