Local Resident To Study Neurology In Spain

in Health & Medicine, News Releases, School of Medicine
December 4th, 2007

Contact: Allison Rubin, 617-638-8491 | afrubin@bu.edu

(Boston)—Boston resident Meghan Hughes, a fourth year medical student at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) will be traveling to Spain as part of an International Health Studies Program through BUSM. Hughes will travel to Pamplona, Spain for 4 weeks to study neurology at the University of Navarra Medical School.

“My primary goal is to achieve comfort working primarily in Spanish and to experience immersion in the Spanish culture. My interests in nephrology, endocrinology and the high number of Latino patients with diabetes will help support my career goals, and allow me to continue to work with a patient population that I am committed to help,” said Hughes.

“International studies strengthen students’ understanding of medicine in other parts of the world, while giving them the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives abroad,” said Suzanne Sarfaty, MD, assistant dean for Academic Affairs, director of International Health Programs and associate professor of medicine at BUSM. “Students have the opportunity to broaden their perspective on health and human illness in diverse and often underserved health care systems. Many of the skills and traits students develop while working in these international settings, such as language skills or cultural sensitivity, make students better physicians.”

Established in 1873, Boston University School of Medicine is a leading academic and research institution, with an enrollment of nearly 630 students and more than 1,100 full and part-time faculty members. It is known for its programs in arthritis, cardiovascular disease, cancer, human genetics, pulmonary disease and dermatology, among others, and is one of the major biomedical research institutions in the United States. The School is affiliated with Boston Medical Center, its principal teaching hospital, and Boston Veterans Administration Medical Center. Along with Boston Medical Center and 15 community health centers, the School of Medicine is a partner in Boston HealthNet.

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