MED Newsletter #3

July 11, 2016

Message from the Director

Dear Participants,

Greetings from California! I hope this message finds you all healthy, happy, and ready to stimulate your minds this summer. As usual, you will find important program-related information below. Please review carefully and let us know if you have any clarifying questions.

I also wanted to direct your attention to a recent development in the world of organ donation and transplantation, a topic that we'll explore during the program. Apple Inc. and one of our partner organizations, Donor Network West, recently announced a groundbreaking update to the iOS operating system that will allow iPhone users to register as organ and tissue donors directly from their phones.

This new feature is expected to lead to a dramatic increase in the number of organ and tissue donors in the U.S. It's also a great example of the impact that Silicon Valley companies can have on the U.S. healthcare system. To read more about the development, click here. We'll also have a chance to discuss organ donation and transplantation with representatives from Donor Network West in August!

Our team will be in touch with additional program updates in the near future.

Be well,


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The MED 2016 Orientation Site is now up and ready! On this site, you will find a sample calendar from MED 2015, which provides an idea of the types of activities you can expect to join. A draft of the MED 2016 calendar will be shared with you within the next week.

You will also find bios for participants and staff. Check it out to find out more about us, the global health fellows, and your fellow cohort mates!

Click on the title “Orientation Site” above or follow this link to see the site.

Click on the “MED 2016 Program” tab and then you can choose to see the presentation guidelines, MED 2016 Staff Bios and Participant Bios.

The Orientation site also contains other useful information, such as travel tips and a packing list (also available below) that you can use as a guide for what to bring on the program and what to leave at home. You can access this portion of the site by clicking here.

Online Groups

We have created groups on Facebook and on Line! We will share information, daily program highlights, and exciting conversations on these sites. It is also a great way to communicate with the whole group. Participants are also encouraged to post their thoughts, photos and videos to the Facebook group on a regular basis. To join the group, search “VIA MED 2016” and request permission to join.

A Line group has been created for this summer's program. To join the group, simply add Cira (Line ID: scookerwookers) as a contact and she will add you to the group. We highly recommend you join the MED group before your arrival so that you can reach us in case of any emergency once you arrive in San Francisco. If you are unable to access the Line app, please contact Ellison or Cira directly for further guidance.

What To Pack

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With the program starting in less than a month, I’m sure many of you are wondering about what to pack. We ask that you limit your luggage to ONE suitcase and a one carry on, such as a backpack. There are free laundry facilities at the dormitory and detergent will be provided. We will provide you with linens and blankets but you can bring your favorite small blanket or pillow if you wish.

Amongst your regular clothes, we encourage you to bring one formal outfit. At the end of the program, we have an annual Farewell Banquet and everyone is invited to dress up.

One last thing: it’s highly likely you’ll buy souvenirs for your friends and family back at home so leave a little extra space in your suitcase for gifts!

Below are important things to keep in mind while packing. A more complete list can be found at this link.

Important Documents

  • Passport
  • Travel Insurance
  • Original signed agreement forms
  • (Advance Track Students) Original copies of vaccination records

Clothing & Shoes

  • Appropriate t-shirts & long-sleeved shirts
  • Sweater or Jacket
  • Pants
  • Appropriate shorts & skirts
  • Business casual wear
  • Comfortable shoes for walking & hiking
  • Sportswear for exercising (ex: bathing suit, running shoes, shorts, etc)
  • Warm pajamas
  • Formal wear (ex: suit, dress or outfit)
  • WHITE COAT- Required for BOTH Novice and Advance tracks


  • Laptop/tablet
  • Prescription medicine
  • Traveler’s Checks/Credit Card
  • Power Converter (depending on your electronic device’s country of origin)
  • Book (for the long flight, layovers, or waiting to be picked up)

Speaking Of Packing...

We are still missing a few students' flight information! Please provide us with your flight information AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! Remember to keep your Progress Log up-to-date!! Thanks :)



Immunization Forms were due Friday (July 8th). If you have not handed in your immunization documents, please do so as soon as possible!

If possible, please use forms in English. If your immunization record is in your native language, kindly have the key parts translated into English, such as the date and the name of the vaccine.

Keep in mind that the hospital staff will review your documents! Please make sure that the titers have a number value and your immunity level clearly stated (such as Positive/Partial/Negative).

If you are experiencing trouble fulfilling these requirements, please contact me as soon as possible ( to discuss your situation and to make alternative arrangements for submitting your documents in a timely manner. Failure to do so may result in limiting our ability to obtain clearance for you to shadow a physician this summer.