Medic's Guide to Work and Electives around the World

Medic's Guide to Work and Electives around the World

by Mark Wilson
     
 

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This up-to-date book is the definitive guide for the doctor, nurse, student or other health professional planning work or an elective overseas. It gives information on what it is like to work in thousands of hospitals in over 100 countries. It provides information from what they are best known for to what the social life is like. There's information on how to go about… See more details below

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This up-to-date book is the definitive guide for the doctor, nurse, student or other health professional planning work or an elective overseas. It gives information on what it is like to work in thousands of hospitals in over 100 countries. It provides information from what they are best known for to what the social life is like. There's information on how to go about planning your trip, advice on occupational health requirements and details on over a hundred non-governmental organisations and missionary charities. There are also lists of bursaries and grants available and addresses of embassies in the UK, US and Australia. This new edition also has much more information for nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists. Details of specialist organisations are included where possible and a few new countries have been added. Section 3 contains a new Adventure Medicine chapter providing information on expedition, mountain, aviation, space and diving medicine.

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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.
GKT Gazette

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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780340810514
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/28/2004
Series:
A Hodder Arnold Publication
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.10(d)

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Meet the Author

Mark Wilson trained at St Bartholomew's, University College London and Cambridge before working at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, UCH/Middlesex and the Royal London Hospitals. He has also worked in India, Nepal and South Africa, as a researcher for NASA in California, as a GP in South Australia and as an expedition doctor in the Arctic.

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