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UVU to Sponsor Ukrainian Medical Students

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July 7, 2009
For Immediate Release

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Gary Measom
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UVU’s nursing exchange program with the Medical University of Bukovyna in Ukraine is providing six students the opportunity to come to Utah and observe firsthand how the United States medical system functions. For two weeks, four medical students, one nursing student and one medical technology student from Ukraine will be living in Provo and working at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center. The students will be accompanied by Professor Tamila Sorokman, director of pediatrics and the nursing program at the Medical University of Bukovyna, beginning Monday, July 6.

“We participate in mentoring and shadowing programs frequently here at the hospital, and I think that shows that we place a lot of value on providing education to the next generation of healthcare providers, both in our country and outside our country,” said Janet Frank, spokesperson for Utah Valley Regional Medical Center. “We’re proud of the model healthcare organization that we have and when we can share what we know with other people, we’re happy to do that. We’re excited to help these students learn more about what we do to provide excellent healthcare.”

During their time here, the students will be shadowing doctors and nurses at the medical center. The goal is to teach the Ukrainian students about the innovative technology that is available in healthcare. By forming ties with doctors and hospitals in the U.S., it will become easier for students and doctors to obtain information and technology so they, in turn, can bring it into Ukraine when they graduate and move into their own medical practices.

Gary Measom, former department chair of the nursing program at UVU, is also excited for the students to observe the responsibilities of nurses in the United States. In Ukraine, the nurses are not able to do anything until a doctor gives the go-ahead, which may be too late for a patient. Measom believes these students will benefit from learning about the autonomy and added responsibility that nurses have in U.S. hospitals.

The nursing student exchange program was started two years ago by Measom and Myna Wayman, the chair of the Ukraine program at UVU. Salt Lake City and Chernivtsi, Ukraine, are sister cities, which prompted the Salt Lake City mayor’s office to set efforts in motion to begin an exchange program. Measom and Wayman began work on the program, traveling to Ukraine in the fall of 2006. Wayman personally accompanied UVU nursing students to Ukraine in 2007 and 2008, and worked to bring the Ukrainian students to Utah in 2008 as well as 2009.

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Written by:
Chelsey Richardson
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