/ 8 weeks to do something medical, where to go?
Was initially planning on staying in the UK, but have since had a change of heart and now looking for ideas and inspirations!
My current interests are:
-Pre hospital care
Any ideas gratefully received as I seem to be changing my mind every 5 minutes at the moment!!
Not a doctor, but I did a few weeks in Guatemala City working on the ambulances. If trauma is your thing, that's a good plan. I know some folks have done the same in South Africa. Message me if you want more details.
Nepal. Wonderful country, wonderful people.
I know someone who went to Everest base camp working with medics there.
Others went to various far flung places like Tanzania or worked on charity medical ships.
Lots of wonderful countries about, some more specific medical suggestion might help I'd imagine!
Have a look at Work the World . co . uk for ideas and costings for Nepal.
Currently there is no protocol in place for direct transfer from scene to Stoke, so the vast majority of trauma from Snowdonia will still go into Bangor for stabilisation prior to transfer on to Stoke.
F*ck Stoke, get yourself somewhere warm and more exciting! You can spend the rest of your career in UK A&E departments!
Plenty of mountaineering nearby - I did Stok Kangri and Kang Yatse I cheaply and from Leh.
Thanks very much for the replies, some fod for thought.
Funnily enough, I actually have 4 weeks booked at Bangor, the placement looks amazing there, but, we get the option to do a split elective, so I thought I'd go abroad for the 2nd month!
I'd take the opportunity to get overseas - the overdraft will only get a little bigger - as it is a great opportunity before you get on the stepladder of the F years, and getting a month off to do something like that is impossible (near enough) if you do run-through training.
I had 10 weeks (this was last century...) and went to Peru to do ID, and the Bolivia to do some stuff at altitude - ended up with HACE - all in all an 'experience' but much learning (and even some growing up) ensued. I'd even do most of it all over again (maybe not the bits with the armed gunmen or the cerebral oedema though).
Ask others, look at old elective reports, formulate a (sensible) question for DNUK, etc. Your options in August might be cut down a bit by weather (southern hemisphere winter ,or getting a bit toasty in Africa, for instance). My mate and I gave up on sailing to Svalbard and working in the med post there when we realised it would be dark for the 10 weeks and I would have to eat blubber... :-)
hth and pm me if you want
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