My Experience at University of British Columbia
[M3 Juncheol Park]
On July 13, 2019, twenty-five 3rd year SOM students arrived at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada to develop a more diverse background in medicine and general practice. Based on the information provided by the school administration office and by the UBC university homepage, my colleagues and I were tingling about the idea of each other's choice of courses which we could personalize and select on our own interest.
In all, there were 15 courses available, so each participant in the program could take a variety of classes, such as Psychiatry or Pharmacology, and through particular courses, students were given the opportunity to visit a local hospital for instructions.
Unlike the Johns Hopkins University Program, which other 4th year colleagues attended, UBC provides a more diverse selection of course disciplines. Among them, I enrolled in an anatomy course, which I had been curious about as soon as I had begun to study medicine. Since this was my second time to enroll in an anatomy course, I could more easily understand the course material than when I first took it. I was able to connect my background knowledge to new material in a more firm understanding of anatomy. Personally, the most impressive feature in this course was that we were able to view several cadavers and samples - which I didn't expect to see. Back at SOM, I remember that I only had a short period to look at some anatomical structures, but at UBC, I could observe them more carefully and more thoroughly.
Through and through, the UBC program was beneficial both inside and outside of the class. Before classes at UBC began, I had the chance to visit other tourist destinations in Canada and a few US cities. I optioned to visit Las Vegas with one of my classmates, and I was delighted to go to the Grand Canyon tour. This is an experience that I wouldn't have had without the help of SOM and the program. Additionally, while in Canada, it was remarkable to go to nearby parks or botanical gardens after class or on the weekend. And when the courses finished, I planned an excursion to travel to the Rocky Mountains. Overall, I think it was a blessing that UBC itself allowed the participating students to engage in such an amazing variety of programs.
The UBC Summer Program is an outbound medical student program which was only initiated this year at SOM. Gratefully, I would like to thank everyone for providing us with such an incredible opportunity. My colleagues and I would like to deliver a wealth of information to our juniors so that they can be more informed about this program and share in the experience. Thank you, again, for allowing me to have such a memorable experience.