Very soon, Marian University students will be greeting each other with "Willkommen" and "Guten Morgen," as this year, Marian University has received its first-ever "Germany on Campus" Grant. The grant, written by Wendy Westphal, Ph.D., associate professor of German and director of global prestige awards, will help fund a campus and lecture visit from Dr. Michael Feldmann. Dr. Feldmann is the chief vascular surgeon and head of the Clinic of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at Agaplesion Diakonie Hospital in Rotenburg, Germany.
Dr. Feldmann was invited to campus since he is also responsible for training medical students at the hospital and has worked closely with current Marian undergrads in the pre-medicine track and Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM) students in a three-week shadowing internship opportunity at Agaplesion Diakonie Hospital. The program began in 2018-19, was canceled due to Covid in 2020, and was brought back in 2022. This past summer, four undergrad students and four MU-COM students attended this internship. They created memories and experiences to set them apart in their future careers.
If you think going to Germany to study medicine is beyond excellent, imagine how exciting it is that Marian will host Dr. Feldmann on campus! The vascular surgeon will give four different lectures from November 29-December 1 as he will create a version of what he teaches in Germany right here in Indianapolis, at the home of the Knights.
More details about Dr. Feldmann's visit will be provided at a later time. Here are the topics he will discuss:
Day 1: Socialized Medicine? The German Health Care System
Day 2: Vascular Surgery- A Fascinating Field of Medicine
Day 3: The German Health Care System- A Cross-cultural Comparison (in German, for German students)
Day 4: Hospital Internship in Germany Information Session