Author: Suresh K. Pavuluri
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Pre-medical students are engaging in global experiences to garner more clinical experience and to augment their resume. These students are raising a new set of ethical issues that have not been adequately addressed. Students are thrust into roles that require a working ethical and professional knowledge in the standards of medicine even before they enter the profession. Selecting competent pre-medical students, creating a thorough pre-departure curriculum, creating a responsibility checklist that corresponds to a student’s level of training, and defining “trainable” skills for unskilled volunteers are some ways mitigate the ethical issues.
Keywords: Global Health Experiences, Pre-medical Students