More than 125 years ago, Johns Hopkins physicians ushered in a new era of medical education in the United States by incorporating bedside teaching, laboratory research and medical residencies as part of instruction.

Today we share this foundational philosophy of training and education with likeminded global affiliates such as the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey School of Medicine in Mexico.

Twice each year, four top medical students from Monterrey Tec come to Johns Hopkins to complete nine-week medical rotations with educators, scientists and physicians who are the foremost experts in their fields. Students do clinical rotations in head and neck surgery and oncology/bone marrow transplant, and research work in neurosurgery and cardiac surgery.

Javier Bolaños Meade, a Johns Hopkins oncologist and Monterrey Tec alumnus, has been working with these visiting students for 14 years, since the start of our affiliation. “We expose Monterrey Tec students to a health system that is radically different from what they’ve known in Mexico,” he says. “They get to know what we do and how we do it. And then they can incorporate these practices to improve care back home.”

“We have been learning from the first moment we put a foot in the hospital,” says Luis Morales, a Monterrey Tec medical student with plans to become a surgeon. “I’m growing and maturing as a future doctor.”

This post highlights content from JHI’s FY17-FY18 Impact Report, Realizing the Mission. Read the full report and check out this video to learn more about our transformational work in international collaborative health from the last two fiscal years.

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