Hello! I’m Lulu, a member of the PLME class of 2018/2022, and I am the writer for Blogside Manner. In this column, I will talk about the ins and outs of PLME life at Brown and, of course, the dreaded application process. Whether or not you decide to ultimately apply for PLME, I hope to help provide you with a better sense of what Brown is all about!
It’s officially spring! I hope that the weather wherever you are is looking up.
Just a few short weeks until RD results and ADOCH (all of you that get invited should come; it’s amazing), so hang in there! Today I am going to talk about another benefit of being a PLME that I touched on a few posts back: studying abroad.
First and foremost, being a PLME definitely helps in planning a study abroad trip just because of the flexibility in our schedules. Most of us are not in the intensive ScB programs that have around 20 required classes, meaning scheduling a study abroad during a school semester is definitely easier.
As a Brown undergraduate, we have access to all of the programs Brown offers, which include a variety of Brown exclusive programs in places such as Spain, Japan, Brazil, and, more recently, Cuba. In addition, if none of the Brown programs interest you, you can apply to any alternatively approved study abroad program, which is an extensive list found here:
And finally, if nothing Brown offers officially perks your interest, you can petition for a program you find or create to be legitimized. This path requires a bit of work since you have to file paperwork and get faculty approval, but it is definitely not out of reach.
In addition to all of the Brown programs, PLME students can go on a few of the Alpert Medical School study abroad programs. These are primarily summer programs that have free tuition, often free or cheap room and board, and typically a travel stipend. The two main destinations for are China/Taiwan and Germany, though there are programs to Brazil and Ghana.
The China and Taiwan programs are both 4 weeks and teach about alternative medicine, specifically Traditional Chinese Medicine. The China program is located in the Zhejiang University School of Medicine in Hangzhou, and the Taiwan program is hosted in the National Cheng Kung University School of Medicine. The Zhejiang program covers everything in terms of tuition and housing (which I’m pretty sure is apartments you share with other PLMEs and medical school students), and while the Taiwan program does have a nominal housing cost, it is fairly cheap. In addition, both programs offer $1000 in a travel stipend. Another great thing is that the timing of these two programs is that one is right after the other with a week gap, so you can technically do both! Though you can’t double dip in terms of the travel stipend (they’ll give you $1500 collectively), it’s a great opportunity.
The programs in Germany are arguably more popular with the PLME classes. Both are two weeks, free tuition, room provided, and scholarships are available for a travel stipend. The first program is located in Rostock, which this year is based on the medical practices related to aging, and the second is in Tuebingen, which teaches comparative health practices and medical ethics. The Rostock program tends to be a bit more medicine heavy than most PLMEs are ready for, but it is still a fruitful experience in terms of excellent exposure to a hospital. Similar to the China/Taiwan programs, these two programs can also be chained together for a nice month in Germany.
For more information on the medical school study abroad programs, check this out:
See you next week!
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