Why Developing Countries Are Such A Popular Option For Medical Placements

December 6, 2013

Article by Global Pre-Meds
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Whenever you look up medical placement opportunities, you see that most of these are organized to developing countries such as Tanzania, Thailand, India, Nepal or the Czech Republic. Ever wondered why developing countries are such a popular option for medical placements? It’s no coincidence. The choice of developing countries is intentional and this is because of the several benefits that students enjoy when they participate in these opportunities. Let’s take a look.  

Students observing surgery at Nakornping Hospital in Chiang Mai You gain experience in varied environments

As a doctor in the UK, you will have access to state-of-the-art medical equipment in top notch facilities, but what do you do when you are in an environment where you have to work with whatever equipment and technology you happen to have at hand? Working in a developing country teaches doctors to work in hospitals and environments that are equipped with the most basic of amenities and where advanced technology is an attainable dream. Doctors at these facilities have to make do with whatever medicines and machines they have at hand and often make life and death decisions based on intuition. The experience you get while working in an environment can as this can prepare you for anything that comes your way when you practice back home or anywhere else in the world. 

You work with people from different countries and cultures

The world has become a global village. And with the amount of interaction that takes place between countries, doctors have to be exposed to different kinds of people and they should know how to treat all their patients and tend to all kinds of unusual problems that they come across. Working in a developing country will expands your outlook towards different people and helps you deal better with any patient that comes to you, no matter which part of the world they come from.

You get firsthand experience in dealing with diseases you’ve never even heard about

In developing countries, doctors tackle a number of diseases that may not even be heard about in highly developed countries. When you do a placement in a developing country, you are exposed to these rare diseases and you learn how to treat them.

You get to learn about different healthcare systems

Though the healthcare facilities in developing countries may be lacking in several aspects, they often make use of local remedies and treatments that can sometimes be more effective than the ones used in developed countries. Doing a placement in these countries gives you the wonderful opportunity to explore different treatments and cures that can be used as a base for future research.

You get to explore some fabulous destinations 

A medical placement in a developing country does not mean it’s all work and no play. When you do a medical placement with a reputed organisation it gives you an unexpected opportunity to discover a part of the world that you would never dream of travelling to by yourself. With some fabulous sightseeing and adventure opportunities, developing countries such as Tanzania and Thailand are a traveller’s dream.

Worried about safety issues? With the safety net provided by placement organisers such as Gap Medics, you have nothing to worry about when it comes to your personal safety.