Center Valley, Pa. (May 20, 2011) - Students and faculty from the Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC) in Lima, Peru, will arrive at DeSales University on Monday, May 23, 2011, for a week-long introduction to healthcare in the United States.
The students are medical doctors and dentists who are pursuing their Masters in Business Administration degrees at UPC. Their ultimate goal is to open their own practices in Peru upon completion of the program.
DeSales University MBA staff members have arranged for, and will participate in, a full agenda of events to provide the Peruvians with a better understanding of the U.S. healthcare system. Presentations by DeSales' instructors and local company providers will include an overview of U.S. healthcare reform, issues with Medicaid and Medicare, and the challenges that private insurersface. Company visits will afford the opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge and ask real-time questions about running a private practice.
Participating organizations include: Independence Blue Cross Greater Philadelphia Area, Oral Dynamics, OAA Orthopaedic Specialists, Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network, St. Luke's Hospital and Health Network, TEVA Pharmaceuticals, and the U.S. government. Mrs. Christine Bruce, program director of DeSales' Physician Assistant (PA) program and Dr. Patrick Kenny, assistant professor of DeSales' Nursing program will also participate.
Dr. David Gilfoil, director of the DSU MBA program, expressed his enthusiasm for this year's visit, saying,"We are delighted to once again host a distinguished group of medical professionalsfrom Peru and anticipate offering a reciprocal tour of U.S. MBA students in the near future."
DeSales University and UPC have had a partnership agreement in place since 2009 which allows for the exchange of students, faculty, research and other relevant information between the two universities. UPC, Peru, is part of a global network of partners, including institutions in India, Italy, the United Kingdom, and Romania, that have established strategic relationships with DeSales University.
For more information, please contact the MBA office at DeSales University at 610.282.1100, ext. 1450.
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