Explore U.S. Healthcare at Stanford

Aug 6 - 26, 2017

Medical Exchange & Discover (MED) Program

VIA's Medical Exchange & Discovery (MED) Program brings together students from top medical schools in mainland China, Japan, and Taiwan for three weeks of rigorous comparative health care studies. Through visits to medical organizations across the San Francisco Bay Area, guest lectures, and interactive workshops, participants obtain firsthand exposure to the innovative approaches being developed to treat patients from diverse backgrounds. In addition, participants work closely with their peers, including students from Stanford and UCSF, to think critically about the strengths, weaknesses and future direction of health care in their home countries.

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Participant Voice

“I would definitely recommend VIA MED to any medical student who is interested in this program. It’s a great opportunity to understand different medical systems around Asia and the U.S., and we can also train our English ability and take a look at the different kinds of treatments doctors give their patients. I think it’s also a great opportunity to not only broaden our vision, but to help us be come doctors who have more comprehensive thoughts when treating patients.”


  • Date: March 1, 2017
  • Time: 11:15 am - 12:00 pm
  • Location: Conference Room 312, Medical Building

Track Options

The MED program is offered in two tracks:

  • Novice Track: emphasizes hands-on simulation activities to develop foundational clinical knowledge and skills that are useful in a variety of medical settings. This track is ideal for 1st and 2nd-year students.

  • Advanced Track: provides opportunities to deepen clinical knowledge through physician shadowing, USMLE preparation, and medical case study. This track is open to 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th-year students.


The MED Program is offered by VIA, an educational non-profit organization founded at Stanford University in 1963. Details of the MED program can be found from www.viaprograms.org/med.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the MED Program Director, Ellison Weeks at ellison@viaprograms.org.