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Five groups of West Virginia University health sciences students will travel around the world this month, the university recently announced.

These 17 students will not only get the chance to experience other cultures but will also learn about health care and problem solving.

According to the university's news release, WVU faculty preceptors will accompany students rotating in Barbuda, China, Fiji and Ghana while Amizade Global Service Learning is facilitating the rotation in Brazil— a first for the WVU Global Health Program.

"Global health rotations are a great opportunity for inter-professional education," Melanie Fisher, program director, said in the news release. "Medical students get to work side by side with dental students, public health students, nursing students and pharmacy students. That's a theme of the future— health care is a team effort. It's better for patients. It's better all around."

Based in Santarém, the Brazil rotation will provide inter-professional experiences for four medical students and one dental student.

Christopher J. Martin, HSC director of international programs, explained that in addition to providing care at hospitals and clinics, students will work aboard a river boat.

Students going on the boat excursion will travel 24 hours after departing Santarem and on the return journey, they will stop at three locations, which serve 23 small, adjacent communities.
WVU School of Medicine fourth-year student Sunjay Mannan, who will be rotating in China for the month of April, said he is eager for the opportunity to sharpen his problem-solving skills.
"Most eastern cultures respect the condition of the group over that of the individual," Mannan said in the news release. "So I am looking forward to seeing how individuals in China deal with their problems, while they try to preserve the integrity of their respective groups."