From the Publisher
It really does make you want to start planning your elective. It gives you ideas you never thought about and makes any ideas you have more realistic. I really would recommend you find a copy of this book if you've got an elective to plan.
The Medic's Guide is refreshingly unbiased, the blurbs give information which is useful and interesting, not just repititions of hospital advertising and recruitment slogans.
This book makes organizing your elusive dream elective a little easier by providing ideas, contacts and realistic, anecdotal information. A copy on your desk might also be a pleasant reminder of the possibilties that come with these funny old degrees
The New Zealand Medical Students Journal, Number 2
Reviewer: Kathleen G. Nelson, MD(University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine)
Description: This is a compendium of information designed to assist medical or nursing students contemplating or planning an international elective.
Purpose: This is a very handy book for health profession trainees.
Audience: The author is British and the intended primary audience is U.K. trainees. Some of the language is difficult to interpret and some of the advice seems uniquely suited for the U.K. medical training situation. It is particularly interesting to read the section on electives in the U.S. for the perspective the author has on American medicine.
Features: The book is quite user-friendly, with three sections that cover general information such as health precautions, packing, funding, and general safety; descriptions of over 100 countries with contact sites for the electives, general information about the country and a map identifying the largest cities or contact sites; and an appendix that lists addresses of Non-Governmental Agencies (NGOs) that sponsor electives, vaccine requirements, and embassy addresses. What is missing is any substantial attention to cross-cultural preparation that should take place before the elective experience; suggestions for language instruction; implications of religious or social policies of particular regions; and problems of traveling and living in a less developed country that often discourage and frustrate trainees who are not well prepared (e.g., the concept of time).
Assessment: The upbeat and positive tone of the book and the wealth of information make this a handy reference for those who are contemplating electives abroad and for the offices of those who are advising students about these possibilities.