Thanks to Prof. Joe Petersberger for his work to continue our international cooperation this summer! It was fantastic to meet with him and plan for post-COVID cooperation including our virtual guest lecturing appearances. Great to visit with an old friend and chart a course for future projects.
Thanks to Prof. Marija Heffer and colleagues at the University of Osijek (Croatia) Medical Faculty for the stimulating, engaging, and productive summer. Fruitful exchange of ideas, curriculum development, meetings with students, and casual chats about lab work provided a fruitful way to navigate the end of COVID-19. Hvala vam!
I’m honored to welcome an old friend, Prof. Joe Petersburger, from the University of Pécs Medical School in Pécs, Hungary as a guest lecturer this semester. He will be joining us periodically for insight on the COVID-19 pandemic in Central Europe.
Prof. Petersburger embodies the ideals of a Renaissance scholar; he is not only a biologist, but also a photographer, former business executive, and medical communications expert. Prof. Petersburger earned his doctorate in biology from the University of Debrecen in Hungary and also was an exchange student at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He went on to become the first Hungarian photographer to have his work featured in National Geographic magazine. After a stint working in the pharmaceutical industry, he directed his immense talents to teaching medical students and encouraging interdisciplinary studies (through ITD, the only trans-disciplinary studies institute at a Hungarian medical school).
Please send along any questions you may have about how COVID has impacted Europe as well as any you may have regarding opportunities to study at the University of Pécs. It is Hungary’s oldest university offering courses of study in more than 300 disciplines (including the country’s oldest English language medical degree program).
Thrilled to attend ceremonies for Hope Medical Institute (HMI) as they celebrated the medical students graduating from 3 of Poland’s leading medical schools. Working with HMI, U.S. students may apply to study medicine in Poland (with all classes conducted in English) and then complete clinical rotations back in the United States. Of course, for U.S. medical residency purposes, students are classified as foreign medical grads. However, the structure of Polish medical education (in line with European standards) allows application to Polish medical schools right out of high school, or after completing some college-level coursework. A little known option for bright students willing to study in central Europe!