Explore US Health Care!

March 18 - 30, 2017

Exploring Health Care (EHC) Program

The Exploring Health Care (EHC) Program connects students from Japanese medical universities with their peers in the U.S. to improve their ability to serve future patients by discovering the best aspects of healthcare in Asia and the United States. Participants will view health care and medicine through the eyes of students, patients, doctors, and researchers. Students from Stanford University and UCSF School of Medicine will join the program as Global Health Fellows and provide mentorship, lead activities and conduct lessons on a variety of healthcare topics.

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Content Tailored to Your Level

The EHC program is offered in two tracks:

  • Novice Track (1st - 2nd Year Students): emphasizes the development of foundational clinical knowledge and skills that are useful in a variety of medical settings through hands-on simulation and beginning problem-based learning (PBL) activities.
  • Advanced Track (3rd - 6th Year Students): provides opportunities to deepen clinical knowledge through physician shadowing and advanced problem-based learning (PBL) activities.

Participant Voice

“During the program, I learned a lot from the visits, lectures, and also from talking with doctors and participants. I heard many different voices and I think it really expanded my horizons as a medical student. As for being a doctor in the future, I think having a broader view of the world is a very important thing. In this program, I have the chance to interact with international students and exchange our thoughts and consider what kind of doctor we want to be.”


VIA provides innovative experiential learning programs in Asia and the United States that promote cross-cultural understanding, build partnerships, and offer transformative experiences for our participants and the communities they serve.

Details of the EHC program can be found at www.viaprograms.org/ehc. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Medical Programs Director, Ellison Weeks at ellison@viaprograms.org