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How is medicine practiced on the other side of the world? As medical students in Canada, we learn much about pathophysiology and the North American healthcare system. Yet important observations can be made about how other cultures deliver care that can be used to help us address shortcomings of our own. In this opinion piece, I use my experience studying cardiac surgery in Shanghai, China to explore how each country confronts a similar problem: access to care in rural medicine. Despite their differences, both China and Canada come to creative solutions, reflecting the incredible diversity of their patients.
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