Wednesday, 4 October 2017
A student from Otago’s Christchurch campus has taken part in a 48-hour competition to develop a medical education learning application at the world’s biggest and best medical education conference.
Christchurch campus student Roshit Bothara recently represented New Zealand and the University of Otago, as well as Samoa and his native country of Nepal at the International Association for Medical Education Europe (AMEE) Conference in Helsinki.
Christchurch campus student Roshit Bothara recently attended the International Association for Medical Education Europe (AMEE) Conference in Helsinki. He was one of 39 international medical students selected to assist with the logistics of the conference from more than 1200 applicants. The conference focuses on advancements and challenges in medical education.
Roshit says one of the conference highlights was taking part in a 48-hour ‘Hackathon’ challenge to develop an innovative digital solution to solve a challenge in medical education. Roshit’s five-person team developed a mobile App that provides medical students easy access to relevant clinical information as they change specialties. For example, students beginning their paediatric rotation would be provided with information on the five most common childhood conditions specific to hospital and region.
Roshit is studying global health as part of his Bachelor of Medical Science with Honours degree. The one-year, full-time research-intensive honours degree is available to medical students from their third year onwards.
Roshit’s research project focuses on Global Health Classroom – an initiative between the University of Otago, National University of Samoa (Samoa) and Patan Academy of Health Sciences (Nepal). He is being supervised by Doctor Andrew Miller. Roshit says the initiative aims to promote collaborative global health learning and enable students to gain perspectives of different healthcare systems and cultures.
At the conference, the Nepal-born student represented New Zealand and the University of Otago, as well as Samoa and his native country. He plans to continue with fourth-year medical studies in 2018.