Shadow physicians for 20+ hours per week, observe multiple specialties, and gain a more global perspective of medicine and health care firsthand. As you explore different medical specialties, you see the European healthcare system from the inside. Outside of the hospital, students broaden horizons by exploring Spain, and participate in educational activities designed to examine and compare various international health systems including European and U.S. systems of care. The program is an excellent opportunity for those thinking about a career in medicine, nursing, allied health, health care systems or administration, public health, or health care policy. It helps you discern if a career in health care is right for you and can fine-tune your career interests. Because all of the physician interactions with patients are in the host language, students who can speak Spanish will have a very rich experience. However, health care partners are prepared to host English-speaking students who are beginners in learning and wanting opportunities to speak Spanish.
The program will be located in Seville, where students will shadow doctors and also participate in local cultural and recreational activities. Seville, and Spain’s Andalucian region, is renowned for beautiful cathedrals and plazas, fascinating historical sites, fabulous scenery, Flamenco dancing, excellent restaurants and tapas, and great shopping. The program includes interesting local activities on some weekdays and a day trip to Cadiz. On weekends, students can take optional trips to a wide range of destinations easily available by train or bus such as Granada, Malaga, Cordoba, Ronda, Nerja, Valencia, Madrid, Toledo, or the Algarve region in Portugal. Or, why not spend your weekends soaking in and savoring all that Seville offers, as this city offers so much to see. The program is in partnership with GlobalEd Abroad. You can learn about this exciting BYU program at www.byuglobalhealth.org