Stockholm-TallinnWeek-Long Study Tour | Medical Practice & Policy Program

Required Course(s)
Human Health and Disease: A Clinical Approach
Spring semester

Note: This Study Tour will last run in spring 2021.

This week-long Study Tour to Stockholm and Tallinn introduces you to the nuances of medical practice in two distinct healthcare systems: one a well-established and internationally regarded Scandinavian system, and the other a system influenced from the rise and fall of Communist law. You will be able to observe the differences between state-funded and privately-funded care by talking with health professionals from hospitals, clinics, and other medically related institutions. In each destination, you are exposed to a diverse range of visits, which provide you with a well-rounded and comprehensive understanding of the healthcare system in the region.

In Stockholm, you visit a variety of medical centers and clinics and meet with medical professionals to gain first-hand insight into Sweden’s medical landscape. Students in the past have had the opportunity to meet the Head of Surgery at Capio Artro Clinic and observe a surgery on a sports-related injury. In Tallinn, you visit one of the central hospitals of Estonia, as well as a family physician, to better understand the range of health care in Estonia. This part of the study tour is particularly enriching because it not only provides you with additional clinical experience, but it also highlights many of the challenges the Estonian healthcare system faces.

During the Study Tour, you discuss various topics within health care such as demographics and economy, healthcare promotion and infection control, allocation of technology, money, and resources, the organization of, and entry into, the health system, and patient-doctor relationships. By the end of the study tour, you will have a better understanding of some of the strengths and challenges of the Swedish and Estonian healthcare systems and how they compare to your experiences in Denmark and the United States.

Tour Objectives

  • Compare and contrast medical practice in Denmark, Sweden, and Estonia
  • Understand the challenges that health care providers currently face
  • Observe examples of clinical practice and research with clinical relevance

Possible Activities

  • Hear a lecture at medical departments at Karolinska University Hospital, one of Europe's largest and most prestigious medical universities
  • Discuss with healthcare providers at Northern Estonian Regional Hospital
  • Visit and discuss with an Estonian family physician