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President's Dream Colloquium on Traveling for Health, Fall 2015

Colloquium Course

* DCSyllabus_Final.docx
Course Syllabus
* Health Colloq Application.pdf
Grad Student application form
* Health Colloq UnderGrad App.pdf
Undergraduate student application form

Draft Course Description: Traveling for Health 

Fall 2015

Instructor: Jeremy Snyder, Faculty of Health Sciences

Guest Speakers:  Monika Dutt, Rupa Chanda, Glenn Cohen, John Crump, Ron Labonté, Anant Bhan

Format: The class will meet weekly for three hours, alternating between a pre-seminar and a seminar by a guest speaker. During the weeks with a guest speaker, a dinner will follow. Students are expected to participate in the pre-seminars, seminars, and some of the dinners. During pre-seminar weeks, a group of students will be assigned the responsibility of presenting the week’s readings. All students will be expected to write a critical response to the readings from the pre-seminar weeks. At the conclusion of the term, students will present a capstone project.

Presentation of the Week’s Readings: 30%
Bi-Weekly Critical Response (700 words): 20%
Participation: 10%
Capstone: 40%


September 10: Week One (Pre-Seminar):

Medical Volunteering Abroad

Snyder, J., Dharamsi, S., & Crooks, V. A. (2011). Fly-By medical care: Conceptualizing the global and local social responsibilities of medical tourists and physician voluntourists. Globalization and health7(6).

Asgary, R., & Junck, E. (2013). New trends of short-term humanitarian medical volunteerism: professional and ethical considerations. Journal of medical ethics, 39(10), 625-631.

Dharamsi, S., Osei‐Twum, J. A., & Whiteman, M. (2011). Socially responsible approaches to international electives and global health outreach. Medical education45(5), 530-531.

Allen, M. B., Dyott, C., & Jesus, J. (2012). Short‐Term International Medical Initiatives. Ethical Problems in Emergency Medicine: A Discussion-Based Review, 207-220.


September 17: Week Two (Seminar):

John Crump

Crump, J. A., Sugarman, J., & Working Group on Ethics Guidelines for Global Health Training (WEIGHT. (2010). Ethics and best practice guidelines for training experiences in global health. The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene83(6), 1178-1182.

Crump, J. A., & Sugarman, J. (2008). Ethical considerations for short-term experiences by trainees in global health. JAMA300(12), 1456-1458.

Provenzano, A. M., Graber, L. K., Elansary, M., Khoshnood, K., Rastegar, A., & Barry, M. (2010). Short-term global health research projects by US medical students: ethical challenges for partnerships. The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene83(2), 211-214.

Suchdev, P., Ahrens, K., Click, E., Macklin, L., Evangelista, D., & Graham, E. (2007). A model for sustainable short-term international medical trips.Ambulatory Pediatrics7(4), 317-320.


September 24: Week Three (Pre-Seminar):

International Human Subject Research

Wolf, S. M., Lawrenz, F. P., Nelson, C. A., Kahn, J. P., Cho, M. K., Clayton, E. W., ... & Wilfond, B. S. (2008). Managing incidental findings in human subjects research: analysis and recommendations. The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics36(2), 219-248.

Garrafa, V., Solbakk, J. H., Vidal, S., & Lorenzo, C. (2010). Between the needy and the greedy: the quest for a just and fair ethics of clinical research. Journal of Medical Ethics36(8), 500-504.

Emanuel, E. J., Wendler, D., & Grady, C. (2008). An ethical framework for biomedical research. The Oxford textbook of clinical research ethics, 123-135.

Benatar, S. R., & Singer, P. A. (2010). Responsibilities in international research: a new look revisited. Journal of Medical Ethics36(4), 194-197.


October 1: Week Four (Seminar):

Anant Bhan

Bhan, A., Singh, J. A., Upshur, R. E., Singer, P. A., & Daar, A. S. (2007). Grand challenges in global health: engaging civil society organizations in biomedical research in developing countries. PLoS medicine4(9).

Bhan, A. (2012). Clinical trial ethics in India: One step forward, two steps back. Journal of pharmacology & pharmacotherapeutics3(2), 95-97.

Sugarman, J., Bhan, A., Bollinger, R., & Gupta, A. (2013). India’s new policy to protect research participants. BMJ: British Medical Journal347.

Rid, A., Saxena, A., Baqui, A. H., Bhan, A., Bines, J., Bouesseau, M. C., ... & Smith, P. G. (2014). Placebo use in vaccine trials: Recommendations of a WHO expert panel. Vaccine.


October 8: Week Five (Pre-Seminar):

Health Worker Migration

Mackey, T. K., & Liang, B. A. (2012). Rebalancing brain drain: exploring resource reallocation to address health worker migration and promote global health. Health policy107(1), 66-73.

Dimaya, R. M., McEwen, M. K., Curry, L. A., & Bradley, E. H. (2012). Managing health worker migration: a qualitative study of the Philippine response to nurse brain drain. Hum Resour Health10, 47.

Pylypa, J. (2013). Portrayals of Global Health Worker Migration in Canadian Print News Media: Domestic Concerns vs. Global Awareness. Journal of International Migration and Integration14(1), 81-97.

Asongu, S. A. (2012). The impact of health worker migration on development dynamics: evidence of wealth effects from Africa. The European Journal of Health Economics, 1-15.


