Medicine can be your passport
A well travelled doctor, Mark Wilson has some useful advice
- By: Mark Wilson
As a doctor or medical student medicine can be your passport to the world. We can turn up virtually anywhere around the globe and be welcomed and then suddenly involved in the most important part of people's lives, their health. There is probably no other profession that offers such a unique way of experiencing the true culture of another country.
There are three basic rules in planning electives and working abroad. Firstly, start thinking early. Most flying doctor posts in Australia get booked out over three years in advance, and many specialist hospitals have their places filled over a year in advance. That said, if you have left it to the last minute there are still plenty of great places to try. Secondly, do what you want. This is one huge opportunity to do what- ever you wish - make the most of it. If you want to work for