SeaCouver is a five day program taking place in both Seattle and Vancouver. This study tour aims to educate students on the intricacies of the US and Canadian healthcare systems going beyond basic facts to delve into the core of the systems and their impact on patients, families, and communities. Participants travel to some of the premiere medical institutions in both countries including the University of Washington and the University of British Columbia hearing fom experts in the field and discussing policy. Participants will also visit hospitals and clinics to witness healthcare firsthand and will later dine with the local physicians and medical students to informally discuss their opinions on healthcare. Perhaps the most memorable aspect of Seacouver is the opportunity to interview pedestrians on the street in both Vancouver and Seattle to hear firsthand how their lives have been affected by illness and the healthcare system, and also their perceptions of the two systems.
Participants in the past have found a wide variety of perspectives during these interviews, as well as an interesting combination of misinformation interspersed with facts. In the end, participants have come away with an understanding that both healthcare systems have problems, some of which are inherent to the system, and others of which are related to circumstance. One thing remained clear, however: the Canadian system guarantees equitable access to healthcare, and the American system does not.
All healthcare systems involve making tradeoffs, but AMSA believes that regardless of tradeoffs, any desirable healthcare system must have at its base a guarantee of comprehensive, affordable healthcare for all.
SeaCouver goals include:
- To develop an understanding of the similarities and differences between the US and Canadian healthcare systems and to appreciate the misconceptions about each system.
- Learn the basics of advocacy in order to become leaders in your community and beyond.
- Connect on a personal level from those who have been affected by the healthcare system firsthand via on the street video interviews.
Tuition Fees: $500
Tuition includes 4 nights of hotel accommodations (4 same-gender persons to a room), ground transportation as well as breakfast and dinner for each day. Program fees will also be used to offset the cost of developing the educational program, including resource materials, video recording of teaching encounters, and administrative support. Please be aware that AMSA has worked hard to provide participants with a unique, enjoyable, and educational experience while keeping costs at a minimum. Participants will be responsible for all other expenses including airfare, airport transfers to the hotel and lunches. Participants are encouraged to speak with their Deans and/or consult with their Student Affairs Offices and local AMSA Chapters for possible funding.
Note: Participants must have valid passports in order to travel from Seattle to Vancouver.
|SEACOUVER ITINERARY (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) |
- Afternoon: Arrival in Seattle, airport runs to hotel
- Evening: Dinner/free time
- Morning: Speakers at the University of Washington
- Afternoon: Lunch and Pike Place Market for on-the-street interviews of people’s thoughts on the US healthcare system
- Evening: Travel to Vancouver by train/bus
- Morning: Three Bridges Community Health Centre tour and visit
- Afternoon: Lunch and interviews at Granville Market.
- Evening: Dinner and health policy discussion with University of British Columbia medical students. Night out on the town.
- Morning: Tour of downtown community health clinic and surrounding areas by University of British Columbia medical students
- Afternoon: Lunch and check out the local sites. Travel to Seattle by train/bus
- Evening: Dinner in Seattle/check out the local sites
- Morning: Speakers
- Afternoon: Airport runs back home.