WRITER: GIGI WOOD
CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: March 28, 2001
UI medical student chosen for Japanese exchange
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A University of Iowa College of Medicine student has
been chosen as an exchange student at Aichi University in Japan this summer.
Elena Wahmhoff, a first-year medical student from Bettendorf, will travel
to Japan for eight weeks this summer.
The exchange program between the UI and Aichi is in its fourth year. In
addition to choosing UI students to send to Aichi, the UI College of Medicine
has hosted two Aichi students and faculty members.
Japanese medical schools differ from their American counterparts in the
amount of practical experience students receive, which may involve shadowing
doctors more than working independently.
"Medical schools in Japan tend to let students practice less than we
can here," she said. "So it will be more observation and study than
To be selected, Wahmhoff submitted an application and was interviewed. Speaking
Japanese is not required to take part in the exchange program; although Wahmhoff
studied the language for four years in high school. In fact, Wahmhoff's experience
with the Japanese language was one of the reasons she decided to apply to
"I'm planning on doing some review, and hopefully the rest will come
back through immersion," she said.
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