MD / MA in Urban Bioethics candidate
Temple University School of Medicine
This summer, a group of medical and premedical students from the U.S. and Canada, led by coordinators Lina Brinker, M4 and Pooja Aysola, R2, embarked on a five day exploration of the U.S. and Canadian health care systems called SeaCouver. What’s with the name? Taking advantage of geography, half of the program took place in Seattle, WA, while the other half occurred just across the border in Vancouver, B.C.
I was lucky enough to be part of this group. Here are the top 5 highlights of my experience:
5) Learning about single payer from a past president of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), Dr. John Geyman. The program kicked off at the University of Washington’s Harborview Medical Center with a lively discussion of the health system in the U.S. today and why it needs to change beyond the Affordable Care Act. Also joining us were the co-founders of the Western Washington chapter of PNHP, Dr. Hugh Foy and Dr. David McLanahan.
4) Visiting Insite. Our first stop in Vancouver, Insite is an incredible organization that connects people with health care services. The first ...