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 and dental students - originated from the Anatomy courses and created by faculty and students to promote the improvement of global healthcare. Since 2020 the program also welcomes students from related health professions (health sciences, pharmacy, public health, premedical undergraduate students) from all partner schools to join.

The overall objective of this program is to prepare preclinical medical and dental students for international leadership roles and global collaborative problem solving in healthcare.


Via bidirectional exchanges with students from 14 major international universities the program provides them with skills and experience via early international networking opportunities - skills in Global and Public Health awareness, cultural competency, international reflection on the topic of body donation, leadership skills, 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 preclinical medical and dental students the opportunity of early international experience - via international small peer-to-peer relationships, networking, international public speaking and a 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:


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International Collaboration and Exchange Program

A program directed by: Dr. Anette Wu

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