October 15: Week Six (Seminar):

Ronald Labonté

Runnels, V., Labonté, R., & Packer, C. (2011). Reflections on the ethics of recruiting foreign-trained human resources for health. Human resources for health9(2), e1-e11.

Packer, C., Labonté, R., & Runnels, V. (2009). Globalization and the cross-border flow of health workers. Globalization and health: pathways, evidence and policy, 213-234.

Labonté, R., Packer, C., & Klassen, N. (2006). Managing health professional migration from sub-Saharan Africa to Canada: a stakeholder inquiry into policy options. Human Resources for Health4(1), 22.

Labonte, R., Packer, C., Klassen, N., Kazanjian, A., Apland, L., Adalikwu, J., ... & Zakus, D. (2007). The brain drain of health professionals from sub-Saharan Africa to Canada: Some findings and policy options. African migration and development 1-75.


October 22: Week Seven (Pre-Seminar)

Medical Tourism to Low and Middle Income Countries

Hall, C. M. (2011). Health and medical tourism: a kill or cure for global public health?. Tourism Review66(1/2), 4-15.

Pocock, N. S., & Phua, K. H. (2011). Medical tourism and policy implications for health systems: a conceptual framework from a comparative study of Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia. Globalization and Health, 7(1), 12.

Ormond M. 2011. Shifting subjects of health-care: Placing ‘medical tourism’ in the context of Malaysian domestic health-care reform. Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 52(3): 247-259.

Chen, Y. Y., & Flood, C. M. (2013). Medical Tourism's Impact on Health Care Equity and Access in Low‐and Middle‐Income Countries: Making the Case for Regulation. The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics41(1), 286-300.


October 29: Week Eight (Seminar)

Rupa Chanda

Reddy, S., & Qadeer, I. (2010). Medical tourism in India: Progress or predicament. Economic and Political Weekly45(20), 69-75.

Sengupta, A. (2011). Medical tourism: reverse subsidy for the elite. Signs, 36(2), 312–319;

Smith, R. D., Chanda, R., & Tangcharoensathien, V. (2009). Trade in health-related services. The Lancet373(9663), 593-601.

Smith, R., Martínez Álvarez, M., & Chanda, R. (2011). Medical tourism: a review of the literature and analysis of a role for bi-lateral trade. Health Policy,103(2), 276-282.


November 5: Week Nine (Pre-Seminar):

Medical Tourism to Canada

Snyder, J., Crooks, V. A., Johnston, R., & Kingsbury, P. (2011). What do we know about Canadian involvement in medical tourism? A scoping review. Open Medicine5(3), 139-148.

Turner, L. (2007). Medical tourism Family medicine and international health-related travel. Canadian Family Physician53(10), 1639-1641.

Turner, L. (2012). Canada’s turbulent medical tourism industry. Canadian Family Physician58(4), 371-373.

Birch, D. W., Vu, L., Karmali, S., Stoklossa, C. J., & Sharma, A. M. (2010). Medical tourism in bariatric surgery. The American Journal of Surgery199(5), 604-608.


November 12: Week Ten (Seminar):

Monika Dutt

Eggertson, L. (2006). Wait-list weary Canadians seek treatment abroad. CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal174(9), 1247.

Turner, L. (2007). Canadian medicare and the global health care bazaar. Policy Options28(8), 73-77.

Escaff, M. and N. Mahomed. (2014). Caring for international patients improves care for Canadians. Healthy Debate, April 23.

Dutt, M. (2014). Medical tourism is bad business for Canadian hospitals. Health Debate, April 23.


November 19: Week Eleven (Pre-Seminar):

Circumvention Tourism

Zarzeczny, A., & Caulfield, T. (2010). Stem cell tourism and doctors' duties to minors—a view from Canada. The American Journal of Bioethics10(5), 3-15.

Deonandan, R., Green, S., & van Beinum, A. (2012). Ethical concerns for maternal surrogacy and reproductive tourism. Journal of medical ethics38(12), 742-745.

Bagheri, A., & Delmonico, F. L. (2013). Global initiatives to tackle organ trafficking and transplant tourism. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy16(4), 887-895.

Pullman, D., Zarzeczny, A., & Picard, A. (2013). Media, politics and science policy: MS and evidence from the CCSVI Trenches. BMC medical ethics14(1), 6.


November 26: Week Twelve (Seminar):

Glenn Cohen

Cohen, I. G. (2011). Circumvention tourism. Cornell L. Rev.97, 1309-1398.

Cohen, I. G. (2012). How to regulate medical tourism (and why it matters for bioethics). Developing world bioethics12(1), 9-20.

Cohen, I. G. (2012). Medical Outlaws or Medical Refugees?: An Examination of Circumvention Tourism. Risks and Challenges in Medical Tourism: Understanding the Global Market for Health Services, 207-229.

Glenn Cohen, I. (2012). SH and Others v. Austria and circumvention tourism.Reproductive biomedicine online25(7), 660-662.


December 3: Week Thirteen: Capstone Presentations

No readings.


Applications for the Colloquium course will be accepted until all class spots are taken. Application forms will be available shortly.

Admission to the Course

All SFU graduate students and senior undergraduates may register with permission of their departments. Graduate students in the following departments have been pre-approved to take this course for credit towards their degrees:

  • Communication
  • Geography
  • Health Sciences
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Public Policy
  • Resource and Environmental Management

Enrolment in the colloquium will be capped at 20 registrants, and admission will be by application only.

Applications will be accepted until the course is full. (This website will be updated when the course is full.)