From summer 2012 - International, ICMDA and fellowship
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We are continuing to improve our electives resources. Student intern Sooyoung Lee carried out a major overhaul of our database and we now have up-to-date information for over 80 hospitals and 30 organisations offering electives.
Wilson Ong recently carried out an online survey of 1,016 students and junior doctors as part of a Special Study Module that he did with CMF. Of the 236 who responded, 72% chose to go to a resource-poor country. It's great to see that the majority are using their electives to gain a little understanding of 'how the other half lives' - or more accurately, how the vast majority of the world's population lives; 80% are in low and lower middle income countries.
61% chose to go to a mission hospital or project; we don't have many Christian healthcare institutions in the UK so it's good to see students making the most of the chance to investigate the pros and cons. Only 66% reported that their medical school gives help with elective planning, so we have an opportunity to benefit students, both in and outside CMF, by sharing resources and helping with events.
There is enormous interest in developing countries in the student world. It would be great to see lots of student groups organising meetings about electives and medical mission, to tell the world that our God cares for the whole world and has a heart for the poor.
The past year heralded a season of change for ICMDA and the Eurasia region with new team relationships, fresh regional initiatives and a newly configured region.
Caucasus: As I write a first ICMDA Christian Medical & Dental Conference for the Caucasus is imminent. This conference is a major development in the work in the Caucasus and aims to equip healthcare workers to be 'salt and light' in their workplaces.
Eurasis Consultation: March's ICMDA Eurasis Consultation connected and equipped leaders of national movements. we are grateful to CMF for providing seminar speakers and books for those attending. during the consultation CMF's Vicky Lavy became a member of the Eurasisa regional committee.