STUDENT. Early this week, Sahlgrenska Academy’s interprofessional day on human rights and the right to health was held for all students who are now beginning their first semester in one of our programs. The day was useful and relevant, according to the students with whom Akademiliv spoke.
Human rights and the right to health are the important and relevant subjects which the faculty has chosen to highlight with this theme day. The interprofessional day for new students was a success and was held this semester for the sixth time. In addition to all of the students and supervisors who participated in the day, a large number of visitors from Karolinska Institutet and Uppsala University also participated in the interest of carrying out similar theme days for their students.
Fun and interesting
Students worked together on the theme of human rights and the right to health during the interprofessional day. Morning lectures were held at Draken at Järntorget, and in the afternoon, the students worked in smaller interprofessional groups at Medicinareberget.
Students from the Medical Program, Carl Hastlindh, Nellie Fransson and Daniel Delia, appreciated the theme day. When I meet up with them at Draken, they had just listened to two lectures. Morten Kjœrum, adjunct professor at Aalborg University and director of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, spoke under the heading Why human rights matter in a modern world, and Annika Rosengren, professor of medicine at Sahlgrenska Academy, lectured on equal and unequal health with a focus on cardiovascular disease.
“There is a bit of variety. And it’s also fun and interesting to have the chance to immerse ourselves in a specific subject,” says Carl, whose classmates agree.
They appreciated the local connection that Professor Annika Rosengren presented in her lecture. “It really hit home when we saw in black and white how things are in different neighborhoods in Gothenburg,” says Daniel. “The afternoon group discussions across program boundaries will be interesting, because later on we’ll be working in care teams,” says Nellie.
An important subject
Mikaela Kjellstrand and Ida Wetzö are part the Dental Hygiene Program and believe the day is useful and highly relevant to their future professional work. Both Mikaela and Ida think it has gone well so far, but say that it is a little tiring to have only lectures in the morning. They both look forward to the afternoon group discussions, which may provide insight into other programs and will be a good opportunity to make new contacts.
Sofie Ljungdahl and Linn Sadik, who both just began studying dental hygiene, and Josefin Asp, who has started her studies to become a dental technician, feel it is useful to have a day on human rights.
“Given the political currents right now, both in Sweden and the rest of the world, it’s really good to have a day like today,” says Linn.
They also appreciate the opportunity to talk to other students who they do not yet know. “After all, there’s a chance that we’re meeting our future colleagues,” says Josefin.
TEXT: ANETTE NILSSON / ELIN LINDSTRÖM CLAESSEN
PHOTO: ANETTE NILSSON / FRANCIS LÖFVENHOLM