Head first from the pistes
Toby Briant-Evans goes skiing, improves his language skills, and stitches scalps back together
- By: Toby Briant-Evans
Having failed miserably to find something suitably challenging, appealing to my sense of adventure, and sufficiently different from the planned mass exodus of our year to developing countries for their electives, I was very fortunate to end up working in Chamonix Hospital, at the foot of Mont Blanc in the heart of the French Alps. This fitted perfectly with my plans for the elective; an opportunity to do something totally different from medicine back home and chances to pursue my interests in skiing and climbing. Furthermore, it would enable me to develop my French language skills, something that I had always enjoyed but felt had suffered during my medical studies.
The hospital in Chamonix needs to be able to cope with the demands of numerous dangerous mountain activities that attract the best sportsmen in their fields from all over the world, who on the road to fame and fortune have