Medical students from around the world will benefit from a long term strategic partnership announced by St George's, University of London, and Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University.

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The two dedicated health sciences universities, based in London, UK and Philadelphia, US, respectively, are set to collaborate on a range of initiatives, designed to allow students to prepare for 21st century global health challenges via exposure to both US and UK health systems during their programme.

Initially, students and staff from across each university will benefit from a range of exchange opportunities. Students taking St George’s undergraduate and graduate International Medicine programmes, developed with INTO University Partnerships, will access SKMC and affiliated hospitals for their clinical rotations in the final two years of the programmes, following their earlier studies in Tooting, London.

From 2016, these opportunities will be extended via the development of an integrated MBBS/Masters in Science - Population Health programme, with students taking an additional, research focussed year in Philadelphia to gain a MS-Population Health degree from TJU.

This new programme will be delivered via an innovative, jointly developed curriculum, capitalising on both universities' expertise in medical education. The programme will underpin the teaching of clinical practice with a comprehensive understanding of the challenges facing the delivery of effective healthcare on both sides of the Atlantic.

In parallel with these educationally focussed developments, the universities are exploring a range of research opportunities, similarly focussed on major societal challenges and building on their complementary, focussed, strengths.

Professor Peter Kopelman, Principal of St George’s, said: “Our agreement with SKMC is great news as it provides students at both our universities with a unique opportunity to truly understand global health issues and be fully equipped for US and international residency and careers.”

“The universities, and affiliated hospitals, share remarkable similarities in their history, ethos and vision, and we look forward to capitalising on our strengths as we jointly educate the doctors of tomorrow.”

Mark Tykocinski, M.D., Provost and Dean of SKMC said, “Our strategic partnership with St. George’s will allow Jefferson students to benefit from understanding the healthcare systems of both the U.S. and the U.K., while sharing common values of great clinical expertise, teamwork, and patient-centred care.”