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Student Profile: Kelsey Schranze, Danish Institute for Study Abroad


Major: Interdisciplinary health services

Minor: Global healthcare ethics

Abroad Program: Danish Institute for Study Abroad- Medical Practice and Policy Program (*Petition Program)

Where: Copenhagen, Denmark

When: Fall 2012

Favorite Course: Human Health and Disease: A Clinical Approach

Highlight: Watching the birth of a baby at a hospital in Poznan, Poland

Best Excursion: My study tour with my class to Poznan, Poland and Berlin, Germany

Favorite Dish: Cheddar bacon burger from Halifax Burgers (Best burger I have ever tasted!)

Least Favorite Dish: I loved everything I had there!

Next Destination: Reykjavik, Iceland

Describe your most memorable experience while abroad:

I have great memories from the classes I took in Denmark. Since I was in the Medical Practice and Policy program, I took one of my classes at the Copenhagen University Hospital. It was taught by two physicians and a medical student. Each class, I learned about a particular body system and the diseases and treatments that related to that system. I also learned how to conduct a patient’s interview, and practiced on real patients at the hospital. Additionally, I had clinical lab days where I learned how to suture and insert IVs. For one week, I went on a study tour to Poznan, Poland and Berlin, Germany to see other hospitals and healthcare settings. I went to sites such as a maternity unit and a pediatric gastroenterology unit, where I shadowed the doctors and saw medical procedures. I even got to be in the operating room during the birth of a baby, which was the highlight of my abroad experience!

How do you see this experience affecting your future?

I am fortunate to have been able to attend the Danish Institute for Study Abroad because it gave me much more clinical experience in the medical field. I want to become a certified nurse anesthetist, and I feel more prepared for attending nursing school since I took the class on human health and disease. I also took a class called, Pregnancy, Birth, and Infancy in Denmark, which taught me a lot about obstetrics, which is a field that many nurse anesthetists work in.

What is one piece of advice you would pass on to a student who is about to study abroad?

Travel as much as you can! At DIS, you are given 2 full weeks off classes to travel wherever you like. You also go on the study tour with your program, where you have academic and cultural visits that are planned by the school. Choose countries that you would never imagine yourself visiting, which makes the trips even more fun and special.