A promising exchange

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A promising exchange

STUDENTS FROM four Hungarian medical schools began taking courses this fall at the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, marking the start of an exchange program that eventually will include medical residents, doctoral students, and UB and Hungarian faculty. UB students will go to Hungary beginning this semester.

The exchange program is a joint venture with the Hungarian Medical Association of America, headquartered in Buffalo.

"The Hungarian medical community was very interested in establishing relationships with American schools," said John Feather, project codirector. "Such arrangements were hard to hold together during the communist era, and it was clear from the start they wanted to establish a formal ongoing relationship. The Hungarian Medical Association of America acted as liaison with the four Hungarian schools and was critical to the success of the organizing effort."

The schools involved in the exchange are located in Szeged, Debrecen, Pécs and Budapest. Each will send up to five students to UB for elective courses lasting one to three months. Only fourth-year medical students will be eligible.