Taiwanese-American Medical Students Cultural Exchange Summer Camp, Summer 2020
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MSCE was founded in 2011 through collaboration between American medical professionals and scientists and Taiwanese medical school faculty who had a vision of seeing young medical professionals from both nations interact and grow in friendship, leadership and multiculturalism. For nine years, the camp has successfully brought people together to learn from each other and discuss the culture and future of medical care, all while having an unforgettably fun time.
The goals of the MSCE Summer Camp are as follows:
- To facilitate interaction, and to build long-term friendships, between students of medicine, nursing, and speech pathology/audiology from Taiwan and the U.S.
- To introduce medical professionals from the U.S. and from Taiwan as mentors for students and to facilitate a continuing educational relationship.
- To build up character and virtues essential to medical professionals, educators, and reformers.
- To grow a more global view of health care and other social issues.
- For Taiwanese students specifically:
- To introduce faith-based American values and cultural diversity.
- To introduce the American health care system and how it runs.
- To introduce American medical, nursing, and speech audiology education and training.
- To provide an opportunity to experience immersion and communication in English.
For 2020, we plan to bring a team of 14-16 health-field students from the U.S. to join some 50 Taiwanese students at Mackay Medical College, which is in the small city of Sanzhi, about an hour drive from Taipei.
From formal presentations to casual mealtime conversations, we encourage as much of the camp to be held in English. That is one reason we call the American students “teaching assistants,” or TAs. Typically, 2 TAs co-lead a group of 6-8 Taiwanese students. The camp program consists of presentations from faculty and students, both American and Taiwanese, on various topics relating to the goals of the camp (see previous camp programs here). The camp program also includes small group discussions to build up communication and critical thinking skills. Creative group activities as well as sharing meals and dorm rooms enhance learning experiences and further strengthen cross-cultural relationships. Extra activities during the camp include faith-based programming such as worship nights and testimony sharing, sports events, and field trips around northern Taiwan. We have seen that after the end of the camp, our friendships continue to grow and flourish over the years.
The MSCE Summer Camp is associated with Luke Christian Medical Missions in the San Francisco Bay Area and MacKay Medical College in Taipei, Taiwan. For 2020, the location is Mackay Medical College and the planned dates for the camp are now set for Thursday, July 2, to Thursday, July 9. This is a week later than originally posted due to the week delay of the semester in Taiwan during the coronavirus outbreak. Following the camp, we have an optional service learning trip. This year’s location is Heng-chhun, southern Taiwan. Dates have been confirmed for Friday, July 10 to Thursday, July 16.
UPDATE, April 3, 2020: The first week of MSCE at Mackay Medical College is tentatively on hold, likely to be canceled for non-Taiwan students. Mackay students have proposed an alternate arrangement for this summer, and MSCE staff in US are considering other variations and activities in this most unusual year. The second week service learning with Heng-chun Christian Hospital is tentatively still scheduled, of course all pending the course of the current pandemic.
Online application for Summer 2020 is now available at this link: https://forms.gle/XrMEYRh75PCCJHd46. Contact us for questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.