The International Collaboration and Exchange Program (“Columbia ICE Program”) - formerly known as the “Skype Project” - was initiated in 2014 within the Anatomy/Pathology Department at the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University in New York City, NY, USA (Chairman: Kevin Roth, MD, PhD; Director: Anette Wu, MD, MPH, PhD). It now partners with 14 major leading medical universities on 4 continents (see list of partner schools here).
The program is a preclinical international student networking and exchange program - specifically designed for junior preclinical medical, dental, health sciences graduate and premedical students - originated from the anatomy courses and created by faculty and students to promote the improvement of global healthcare.
The program is open to medical, dental, premedical undergraduate and students from related health professions (health sciences graduate schools, pharmacy, public health, premedical college students) from all partner schools. We particularly welcome international students at our partner schools to join and enrich the students' experiences with cultural diversity and to share their knowledge about healthcare and health related topics of their home countries.
The overall objective of this program is to prepare students in the health professions for international leadership roles in their countries and global collaborative problem solving in healthcare.
Via multidirectional exchanges with students from 14 major international universities, the program provides students with skills and experience via early international networking opportunities - raising awareness in Global and Public Health, improve cultural competency, initiate an international reflection on the topic of anatomy body donation, fostering leadership skills, aquiring basic sciences research experience, and global healthcare problem solving. All of these competencies are important for global leaders in healthcare. Early peer-to-peer interactions are expected to form collegiality, long-term bonding and friendships and help to improve global healthcare in the future.
This program aims to offer junior students the opportunity of early international experience - via international small peer-to-peer group work, networking, international public speaking and short-term basic sciences summer internship abroad. Students acquire skills that will enhance their careers and prepare them for leadership careers.
The program provides students a stepwise opportunity to share and exchange of cultural and healthcare related knowledge and culminates in multi directional basic sciences internship abroad. We take great pride to emphasize the networking component of the program. Travels to the partner countries are optional.
Further continuation into the clinical years are in the planning phase.
See program overview for further information and registration.
Check out our program video here: