A career in...
A career in tropical medicine
Offering opportunities to work in the United Kingdom and abroad
- By: Aula Abbara, Mark Toynbee
When you think of tropical medicine, treating patients in far flung destinations with exotic diseases and worms emerging from various body parts may spring to mind. However, it is more likely that your first point of contact with patients who have a tropical disease will be in the local emergency department or general practice surgery. Given that we live in a world with increased travel opportunities, growing ethnic diversity in the United Kingdom, and the long incubation period of some infectious diseases, it is important that all doctors have a good grounding in tropical medicine. The Ebola outbreak in west Africa has highlighted the role of doctors who work in the field of infectious diseases in the early recognition and response to imported infections.
Tropical medicine offers doctors the opportunity to practise abroad, treating patients with unusual conditions in under-resourced settings, and to specialise in international and migrant health, epidemiology,