MedoPolo E-learning and online courses:
By offering online e-learning courses, we primarily aim to support our medical students ahead of travel and during their time abroad. The tool of online courses aids the educational experience of our medical students abroad by adding structured reviews of regionally specific topics covered within the practical rotation in the medical fields of our students choice. Online resources offer our students worldwide a standardized learning experience in English language. In the development, we are working closely together with the department chiefs and tutors of the respective rotation programs in China, Brazil, and Africa to develop vignettes of typical regional patient cases of their regions. Such online medical courses have become an invaluable addition to the rotations in our hospitals on site and all of our students will get access to a growing number of online learning ressources with time. The course completion and certificates earned are part of the successful completion of the MedoPolo electives.
In addition, we design courses apart from our international medical elective program. There are several different e-learning courses offered: We provide medical e-learning courses are open to all interested medical students and all professional medical staff worldwide to enhance their knowledge about topics of interest, such as comprehensive e-learning on the CoronaVirus and COVID-19. In cooperation with our affiliated university network, we offer university accredited e-learning courses for medical students to earn credits at their medical schools. Another kind of e-learning courses is designed specifically for the staff of certain clinical institutions and hospitals to convey theoretical knowledge in preparation for continuing medical simulation courses.
Whilst innovative developments of e-learning and remote education in almost all fields of education are taking shape today, our team believes that the virtual complementation of medical education, together with the implementation of medical simulation courses, will result in a much more uniform and defined educational experience for not only medical students, but for professionall medical staff as well. In those respects, an entirely new virtual dimension to the quality of teaching results in an overall enhanced blended learning experience. In a cdigitalized and globalized world, we understand e-learning primarily as a tool to complement the reality of the here and now - without loosing sight of the surrounding real life with its many experiences.
“Declare the past, diagnose the present, foretell the future.”Hippocrates
In analogy to the historical significance of Marco Polo, the dedicated team of Med’oPolo strives, since its very first foundation within the Shanghai East Hospital Education Office over a decade ago, in 2010, for the national and international exchange of knowledge, culture, and experiences between medical students and medical professionals worldwide. Our programs are completely independent of existing university affiliations. This structure removes any limitations to student mobility, since the lack of such university links often poses a major obstacle in international medical education. Besides the conveyance of pure medical knowledge, we focus on bringing local culture and the local way-of-life across to our international students and promote mutual understanding and intercultural team working as well.
Med’oPolo firmly believes, that personal international contact between medical professionals will form the very foundations to highly capable cross-border cooperations and collaborations in the future – which are an important necessity to the medical field in an increasingly globalized world. Up to today, we count more than 600 alumni students of our programs, who have gained a deeper understanding of the working practice abroad and – to a large extend – still are in contact with the medical staff abroad.
What we do:
We have specialized in organizing, consulting, and sustaining international clinical rotations for medical students worldwide, while emphasizing a continuous and uniform quality of teaching and infrastructure of our partnering universities and hospitals. In addition, we are constantly working on strengthening existing ties of the Med’oPolo network and on actively search for new suitable and affordable international partnering programs and university partners in regions which are not easily accessible for international medical students.
In contrast to most other companies in this field, which often limit themselves to only mediation, it is at the very core of our philosophy to not only set up, monitor and shape the curricula of our international clinical rotation programs, but also to maintain all programs on a self-funding basis and a student friendly pricing structure. In our view, the decision to go abroad for a clinical rotation should not primarily be dependent only on ones wealth, but rather on the strong wish for experiencing foreign culture and gaining medical knowledge. Those opportunities must be open to every interested medical student.
The entire Med’oPolo team is working on a non-profit basis for the most part. Our team continually tries to pass this enthusiasm for advancing international medical Educatioe onto existing local structures and staff. While nurturing the initial sparks within the clinical institutions to educate international medical students, we continuously work on identifying the best tutors, who have sufficiant language proficiency as well as a high intrinsic motivation to pass their clinical knowledge along to our students. In addition, we strieve to nurture the contact between medical students. Placing our international students together with local medical students whenever possible ensures a mutual benefit for all and fosters transcultural understanding.
“I have not told half of what I’ve seen, because no one would have believed me”
Marco Polo, Venetian merchant and discoverer (1254 – 1324)