Planning your elective: Tibet
Mark Wilson gives you the lowdown on planning your elective in Tibet.
This month's elective report is truly fascinating, and I take my hat off to Kieren for being the first person I know who has been able to do an elective in a Tibetan monastery hospital. This does of course make it rather difficult to give advice on planning an elective in Tibet. Before Tibet opened up, I studied Tibetan medicine at Men-Tsee-Khang in Dharamsala, north India--the home of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in exile. It was an amazing experience, and an elective studying Tibetan medicine would be a fantastic way to experience Tibetan culture.
Tibet is in the Himalayas, bordered by India, Nepal, and Bhutan to the south. It sits on the highest plateau in the world, averaging a height of 3700 m. This remoteness kept Tibet separate from the rest of the world. People lived peaceful lives and the Tibetans developed their own sciences and systems,