Many students that have had the opportunity to study abroad will say that it was one of the most rewarding experiences of their educational years. Studying abroad affords students an opportunity to travel the world, apply their knowledge and learned skills in unfamiliar settings, meet new peers and mentors, and encounter unforeseen lessons they would miss in traditional educational settings. For medical students in particular, international programs often mean travelling to remote areas of the world on missions to provide medical care and health education to underserved populations. Michael Moore, (at left) fourth-year osteopathic medical student at the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences-College of Osteopathic Medicine (PNWU-COM), was selected this summer to take part in an elective rotation abroad. However, Moore’s experience abroad did not involve providing medical care to the indigenous peoples of a remote region; it involved writing.
Mr. Moore’s interest in osteopathic medicine began during his tour in the U.S. Army, where he served as a combat officer and then as a physician assistant (PA). Regarding his time as an Army PA, Moore said, “I was drawn to the interdisciplinary and holistic character of osteopathic medicine. Daniel VanArsdale, DO, then an NYCOM/NYIT faculty member, and Lisa Hou, DO, an Army surgeon, were great coaches.” In 2009, having completed his service, Moore began his osteopathic medical education at PNWU-COM in Yakima, Washington.
In 2011, The Lancet, a weekly online medical journal based out of London, England, re-launched The Student Lancet, a project originally launched in 2007 as a global forum for medical students to share their voices. In its new iteration, The Student Lancet is a publication produced by several medical student bloggers selected from a competitive pool of hundreds of applicants. Moore and four other students from countries around the world were the first to work on the new Student Lancet project during the 2011-12 academic year. Because of Mr. Moore’s good work, The Student Lancet invited him to travel to London, England, and spend time working as an Assistant Editor for the publication. Moore formatted the trip as a 28-day Global Health elective rotation, kicking off his fourth year of medical school.
His duties at The Lancet involved editing, copywriting, screening and approving manuscript submissions, and meeting with others on the staff to make content decisions and drive editorial direction. Mr. Moore also wrote and submitted his own material to the journal, which is available online through The Lancet. “I found that my holistic point of view inculcated by my osteopathic medical training was reinforced by working in an environment that values comprehensive health care and long-term outcomes,” Mr. Moore said of his time spent with the London publication. Following his trip, The Lancet invited Mr. Moore to continue his writing from the United States and to serve as an external peer reviewer.